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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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Director:
Writers:
Peter Straub (novel)
Lawrence D. Cohen (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 December 1981 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The time has come to tell the tale.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
* * * out of 4. See more (112 total) »

Cast

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Fred Astaire ... Ricky Hawthorne

Melvyn Douglas ... John Jaffrey

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Edward Wanderley

John Houseman ... Sears James

Craig Wasson ... Don / David

Patricia Neal ... Stella

Alice Krige ... 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

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

Michael O'Neill ... Churchill

Guy Boyd ... Omar Norris
Robert Burr ... Principal
Helena Carroll ... Mrs. Meredith

Robin Curtis ... Rea Dedham
Breon Gorman ... Nettie Dedham
James Greene ... Mailman
Cagle D. Green ... Eva's Apparition
Kyra Carleton ... Eva's Apparition
Ruth Hunt ... Florence

Deborah Offner ... Helen
Virginia Bingham ... Sears' Mother (as Virginia P. Bingham)
William F. Conway ... Sears' Father
Russell R. Bletzer ... Reverend Wilkinson
Terrance Mario Carnes ... Waiter
Alfred Curven ... Man in Coffin
Edward F. Dillon ... Judge
Alvin W. Fretz ... 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
Peter Straub (novel)

Lawrence D. Cohen (screenplay)

Produced by
Douglas Green .... co-producer
Ronald G. Smith .... associate producer
Burt Weissbourd .... producer
 
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Cardiff (director of photography)
 
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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The movie was filmed in Woodstock in Vermont and Saratoga Springs in New York State as well as at Stetson University in Deland, Florida.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Ricky is having the car dragged up from the lake, it changes between day and night several times.See more »
Quotes:
Sears James:It was as if she had never been here. As if it had never happened.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Horror Business (2005) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sweetheart of Sigma ChiSee more »

FAQ

What's the significance of the necklace?
Why does the ghost wait fifty years to return for revenge?
How is Alma able to pass for human if she's a ghost?
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14 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
* * * out of 4., 8 August 2002

Four elderly men members of The Chowder Society fall victim to a vengeful ghost (Alice Krige) who seems to be connected to something they did decades ago and who once dated one of the member's son (Craig Wasson) from beyond the grave. Old fashioned, entertaining film features possibly the best cast ever gathered to star in a horror film. The film itself has a very atmospheric feel to it and generates some suspense, but never really scares the auidence.

Rated R; Nudity, Sexual Situations, Violence, and Profanity.

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