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After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.

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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
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Emergency Room Ghost
John Hugh ...
Surgeon
Sam Tsoutsouvas ...
Minister
Sharon Breslau ...
Cemetery Ghost (as Sharon Breslau Cornell)
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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>

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13 July 1990 (USA)  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$217,631,306 (USA)
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At a 2013 AFI Night at the Movies screening of the film, Demi Moore told the audience her initial feelings on the film. "It's a love story, and it's a guy-a dead guy-trying to save his wife, and there is a comedy part, but really, really it's a love story," Moore said. "And I thought, 'Wow, this is really a recipe for disaster.' It's either going to be something really special, really amazing, or really an absolute bust." She went on to talk about what made the film special. "I think the beauty in this film is that none of us knew, and the alchemy that came together with Whoopi and Patrick, and our film editor, Walter Murch, and Adam Greenberg, our DP, it just had a magic." See more »

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When the ghost of Orlando enters Oda Mae's body, he speaks to his widow Ortisha as if it's the first time he's seen her with the new hair color but he was standing alongside the séance and fully able to see Ortisha all the while. See more »

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Oda Mae Brown: He's cute. White, but cute.
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The opening credits are half transparent like a ghost. See more »

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Spoofed in Spin City: One Wedding and a Funeral: Part 2 (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Unchained Melody
Written by Alex North and Hy Zaret
Performed by The Righteous Brothers
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products, A division of PolGram Records, Inc.
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A Zucker for Love Sories
27 May 2005 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

In 1970 we had "Love Story" remember? Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw crying and loving all the way to the bank? 1990 gave us "Ghost" love beyond death and corporate shenanigans. I saw it last night for the first time and surprise, surprise, 15 years later I do understand why people all over the world flocked to see, to devour this soufflé, again and again. Bruce Joel Rubin won an Academy Award for the screenplay, I remember Jodie Foster handing him the statuette with a smile worthy of a British diplomat. But in fact, the screenplay should have propelled the Academy to create a separate category alongside Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay. Yes, Smart Ass Screenplay of the year or Most Commercial Screenplay. Jerry Zucker does a masterful job allowing Rubin's stroke of genius to unfold without major interference. Demi Moore is scrumptious and what Maurice Jarre does with her tears deserves an award of its own. Patrick Swayze suffers with a certain amount of dignity, his anger is very virile but his expressions of longing are pure Lana Turner. What makes the whole calculated enterprise worth every bit of its hype is Whoopi Goldberg. She brings the tale where it really belongs. A comedy. A ghostly comedy about enduring love.


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