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High Spirits (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 18 November 1988 (USA)
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When a hotelier attempts to fill the chronic vacancies at his castle by launching an advertising campaign that falsely portrays the property as haunted, two actual ghosts show up and end up falling for two guests.

Director:

Neil Jordan

Writer:

Neil Jordan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... Peter Plunkett
Donal McCann ... Eamon
Mary Coughlan Mary Coughlan ... Katie
Liz Smith ... Mrs. Plunkett
Tom Hickey Tom Hickey ... Sampson
Tony Rohr ... Christy
Hilary Reynolds Hilary Reynolds ... Patricia
Isolde Cazelet Isolde Cazelet ... Julia
Little John Nee Little John Nee ... Gateman (as Little John)
Steve Guttenberg ... Jack Crawford
Beverly D'Angelo ... Sharon Brogan Crawford
Jennifer Tilly ... Miranda
Peter Gallagher ... Brother Tony
Martin Ferrero ... Malcolm
Connie Booth ... Marge
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Storyline

When Peter Plunkett's Irish castle turned hotel is about to be repossesed, he decides to spice up the attraction a bit for the 'Yanks' by having his staff pretend to haunt the castle. The trouble begins when a busload of American tourists arrive - along with some real ghosts. Among the tourists are married couple Jack and Sharon. Sharon's father holds the mortgage on Castle Plunkett, so she's hoping to debunk the ghosts. Jack, on the other hand, after meeting pretty ghost Mary, is very eager to believe. Can there be love between a human and ghost? Jack and Mary are going to try and find out. Written by April M. Cheek <Aravis2713@aol.com>

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A Hauntingly Funny Comedy! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hotel de los fantasmas See more »

Filming Locations:

County Limerick, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,308,250, 20 November 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,578,231
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer and Director Neil Jordan has always maintained that the released version of this film is very different from the one he shot. He was more or less excluded from the editing process of the final cut. He insists that his version is still locked away in a vault. See more »

Goofs

There's no explanation given as to why Mary and Martin would repeat the murder scene twice in one night, as we see when Jack stumbles upon them. Everywhere else in the film, Mary implies that she was killed once a night. See more »

Quotes

Jack: I'm dead. So this is what it feels like. Like a hangover.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits show the cast under three headings, first 'The Irish', then 'The Americans', and finally 'The Ghosts' See more »

Alternate Versions

There exists a print of this film that was Neil Jordan's original vision of this movie. It contains a much more serious tone than the theatrical release, and is much more of a fun mystery. There is a lot more footage of Liam Neeson's character, and the ghosts are allowed to have much more of a plot, than in the theatrical release. Rumor has it, that when the studio saw this cut, they had no idea how to market it, so they had it re-cut against Neil Jordan's wishes (he was allegedly locked out of the editing room at this point). There was a shortened version of this cut available on video in Japan. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Scary Movie 2 (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Chantilly Lace
Words and Music by The Big Bopper (as J.P. Richardson)
Performed by The Big Bopper
Fort Knox Music Inc./Trio Music Co., Inc.
Administrated by Hudson Bay Music Inc./Glad Music Company
Courtesy of Polygram Records
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A charming haunter with Peter O'Toole in VERY High Spirits!
4 September 2001 | by countryway_48864See all my reviews

I agree with Claire Walkden. High Spirits is just the tonic for a blustery afternoon or an evening by the fireplace.

The setting is authentic and O'Toole is at the top of his form. The wonderful mother (who tipples) is married to a ghost, AND SHE STEALS EVERY SCENE SHE'S IN!

People who don't like this film are trying too hard to make it into Shakespeare. This is not Macbeth. High Spirits is to be taken with a grain of salt and enjoyed.

Liam Neeson and Beverly D'Angelo are wonderful together! Just the difference in their height is hysterical.

Some of the jokes are a bit labored and I could have done without the ghost-buster, but he was very funny with his fried hair!

Not a great film, but a genuinely funny one and O'Toole is priceless!


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