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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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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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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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Second of two ghost story horror pictures that veteran actor Melvyn Douglas made in a two year period right at the end of his movie career. The first film was The Changeling (1980). See more »

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Just before Fenny moves toward Ricky in Eva's old house, Fenny's strap is down. In the next shot, it is up. See more »

Quotes

Gregory Bate: Imagine her waiting for you all these years. Imagine her sleeping under ice and snow... waiting.
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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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A Chilling Tale Set In The Gorgeous Winter Scenes Of New England

Ghost Story is a chilling tale set in the gorgeous winter scenes of New England.I just watched this movie a couple of nights ago, and I still like this movie as much as I did the first time that I viewed it.Peter Straub is a wonderful writer. Peter Straub and Stephen King are just pure geniuses when it comes to the macabre and horror and suspense.The screenplay was very intelligent and effective. Of course the winter scenes of the little town nestled in New England gave the movie a wonderful atmosphere.I cannot state loud enough how excellent the cast was for this movie.Patricia Neal,Alice Krige,Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas,Ken Olin,Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,Craig Wasson, and of course John Houseman made this movie so fun to watch.Mr.John Houseman was as usual so effective at playing a snob.Remember Alice Krige in the movies Sleepwalkers and Chariots Of Fire?This is a fascinating story to watch.


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