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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 ...
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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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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)

Opening Weekend:

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

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jack: I'm dead. So this is what it feels like. Like a hangover.
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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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Sinister Street Section
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Music by Peter Francklyn (i.e. Robert Gill)
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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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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