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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:
Classic, genuine and spooky with a top-notch cast See more (112 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)
 
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:
One of two 1981 movies starring Craig Wasson, the other film was Arthur Penn's Four Friends (1981).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:
Ricky Hawthorne:Good Lord, she's in the pond!
Gregory Bate:Alive. Still alive.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Horror Business (2005) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sweetheart of Sigma ChiSee more »

FAQ

Is this based on a book?
Why does Alma kill only David, when she had ample opportunity to kill Don, as well?
What's the significance of the necklace?
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Classic, genuine and spooky with a top-notch cast, 23 October 2011
Author: lizberrywagner from United States

I will take you places you've never been. I will show you things that you have never seen and I will see the life run out of you. ~ Eva, in the film Ghost Story

The movie centers on a group of elderly men who have formed an exclusive story-telling group called The Chowder Society. The men meet regularly, sit around a fire in a dark room and share their best ghost stories. Under the surface, however, lies a ghastly secret they all share - a real life, true ghost story of their own that they dare not speak of.

When one of The Chowder Society member's twin sons dies in a very strange and inexplicable accident, the other twin returns home to mourn with his father. That is when a series of horrifying events begin to unfold, forcing the men of the Chowder Society to come to terms with the shocking and dreadful event that has haunted them for the past 50 years.

I personally love these types of stories. They do not feature masked- maniacs hunting down unsuspecting teenagers and hacking them to death. (Although there are a few good ones in that category!) What this story does provide is a genuine chill-running-down-your-spine sensation that brings you to a terrifying place without ever forcing you to close your eyes.

A star-studded cast includes Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., John Houseman and Patricia Neal, Jacqueline Brookes, Craig Wasson and Alice Krige. Having a cast with such experienced and talented actors creates a believable and authentic film making it a worthwhile, scary little gem of a movie.

If you like genuine ghost stories, watch this movie. Based on the novel by the gifted Peter Straub and skillfully directed by John Irvin, this film is a top pick for me.

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