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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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Trivia

Young Ricky Hawthorne says, "I can't dance." Old Ricky Hawthorne is played by Fred Astaire. This line wasn't in the novel. See more »

Goofs

When Ricky is having the car dragged up from the lake, it changes between day and night several times. See more »

Quotes

Ricky Hawthorne: If only we'd been 30 instead of 20.
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Referenced in Dark Water (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

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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"An intelligent scary movie, a classic treasure, worth your time."
20 March 2005 | by (United States BOULDER COUNTY COLORADO) – See all my reviews

I just finished viewing this film, sadly a faded print, little treasure for the fifth time, since its release in 1981. Its worth your time and attention. The cinema-photography is excellent. The film's musical score is excellent. Performances are often brilliant, as only seasoned actors can be. It must have been fun to work on this project. The new actors are equally great, especially Alice who plays Alma, the starring role.The young man who is the male lead, went on to become famous, as you will see in the famous faces of the other young men as well. What a great break for them all, to work with such seasoned legends. Alice is a rare flower, English actor who is now a major star.

This film was a work of love and you can feel it. The camera angles make the film spooky and scary. Even after five times, I was still surprised and jumped again. Bravo. Worth buying this film as a classic for your collections. "The Haunting of Hill House" comes to mind here.

The music is first rate and added so much to the plot and its eerie story. With the camera work, clever original shots, the story takes on a great level of artistry. BRAVO on the little jewel. SARGE IN Colorado


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