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Bruce Willis was offered the role as Sam but turned it down because he didn't think the movie would work with the main character being dead most of the movie. When Ghost went on to become a huge success he referred to himself as a "knucklehead" for saying no. Nine years later he said yes to playing another main character who is dead most of the movie - but doesn't know it - in The Sixth Sense (1999), which also went on to become a huge success.
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The pottery scene was the sexiest thing Patrick Swayze said he'd ever done on film.
The role of Oda Mae Brown was not written with Whoopi Goldberg in mind, but Patrick Swayze, an admirer of hers, convinced the producers that she would be right for the part.
Demi Moore got the part of Molly Jensen largely because she can cry out of either eye on cue.
The horrific sounds made by the "dark shadows" are really the sounds of baby's cries, played at extremely slow speed backwards.
Patrick Swayze alleged that Sam Wheat was the hardest role he ever played in his career, mainly because he had to be an observer to the action, and not a participant.
Vincent Schiavelli played the subway ghost in the scenes with Patrick Swayze's character. Both men later died of cancer at the age of 57.
Bruce Joel Rubin wanted Patrick Swayze to play Sam Wheat after he saw an interview Swayze gave. When he brought up his father, he 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).
Molly tells Sam that he "leads a charmed life." This is a line from William Shakespeare's Macbeth. Macbeth also claims to lead a charmed life - meaning he cannot be killed. Immediately after making this claim, however, he is killed. Sam is killed after seeing a production of Macbeth.
Patrick Swayze got women coming up to him for years asking him to say "Ditto" from the movie.
Bruce Joel Rubin didn't like the idea of the Dark Spirits having faces and hands. He thought they should have looked more like shadows come to life, not ghouls with human features.
Sam's last line took Jerry Zucker and Bruce Joel Rubin months to come up with.
The song Sam sings relentlessly to Oda Mae to get her to agree to help him is "Henry the 8th, I Am". The lyrics, in part, are "She wouldn't have a Willie or a Sam..." Patrick Swayze's character is named Sam, and the man who murdered him is named Willie.
When it came time to cast the film, writer Bruce Joel Rubin suggested Patrick Swayze for the role of Sam Wheat. Director Jerry Zucker felt that Swayze was completely wrong for the part. Many actors that included Paul Hogan (who instead made Almost an Angel (1990)), Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Mel Gibson, Dennis Quaid, Bruce Willis (Demi Moore's husband at the time, who didn't think the film would work), John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, David Duchovny, Johnny Depp, Kevin Costner and Alec Baldwin were all offered the part but all turned it down feeling that playing a ghost would be cheesy. Zucker then decided to audition Swayze though he thought he would blow the audition. To Zucker's surprise, Swayze did a great audition and he was cast immediately in the part.
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.
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.
The scene with Molly at the police station was the first to be filmed.
Nicole Kidman auditioned for the role of Molly.
Demi Moore came up with rolling the jar down the stairs, opposed to throwing it as scripted.
Vincent Schiavelli's ghost character breaks open a cigarette machine and longs to be able to have another smoke. In real life, Schiavelli would later die of lung cancer.
When the farewell scene where Sam tells Molly that he always loved her was filmed, Patrick Swayze's emotion was real and the actor thought about his own father who passed away in 1982.
When the movie was first released on VHS in 1991, the tapes were light or "ghost" gray.
Jerry Zucker's favorite film of his own.
The interior of Molly and Sam's finished loft apartment was actually the home/studio of artist-sculptor Michele Oka Doner, located in the Soho neighborhood of Manhattan.
Oda Mae Brown is Bruce Joel Rubin's favorite character, of all the ones he's written.
Shortly before production began, Whoopi Goldberg was not sure that she was going to be able to put this movie into her work schedule. The part was then verbally offered to Jackée Harry who accepted. However, at the last minute Goldberg was able to do the film and Harry was dropped.
Demi Moore and Vincent Schiavelli share the same birthday, 11th Novemeber. Schiavelli and Patrick Swayze both died at the age of 57; Schiavelli from lung cancer and Swayze from pancreatic cancer.
Demi Moore's husband at the time Bruce Willis was offered the lead role of Sam Wheat, but turned it down.
At theatrical showings in Monterrey, Mexico, women in the audience were given envelopes marked "Solo para mujeres" (for women only) containing tissues.
The film's general storyline is expanded from an old urban legend dealing with a spirit of a recently deceased trying to warn their loved one of an imminent danger.
Rotten Tomatoes has the movie kept at an "R" rating, despite the MPAA officially approved the film to be rated "PG-13."
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'Whoopi Goldberg''s character is named Oda Mae Brown. Later in the film, she briefly uses the name Rita Miller. Taken together, the names are a friendly shout-out to writer Rita Mae Brown, author of Rubyfruit Jungle.
The subway scenes were filmed on the abandoned lower level of the 42nd St. station of the IND 8th Ave. line. Trains appearing in the film wrong-railed through the station; that is, they ran in the opposite direction of normal operation.
Bruce Joel Rubin wasn't sure at first if Jerry Zucker should direct his script, what with Zucker coming from a background of screwball comedy.
Patti LaBelle auditioned for the role of Oda Mae Brown.
Sondra Rubin playing a nun (her first role) was ironic because she never went out in public without makeup.
In this movie Oda Mae Brown, played by Whoopi Goldberg, meets two nuns. Goldberg played a nun in Sister Act (1992) and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993).
The first film where Jerry Zucker received a sole directing credit.
Paul Hogan was offered the role of Sam Wheat, but he passed on it, because he felt it wasn't funny. However, Paul Hogan offered Patrick Swayze the role of Steve Garner in his supernatural comedy "Almost An Angel", but Swayze turned it down to do this film and Elias Koteas got the part.
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Sondra Rubin:  Writer Bruce Joel Rubin's mother plays the nun who faints over the size of the check that Oda Mae endorses.
Charlotte Zucker:  Director Jerry Zucker's mother (who has appeared in many of the Zucker brothers' movies) plays the bank officer.

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