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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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »



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


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 <>

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A love that will last forever. See more »


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Release Date:

13 July 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Duh  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)


$217,631,306 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kim Basinger, Geena Davis, Helen Hunt, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Andie MacDowell, Madonna, Michelle Pfeiffer, Molly Ringwald, Meg Ryan, Mary Steenburgen, Kathleen Turner and Debra Winger, were all considered for the role of Molly Jensen. Had Leigh gotten the role, this would have made the first live action movie since Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) that Vincent Schiavelli been in the same live action movie even though they wouldn't have had any scenes together. Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002) was animated so they only did voice overs. See more »


After Oda Mae gives away the check, she says goodbye to Sam and we see a group of extras crossing the street. When the angle switches to the other side of the street, we see one of the same extras (African American lady, box cut hair) crossing the street again. See more »


[to the bank employee after messing up the signature card]
Oda Mae Brown: I'm sorry, but, could I get another one? I... uh... signed the wrong name.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Under Wraps (1997) See more »


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It has a lot more subtext than its naysayers will tell you...
29 June 2003 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

It may be easy to write this fantasy/love story off as a bloated box-office winner with a heart of F/X, however the performances are so winning, and the Oscar-winning script so satisfying, I can't believe it doesn't rate higher with viewers. Murdered businessman (Patrick Swayze, not a good actor but doing OK here) sets out in ghostly form to bring his killers to justice--and to watch out over his lovely girlfriend (Demi Moore, hitting all the right notes of a grieving lover). Whoopi Goldberg won a Supporting Oscar as a fake medium and Tony Goldwyn is uncanny as a slimeball ex-friend (his sniveling is so convincing it may have cost him real-life celebrity). Extremely well-directed by Jerry Zucker--in anybody else's hands, this might have turned to mush. ***1/2 from ****

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