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High Spirits (1988)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Horror  |  18 November 1988 (USA)
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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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He's an American. She's a ghost. Vacation romances are always a hassle. See more »


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El hotel de los fantasmas  »

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$8,578,231 (USA)
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Trivia

Director Neil Jordan has always maintained that the release version of this film is very different from the one he shot. He was more or less excluded from the editing process of the final cut. He insists that his version is still locked away in a vault. 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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Mrs. Plunkett: [sees Jack, about Mary] You do love her, don't you?
Jack: Yeah, I guess I do. I - I don't know.
Mrs. Plunkett: Then what's the problem then?
Jack: She's a ghost. She's dead, I'm alive.
[goes amazed]
Jack: How do you know all this?
Mrs. Plunkett: [smiles] I'm married to one.
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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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References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »

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Music by Peter Francklyn (i.e. Robert Gill)
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16 February 2003 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews



If you can forgive the less-than-ideal acting by some of the other cast, Peter O'Toole once again shows why he's one of the greatest actors in the English speaking world. From the scene where he's trying to hang himself while arguing with his mother, to where he meets his ghost-Dad, O'Toole is hilarious as the bumbling, scheming drunk Irish fool who is desperate to keep the family castle in family hands.


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