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Ghost Story (1981)

Two generations of men find themselves haunted by the presence of a spectral woman. When the son of one of the elderly men returns to his hometown after his brother's mysterious death, they attempt to unravel her story.

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Cast

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Ricky Hawthorne
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John Jaffrey
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Edward Wanderley
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Sears James
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Don / David
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Stella
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Alma / Eva
Jacqueline Brookes ...
Milly
Miguel Fernandes ...
Gregory Bate
Lance Holcomb ...
Fenny Bate
Mark Chamberlin ...
Young John Jaffrey
Tim Choate ...
Young Ricky Hawthorne
Kurt Johnson ...
Young Edward Wanderley
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Young Sears James
Brad Sullivan ...
Sheriff Hardesty
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Storyline

Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret. When one of Edward Wanderley's twin sons dies in a bizarre accident, the group begins to see a pattern of frightening events developing. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <jeannee@uwyo.edu>

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The time has come to tell the tale.

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18 December 1981 (USA)  »

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Cuento de fantasmas  »

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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: John Houseman, Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Neal; and one Oscar nominee: Fred Astaire. See more »

Goofs

In the retelling of the 1931 events, Sears & Ricky describe Edward's impotence with Eva. However, Eva was silenced before she had a chance to reveal this information; information which Edward is not likely to have shared (at least, not truthfully.) See more »

Quotes

Ricky Hawthorne: Good Lord, she's in the pond!
Gregory Bate: Alive. Still alive.
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Referenced in Raising Cain (1992) See more »

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Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
Written by F. Dudleigh Vernor and Byron D. Stokes
Performed by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
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User Reviews

Fairly good...

Atmospheric horror film that doesn't excel, but is worth a view none the less.

This movie must live down a very early scene where a fully frontal nude Craig Wasson plunges out of a high rise window to his death. The scene has a real phony look to it and conjers up images of just how fun it was for Craig to shoot it in front of a blue screen.

The four great and distinguished older actors do a good job in elevating the movie. Alice Krige is great as the tormenting and tormented lady ghost.

The musical score is INCREDIBLE, one of the best I've heard for this type of film.

Makeup artist Dick Smith comes through again with the many visions of the rotted ghost.

A good horror film, give it a shot if you haven't already.




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