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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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Mary Coughlan ...
Katie
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Tom Hickey ...
Sampson
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Christy
Hilary Reynolds ...
Patricia
Isolde Cazelet ...
Julia
Little John Nee ...
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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 and married. She's a ghost and gorgeous. Vacation romances are always a hassle. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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18 November 1988 (USA)  »

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El hotel de los fantasmas  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,578,231 (USA)
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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 »

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When the flying banshee smashes into Sharon and Jack's bathroom window Sharon has a white face mask on but when she goes down stairs her mask is gone. See more »

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Jack: You're a ghost, I'm an American. It would never work out.
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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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Referenced in Land Ho! (2014) See more »

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Sinister Street Section
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Music by Peter Francklyn (i.e. Robert Gill)
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Everything is improbable, and also non-stop laughs!
13 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

When family patriarch Peter Plunket is notified that the American who holds the mortgage on his family castle is going to foreclose to move it to America as part of a theme park, he desperately decides to try this himself by advertising that the castle is haunted. The rich mortgage holder sends his daughter and son-in-law (who's relationship is strained anyway) to investigate this claim, and determine his chances of successfully paying the mortgage. After attempts to fake hauntings fail miserably, it turns out there really are ghosts, and they aren't happy! Peter O'Toole should have gotten an Oscar as Peter Plunket, and the supporting cast includes some top performers.


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