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Casper (1995)

 -  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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Mr. Rugg
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Mr. Rogers (archive footage) (as Mr. Rogers)
Terry Murphy ...
Herself ('Hard Copy')
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Ernestine Mercer ...
Harvey Patient Being Interviewed
Doug Bruckner ...
Reporter (voice) (as Douglas J.O. Bruckner)
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Stretch (voice)
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Stinkie (voice)
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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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Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Casper, to fantasmataki  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$100,328,194 (USA)
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Clint Eastwood:  One of the people Dr. Harvey turns into while possessed by The Ghostly Trio. See more »

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When Kat and Casper discover the articles about his father's Lazarus machine, the first article says "Pneumonia Claims Life of 11 Yr. Old Boy." Later on, Amelia says Casper is 12 years old. See more »

Quotes

Amelia Harvey: That was a very noble thing you did tonight, Casper. I know Kat will never forget it. She needs her father. And I know yours won't forget it either. You fulfilled his greatest dream, Casper, and I know he is very, very proud of you. And for what you've done, I'm giving you your dream in return. But it's just for tonight. Sort of a Cinderella deal.
Casper: So I have until midnight?
Amelia Harvey: Ten.
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Amelia Harvey: Cinderella wasn't twelve years old.
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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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Features Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) See more »

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That's Life
Written by Kelly Gordon and Dean Kay
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Beautiful and emotional tale
29 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie as a kid, and I loved it even then. I was a fan to the Casper cartoons, and to me, this was a great movie. As a kid, it was just entertaining. Looking at it again as I am older, I now love this movie more than just because it's about my favorite friendly ghost. This movie does a good job clenching the issue of death and either letting it go and hang onto it as a ghost with unfinished business. The atmosphere, although often times comical (which is how it is with the cartoons too XD), has a really deep and emotional air to it, as we look at Dr. Harvey and Kat's loss at the wife/mother's death, as well as Casper's mourning for his life and loneliness as a ghost. The music itself is very beautiful, and the set gives a perfect background for both spooky and sentimental moments. If you're one who is looking for a good emotional ghost story, this is a great example, even though it was based on a cartoon. If you're looking for something comical, well, the three ghosts Stretch, Fatso, and Stinky are there to provide laughs, as they really do seem to be having a ball being floating ethereal beings capable of shifting themselves into horrific (and hilarious) shapes.

I don't remember much from the Casper cartoons, but it's not like you can totally base an entire movie on just those. The plots for the cartoons vary, and this movie could be counted as some sort of canon, I suppose. Either way, it does a good job capturing the lonely, friendly ghost that is Casper on the big screen (and TV set).

Go ahead and rent the movie; I'm looking forward to searching for a DVD for it so I can watch it again and again. I love it. I totally recommend this for everyone, kids and grownups alike.


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