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Casper (1995)

A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.

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Andreas
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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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Sometimes all you need is a little spirit See more »

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

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26 May 1995 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$100,328,194 (USA)
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Trivia

The town of "Friendship, Maine" is actually the name of a real village in Mid-coast Maine, near Camden and Rockport where scenes from the movie were filmed. See more »

Goofs

The amount of the 'resurrection liquid' changes from scene to scene. See more »

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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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The globe in the opening Universal logo transforms into a full moon. See more »

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Referenced in Castle: Demons (2011) 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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often beautiful, often creepy, mostly wonderful, but . . .
1 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

I don't view films as if I'm watching them as the intended audience; I watch them for myself. And that's why I found it odd at how engrossed I was when I watched this film for the first time at the age of eighteen. Aside from the great gothic flair of the mansion, two superbly placed cameos, and nice laughable black humour from the "trio," the film took off because of its emotional core. It's something that a youngster can really get into, but also anyone who finds it sad that a child can die. When Casper plays with his toys, I just wanted to start crying. This eternal child--lost and stuck in an age of mystery and wonder. And yet, he's smitten with a girl--he's starting to go through puberty. And it's just so sad . . . and beautiful.

And then there's the father, and his sway into the afterlife, his daughter's plight, her struggle with her wish to help Casper. It's all so simple and written for kids, but I was so engrossed by the romanticism of it all.

The villains mostly butt into the greatness of all of it, but you just have to grant that in a kid's picture. And now comes my but . . . in the end, when the mother does appear, she's supposed to be this amazing, angelic, deux es machinal, she floats through the stain glass window, her long hair flows around her, her gown flows all around her but--what the hell! why is her dress such a deep red!? she looks like satan! Oh well. Bad costume choice made a really bad moment. But mostly, I loved this film for it's good parts, despite the childishness of much of it.


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