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High Spirits (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 18 November 1988 (USA)
When a hotelier attempts to fill the chronic vacancies at his castle by launching an advertising campaign that falsely portrays the property as haunted, two actual ghosts show up and end up falling for two guests.

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Tom Hickey ...
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Patricia
Isolde Cazelet ...
Julia
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When Peter Plunkett's Irish castle turned hotel is about to be repossesed, he decides to spice up the attraction a bit for the 'Yanks' by having his staff pretend to haunt the castle. The trouble begins when a busload of American tourists arrive - along with some real ghosts. Among the tourists are married couple Jack and Sharon. Sharon's father holds the mortgage on Castle Plunkett, so she's hoping to debunk the ghosts. Jack, on the other hand, after meeting pretty ghost Mary, is very eager to believe. Can there be love between a human and ghost? Jack and Mary are going to try and find out. Written by April M. Cheek <Aravis2713@aol.com>

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He's an American. She's a ghost. Vacation romances are always a hassle. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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18 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hotel de los fantasmas  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,308,250 (USA) (20 November 1988)

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$8,578,231 (USA)
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Of his co-star Daryl Hannah, Steve Guttenberg said she was "sweet and shy and very complex. She played the Irish accent well." Regarding Peter O'Toole, Guttenberg said, "He stood his ground, knew when to say 'no'. Not that he was difficult. When the camera rolled, he was perfect. Off the set, he was very private, reminding me of a bad boy who had done it all." See more »

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During the final dance sequence, Beverly D'Angelo accidentally knocks Daryl Hannah's hand making her spill her champagne on the floor. Daryl briefly makes a face before continuing the dance. See more »

Quotes

Martin Brogan: [trying to seduce Sharon] Madam, for you I missed my wedding for the first time in years, that's how much I want you. Sure, I know I'm a ghost and a murderer but forget about all that.
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The end credits show the cast under three headings, first 'The Irish', then 'The Americans', and finally 'The Ghosts' See more »

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Spoofed in Wrongfully Accused (1998) See more »

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She Is Far From The Land
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Music by Frank Lambert
Words by Thomas Moore
Arranged by George Fenton
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It is genuinely funny, the script is witty and the actors superb.
13 October 2000 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Maybe I have a warped sense of humour (or just a very British one) but I laugh every time I see this film, and I've seen it well over a 100 times over the years. It is genuinely funny, the script is witty and the actors superb. This is one of my all time favourite rainy day films. No matter how times I watch it there are still little things I'd not noticed or things I'd forgotten happen. I strongly suggest getting this film out next time it's raining and you're stuck indoors, and if anyone from the BBC is reading, please put it on next bank holiday!!


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