MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 233 this week

Ghost (1990)

 -  Drama | Fantasy | Romance  -  13 July 1990 (USA)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 133,871 users   Metascore: 52/100
Reviews: 243 user | 72 critic | 17 from Metacritic.com

After being killed during a botched mugging, a man's love for his partner enables him to remain on earth as a ghost.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Unbroken: An interview with Angelina Jolie

IMDb's Arno Kazarian chats with Angelina Jolie about working with cinematographer Roger Deakins and harnessing Jack O'Connell's fire

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 13 Jun 2011
 
a list of 21 titles
created 18 Apr 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 07 May 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 30 Nov 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 29 Aug 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Ghost" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ghost (1990)

Ghost (1990) on IMDb 7/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ghost.

User Polls

Won 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dirty Dancing (1987)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor Johnny Castle.

Director: Emile Ardolino
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach
Ghost (2010)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A man tries to solve his lover's murder by communicating with her spirit through the help of a medium.

Director: Tarô Ohtani
Stars: Nanako Matsushima, Seung-heon Song, Mana Ashida
Sister Act (1992)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When a worldly singer witnesses a mob crime, the police hide her as a nun in a traditional convent where she has trouble fitting in.

Director: Emile Ardolino
Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy
Pretty Woman (1990)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love.

Director: Garry Marshall
Stars: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Jason Alexander
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A married woman agrees to have sex with another man for $1,000,000.

Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Robert Redford, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson
Point Break (1991)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An FBI agent goes undercover to catch a gang of bank robbers who may be surfers.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey
Grease (1978)
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Director: Randal Kleiser
Stars: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Neo military lawyer Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder; they contend they were acting under orders.

Director: Rob Reiner
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore
Road House (1989)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar.

Director: Rowdy Herrington
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott
G.I. Jane (1997)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Combined Reconnaissance Team training where everyone expects her to fail.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Anne Bancroft
Disclosure (1994)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A computer specialist is sued for sexual harassment by a former lover turned boss who initiated the act forcefully, which threatens both his career and his personal life.

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Michael Douglas, Demi Moore, Donald Sutherland
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

The sisters come back to Delores's show to get her back as Sister Mary Clarence to teach music to a group of students in their parochial school which is doomed for closure. One of the girls... See full summary »

Director: Bill Duke
Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy, Maggie Smith
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Stanley Lawrence ...
Elevator Man
Christopher J. Keene ...
Elevator Man
Susan Breslau ...
Susan
Martina Deignan ...
Rose (as Martina Degnan)
Rick Kleber ...
Mover (as Richard Kleber)
Macka Foley ...
Mover
...
...
Emergency Room Ghost
John Hugh ...
Surgeon
Sam Tsoutsouvas ...
Minister
Sharon Breslau ...
Cemetery Ghost (as Sharon Breslau Cornell)
Edit

Storyline

Sam and Molly are a very happy couple and deeply in love. Walking back to their new apartment after a night out at the theatre, they encounter a thief in a dark alley, and Sam is murdered. He finds himself trapped as a ghost and realises that his death was no accident. He must warn Molly about the danger that she is in. But as a ghost he can not be seen or heard by the living, and so he tries to communicate with Molly through Oda Mae Brown, a psychic who didn't even realise that her powers were real. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

mugging | ghost | bank | love | death | See All (55) »

Taglines:

Before Sam was murdered he told Molly he'd love and protect her forever. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 July 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Duh  »

Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$217,631,306 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Starting in the early 1990s (shortly after the release of Ghost), hip-hop lyrics often included Patrick Swayze's name or the phrase "I'm Swayze" as a reference to or replacement for the earlier slang, "I'm ghost", meaning "I'm leaving/out of here/gone, etc." The 'Notorious B.I.G.' was one artist who was especially fond of including this phrase in his songs. Swayze's appearance in the video for Ja Rule's "Murder Reigns" was also a reference to his and this movie's interesting place in hip-hop culture. See more »

Goofs

As Sam has become able to touch things and people, even hitting them hard, it is not revealed why he must borrow Oda Mae's body to touch Molly's body. He has demonstrated his ability to touch things gently by manipulating the coin a little bit earlier. See more »

Quotes

Sam Wheat: How long have you been here?
Subway Ghost: Since they pushed me.
Sam Wheat: Someone pushed you?
Subway Ghost: Yeah, someone pushed me.
Sam Wheat: Who?
Subway Ghost: What, you don't believe me? You think I fell? You think I jumped? Well, fuck you! It wasn't my time! I wasn't supposed to go! I'm not supposed to be here!
[the ghost kicks a cigarette machine, causing cigarette packs to fall out. He looks longingly at the cigarettes]
Subway Ghost: Oh, I'd give anything for a drag! Just one drag!
See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits are half transparent like a ghost. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lukas: Lukas im Himmel (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

KYRIE OPENING
by David Hykes
Performed by David Hykes & the Harmonic Choir
Courtesy of The Harmonic Arts Society, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
When You're DEAD, It's ALL OVER; but When You're LOVED, It's FOREVER !
25 September 2008 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

The imaginative but well-conceived idea of dishing up a romance upon lovers communicating spiritually owing to one of them is dead, was first filmed by Steven Spielberg 8 months before the Ghost's silver screen release. Spielberg's movie Always(1989) had classy use of visuals fulfilling the needs of viewers with mystery-based expectations. Yet, Always lacked the sense of essential romance concept, despite having the same plot and even the same storyline in Ghost. Originally the idea has been created by Chandler Sprague and David Boehm.

However, Ghost accomplished of what "Always" tried and failed to accomplish. Thanks to the great acting trio of Patrick Swayze + Demi Moore + Whoopi Goldberg, for together they registered indelible moments into Ghost. It is scraped in our memory how in time Molly and Sam happen to keep their thoughts off each others' feelings, and that taught us: "Love begins with emotions, ends with thoughts". On this account they never called off their faith on believing that they will keep an enduring love affair. These indelible scenes in Ghost are conceptually cut where the editing was so impressive that instead of trying to make the story more plausible, it empowered the devotion of lovers onto their relation. The scene which Sam's ghost drew upon Oda Mae's body to break the longing with Molly by kissing her is an imperishable cinematic instant.

I was in love with someone, and it was February,2005; we were both watching the Ghost on TV, both talking on the phone. Then that scene came upon(Sam's ghost kissing Molly in Oda Mae's body), I felt lost deep in my heart seeking the girl I'm talking on the phone. I heard she was crying and sobbing, and keep saying to me: "I will never forget the first time you kissed me and I don't need to be alive to recall this" Ghost is one timeless romantic masterpiece that had its moments. For me the kissing scene was the best kiss in movies of all time. MTV had honoured this kiss as well, several years after the release of the movie, as the best kiss in '90s. Superimposing that, the scenes where Oda Mae Brown convinces Molly that Sam's ghost is around her and then Molly reasons with police that Oda Mae knows what nobody is able to know but Sam and herself only, are the scenes that deliver the magic beyond eyes and beyond ears.

To watch Ghost is in the to do list of what to do when you're on a date.


44 of 48 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Subway Ghost: Do you think he fell or jumped? exitzero10
Atheist jvfunn1
Was Carl laundering money? Embezzling? jeevese
GHOST Remake DemonicJLH28
Major plot hole - makes me angry every time I watch this movie timc1818
Tony Goldwyn did an awesome job. Sh0-Nuff
Discuss Ghost (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?