MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,460 this week

High Spirits (1988)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Horror  |  18 November 1988 (USA)
5.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 5,958 users  
Reviews: 47 user | 26 critic

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 »

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 29 Sep 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 12 Apr 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 44 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 38 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "High Spirits" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: High Spirits (1988)

High Spirits (1988) on IMDb 5.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of High Spirits.

User Polls

1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Angel (1982)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Saxophonist Danny witnesses the murder of his band manager and a deaf-mute girl after a gig. Questioned by the police, he remembers only the orthopedic shoes of the killers' leader. So ... See full summary »

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Veronica Quilligan, Stephen Rea, Alan Devlin
Horror | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A teenage girl in a country manor falls asleep while reading a magazine and she has a disturbing dream involving wolves which appears to take place in the woods visible from her bedroom window.

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Sarah Patterson, Angela Lansbury, David Warner
Lamb (1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Michael Lamb is a Father questioning his calling, in a Reform School in Ireland. When young epileptic runaway Eoin is sent to the school... See full synopsis »

Director: Colin Gregg
Stars: Liam Neeson, Harry Towb, Hugh O'Conor
Crime | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An unemployed Scottish miner (Liam Neeson) is forced into bare-knuckle boxing to make ends meet.

Director: David Leland
Stars: Kenny Ireland, Liam Neeson, Joanne Whalley
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1959 Brighton, disgraced cop turned private detective Tony Aaron works largely on falsifying adulteries for use as evidence in divorce cases. He involves his wife as the fictional ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Moore
Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura San Giacomo, Kenneth Cranham
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A divorced mother may lose custody of her young daughter to her ex-husband after he learns that the little girl crawled into bed with the mother and her boyfriend.

Director: Leonard Nimoy
Stars: Diane Keaton, Liam Neeson, Jason Robards
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Francie and Joe live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent, alcoholic father and a manic depressive, suicidal mother the pressure on Francie ... See full summary »

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw, Eamonn Owens
Christiana (1979)
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Sequel to Pilgrim's Progress. Christiana decides to follow in her husband's footsteps and make a pilgrimage to the Celestial City with her children and a friend.

Director: Ken Anderson
Stars: Jenny Cunningham, Tina Heath, Liam Neeson
Duet for One (1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Stephanie, a famous violin player married to a composer becomes ill from multiple sclerosis. Her whole life goes to pieces : her career ends abruptly and her husband betrays her with ... See full summary »

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy
Stars: Julie Andrews, Alan Bates, Max von Sydow
The Miracle (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The two teenagers Jimmy and Rose spend their vacation at the small Irish sea-resort Bray. Out of boredom they observe other people and imagine wild stories about them. One day they observe ... See full summary »

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Beverly D'Angelo, Donal McCann, Niall Byrne
The Innocent (1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: Andrew Hawley, Kika Markham, Kate Foster
Nailed (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Stars: Colin Blakely, Liam Neeson, Colm Meaney
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Mary Coughlan ...
Katie
Liz Smith ...
Tom Hickey ...
Sampson
...
Christy
Hilary Reynolds ...
Patricia
Isolde Cazelet ...
Julia
Little John Nee ...
Gateman (as Little John)
...
...
...
...
...
...
Marge
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

18 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hotel de los fantasmas  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$8,578,231 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 »

Quotes

Mrs. Plunkett: [Peter is about to hang himself] Oh! Taking the easy way out, you naughty boy!
Peter Plunkett: Mother, please! This is not easy, this is very, very difficult!
See more »

Crazy Credits

The end credits show the cast under three headings, first 'The Irish', then 'The Americans', and finally 'The Ghosts' See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Ghost Dad (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Galway Bay
Written by Arthur Colahan
Published by Box & Cox Publishers Ltd.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Great!
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.


21 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
D'Angelo + Neeson Incest? unkiedev
Favoite lines cmrenner
Great film scottiedog10
Love Liam Neeson! ootzie555
The song in the pub creepshow
'High Spirits'..... Name of tune playing in Background? wellsandwilson
Discuss High Spirits (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?