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Ghosts CAN Do It (1987)

Those Dear Departed (original title)
A disturbed woman murders her husband, and others, so that she can be haunted by their "wronged" spirits.

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Ted Robinson

Writer:

Steve J. Spears
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Garry McDonald Garry McDonald ... Max Falcon
Pamela Stephenson ... Marilyn Falcon
Su Cruickshank Su Cruickshank ... Norda
Marian Dworakowski Marian Dworakowski ... Richard
Ritchie Singer ... Gordon
John Clarke ... Insp. Jerry
Jonathan Biggins Jonathan Biggins ... Sgt. Steve
Arthur Dignam Arthur Dignam ... Producer
Ignatius Jones Ignatius Jones ... Phil
Antonia Murphy Antonia Murphy ... Phoebe
Connie Hobbs Connie Hobbs ... Ruth
Peter Pedachini Peter Pedachini ... Milton Shaver
Peter Rowley Peter Rowley ... Prophet
Graeme Blundell ... Dr. Howie
Benjamin Griffith Benjamin Griffith ... Tiny Max
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A disturbed woman murders her husband, and others, so that she can be haunted by their "wronged" spirits.

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghosts CAN Do It See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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Weird, but fun
11 November 2004 | by gerlof102See all my reviews

Unbelievable, this movie was made in 1987 and only 13 persons have voted for it and none have written a review. Well, let me tell you, it was a lucky find in the VHS discount bin (along with 'Surf II') at a large convenience store.

I must confess ; I like weird movies and weird movies with an occult content that also combines thriller with comedy are doubly fun.

It all start innocently enough ; We see a young lady confessing to a tape recorder, the murder of her husband and several others. Then we are treated to some flashbacks about her husband and her murder attempts (these scenes from 'Freud, the musical' really had me laughing out loud}. We see her husband, Max Falcon, getting more and more paranoid. A few failed murder attempts are necessary before he finally succumbs.

But it is not over ; Welcome to the afterlife for actors and related professions. It seems Max still has some unresolved issues he needs to solve before he can continue. His widow will have to confess and there is something in his past, involving his mother, his father and a teddy-bear, that would give the real Freud a true field day.

It all gets resolved in the end (especially after the late Norda has a small conversation with the 'guy upstairs'). Although, in the end, it seems that a person will remain the same, whatever he or she is.

This movie is not brilliantly acted, the special effects are obsolete and the flashbacks do interrupt the flow of the story. Yet, it is enjoyable. I find myself returning to it every now and then (I watch it, say, two times a year, along with 'the Rocky Horror picture show'). At least more often then I watch 'Star Wars'. It is simply fun and wacky and that does count for a lot.

I would recommend it for those who like a weird and funny movie and do not have too high expectations. It will provide you with 80 minutes of fun and, yes, you will remember it.


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