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Ghost (1990)

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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
Whoopi Goldberg ... Oda Mae Brown
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)
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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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Before City of Angels... There was Ghost! 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:

Duh 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

The horrific sounds made by the "dark shadows" are really the sounds of baby's cries, played at extremely slow speed backwards. See more »

Goofs

When Carl is preparing the account for "Rita Miller", the camera and operator are reflected in the computer screen. See more »

Quotes

Oda Mae Brown: He's stuck, that's what it is. He's in between worlds. You know it happens sometimes that the spirit gets yanked out so fast that the essence still feels it has work to do here.
Sam Wheat: Would you stop rambling?
Oda Mae Brown: I don't think I'm rambling, I'm just answering the question. He's got a attitude now.
Sam Wheat: I don't have an attitude.
Oda Mae Brown: Yes, you do have an attitude. If you didn't have an attitude, you would not have raised your voice at me now, would you?
Sam Wheat: God dammit...
Oda Mae Brown: Don't you "God dammit" me. Don't you take the ...
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

Unchained Melody
Written by Alex North and Hy Zaret
Performed by The Righteous Brothers
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products, A division of PolGram Records, Inc.
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a lot of great scenes sign of a great movie
13 May 2007 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

This may not be a classic, but it comes close. It has one big attribute of most great movies, a lot of great scenes. The story is about Sam, who has a great life, and this movie is the opposite of CLICK. Unlike that stupid movie, this guy doesn't want to fast forward his life with a beautiful loving wife and great career. But it is taken away from him when he is killed. He becomes a ghost. And that might be one of only two flaws in the story. Why he can project his needs when billions of other dead souls can't. But a great movie like this endears us to the characters and plot enough so that this is a very trivial flaw. He finds he can communicate with a fake spiritualist (Whoopi, in a role few could do as well), which is the second flaw, since we have a feeling we've seen this character in this instance all too often. Hoever, again, if the movie is good enough we can overlook this. Without making spoilers, I can only add that the movie satisfies the viewer. There is romance, humor, logic, adventure, suspense, and great scenes. Among the great scenes that make the movie (I'll only mention some) are the scene where Sam follows his friend to the killer's apartment (actually just about every scene with his friend is classic), the scene where Whoopi goes to the bank, the scene where she leaves the bank, the scene where Sam is a ghost in the office with his friend, the scene where the friend hits on Sam's woman, the first scene with the little dark men, the second scene with the little dark men...I could go on and on. What is lost in all of this is one of the greatest emotional bits of capturing character ever, when Sam realizes what is going to happen to an evil man when the little dark men appear the second time, and he expresses true sorrow and compassion for a man who stole so much from him. This is one of the most poignant and heroic scenes ever in any movie I would find it very hard to believe anyone could not enjoy this movie. Truly a winner. Know what? This is a classic.


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