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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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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 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 »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghost See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,191,540, 15 July 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$217,631,306

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$290,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When it came time to cast the film, writer Bruce Joel Rubin suggested Patrick Swayze for the role of Sam Wheat. Director Jerry Zucker felt that Swayze was completely wrong for the part. Many actors that included Kevin Bacon, Alec Baldwin, Nicolas Cage, Kevin Costner, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, David Duchovny, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks, Paul Hogan (who instead made Almost an Angel (1990)), Kevin Kline, Dennis Quaid, Mickey Rourke, John Travolta, and Bruce Willis (Demi Moore's husband at the time, who didn't think the film would work) were all offered the part, but all turned it down, feeling that playing a ghost would be cheesy. Zucker then decided to audition Swayze, though he thought he would blow the audition. To Zucker's surprise, Swayze gave a great audition, and was cast immediately for the part. See more »

Goofs

Willie Lopez returns home and calls someone--presumably Carl--to tell him he couldn't get Sam's codebook, because Molly came back home. But Molly was only out of the apartment because Carl coaxed her into leaving, and she wasn't gone for very long. So, Carl should know that he wouldn't have had enough time to get the booklet, and he should have known that Molly was coming back home when they parted company. See more »

Quotes

Oda Mae Brown: [to Sam] You're white. I knew it. Why me?
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

U.S. TV edits replace the Subway Ghost's line "Fuck you" with "Forget you." See more »

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Referenced in Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Full Mental Jacket (1991) See more »

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Unchained Melody
Written by Alex North and Hy Zaret
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User Reviews

 
Beautiful, touching and moving... a tale of a love so strong it defies death itself

I must say this film surprised me. Coming in, I knew nothing about it but the famous clay-forming scene... I didn't know I was in for such a strong experience. This film had me from the first few moments of it. I never lost interest. The plot is so interesting and intriguing, you can't help but watch, often at the very edge of your seat. I will say that I found one twist somewhat predictable, but maybe I've just seen too many later movies before watching this. There is a lot of suspense in this film. When I found that it was directed by a Zucker(yup... Airplane and so forth), I was somewhat doubtful as to any other quality in the film than the humor of it... if you're reading this and you're thinking the same, trust me; he pulls it off. Excellently. There are few, if any, flaws in directing. The writing is solid. At times, there seemed to be a little too much humor and some scenes were maybe a tad long, but apart from that, there was not really anything with this film that was flawed. The score is great. The pacing is incredibly good. The acting is really good all-round. Goldberg provides a lot of comic relief, without being obnoxious. Moore and Swayze have magnificent chemistry, you truly believe them as a couple. The special effects are grand, yet they don't take over the movie. This is driven by the emotions, by how the plot affects these characters. I was completely into this movie all the way. The humor is very good and surprisingly tasteful for the theme. Much of it is derived from the situation of Swayze's character and his interaction with environment and other characters. All in all, just a very impressive film. I recommend this to any fan of drama, romance, comedy, thriller or fantasy, as well as anyone interested in seeing a non-parody Zucker film and fans of the actors. 7/10


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