MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 279 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 136,921 users   Metascore: 52/100
Reviews: 245 user | 69 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

ON TV
ON DISC
ALL

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 18 Feb 2011
 
a list of 44 titles
created 20 Jan 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 09 Aug 2013
 
a list of 48 titles
created 31 Aug 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 10 months ago
 

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 & 22 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Flashdance (1983)
Drama | Romance | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.

Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala
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
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
Striptease (1996)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A stripper and single mother gets dragged into a dangerous situation after a congressman takes a fancy to her.

Director: Andrew Bergman
Stars: Demi Moore, Burt Reynolds, Armand Assante
Drama | Thriller
    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
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

Taglines:

A love that will last 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

When passing through solid objects, ghosts appear to absorb some of the material they are going through. Jerry Zucker had some difficulty explaining what he wanted this effect to look like. Finally, he illustrated it by dipping a napkin into coffee. See more »

Goofs

When Sam is shot and Molly is holding him, her sleeves are covered in blood. Later, at the police station her sleeves are clean. See more »

Quotes

Oda Mae Brown: [calling for Molly] Do you hear me talking to you?
Workman in Loft: I hear you!
Oda Mae Brown: Ah, shut up, nobody's talking to you.
Workman in Loft: Didn't you ever hear of a phone?
Oda Mae Brown: Wanna kiss my butt?
[pause, to Molly again]
Oda Mae Brown: I'm not gonna stand out here forever!
Workman in Loft: Thank God!
Oda Mae Brown: Ah, man, shut up!
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Pablik Enemi 1 n 2: Aksidental Heroes (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

NO HIDING PLACE
Arranged by Evelyn Starks and Dorothy Love Coates
Performed by Dorothy Love Coates and The Original Gospel Harmonettes
Courtesy of Specialty Records, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Forever a classic
15 November 2004 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Certain movies will just always be hard to write a review for. You can give your opinion and say what you enjoyed or didn't enjoy but I find myself hesitating in certain aspects just because a classic must be left some space to be a classic. Ghost as far as I'm concerned will forever be a romantic classic. It's sheer brilliance is it's twists, it is incredibly, deeply, romantic and at the same time terrifying, and has an underlying story that is never fully explored. It's got action, mystery, horror, and at the heart is the pure, simplistic romance of it all.

The story is about an investment banker played by Patrick Swayze and his girlfriend, played by Demi Moore. Sam and Molly are deeply in love, planning for the future and happier in their lives than ever before. Until Sam discovers laundered money in investment accounts. He is robbed and subsequently murdered for his password to the computer in order to empty the laundered money from the accounts. But Sam doesn't go the other side. He is kept on earth in spirit form because of his unfinished business both with Molly and to discover his murderer. He must learn the ropes of being a ghost and nobody else can hear him until he runs into a so called psychic who scams people into believing she can contact their dearly departed. However it turns out, Oda Mae Brown played in her academy award winning role by Whoopie Goldberg can actually hear Sam. Together the unlikely team must help each other uncover the horrible murder plot and save Molly.

Swayze and Moore make an incredible couple..hot on screen. Their careers have perhaps slipped since then one might say but this was them at their best. Swayze was indeed at the top of his game coming out of Dirty Dancing and Roadhouse and Moore was young and a new hot commodity which made them undeniably perfect together. Their roles fit them perfectly. Whoopie Goldberg was hilarious and believable as Oda Mae and her character was such an integral part of the film. Tony Goldwyn plays a great villain as the betrayer of the film. In a short time director Jerry Zucker establishes a best friendship between Goldwyn and Swayze, a deeply loving relationship between Swayze and Moore, and a plot line that goes far beneath the movie. Obviously Goldwyn's character is being used by a much higher up criminal to launder money although we never see him. Is he being blackmailed? Paid off? Something held over his head? Maybe he's not the bad guy but rather forced to commit these acts? It's a big job because we also know Willie Lopez played by Rick Aviles is involved in this as well. And deeper than that we have the theology in the film. The light brings good people to the afterlife and the dark shadowy beings torture the evil.

This film is one of a few that is endlessly watchable meaning you can sit down any time and watch it through over and over and over again which is exactly what makes it a classic. It has it's holes, it has to with a plot like that. And it has it's disturbing moments, a gratituous death scene, a make out scene which although features Swayze and Moore is actually Demi and Whoopi...you have to see it to understand it. Also if Sam Wheat must learn how to physically touch things in his ghost form...how does he sit, walk, etc before he learns that? And his first experience with walking through a door happens days after his death. I'm sure sometime between then and that point he would have had to have walked through something. Perhaps those are minor points but they are things that will come up especially if you have seen it as many times as I have.

The film is a must see and if you haven't seen it, go watch it right now!! Because it's one of those staples of films that everyone must know about. Ghost is amazing!! 9/10

Happy Anniversary to my beautiful Sam...we watched Ghost together last night.


79 of 96 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How did Sam get to Oda Mae Browns apartment so fast in the end? mpett34
Subway Ghost: Do you think he fell or jumped? exitzero10
Was Carl laundering money? Embezzling? jeevese
Atheist jvfunn1
Major plot hole - makes me angry every time I watch this movie timc1818
GHOST Remake DemonicJLH28
Discuss Ghost (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?