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Ghost (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 13 July 1990 (USA)
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After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.

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Jerry Zucker
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Swayze ... Sam Wheat
Demi Moore ... Molly Jensen
Tony Goldwyn ... Carl Bruner
Stanley Lawrence Stanley Lawrence ... Elevator Man
Christopher J. Keene Christopher J. Keene ... Elevator Man
Susan Breslau Susan Breslau ... Susan
Martina Deignan Martina Deignan ... Rose (as Martina Degnan)
Rick Kleber ... Mover (as Richard Kleber)
Macka Foley Macka Foley ... Mover
Rick Aviles ... Willie Lopez
Phil Leeds ... Emergency Room Ghost
John Hugh John Hugh ... Surgeon
Sam Tsoutsouvas Sam Tsoutsouvas ... Minister
Sharon Breslau Sharon Breslau ... Cemetery Ghost (as Sharon Breslau Cornell)
Vincent Schiavelli ... Subway Ghost
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Storyline

Sam Wheat is a banker, Molly Jensen is an artist, and the two are madly in love. However, when Sam is murdered by friend and corrupt business partner Carl Bruner over a shady business deal, he is left to roam the Earth as a powerless spirit. When he learns of Carl's betrayal, Sam must seek the help of psychic Oda Mae Brown to set things right and protect Molly from Carl and his goons. Written by Jwelch5742

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A love that will last forever. See more »


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The story is inspired by William Shakespeare's Macbeth. Early in the film, Sam tells Carl that he and Molly are going to see a production of Macbeth that evening. Macbeth involves a treacherous murder when Macbeth, drenched in his own ambition, arranges the death of Banquo, his best friend, by hired assassins. Throughout the remainder of the play Macbeth is haunted by the spirit of Banquo which drives Macbeth to madness and self-destruction. Congruently, it could be said that Sam is the Banquo to Carl's Macbeth. See more »

Goofs

As with many films involving the perspective of ghosts, Sam and other spirits pass through objects directly in their path, but do not fall through floors, stand solid on top of structures, sitting down on the ground and in chairs, and can be seen climbing stairs and riding in vehicles. This is mainly due to special effect budgets where it is easier to depict a ghost moving about as a person does, rather than floating as a spectral form. See more »

Quotes

Sam Wheat: [singing] I'm Henry the 8th I am. Henry the 8th I am I am. I got married to the widow next door. She's been married seven times before.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are half transparent like a ghost. See more »

Alternate Versions

There are two different versions for the same scene. In one Oda Mae talks to Molly about Sam' s ghost behind Molly' s apartment door. However, in the other version, Molly comes down to the street and meets Oda Mae, and at the next scene they are discussing about Sam at a coffee place. See more »

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I'm Henry the VIII, I Am
by Fred Murray and R.P. Weston
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When You're DEAD, It's ALL OVER; but When You're LOVED, It's FOREVER !
25 September 2008 | by CihanVercanSee all my reviews

The imaginative but well-conceived idea of dishing up a romance upon lovers communicating spiritually owing to one of them is dead, was first filmed by Steven Spielberg 8 months before the Ghost's silver screen release. Spielberg's movie Always(1989) had classy use of visuals fulfilling the needs of viewers with mystery-based expectations. Yet, Always lacked the sense of essential romance concept, despite having the same plot and even the same storyline in Ghost. Originally the idea has been created by Chandler Sprague and David Boehm.

However, Ghost accomplished of what "Always" tried and failed to accomplish. Thanks to the great acting trio of Patrick Swayze + Demi Moore + Whoopi Goldberg, for together they registered indelible moments into Ghost. It is scraped in our memory how in time Molly and Sam happen to keep their thoughts off each others' feelings, and that taught us: "Love begins with emotions, ends with thoughts". On this account they never called off their faith on believing that they will keep an enduring love affair. These indelible scenes in Ghost are conceptually cut where the editing was so impressive that instead of trying to make the story more plausible, it empowered the devotion of lovers onto their relation. The scene which Sam's ghost drew upon Oda Mae's body to break the longing with Molly by kissing her is an imperishable cinematic instant.

I was in love with someone, and it was February,2005; we were both watching the Ghost on TV, both talking on the phone. Then that scene came upon(Sam's ghost kissing Molly in Oda Mae's body), I felt lost deep in my heart seeking the girl I'm talking on the phone. I heard she was crying and sobbing, and keep saying to me: "I will never forget the first time you kissed me and I don't need to be alive to recall this" Ghost is one timeless romantic masterpiece that had its moments. For me the kissing scene was the best kiss in movies of all time. MTV had honoured this kiss as well, several years after the release of the movie, as the best kiss in '90s. Superimposing that, the scenes where Oda Mae Brown convinces Molly that Sam's ghost is around her and then Molly reasons with police that Oda Mae knows what nobody is able to know but Sam and herself only, are the scenes that deliver the magic beyond eyes and beyond ears.

To watch Ghost is in the to do list of what to do when you're on a date.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,191,540, 15 July 1990

Gross USA:

$217,631,306

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$505,870,681
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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