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Casper (1995)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  26 May 1995 (USA)
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A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by 3 mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Spencer Vrooman ...
Malachi Pearson ...
Mr. Rugg
Mr. Rogers (archive footage) (as Mr. Rogers)
Terry Murphy ...
Herself ('Hard Copy')
Ernestine Mercer ...
Harvey Patient Being Interviewed
Doug Bruckner ...
Reporter (voice) (as Douglas J.O. Bruckner)
Stretch (voice)
Stinkie (voice)


Furious that her late father only willed her his gloomy-looking mansion rather than his millions, Carrigan Crittenden is ready to burn the place to the ground when she discovers a map to a treasure hidden in the house. But when she enters the rickety mansion to seek her claim, she is frightened away by a wicked wave of ghosts. Determined to get her hands on this hidden fortune, she hires afterlife therapist Dr. James Harvey to exorcise the ghosts from the mansion. Harvey and his daughter Kat move in, and soon Kat meets Casper, the ghost of a young boy who's "the friendliest ghost you know." But not so friendly are Casper's uncles--Stretch, Fatso and Stinkie--who are determined to drive all "fleshies" away. Ultimately, it is up to Harvey and Kat to help the ghosts cross over to the other side. Written by Joshua Davis <xtnb64a@prodigy.com>

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Каспер  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)


$100,328,194 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kat says the mansion would be perfect for Stephen King. He is a Maine-based writer known for his supernatural stories that include ghosts and haunted houses. See more »


When Carrigan and Dibs flee from Whipstaff during the storm, what appear to be the long sleeves of a red jacket are clearly visible draped over a large concrete flower pot to the right of the front door. Carrigan and Dibs drive away, and right after their SUV exits the frame, we see that the red jacket is gone. We can also see that this was a single shot without a cut, meaning that somebody had to be on the porch, out of sight, and able to remove the jacket in the two seconds it took the SUV to pass in front of the flower pot. See more »


Kat: In two years I have been to nine different schools, eaten in nine cafeterias. I can't even remember anyone's name.
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Crazy Credits

Early during the end credits, Stretch (doing his Little Richard imitation) bursts through the credits, singing. See more »


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Written by Edd Kalehoff
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User Reviews

so beautiful
14 April 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I've owned this movie for 7 years now, but I was having a "kid" moment last night and after I watched SNL I put this on. Wow, it all came back to me how much I loved this movie.

Casper himself is played as a lot little boy, very real and unsure of himself at the age of 12. He falls in love with Kat in such an innocent way that it's touching. And when he says as she falls asleep, "Can I keep you?" I start to cry. His speech about his death would make a great short acting monolouge.

Kat is a smartass and highly intelligent, showing Christina Ricci as the funny, witty, and all-around cool actress she is. Her portrayal of Kat is reminisent of a similar movie that came earlier...Winona Rider as Lydia in "Beetlejuice" without the fascination with death.

Of course, Bill Pullman is great in whatever he does, but here you just wanna wrap the poor guy up in a hug. And his dynamic with the FANTASTIC Ghostly Trio pretty much makes most of the movie sparkle.

What could've been a sappy ending is done with such magic. A 17-year-old Devon Sawa in one of his first roles walks down the stairs and extends his hand to Kat with such perfect love and tenderness. And I cheer when the FINALLY kiss. He looks like such an angel.

All around, a great movie. Funny, romantic, the perfect blend of sappyness and sentimentality that MAKES for a tear-jerker ending. Great job!

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