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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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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

Gross USA:

$217,631,306

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$505,809,505
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Patrick Swayze alleged that Sam Wheat was the hardest role he ever played in his career, mainly because he had to be an observer to the action, and not a participant. See more »

Goofs

When Carl becomes a ghost and the shadow characters come for him, he starts flailing wildly and acts as if he's being grabbed before the shadows even begin to touch him. The shadows give off their own kinetic energy, which he feels naturally, now that he is a ghost himself. See more »

Quotes

Oda Mae Brown: Now are you going to go away, Sam? 'Cause you know what, I got work to do.
Sam Wheat: No.
Oda Mae Brown: Fine, then, stay there.
[Turning to her customers who are not paying attention]
Oda Mae Brown: Eh, excuse me, EXCUSE me! You ready yet?
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

German VHS version was cut for violence (the man with the broken window in his chest) to get a "Not under 12" rating. Some TV stations aired the complete version. 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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Movie Entertainment at it's Finest
19 June 2007 | by jaddison383See all my reviews

I went into Ghost a little apprehensive. I had heard so much about it, and it was supposedly the crowning moment of one of my favorite actresses: Whoopi Goldberg. However, my apprehensions were instantly wiped away. This movie lived up to all of it's praise! It's the story of two young lovers Sam (Patrick Swayze) and Molly (Demi Moore). They have just moved in together. After a night out on the town, Sam is brutally killed by a seemingly random mugger and Molly holds Sam's bloody corpse in her arms- all while Sam's spirit watches. He has been left to wander Earth and desperately try to protect Molly. He gets help from Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) a psychic fraud who has more power than she realized. Together, Sam and Oda Mae begin to piece together the puzzle of Sam's death, and uncover something much more sinister than they ever imagined.

The whole cast does an excellent job here. Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore play the roles of grieving lovers perfectly. Ms. Moore is especially affecting. But it's Whoopi Golberg's fantastic performance as Oda Mae Brown that truly steals the show. Her performance is hilarious and endearing throughout, and she takes the film to an entirely new level. She's really is half of what makes it so good.

This, in my opinion, is a great film. It entertains, it thrills you, and it even moves you. The writing is also excellent. The only place the film suffers is the special effects. Even they are fine- accept for the demons. The demons of the film are laughable. That is one major downfall. However, it's not bad enough to ruin a film that is one to be treasured. Good fun all around! 8/10 stars!

Jay Addison


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