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Only her desire can make him rise again
Elderly Scott kills himself after a heart attack wrecks his body, but then comes back as a ghost and convinces his loving young hot wife Kate to pick and kill a young man in order for Scott to possess his body and be with her again. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Directed by
John Derek 
Writing credits
John Derek (writer)

Produced by
Chandran Rutnam .... associate producer
Bo Derek .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Junior Homrich 
Randy Tico  (as Randall Tico)
Cinematography by
John Derek 
Film Editing by
John Derek 
Casting by
Ellen Lang 
Production Design by
Errol Kelly (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Norma Collins .... hair stylist (as Norma Bass)
Norma Collins .... makeup artist (as Norma Bass)
Lucky Mathangaweera .... makeup artist: Sri Lanka
Sesha Pallihakkara .... makeup artist: Sri Lanka
Lorraine Altamura .... second makeup assistant (uncredited)
Production Management
Scot Evans .... post-production supervisor
Rick Nathanson .... production manager: Wyoming
Anthony Ray .... production manager (as Anthony M. Ray)
Ainsley De Silva .... production manager: Sri Lanka (uncredited)
Frank Hildebrand .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elmo Halliday .... second assistant director: Sri Lanka
Kelly Schroeder .... first assistant director: Wyoming
D.B. 'Warner' Warnasiri .... first assistant director: Sri Lanka (as D.B. Warnasiri)
Art Department
S.B.I. Amadoru .... property department
Sena Ma Bulage .... art department
H.D. Kariyawasam .... property department
Errol Kelly .... art department
A. Nandariri .... constructor
S. Navaratne .... constructor
Sunil Wijeratne .... art department
Sound Department
Golden Felton .... sound editor
Darrell Hall .... assistant sound editor
Robert Heffernan .... adr editor
David M. Ice .... sound editor (as David Ice)
John Kwiatkowski .... sound editor
Steve Pederson .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
John Post .... foley artist
Alan Potter .... sound editor
Michael P. Redbourn .... sound (as Michael Redbourn)
Richard Shorr .... sound
Mark Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Tony Smyles .... sound mixer
Ken Troisi .... assistant sound editor
Bill Ward .... assistant sound editor
Christopher T. Welch .... adr editor
Christopher T. Welch .... sound editor
Richard Shorr .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Reinhard Stergar .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Brouillet .... stills assistant
John S. Campbell .... gaffer: Wyoming (as John Campbell)
Joel Carmichael .... key grip: Wyoming
John Derek .... camera operator
Todd Dos Reis .... second assistant camera: Wyoming
Michael Gfelner .... first assistant camera: Wyoming
B. Godwyn .... grip: Sri Lanka
K. Gunatileke .... camera assistant: Sri Lanka
Donald Karunaratna .... gaffer: Sri Lanka (as Donald Karunaratne)
A. Madugalla .... grip: Sri Lanka
Terry Moses .... electrician: Wyoming
K. Pathiratne .... electrician: Sri Lanka
M. Ranasinghe .... electrician: Sri Lanka
Melvin Reams .... best boy: Wyoming
Nikolaus Starkmeth .... assistant camera
Mitch Gulbin .... key grip: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Priyatha Athula .... wardrobe
Nikki Hodges .... wardrobe: Wyoming
Akushla Sellaiyah .... wardrobe
William Westbrook .... wardrobe: Wyoming
Editorial Department
Brad Arensman .... executive in charge of post-production
Tyler Butler .... post-production coordinator
Laurie Handler .... post-production assistant
Sharon McGeeney .... negative cutter
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Brian K. Roberts .... post-production assistant (as Brian Roberts)
Music Department
Dominic Camardella .... music engineer
Dominic Camardella .... musician: piano
Randy Cobb .... musician: guitar
Jeff Elliot .... musician: trumpets
Steve Kujala .... musician: flute solos
Gary Meek .... musician: alto, soprano and tenor saxophone solos
Walfredo Reyes .... musician: drum solos
John Scozzano .... musician: accordion
Jim Shaffer .... assistant music engineer
Jim Sitterly .... musician: violin solos
Mark Snow .... music consultant
Dave Tolegian .... musician: tenor and baritone saxophone
Barbara Wood .... vocal soloist
Other crew
Diana Adams .... production accountant: Wyoming (as Diana Johnson)
Claude G. Albuquerque .... special assistant
Eva Banhidi .... script supervisor
Imthiaz Cader .... production department
Ainsley De Silva .... location manager: Sri Lanka
Tink Ten Eyck .... production accountant
Chandrasiri Gunartne .... production department
Jim Hawks .... stand-in: Wyoming
Barry Hostetler .... production assistant: Wyoming (as Barry Hosttetler)
Avram 'Butch' Kaplan .... production controller
Mickey Knox .... dialogue supervisor
Bettina Paladini .... production accountant: USA
Catherine Roehl .... production accountant: USA
Gail Schacht .... production coordinator: USA
Vidette Schine .... production assistant: USA
Suzanne Unvert .... production coordinator: USA
Brad Stephens .... publicist (uncredited)
Moshe Diamant .... thanks (as Moshe)
Abdullah Hamid .... thanks: for the pleasure of filming in the Maldive Islands
Kerry Perez .... very special thanks: for doing everything in every department (as Kerry Collins-Perez)
B.I. Saleem .... thanks: for the pleasure of filming in the Maldive Islands
Eduard Sarlui .... thanks (as Eduardo)
Richard Shorr .... very special thanks: for sound and much more
Imaging Spence .... thanks: for Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Ahmed Zahir .... thanks: for the pleasure of filming in the Maldive Islands (as Mr. Ahmed Zahir - Director of Tourism)

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Every Bit As Bad As Its Reputation, 20 February 2013
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Ghosts Can't Do It (1989)

BOMB (out of 4)

Director-writer John Derek and wife Bo made a total of four films together starting with FANTASIES and then moving onto TARZAN THE APE MAN and BOLERO. All three movies were pretty bad but nothing in them was bad enough to prepare for you how downright awful their fourth and final film was. In the film, Bo plays a young woman married to a much older man (Anthony Quinn) who ends up killing himself. The old man's spirit sticks around to have conversations with his woman and soon the two of them decide it's best for his spirit to enter a younger man so that they can have sex again. GHOSTS CAN'T DO IT is without question one of the worst films I've ever seen and especially one of the worst romances I've seen. I really would have loved to have been a fly on the wall whenever the Derek's were discussing the films that they should make. There's no question that John loved his wife and was proud of her body and thankfully he wasn't a prude about showing it off. Bo has always been an amazingly beautiful woman and that's true here as she has several scenes where she's totally naked. Without this cheap nudity the film would be completely horrible so at least John was smart enough to add nude scenes but this could be said for all four of their films. As for acting, I've never quite found Bo to be as bad as many others but there's still no question she doesn't give that much of a performance here. Quinn basically stands around behind some filter meant to make him look like his in another world. His performance is pretty campy and over-the-top. Vets Don Murray and Julie Newmar also appear but add very little. Again, I'm really not sure what John Derek was trying to do here unless he was really preparing his wife for his own death since he was much older. Perhaps this was just some sort of perverted fantasy that he had about dying himself. I'm not sure what the goal was but the end result is just a complete disaster that's certainly not romantic, never funny and just a real painful experience to try and make it through.

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