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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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America's favorite dad in a spirited comedy! 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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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 »

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Position of Elliot's daughters hair, when they first see Elliot as a ghost. See more »

Quotes

Elliot Hopper: Hello?
Tony Ricker: Uh, yo. Is Diane there? This is Tony Ricker.
Elliot Hopper: Tony Ricker?
Tony Ricker: Yeah, yeah, yeah, it's me. Put the bitch on.
Elliot Hopper: [gets angry and puts his hand into the phone and grabs Tony's neck on the opposite end] PUT THE BITCH ON THE PHONE? PUT THE "BITCH" ON THE PHONE? The bitch can't make it to the phone. I'm here, though! If you so much as call, talk to, or think about Diane, so help me, I'll do things to you.
Tony Ricker: [being choked by Elliot] Are... you... the... devil?
Elliot Hopper: Worse. I'm from the phone company.
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Referenced in Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time (1991) See more »

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from the motion pictures Neighbors (1981) and Big Trouble (1986)
Composed by Bill Conti
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures
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Treasure, Not Trash
1 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Elliot Hopper (Bill Cosby) is a recently widowed father of three who has nearly bankrupted the family in attempts to save his lingering wife. Elliot is working on a business deal to get the family out of debt when he climbs into the taxicab of a maniacal Satanist.

So, IMDb has this at 4.3 and allegedly it was on many critics' "worst of" lists, with Roger Ebert really taking a dislike. Well, Mr. Ebert, I am sorry but you were wrong this time. This film is not only funny, but has become a cultural benchmark.

Yeah, it is far from perfect. The elder daughter is annoying... very annoying. But that Dana Ashbrook! And Jim Henson as a devil-worshiping cab driver? Priceless.


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