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Ghost Story (1981)

Two generations of men find themselves haunted by the presence of a spectral woman. When the son of one of the elderly men returns to his hometown after his brother's mysterious death, they attempt to unravel her story.

Director:

John Irvin

Writers:

Peter Straub (novel), Lawrence D. Cohen (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Astaire ... Ricky Hawthorne
Melvyn Douglas ... John Jaffrey
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Edward Wanderley
John Houseman ... Sears James
Craig Wasson ... Don / David
Patricia Neal ... Stella
Alice Krige ... Alma / Eva
Jacqueline Brookes Jacqueline Brookes ... Milly
Miguel Fernandes ... Gregory Bate
Lance Holcomb ... Fenny Bate
Mark Chamberlin Mark Chamberlin ... Young John Jaffrey
Tim Choate ... Young Ricky Hawthorne
Kurt Johnson ... Young Edward Wanderley
Ken Olin ... Young Sears James
Brad Sullivan ... Sheriff Hardesty
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Storyline

Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret. When one of Edward Wanderley's twin sons dies in a bizarre accident, the group begins to see a pattern of frightening events developing. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <jeannee@uwyo.edu>

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Taglines:

The time has come to tell the tale.

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuento de fantasmas See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,105,729, 20 December 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$23,371,905
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final theatrical feature film of veteran actors Melvyn Douglas, Fred Astaire, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.. See more »

Goofs

In the retelling of the 1931 events, Sears & Ricky describe Edward's impotence with Eva. However, Eva was silenced before she had a chance to reveal this information; information which Edward is not likely to have shared (at least, not truthfully.) See more »

Quotes

Don: Well, what happened to her?
Sears James: Well, that's obvious, isn't it?
Ricky Hawthorne: We killed her.
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Connections

Referenced in The Dick Cavett Show: Episode dated 15 November 1980 (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
Written by F. Dudleigh Vernor and Byron D. Stokes
Performed by Guy Lombardo and The Royal Canadians (as His Royal Canadians)
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Fairly good...
26 May 2000 | by pazuzu-2See all my reviews

Atmospheric horror film that doesn't excel, but is worth a view none the less.

This movie must live down a very early scene where a fully frontal nude Craig Wasson plunges out of a high rise window to his death. The scene has a real phony look to it and conjers up images of just how fun it was for Craig to shoot it in front of a blue screen.

The four great and distinguished older actors do a good job in elevating the movie. Alice Krige is great as the tormenting and tormented lady ghost.

The musical score is INCREDIBLE, one of the best I've heard for this type of film.

Makeup artist Dick Smith comes through again with the many visions of the rotted ghost.

A good horror film, give it a shot if you haven't already.


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