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High Spirits (1988)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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A Hauntingly Funny Comedy! See more »


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18 November 1988 (USA)  »

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El hotel de los fantasmas  »

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$8,578,231 (USA)
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Trivia

Sean Connery was offered the role of Peter Plunkett by the studio. He later dropped out of the film and the role was re-cast with Peter O'Toole. See more »

Goofs

During the scene with the spinning bed the man cranking the wheel above it falls through and lands on the bed with Miranda and Tony. They are all three on the bed as they slide down the stairs but when they reach the bottom and Plunkett ends up in the bed the man is gone. See more »

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Peter Plunkett: All I wanted to be was happily useless, you made me miserably useless.
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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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Featured in Irish Cinema: Ourselves Alone? (1995) 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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A charming haunter with Peter O'Toole in VERY High Spirits!
4 September 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree with Claire Walkden. High Spirits is just the tonic for a blustery afternoon or an evening by the fireplace.

The setting is authentic and O'Toole is at the top of his form. The wonderful mother (who tipples) is married to a ghost, AND SHE STEALS EVERY SCENE SHE'S IN!

People who don't like this film are trying too hard to make it into Shakespeare. This is not Macbeth. High Spirits is to be taken with a grain of salt and enjoyed.

Liam Neeson and Beverly D'Angelo are wonderful together! Just the difference in their height is hysterical.

Some of the jokes are a bit labored and I could have done without the ghost-buster, but he was very funny with his fried hair!

Not a great film, but a genuinely funny one and O'Toole is priceless!


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