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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
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Fenny Bate
Mark Chamberlin ...
Young John Jaffrey
Tim Choate ...
Young Ricky Hawthorne
Kurt Johnson ...
Young Edward Wanderley
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Young Sears James
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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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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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18 December 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuento de fantasmas  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Actors Patricia Neal and Melvyn Douglas has both previously appeared in Hud (1963) around eighteen years earlier. See more »

Goofs

David's crashing against the window was filmed with Craig Wasson on a blue screen and a background where a cross iron bar is swung against the window on wires to break it in the same manner that a man which outstretched arms would. Craig's body was meant to block the cross iron but it does indeed become briefly visible under the right arm and side at the end of the shot. See more »

Quotes

Don: You're dead!
Eva: And you will be, too. Dead and wet and cold.
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Connections

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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I Wanted to Know What They Did
19 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I read Peter Straub's book and was quite pleased with the result of the movie. First of all, like many, I loved the cast. They are all great men of the world cinema and the pull off the story with great aplomb. The movie is about something someone does in his or her youth and then must live with forever. In a good ghost story, the characters get no points for being once youthful and reckless. The fact that they meet and share their stories means that they never seem to intend closure. They never allow themselves to face the music and, hence, the revenge of the spirit is acceptable in the world where they find themselves. I just thought that a society devoted to the telling of ghost stories was a great idea. Anyway, while the plot does wander around a bit and it takes time to get to the point, it still works great. It was nice to see that Fred Astaire could still act (because he was such a great dancer we forget that he had a great comic talent and, in this case, a dramatic talent). The others are equally formidable. There are also some pretty slimy, putrid visions that appear and make for a pretty good rank on the jump scale. The actually scene that explains everything (I won't spoil it) is both sad and revealing. While not the greatest movie, it works very well and I would recommend it.


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