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Ghost Town -- A spirited romantic comedy, Ghost Town is the story of Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais), a cranky Manhattan dentist who develops the unwelcome ability to see dead people. Really annoying dead people. But, when a smooth-talking ghost (Greg Kinnear) traps Bertram into a romantic scheme involving his widow Gwen (Tea Leoni), they are entangled in a hilarious predicament between the now and the hereafter!
Ghost Town -- 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.
Ghost Town -- Clip: Dog breath
Ghost Town -- Interview: Greg Kinnear "On the story"
Ghost Town -- Clip: I need your help


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He sees dead people... and they annoy him. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Greg Kinnear ... Frank

Jordan Carlos ... Young Husband

Dequina Moore ... Young Wife
Joseph Badalucco Jr. ... Accident Bystander (as Joe Badalucco)

Brian Hutchison ... Accident Bystander
Tyree Michael Simpson ... Sneezy Cop (as Tyre Simpson)

Julia Murney ... Sneezy Lady

Ricky Gervais ... Pincus

Claire Lautier ... Upper East Side Lady

Aasif Mandvi ... Dr. Prashar
Bridget Moloney ... Receptionist
Raymond J. Lee ... Greenpeace Guy (as Raymond Lee)

Joey Mazzarino ... Food Delivery Guy
Brad Oscar ... Day Doorman
Kathleen Landis ... Resident

Téa Leoni ... Gwen
Audrie Neenan ... Admitting Nurse

Kristen Wiig ... Surgeon

Aaron Tveit ... Anesthesiologist

Deborah S. Craig ... Nurse

Betty Gilpin ... WWII Nurse
Angelis Alexandris ... Elderly Couple
Elaine Kussack ... Elderly Couple
Kim Russell ... Tennis Lady

Alan Ruck ... Ghost Dad

Brian Tarantina ... Ghost Cop

Darren Pettie ... Construction Worker Ghost
Jesse Means ... Construction Worker Ghost

Robert Kelly ... Construction Worker Ghost
Gabrielle Fink ... Violin Student

Michael-Leon Wooley ... Hospital Lawyer

Monte Bezell ... Cab Driver

Sebastian La Cause ... Bartender

Dana Ivey ... Marjorie Pickthall

Miles Grose ... Night Doorman

Jeff Hiller ... Naked Guy
Lou Sumrall ... Harley Guy

Raymond McAnally ... Assorted Ghost

Amy Van Nostrand ... Assorted Ghost
Ira Hawkins ... Assorted Ghost

Danai Gurira ... Assorted Ghost

Richard O'Rourke ... Man at Lecture

Brian d'Arcy James ... Irish Eddie

Billy Campbell ... Richard
Phoenix ... Leonard
Jazz ... Other Leonard
Josh Clayton ... Waiter

Lisa Datz ... Happy Person in Bar
James Ludwig ... Happy Person in Bar

Melissa Thomas ... Dr. Prashar's Patient (as Melissa A. Thomas)
Shawn Hill ... Bongo Player

Megan Byrne ... Mrs. Pickthall's Daughter

José Ramón Rosario ... Crane Operator (as Jose Ramon Rosario)
Jose Soto ... Welder
Candace Thompson ... Harley Guy's Old Lady

Dylan Clark Marshall ... Little Alex
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Ahrens ... Jogger Ghost (uncredited)

Celia Allen ... Upper East Side Shopper (uncredited)
Sherman Alpert ... Museum Party Guest (uncredited)

Marmee Cosico ... Extra (uncredited)

Ezie Cotler ... Ghost (uncredited)
Alex Eckstein ... Mrs. Pickthall's Grandson (uncredited)

Nicky Julius ... Orderly (uncredited)
Michael Kerns ... Museum Exhibit Patron (uncredited)

Tina King ... Nurse (uncredited)

RJ Konner ... Black Tie Guest (uncredited)
Melissa Otero ... Ghost (uncredited)

Annie Rohling ... Accident Bystander (uncredited)

Christina Russo ... Elevator Ghost (uncredited)

Ken Sladyk ... Museum Exhibit Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
David Koepp 
Writing credits
David Koepp (written by) &
John Kamps (written by)

Produced by
Gary Barber .... executive producer
Roger Birnbaum .... executive producer
Joseph E. Iberti .... co-producer
Gavin Polone .... producer
Ezra Swerdlow .... executive producer
Original Music by
Geoff Zanelli 
Cinematography by
Fred Murphy 
Film Editing by
Sam Seig 
Casting by
Patricia McCorkle  (as Pat McCorkle)
John Papsidera 
Production Design by
Howard Cummings 
Art Direction by
Nicholas Lundy 
Set Decoration by
Debra Schutt 
Costume Design by
Sarah Edwards 
Makeup Department
Daisy Curbeon .... hair stylist
Christine Fennell .... key hair stylist
Lori Hicks .... makeup department head
Michele Paris .... key makeup artist
Sacha Quarles .... hair department head
Cassandra Saulter .... makeup artist
Production Management
Joseph E. Iberti .... unit production manager
Susan Lazarus .... post-production supervisor
Mark Graziano .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeffrey T. Bernstein .... first assistant director
Nancy Herrmann .... second assistant director
Ted O'Connor .... second second assistant director
Christian Vendetti .... additional second assistant director
Art Department
Robert Barnett .... charge scenic
Christopher Canfield .... set dresser
Deborah Canfield .... set dresser
Philip Canfield .... leadman
Justin Elterman .... graphic designer
Chris Ferraro .... set dresser
Julia Garrison .... stand-by scenic
Jonathan Graham .... key construction grip
Christopher Heads .... set dresser
Richard Hoppe .... set dresser
Connor Jones .... art department production assistant
Tina Khayat .... art department coordinator
Alexandra Mazur .... assistant set decorator
Vinny Mazzarella .... property master
Kathryn C. McGinnis .... scenic artist
Nick Miller .... construction coordinator
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Wolf-Dieter Stoeffelmeier .... scenic (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael Barry .... re-recording mixer
David Boulton .... adr mixer
Brian Bowles .... adr editor
Brian Bowles .... dialogue editor
Carlos M. Cano .... assistant sound editor (as Carlos Cano)
Krissopher Chevannes .... adr recordist
Ryan Collison .... foley mixer
Robert Fernandez .... sound effects editor
Matthew Haasch .... foley editor
Robert Hein .... re-recording mixer
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor
Eric Hirsch .... sound re-recordist
Mike Howells .... adr recordist (as Michael Howells)
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Nick Kray .... adr mixer
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Dan Paikin .... boom operator (as Daniel Paikin)
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Jay Peck .... foley walker
James J. Sabat Jr. .... cable person (as J.J. Sabat Jr.)
James J. Sabat Jr. .... production sound mixer (as James J. Sabat)
James Sabat .... sound mixer
Bill Sweeney .... foley editor
David Wahnon .... sound editor
Paul Yurt .... sound mix engineer
Special Effects by
Mark Bero .... special effects foreman
Wilfred Caban .... special effects technician
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects coordinator (as Steve Kirshoff)
Devin Maggio .... special effects technician
Roy Savoy .... special effects technician (as Roy J. Savoy)
John Stifanich .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Tom Bardwell .... digital artist
Mark Bright .... previsualization consultant
Cara Buckley .... visual effects producer
Cara Buckley .... visual effects producer: RhinoFX
Matt Connolly .... animator
J. John Corbett .... compositor: titles, Big Film Design
Yaron Eini .... photographer
Camille Geier .... visual effects executive producer: RhinoFX
Piotr Glabinski .... 3d character modeling and matchmoving
Ivan Andres Guerrero .... dynamics technical director (as Ivan Guerrero)
Ivan Andres Guerrero .... technical director: effects animation
Karen Heston .... flame compositor
Christopher M.K. Hill .... matchmover (as Chris Hill)
Yoshiko Hirata .... compositor
Bora Jurisic .... matte painter
P. Jasmine Katatikarn .... lighting technical director (as Jasmine Katatikarn)
Eric Leverenz .... digital imaging
Karin Levinson .... production executive: RhinoFX
Arman Matin .... visual effects supervisor: RhinoFX
Bogdan Mihajlovic .... lead techincal director/ visual effects plate supervisor: RhinoFX
Goran Ognjanovic .... senior animator: RhinoFX
David W. Reynolds .... digital compositor
Jim Rider .... compositing supervisor
Jim Rider .... lead compositor: RhinoFX
Jim Rider .... plate supervisor: RhinoFX
Joseph Ryals .... digital imaging
Brad Scott .... Flame compositor
Ronen Sharabani .... Flame compositor
Vico Sharabani .... visual effects supervisor: RhinoFX
Ryan S. Westphal .... visual effects coordinator
Sean Curran .... previz animator: RhinoFX (uncredited)
Bill Anagnos .... stunts
Bobby Beckles .... stunts
Jill Brown .... stunts
John Cenatiempo .... stunts
John R. Favre .... stunt performer
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunt coordinator
Michael Patrick Gough .... stunt double: Ricky Gervais
Don Hewitt .... stunts
Jalil Jay Lynch .... stunts
Matt Norklun .... stunts
Janet Paparazzo .... stunts
Veith Siglinger .... stunts
Brian Smyj .... stunts
Jay Spadaro .... stunts
Jay Spadaro .... utility stunts
Aaron Vexler .... stunts
Caroline Vexler .... stunts (as Caroline Leppanen)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert M. Andres .... key grip
Eli Aronoff .... first assistant camera: effects unit
Christian Baldi .... electrician
Alison Barton .... grip
Mark Beattie .... additional electrician
Angela Bellisio .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Arthur Blum .... dolly grip
Michael Cambria .... second assistant camera
Drew Cerria .... motion control technician
Stephen Consentino .... Steadicam operator
Benjamin D'Andrea .... grip
Doug Dalisera .... rigging gaffer
Russell Engels .... gaffer
John Geisler .... grip
John Gilgar .... dimmer board operator
Timothy Healy .... electrician
Nils Johnson .... key video assist operator
Philip Kathrens .... rigging electric
Graham Klatt .... grip
Jonathon Leigh .... electrician
Bruce MacCallum .... camera operator "a" camera
Bruce MacCallum .... camera operator
Colin Oberschmidt .... lighting technician
Jesse Panuccio .... rigging grip
John Panuccio .... key rigging grip
John Panuccio .... rigging grip (as Jack Panuccio)
Andrew Peck .... camera loader
Guillaume Renberg .... remote camera operator
Lance Rieck .... remote camera technician: scorpio head
Sarah Shatz .... still photographer
Chris Skutch .... best boy grip
Eric Swanek .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Eric Swanek .... steadicam assistant
Lukasz Jogalla .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Douglas Pellegrino .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jennifer Cram .... casting associate
Dylan Jury .... casting assistant
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Joe Lopick .... casting associate
Christine Nelson .... extras casting
Lucy Pho .... extras casting assistant
Heather Reidenbach .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Danielle Cadorette .... tailor
Kate Edwards .... wardrobe supervisor
Kevin P. Faherty .... costumer
Emily Gunshor .... assistant costume designer
Melissa Haley .... costume coordinator
Christina Hribar .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Kent Blocher .... first assistant editor
Dana Bloder .... digital intermediate producer
Zuzana Bochar .... post-production assistant
Brian Boyd .... colorist
Tricia Chiarenza .... color timer
Barbara Jean Kearney .... digital intermediate executive producer
Jesse Morrow .... on-line editor
Josh Olive .... colorist: dailies
Richie Roefaro .... colorist assistant
Daniel Silverman .... digital imaging supervisor
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist
Kevin Vale .... digital film scanning and recording
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer
Music Department
Jeffrey Biggers .... music recordist (as Jeff Biggers)
Jeffrey Biggers .... music scoring mixer (as Jeff Biggers)
Citizen Cope .... musician (acoustic guitar)
Joseph S. DeBeasi .... music editor
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
George Doering .... musician: guitar/bass
Bruce Dukov .... orchestra leader
Steve Erdody .... musician: cello
Bruce Fowler .... conductor
Bruce Fowler .... supervising orchestrator
Walt Fowler .... orchestrator (as Walter Fowler)
Kevin Globerman .... digital score recordist
Jennifer Hawks .... executive in charge of music
James S. Levine .... musician: piano/keyboards
Katia Lewin Jablonsky .... assistant music engineer (as Katia Lewin Palomo)
Katia Lewin Jablonsky .... score mixing assistant (as Katia Lewin Palomo)
Don Markese .... musician: clarinet
Kevin Mills .... score recordist
Yvonne S. Moriarty .... orchestrator
Kathy Nelson .... music supervisor
Michael O'Donovan .... musician: bassoon
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Czarina Russell .... music studio manager
Booker White .... head of music preparation
James C. Wilkie .... technical score advisor
Geoff Zanelli .... musician: guitar
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Dan Buckman .... driver: Ms. Leoni
Other crew
Mary Bailey .... script supervisor
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Sean F. Barth .... product placement
Kim Buttlar .... coordinator: Mr. Barber
Myo Campbell .... production assistant
J. John Corbett .... title designer
Emily Davis .... assistant: Mr. Polone
Kristyn DiPane .... mastering project manager
Lisa Falzarano .... production assistant
Jason Farrar .... assistant location manager
Dann Fink .... adr loop group
Travis Gerdes .... production assistant
Timothy Goldberg .... location assistant
Michael Patrick Gough .... stand-in: Ricky Gervais
Josh Harman .... production assistant
Harry Lapham .... production assistant
Rebecca Lindsey .... additional set production assistant
Joseph S. Marini .... technical advisor (as Joseph S. Marini D.M.D.)
Talia Mayer .... production secretary
Sean Murray .... set production assistant
Leda Nornang .... production coordinator
Lauren A. Oliver .... clearance research (as Lauren Oliver)
Genevieve Palmieri .... key production assistant
Evan Perazzo .... location manager
Matthew F. Preston .... assistant production coordinator
Antonia Proscia .... first assistant accountant
Emma Rees-Scanlon .... additional production assistant
Will Reichel .... assistant: Mr. Koepp
Rob Roy .... location coordinator
Kara Ryan .... production assistant
Miranda Sajdak .... set production assistant
Salpy Semerdjian .... assistant accountant
Peter J. Silbermann .... unit publicist
Marlena Thomas .... coordinator: Mr. Birnbaum
Miriam Tielmann .... set production assistant
Robert Tierney .... production assistant
Marilou Vetter .... accounting clerk
Marisa Vrooman .... location scout
Lauren Weissman .... assistant: Mr. Polone
T.G. Wilkinson .... unit production assistant
Clarke Williams .... production assistant
Adrienne Winterhalter .... titles producer: Big Film Design
Bill Timoney .... adr voice group (uncredited)
Hope Omen Ferdowsi .... special thanks

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • RhinoFX (visual effects and animation) (as Rhino FX)
  • Paws & Co (motion control equipment)
Other Companies

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language, sexual humor and drug references
102 min
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Did You Know?

Dr. Bertram Pincus is named after the inventor of dental veneers, Dr. Charles Pincus.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When Dr. Pincus is asked to take a look at the mummy because of his expertise as a dentist, he takes out his pocket calendar and opens it to the very beginning of the book near January or maybe February. However, the very next scene shows the bright colors of fall in Central Park which would be near September. However, he may be using an academic diary, which begin in August or September.See more »
Frank Herlihy:You're a sad little man.
Bertram Pincus:And you're a lying, bigamist, corpse.
Frank Herlihy:No, no, I'm not a bigamist. I'm an adulterer. It's a whole different thing.
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45 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Ghost Town, 28 September 2008
Author: cultfilmfan from Canada

Ghost Town is a new film that sounds like it either is a western, or a horror film, but it is actually neither. Instead it is a romantic comedy that has ghosts in it. The story revolves around a socially awkward and obnoxious dentist named Bertram Pincus, who after a medical procedure can see ghosts and one in particular named Frank, who tries to set Bertram up with his now single wife named Gwen. Frank coaches Bertram along, but ultimately to get Gwen to fall for him, Bertram, will have to shed his icy image and become more of a caring and helpful person. Ghost Town opened to really good reviews pretty much all around, but unfortunately it is doing really poorly at the box office. I think this is a romantic comedy that will appeal to a really large number of people because it is a feel good film, has some really good comic moments and because of the good performances, especially by Ricky Gervais who plays Bertram. The premise of the film is almost like The Sixth Sense meets Cyrano de Bergerac, but at the same time it also does have a lot of originality and some neat plot twists and turns. A lot of the comedies that have come out this year and that have been successful were more or less cruder more adult fare comedies, and while I enjoyed a lot of them personally, I realized that they would definitely not be for everyone. Ghost Town on the other hand will work for both crowds because it is still very entertaining and funny, but not overly crass, crude or risky enough to prevent more conservative viewers, or even kids from seeing it. I think a lot of people will like the romantic part of the film and I think a lot of people will also enjoy Ricky Gervais as Bertram and just how un likable he is and how funny he is to watch. The subplot with the ghosts is also a neat twist to the film that adds a lot of laughs and originality to the film as well. This is one of the best feel good comedies of the year, that like I said, will appeal to many different people and I think once it is rediscovered on DVD that it will become a sleeper hit because of how good it is and I can really seeing this being a crowd favourite and for obvious reasons because of the great performances and the feel good yet funny script. This is definitely one to see if it is still playing in theatres near you, or rent it in five months when it hits video shelves.

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