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Ghost Town (2008)

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Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Young Husband
Young Wife
Joseph Badalucco Jr. ...
Accident Bystander (as Joe Badalucco)
Accident Bystander
Tyree Michael Simpson ...
Sneezy Cop (as Tyre Simpson)
Sneezy Lady
Upper East Side Lady
Bridget Moloney ...
Greenpeace Guy (as Raymond Lee)
Joey Mazzarino ...
Food Delivery Guy
Brad Oscar ...
Kathleen Landis ...


Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen. That puts Pincus squarely in the middle of a triangle with spirited result. Written by Studio Approved Synopsis

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He sees dead people... and they annoy him. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong language, sexual humor and drug references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Grad duhova  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,012,315, 21 September 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,214,030, 9 November 2008
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Did You Know?


Ironically, Ricky Gervais is an outspoken atheist in real life. See more »


When Richard shows up to have Dr. Pincus look at his tooth, the tray of instruments and materials next to him changes completely after Dr. Pincus leaves and returns to the room. See more »


Bertram Pincus: [weakly] I love you!
Gwen: Don't call me!
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Crazy Credits

Directly after the end titles fade to black, there is a brief outburst of near-hysterical laughter. See more »


Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.103 (2009) See more »


String Quartet Op. 1 No. 6 in C - 4th Movement
Written by Franz Joseph Haydn (as Franz Joseph Haydn)
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The Sixth Sense: The Comedy
23 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

The main character, Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais) is a Manhatten Dentist and a misanthrope. When the Dentist he shares an office with invites Bert to some cake and champagne to celebrate the birth of his child, Bert looks at him like he's a panhandler asking for change and tells him to "start without me".

When Bert gets a routine colonoscopy, he reacts adversely & dies for 7 minutes, but is revived. However, the result is he is able to see dead people. These aren't just any ordinary ghosts, but ghosts who continue to haunt their previous Manhatten neighborhoods, where they died, until something happens in the real world that will allow them to move on.

One such ghost is Frank (Greg Kinnear), a philandering Manhatten playboy type, who is pestering Bert to intervene on his behalf to get his widow, Gwen (Tea Leoni) to break up with her fiancé, because Frank "thinks he's just after her for her money".

Bert agrees, but then falls for Gwen himself, and gradually is transformed from a curmudgeon into a much better person (shades of Ebeneezer Scrooge!).

This may sound like a tired plot that's been overdone many times before, but somehow it works very nicely here.

I thought Ricky Gervais, Tea Leoni, & Greg Kinnear were all excellent. Gervais was particularly good as the lead. His understated British comedic talents were well suited to the role. The supporting cast was great also. Kristen Wiig (from SNL) turned in a hilarious role as the surgeon who botched the colonoscopy.

What I liked most about this was that it worked on a number of levels, as a very good comedy, a ghost story, a romance, and a story of redemption.

Go check it out at the theater. You'll be glad you did.

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