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Ghost Story -- 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.

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Release Date:
18 December 1981 (USA) See more »
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The time has come to tell the tale.
Plot:
Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
"An intelligent scary movie, a classic treasure, worth your time." See more (111 total) »

Cast

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Fred Astaire ... Ricky Hawthorne

Melvyn Douglas ... Dr. John Jaffrey

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Edward Charles Wanderley

John Houseman ... Sears James

Craig Wasson ... Don Wanderley / David Wanderley

Patricia Neal ... Stella Hawthorne

Alice Krige ... Eva Galli / Alma Mobley
Jacqueline Brookes ... Milly
Miguel Fernandes ... Gregory Bate
Lance Holcomb ... Fenny Bate
Mark Chamberlin ... Young Jaffrey
Tim Choate ... Young Hawthorne
Kurt Johnson ... Young Wanderley

Ken Olin ... Young James
Brad Sullivan ... Sheriff Hardesty

Guy Boyd ... Omar Norris

Michael O'Neill ... Churchill
Robert Burr ... Peterson - the principal of Orlando College
Helena Carroll ... Mrs. Meredith - Peterson's secretary

Robin Curtis ... Rea Dedham

Breon Gorman ... Nettie Dedham
James Greene ... The Postman
Cagle D. Green ... Eva's Ghost
Kyra Carleton ... Eva's Ghost
Ruth Hunt ... Florence - Sears and and Ricky's secretary

Deborah Offner ... Helen Kayon
Virginia Bingham ... Sears' Mother (as Virginia P. Bingham)
William E. Conway ... Sears' Father
Russell R. Bletzer ... Reverend Wilkinson
Terrance Mario Carnes ... The Waiter
Alfred Curven ... Man in the Coffin
Edward F. Dillon ... The Judge
Alvin W. Fretz ... The Coroner
Hugh Hires ... Student Solt
Raymond J. Quinn ... Ricky's Father
Barbara von Zastrow ... Ricky's Mother
Betty Low ... Irmengard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mason Cardiff ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Gale Grindle ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
John Irvin 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lawrence D. Cohen 
Peter Straub  novel

Produced by
Douglas Green .... co-producer
Ronald G. Smith .... associate producer
Burt Weissbourd .... producer
 
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Cardiff 
 
Film Editing by
Tom Rolf 
 
Casting by
Mike Fenton 
 
Production Design by
Norman Newberry 
 
Art Direction by
Norman Newberry 
 
Set Decoration by
Mary Ann Biddle 
 
Costume Design by
May Routh 
 
Makeup Department
Rick Baker .... special makeup effects artist
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist
Carl Fullerton .... special makeup effects artist
Albert Jeyte .... makeup artist
Robert Jiras .... makeup artist
Philip Leto .... hair stylist
Rick Sharp .... makeup artist
Dick Smith .... special makeup
 
Production Management
Robert Latham Brown .... production manager
Ronald G. Smith .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dan Kolsrud .... first assistant director
Dean Lyras .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
James Allen .... assistant decorator (as Jim Allen)
William Apperson .... construction foreman
Michael Seymour .... visual advisor
John Zemansky .... property master
 
Sound Department
James R. Alexander .... sound (as Jim Alexander)
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Larry Carow .... sound effects editor
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound effects editor
Richard C. Franklin .... sound effects editor (as Rick Franklin)
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound re-recordist
David Pettijohn .... sound effects editor
Stanley H. Polinsky .... sound re-recording mixer (as Stan Polinsky)
Mark Server .... boom operator
John J. Stephens .... sound re-recording mixer (as John Stephens)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Steve Johnson .... special effects
Henry Millar Jr. .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Syd Dutton .... matte artist
Dennis Glouner .... matte photographer
Bill Taylor .... matte photographer
Albert Whitlock .... special visual effects
Henry Schoessler .... matte crew (uncredited)
Susan Turner .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Erik Cord .... stunts
Rita Egleston .... stunts
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (as Hill Farnsworth)
Larry Holt .... stunts
John Meier .... stunts
Jeff Ramsey .... stunts
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Dick Warlock .... stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt player (uncredited)
Dick Warlock .... stunt double: Fred Astaire (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lou Barlia .... camera operator
Bobby Brown .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Jack Brown .... assistant camera
Dick Mingalone .... camera operator
Reggie Newkirk .... first assistant camera
Ted Varnadoe .... electrician
 
Editorial Department
Michael Ripps .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Harry Betts .... orchestrator
John Caper Jr. .... conductor
John Caper Jr. .... music coordinator
Mickey Crofford .... music recordist
Peter Knight .... conductor
Peter Knight .... orchestrator
Michel Mention .... additional orchestrator
Peter T. Myers .... orchestrator (as Peter Myers)
 
Transportation Department
Patrick A. DiCocco .... production driver
Doug Wilson .... driver
 
Other crew
Phil Bowles .... first assistant stage manager
Jan DeWitt .... second assistant stage manager
Sonny P. Filippini .... script supervisor
Mike Henry .... production assistant/logistics co-ordinator
Phill Norman .... title designer
Suzanne E. Petersen .... production assistant
 

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Runtime:
110 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The picture was nominated for the Best Horror Film Saturn Award in 1982.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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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Soundtrack:
Sweetheart of Sigma ChiSee more »

FAQ

Why does Alma kill only David, when she had ample opportunity to kill Don, as well?
Why does the ghost wait fifty years to return for revenge?
What's with the Bate brothers? What do they have to do with the ghost?
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32 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
"An intelligent scary movie, a classic treasure, worth your time.", 20 March 2005
Author: victorsargeant from United States BOULDER COUNTY COLORADO

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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