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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:
Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret... See more » | Full synopsis »
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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:
Gale Grindle ... Student (uncredited)
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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)
 
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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110 min
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Trivia:
None of the film's four veteran Hollywood actors (Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, John Houseman and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) had ever worked together in a screen movie before. However, Fairbanks and Houseman both appeared in the earlier documentary Starring Katharine Hepburn (1981) (TV) whilst Astaire and Fairbanks both appeared in the later documentary George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: With David's naked plunge through the window, not only does the towel disappear but in the distant long shot of him falling from the building, there is no broken window.See more »
Quotes:
Ricky Hawthorne:Good Lord, she's in the pond!
Gregory Bate:Alive. Still alive.
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Soundtrack:
Sweetheart of Sigma ChiSee more »

FAQ

Is this based on a book?
Why does the ghost want revenge on Wanderley's sons, as well?
Why does Alma kill only David, when she had ample opportunity to kill Don, as well?
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Tiger Tank, 20 September 2007

I read Peter Straub's 'Ghost Story' and I agreed with a critical comment on the jacket, a 'Tiger tank' of a ghost story. It certainly is, still my favourite book by the author, and probably my favourite modern horror novel.

The film has understandably left out the really interesting parts of the novel, what we might call 'the nature of the beast' and only a few bits of gristle of those supernatural bones are left in the film.

The Chowder Club remains of whom the great John Houseman, beloved of Rollerball, and Fred Astaire are the most significant.

Other than that the film is ordinary in some ways and predictable, except for the wondrous Alice Krieg, who brings life, if that's the right word to her two roles. If I see Alice in other films I still see her in 'Ghost Story'.

You can't go wrong in a film with snow and I think the production values are fair enough.

The film is one of my supernatural favourites but don't forget that the book is much better, much bigger.

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