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Ghost Dad (1990)

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Elliot Hopper is a widower with three children, he is currently working on a deal. It seems like his wife illness was very costly and this deal could put them out of the red. However he ... See full summary »

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Elliot Hopper is a widower with three children, he is currently working on a deal. It seems like his wife illness was very costly and this deal could put them out of the red. However he gets into a cab that is driven by a maniac, and Elliot crashes and the next thing he knows he is floating around and finds himself in the lab of a scientist who studies paranormal. Elliot asks the scientist to send him back so that he could finish the deal and make sure that his children are taken care of. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Bill Cosby as you've never seen him before... invisible. See more »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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29 June 1990 (USA)  »

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El fantasma de papá  »

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$24,707,633 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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A novelization of the movie was written by Mel Cebulash and was first published about a fortnight after the movie launched stateside in mid-1990. See more »

Goofs

Elliot take the time to make a tape recording of himself reading bedtime stories to his children because he's too busy to be with them, but he could have just spent the time it took to make those recordings with his children instead of making the recordings in the first place. See more »

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Elliot Hopper: But I've got to make it to Thursday. It's for my children. My wife died a few years ago and I'm all they have left. Please, Sir "Edith."
Sir Edith Moser: Sir "Edd-ith." Mozer.
Elliot Hopper: But on... on the book it's spelled "Edith."
Sir Edith Moser: But it's pronounced "Edd-ith."
Elliot Hopper: That's a girl's name.
Sir Edith Moser: Look here, it is not a girl's name. Edith is a boy's name.
Elliot Hopper: Who were you named after?
Sir Edith Moser: I was named after my grandmama!
Elliot Hopper: And they called her "Edd-ith?"
Sir Edith Moser: No! Her name is "Edith!"
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It's Just A Girl Thing
Written by C.C. Orange, Jay McGowan, Renita Johnson and Mike Mike Phillips
Performed by Icey Jaye
Courtesy of Arista Records
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Enjoyable Dramedy on the Afterlife
31 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. It was ingenious how they combined the screen writing with the special effects to allow the "live" people" to interact with Bill Cosby (as Elliot Hopper) in his "between" state: They could hear him, but only see him if the lights were turned down low. I found this genuinely interesting, because a low-light situation is one of the best conditions for seeing the human aura. What I liked maybe most about Ghost Dad was the pacing, which was flawless; not a single wasted or empty moment in the movie. Always there was good dialogue. Regardless of what some reviewers have to say, I did not find the movie "corny" at all. It was a perfect combination of sober and hopeful.

The ending was beautiful, as Elliot's daughter, Diane (played by Kimberly Russel), has her own near death experience and he has to convince her to go back to her body. The ending is a very happy one, but I will not spoil it for you.

Note: Historically, I have been very critical of movies that force us to suspend our disbelief through plots that just don't work (particularly with "invisible" people). Ghost Dad is very believable, and Cosby (and the movie) never lose focus or waste time on goofy gags or cheap dialogue. Very well done, indeed.


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