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In the Spirit (1990)

R | | Comedy | 6 April 1990 (USA)
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A woman moves back to New York and hires a ditzy New Age woman to redecorate her apartment in this Odd Couple styled comedy. The movie takes a turn as the two escape to a New Age retreat in... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Flan
Marianne Flan
Reva Prosky
Phillip Schopper ...
The Voice
Agda Antonio ...
Brian Hickey ...
Attacker in Hall
Laurie Jones ...
Phil Harper ...
Homeless Executive
Steve Powers ...
Documentary Interviewer
Hope Cameron ...
New Age Lecturer
Handyman #1
David Baer ...
Handyman #2


A woman moves back to New York and hires a ditzy New Age woman to redecorate her apartment in this Odd Couple styled comedy. The movie takes a turn as the two escape to a New Age retreat in upstate New York to get away from a murderer who is pursuing them. Melanie Griffith also shows up briefly as a hooker as the two hide out acting as hookers. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Release Date:

6 April 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agitando os Espíritos  »

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$281,285 (USA)

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In December 1988, shortly after the film had wrapped (which would prove well over a year in advance of its eventual release), Liz Smith's syndicated column named Louise Lasser as the seventh and final featured cast member, following Olympia Dukakis. Somewhere in the interim, however, for whatever reason, and with nary a mention in the press, Lasser's scenes found their way onto the cutting room floor, although it would seem that continuity concerns may have rescued her from utter oblivion - that judging from an alleged Lasser sighting mentioned online in 2005 ("Blink twice and you will miss the estimable Louise Lasser lurking in the background of an early shot"). See more »


Reva: It's the mafia! The mafia is after us!
Maryann: Oh, the mafia wouldn't try to kill us and make it look like an accident! They'd just kill us! They're the mafia.
Reva: Oh, yes. But what if it connects them to something bigger, like drugs, or murder!?!
Maryann: Do you know much about the mafia?
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I will praise this movie to the skies. I loved it.
6 April 2001 | by (edge of the world-Coos Bay OR) – See all my reviews

You don't know me, but take my word for it, this movie is a true gem. These high-power, smart, funny, comic savant women got together and (I'm sure) had the best time of their lives making this film. And we are the beneficiaries.

There are only a few wonderful "screwball" comedies. The last one I remember seeing was "What's Up Doc?", until now "In the Spirit", directed by Sandra Seacat, is right up there with the best of them. In fact, I might suggest that the "spirit" is not only Reva's inner guides, but the ghosts of Hitchcock ("Mr.& Mrs. Smith"), Cukor ("The Awful Truth"), and Hawks ("Bringing Up Baby") are alive and well and kicking up their heels!

I hope you have as much fun watching as I did!

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