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Ghost -- Patrick Swayze plays a ghost who teams with a psychic (Academy-Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg) to uncover the truth behind his murder - and to rescue his sweetheart (Demi Moore) from a similar fate.
Ghost -- After an accident leaves a young man dead, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.


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Writer (WGA):
Bruce Joel Rubin (written by)
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13 July 1990 (USA) See more »
A love that will last forever. See more »
After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Patrick Swayze ... Sam Wheat

Demi Moore ... Molly Jensen

Whoopi Goldberg ... Oda Mae Brown

Tony Goldwyn ... Carl Bruner
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

Rick Aviles ... Willie Lopez

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

Vincent Schiavelli ... Subway Ghost
Angelina Estrada ... Rosa Santiago
Armelia McQueen ... Oda Mae's Sister

Gail Boggs ... Oda Mae's Sister
Thom Curley ... Workman in Loft

Stephen Root ... Police Sgt.
Laura Drake ... Policewoman
Augie Blunt ... Orlando
Alma Beltran ... Woman Ghost
Vivian Bonnell ... Ortisha
Derek Thompson ... Ortisha's Friend
J. Christopher Sullivan ... Man Ghost
Charlotte Zucker ... Bank Officer

Tom Finnegan ... Bank Guard

Bruce Jarchow ... Lyle Furgeson
Sondra Rubin ... Nun
Faye Brenner ... Nun
William Cort ... Bank Co-Worker
Minnie Summers Lindsey ... Apartment Woman (as Minnie Lindsey)
Mabel Lockridge ... Apartment Woman

Said Faraj ... Cab Driver
William L. Arance ... Dark ghost (as W. L. Arance)
Mike Jittlov ... Dark Spirits
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steven-Charles Jaffe ... Man at the Party After Sam's Funeral (uncredited)
Billy Marshall Thompson ... Extra (uncredited)
Burton Zucker ... Subway Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Jerry Zucker 
Writing credits
Bruce Joel Rubin (written by)

Produced by
Steven-Charles Jaffe .... executive producer
Bruce Joel Rubin .... associate producer
Lisa Weinstein .... producer
Howard W. Koch .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
Cinematography by
Adam Greenberg (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Walter Murch 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
Production Design by
Jane Musky 
Art Direction by
Mark W. Mansbridge  (as Mark Mansbridge)
Set Decoration by
Joe D. Mitchell 
Costume Design by
Ruth Morley 
Makeup Department
Marietta Carter-Narcisse .... makeup artist: Ms. Goldberg (as Marietta A. Carter)
Ben Nye Jr. .... supervising makeup artist
Kyle Sweet .... makeup artist
Dione Taylor .... supervising hair stylist
Julia L. Walker .... hair stylist: Ms. Goldberg
Production Management
Dirk Petersmann .... unit production manager
Michael Tadross .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Hockridge .... first assistant director
Steven-Charles Jaffe .... second unit director
George Parra .... second assistant director
Mark Radcliffe .... first assistant director
Joseph Ray .... second assistant director: second unit
Charlie Picerni .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Richard T. Allen .... construction foreperson: second unit
Leslie Bloom .... set decorator: second unit
Dennis Bradford .... art director: second unit
Oscar Flores .... assistant propmaster
Horst Grandt .... property master
Bill 'Kauhane' Hoyt .... production painter (as William Hoyt)
Gary Kudroff .... lead person
Michael Lessa .... illustrator (as Mike Lessa)
Robert Lindsey .... constrution foreperson (as Bob Lindsey)
David J. Negron .... storyboard artist
Larry Phillips .... assistant propmaster
Thomas Saccio .... property master: second unit (as Tom Saccio)
Stan Tropp .... set designer
Butch West .... construction coordinator
Steven Braund .... property maker (uncredited)
Randy L. Childs .... propmaker (uncredited)
Paul Ecker .... painter (uncredited)
Doreen Lehrhoff .... carpenter (uncredited)
Kelly Lepkowsky .... special creative props (uncredited)
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Robert Misetich .... paint forman (uncredited)
Michael Saccio .... assistant property master (uncredited)
D.A. Zingelewicz .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bob Baron .... adr mixer
Christopher E. Bennett .... apprentice sound editor
Clayton Collins .... sound editor
Don Coufal .... boom operator
Greg Curda .... foley mixer (as Gregory Curda)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
David Lee Fein .... foley artist
Laura Graham .... foley editor
Lee Haxall .... dialogue editor
Gary Holland .... cable person
Michael Magill .... dialogue editor
Steve Maslow .... re-recording mixer
Kathy McCart .... recordist
Chuck Michael .... supervising foley editor
Walter Murch .... re-recording mixer
E. Jeane Putnam .... assistant sound editor
Gary Ritchie .... recordist
Jeanine Schaack .... assistant sound editor
Leslie Shatz .... re-recording mixer
Leslie Shatz .... supervising sound editor
Mary Ann Skweres .... assistant sound editor (as Maryann Skweres)
Renee Tondelli .... assistant sound editor
Jennifer L. Ware .... assistant sound editor (as Jennifer Ware)
Jeff Wexler .... sound mixer
Douglas Greenfield .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Eugene Crum .... special effects
Donald Frazee .... special effects
Logan Frazee .... special effects
Terry D. Frazee .... special effects supervisor (as Terry Frazee)
Michael Meinardus .... special effects (as Mike Meinardus)
Donald Myers .... special effects (as Donald Myers Jr.)
Robert DeVine .... special effects (uncredited)
Michael Meier .... pyrotechnician (uncredited)
Mike Smithson .... body effects: Patrick Swayze (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jon Alexander .... optical camera operator: ILM
William L. Arance .... digital artist: dark ghosts (as W.L. Arance)
Gordon Baker .... visual effects animator: ILM
Randall Balsmeyer .... motion control supervisor
Kathleen Beeler .... rotoscope artist: ILM
Jennifer C. Bell .... visual effects coordinator
Jil-Sheree Bergin .... visual effects coordinator: ILM
Beverly Bernacki .... opticals
Tom Bertino .... rotoscope supervisor: ILM
Beth Block .... opticals
Barbara Brennan .... rotoscope artist: ILM
Marty Brenneis .... engineering service: ILM
Laura Buff .... visual effects production supervisor
Charlie Canfield .... special effects camera operator: ILM
Don Canfield .... motion control assistant: New York (as Donald Canfield)
Marsha Gray Carrington .... digital artist: ink artist (as Marsha Carrington)
Marsha Gray Carrington .... digital artist: paint artist (as Marsha Carrington)
Marsha Gray Carrington .... rotoscope artist (as Marsha Carrington)
Lanny Cermak .... engineering service: ILM
Doug Chiang .... visual effects art director: ILM
Donald Clark .... optical camera operator: ILM
Charlie Clavadetscher .... animator supervisor: ILM
Michael Cooper .... optical lineup: ILM
Tom Cranham .... visual effects illustrator
Peter Crosman .... visual effects animator: ILM
Ron Diggory .... stage technician: ILM
Mark A.Z. Dippé .... computer graphics: ILM (as Mark E.R. Dippé)
Jeff Doran .... optical camera operator: ILM
Loring Doyle .... visual effects animator: ILM
Richard Edlund .... visual effects supervisor: Boss Film Studios
Harrison Ellenshaw .... visual effects technical consultant
Susan Fritz-Monahan .... visual effects co-producer: ILM
George Gambetta .... optical lineup: ILM
John Gazdik .... visual effects camera assistant: ILM
Brian Gernand .... model maker: ILM
Michael Gleason .... visual effects editor: ILM
Ned Gorman .... visual effects producer: ILM
Joanne Hafner .... rotoscope artist: ILM
Rebecca Heskes .... rotoscope artist: ILM (as Rebecca Petrulli)
Robert Hill .... visual effects camera assistant: ILM
Sandy Houston .... rotoscope artist: ILM
Lincoln Hu .... computer graphics: ILM
Peg Hunter .... optical lineup: ILM
Nancy Jencks .... assistant editor: ILM
Mike Jittlov .... digital artist: dark ghosts
Keith Johnson .... optical camera operator: ILM
Ed Jones .... executive in charge of post-production: ILM (as Ed. L. Jones)
David Karpman .... optical lineup: ILM
Katherine Kean .... visual effects supervisor: Good Spirits and Dark Spirits (as Kathy Kean)
Steven Kosakura .... motion control operator
Jennifer Hall Lee .... optical line-up: ILM (as Jennifer Lee)
Liz Lord .... digital artist: ink artist
Liz Lord .... digital artist: paint artist
Liz Lord .... rotoscope artist
Rob Maine .... motion control operator: ILM (as Robert Maine)
Greg Maloney .... optical lineup: ILM
Roberto McGrath .... assistant editor: ILM
Virgil Mirano .... special elements photographer
Craig Mohagen .... stage technician: ILM
Terry Molatore .... rotoscope artist: ILM
Jack Mongovan .... rotoscope artist: ILM
Jim Morris .... executive in charge of production: ILM
Ed Moyer .... motion control assistant: Los Angeles (as Edward Moyer)
Ellen Mueller .... rotoscope artist: ILM
Bill Neil .... visual effects consultant
Lori J. Nelson .... optical lineup: ILM
Bruce Nicholson .... visual effects supervisor: ILM
January Nordman .... scene coordinator
Sarah Pasanen .... opticals
Alan Peterson .... model maker: ILM
Lorne Peterson .... modelshop supervisor: ILM
Steve Price .... video effects artist
Carolyn Ensle Rendu .... rotoscope artist: ILM (as Carolyn Rendu)
Pat Repola .... optical camera operator: ILM
Stuart Robertson .... optical photography supervisor: ILM
Martin Rosenberg .... visual effects camera: ILM
Scott Ross .... general manager: ILM
Susan Ross .... model maker: ILM
Thomas Rosseter .... optical lineup: ILM (as Tom Rosseter)
Jim Rygiel .... digital effects supervisor
Nina Salerno .... digital artist: ink artist
Nina Salerno .... digital artist: paint artist
Nina Salerno .... rotoscope artist
Christine Sellin .... visual effects production coordinator
Kenneth Smith .... optical camera operator: ILM
Thomas J. Smith .... optical camera operator: ILM (as Tom Smith)
Ellen Somers .... visual effects production supervisor
Anthony Stacchi .... visual effects animator: ILM
Howard Stein .... visual effects editor
Eric Swenson .... special effects camera operator: ILM
Joseph Thomas .... motion control operator
Sean Turner .... visual effects animator: ILM
John T. Van Vliet .... visual effects supervisor: Good Spirits and Dark Spirits (as John Van Vliet)
Robert Wait .... visual effects editor
Garry Waller .... special elements photographer
Judith Weaver .... animation coordinator: ILM
Byron Werner .... digital artist: ink artist
Byron Werner .... digital artist: paint artist
Byron Werner .... rotoscope artist
David S. Williams Jr. .... additional composites: Illusion Arts (as David S. Williams)
Susan Adele Colletta .... post production coordinator: ILM (uncredited)
Philip Crescenzo .... visual effects: technical supervisor (uncredited)
Mimi Everett .... motion control camera: Post Group (uncredited)
Jenny Fulle .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Jack Gallagher .... plate photography coordinator: ILM (uncredited)
Don Lee .... digital compositor (uncredited)
David Nakabayashi .... storyboards ilm (uncredited)
Jeff Nicholson .... optical effects (uncredited)
Larry Weiss .... CG animator: VIFX (uncredited)
David Wiezer .... model maker (uncredited)
Sandy Berumen .... stunts
Bob K. Cummings .... stunts
Gary Davis .... stunt coordinator (as Gary Charles Davis)
Shane Dixon .... stunts
Andy Duppin .... stunts
Ramiro González .... stunts (as Ramiro Gonzalez)
Peter Hock .... stunts
William James .... stunts
Harry Madsen .... stunts
Gary McLarty .... stunts
Gene McLaughlin .... stunts
Charlie Picerni .... stunt coordinator (as Charles Picerni)
James Thompson .... stunts
Jeff Ward .... stunts
Kym Washington .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Gavin Alcott .... second assistant camera
Mike Benson .... camera operator (as Michael A. Benson)
Charles John Bukey .... first company grip (as Chuck Bukey)
Deven Chierighino .... gaffer
Billy Clevenger .... first assistant camera
John W. DeBlau .... chief lighting technician: second unit (as John De Blau)
Cary Fisher .... director of photography: second unit
Dennis Gamiello .... first company grip: second unit
Donald L. Hartley .... dolly grip (as Don Hartley)
Harold Hathaway .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Harold Hathaway Jr.)
Jono Kouzouyan .... chief lighting technician
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Lorna Wiley .... second assistant camera
Elizabeth Ziegler .... Steadicam operator (as Liz Ziegler)
Ken Fisher .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Raymond Fortune .... electrician (uncredited)
Robert Gray .... key grip (uncredited)
Randy Jonsson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Eric Leigh .... electrician (uncredited)
Sal Martorano .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael Orefice .... pre-rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Lance Shepherd .... electrician (uncredited)
Animation Department
Jeff Howard .... animator
Candace Lewis .... animator
Martine Tomczyk .... animator
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting: second unit
Jan McGill .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kendall Errair .... costumer
Eric Harrison .... costumer
Dawn J. Jackson .... costume supervisor (as Dawn Jackson)
Mark Peterson .... key costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Elisa Cohen .... apprentice editor
Meredith Gold .... assistant film editor
Agnes Grandits .... assistant editor: second unit (as Agnes Challe-Grandits)
Tom Shaffer .... color timer
John Watson .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Eric Klosterman .... location manager
Charles Zalben .... location manager: second unit (as Charlie Zalben)
Lauri Pitkus .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Grant Harper Reid .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Fernandez .... music scoring mixer
Maurice Jarre .... orchestrator
Shawn Murphy .... music scoring mixer
Hy Zaret .... lyrics
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Emmanuel Chamboredon .... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)
Maurice Jarre .... conductor (uncredited)
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
William Hogue .... transportation captain (as Bill Hogue)
Gene R. Johnson .... transportation coordinator (as Gene Johnson)
Richard Curry .... driver: Ms. Moore (uncredited)
Other crew
Laurie Abdo .... assistant: Howard W. Koch
Sheila Barnes .... production coordinator
Faye Brenner .... script supervisor
Beth Brown .... production assistant
Blaine Converse .... assistant: Jerry Zucker
Diane Edquist .... assistant: Sheila Barnes
Marie Elder .... assistant production auditor
Marty Elfalan .... production assistant (as Martin Elfalan)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Pam Halstead .... assistant to producer
Patti Hawn .... unit publicist
Dianna Incorvaia .... coordinator: Post Group
Terry Ladin .... production coordinator: second unit
Brigid Lundt .... production assistant: second unit
Alvin Mears .... animal trainer
Ron Mitchell .... production assistant
Susan Montgomery .... production auditor
Justin Moritt .... production assistant: second unit
John Moy .... craft service (as John S. Moy)
Allison Procacci .... production assistant: second unit
Winston Quitasol .... production assistant
Michael Risoli .... production assistant
Lee Simchon .... assistant to executive producer
Carlos H. Sánchez .... production assistant (as Carlos H. Sanchez)
Laura Tateishi .... production secretary
Judy Whelchel .... assistant: Bruce Joel Rubin
Greg Ferris .... marketing canada (uncredited)
Aaron Sadovsky .... craft service (uncredited)
Scott Schaffer .... craft service (uncredited)
Nicholas Wolfert .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lindsay Doran .... special thanks to
Crew verified as complete

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Bruce Joel Rubin wanted Patrick Swayze to play Sam Wheat after he saw an interview Swayze gave. When he brought up his father, Swayze burst into tears. Rubin thought if a macho guy like Patrick Swayze could cry over a loved one, he'd be perfect for Ghost (1990).See more »
Revealing mistakes: When "Oda Mae" and "Molly" are straddling the rafters, they are obviously stunt doubles.See more »
Molly Jensen:I love you. I really love you.
Sam Wheat:Ditto.
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83 out of 101 people found the following review useful.
Forever a classic, 15 November 2004
Author: Robert W. ( from Ontario, Canada

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 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 have to see it to understand it. Also if Sam Wheat must learn how to physically touch things in his ghost 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.

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