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Ghost Dad (1990)

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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Ahh... the joys of transparenthood. See more »


Comedy | Family | Fantasy


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Release Date:

29 June 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El fantasma de papá  »

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Box Office


$24,707,633 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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The movie's A-crew featured two veteran "Henrys" of the Hollywood film industry. They were composer Henry Mancini and production designer Henry Bumstead. See more »


As a ghost Elliot is only supposed to be visible in the dark, however when he returns to his place of work as a ghost he is clearly visible by other people in sunlit and electric light lit rooms. See more »


[on the phone with his boss, Mr. Collins]
Elliot Hopper: Hello, Mr. Collins?
Mr. Emery Collins: [furious] Why weren't you at the bank meeting, Hopper? This merger is falling apart! Where have you been all afternoon? We had negotiating committees from both firms waiting for you. And you never had the courtesy to call us and tell us you were standing us up!
Elliot Hopper: Mr. Collins, I can assure you...
Mr. Emery Collins: If you blow this deal, Hopper, do you know what I personally will do to you?
[hangs up]
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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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