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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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1 nomination See more »
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Picturesque snow-covered Milburn. An old town with a dark secret. See more (110 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:
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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Runtime:
110 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
Second of two ghost story horror pictures that veteran actor Melvyn Douglas made in a two year period right at the end of his movie career. The first film was The Changeling (1980).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:
Don:Well, what happened to her?
Sears James:Well, that's obvious, isn't it?
Ricky Hawthorne:We killed her.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sweetheart of Sigma ChiSee more »

FAQ

Why does Alma tell David 'I am you?'
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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Picturesque snow-covered Milburn. An old town with a dark secret., 25 July 2011
Author: (Vomitron_G) from the Doomed Megalopolis of Blasphemous Technoids

I initially wanted to rate "Ghost Story" a fine 7/10, but I figured since I (voluntarily) had to endure watching such heavy rubbish earlier this week, I'd just chip in an extra point. I feel no shame about this, as the film is actually very good. At the start of the '80s, the horror landscape was changing. Films got a lot crazier, partly due to many great sfx artists rising to the scene and otherwise because of the mindset of that era (fashion, trends, etc). Often filmmakers cared less about telling a coherent story and more about making their films go over-the-top in any way they'd see fit. So in a way "Ghost Story" really feels like if it was one of the last 'classic' horror movies at the time. From the orchestrated soundtrack over the slow pace of the film, relying more on mood, tension and atmosphere to the splendid performances of our veteran foursome Fred Astaire, Melvin Douglas, John Houseman and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. The film is ingeniously structured, with various stories within the main story, nightmarish dream sequences and a great flashback story to the 1930's era. The settings provide some classic horror elements too, like the isolated snowy town, grisly frozen lakes and an old ramshackle haunted mansion. Sporadically, the film is also injected with some amusing scares provided by ghostly rotting appearances and the special visual effects by master matte artist Albert Whitlock are outstanding. Gorgeous actress Alice Krige has that icy cold mysteriousness over her that is fitting for her role. On top of that, she has more scenes with her clothes off then on. There are a couple subplots that could have been altered to make it an even better movie, but these are only minor problems. If you want a decent scary movie double bill with a classy feel to it for a dark & stormy night, I think teaming up John Irvin's "Ghost Story" (1981) with Peter Medak's "The Changeling" (1980) might work wonders.

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