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The role of Oda Mae Brown was not written with Whoopi Goldberg in mind, but Patrick Swayze, an admirer of hers, convinced the producers that she would be right for the part.
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Patrick Swayze said that the pottery scene was the sexiest thing he had ever done on film.
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The horrific sounds made by the "dark shadows" are really the sounds of babies' cries, played at extremely slow speed backwards.
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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.
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The pot wasn't supposed to fall apart, but Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore just kept going.
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Bruce Joel Rubin originally pitched Oda Mae as a real psychic. But producers thought it would be funnier if she were a charlatan who starts hearing Sam.
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Screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin wanted Patrick Swayze to play Sam Wheat after he saw an interview Swayze gave. When he brought up his father, Swayze became emotional and began to weep. Rubin thought if a macho guy like Patrick Swayze could cry over a loved one, he'd be perfect for this movie.
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The role of Molly Jensen was given to Demi Moore largely in part because Moore could cry out of either eye on cue.
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Molly tells Sam that he "leads a charmed life". This is a line from William Shakespeare's Macbeth. Macbeth also claims to lead a charmed life, meaning he cannot be killed. Immediately after making this claim, however, he is killed. Sam is killed after seeing a production of Macbeth.
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Screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin did not like the idea of the Dark Spirits having faces and hands. He thought they should have looked more like shadows come to life, not ghouls with human features.
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Tony Goldwyn recalled to the A.V. Club in 2014 that his role as the conniving, murderous Carl prompted a waitress to refuse to serve him. He couldn't figure out why she was shooting him death stares, until she finally asked him if he was an actor. "She said, "I'm so sorry! I knew I hated you, but I didn't know where from, and because I couldn't place who you were'", Goldwyn said.
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Patrick Swayze explained why he did the film, "I needed to do Ghost for my soul. I'd just come off Road House (1989) and Next of Kin (1989), and I didn't want to be considered just an action actor."
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Jerry Zucker and Bruce Joel Rubin thought that Tony Goldwyn was too nice to play the villain. Goldwyn had to convince them that Carl needed to be both nice and evil to be believable.
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On September 15, 2009, Whoopi Goldberg announced Patrick Swayze's death on The View (1997) and paid an emotional heartfelt tribute to her friend and co-star.
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It took several months for director Jerry Zucker and writer Bruce Joel Rubin to come up with Sam's last line in the film.
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Bruce Joel Rubin used to say "ditto" to his high school girlfriend instead of "I love you".
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When they were filming the chase scene at night in New York City, it was really cold, and everyone else was bundled up except for Patrick Swayze's character Sam Wheat, and since he's a ghost they didn't want his breath showing so they had him chew ice.
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In the farewell scene where Sam tells Molly that he always loved her, Patrick Swayze's emotion was real, for he thought about his own father, who passed away in 1982.
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The shirt that Molly is wearing in the police station is the same shirt Sam was wearing at work the day he was late meeting the Japanese clients. It even appears to be wrinkled, as if she hadn't washed it so she could feel closer to Sam.
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When passing through solid objects, ghosts appear to absorb some of the material through which they are going. Jerry Zucker had some difficulty explaining what he wanted this effect to look like. Finally, he illustrated it by dipping a napkin into coffee.
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When Demi Moore was cast, she had long hair and didn't tell director Jerry Zucker she was going to cut it. Zucker was shocked, and at first didn't like it, but he now thinks it was perfect for her character.
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Of all the characters Bruce Joel Rubin has written, Oda Mae Brown remains his favorite.
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The film turned Demi Moore into the highest paid actress in Hollywood at the time. Prior to this film, while she was a well-known actress, she wasn't a bankable star.
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For several years, Patrick Swayze had women coming up to and asking him to recite the line "Ditto" from the movie.
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Bruce Joel Rubin started crying when he wrote Molly's "Ditto".
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Demi Moore wanted the pottery scene to look authentic, so she and Jerry Zucker took pottery lessons.
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Demi Moore came up with rolling the jar down the stairs, as opposed to throwing it as scripted.
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At a 2013 AFI Night at the Movies screening of the film, Demi Moore told the audience her initial feelings on the film. "It's a love story, and it's a guy, a dead guy, trying to save his wife, and there is a comedy part, but really, really it's a love story", Moore said. "And I thought, 'Wow, this is really a recipe for disaster.' It's either going to be something really special, really amazing, or really an absolute bust." She went on to talk about what made the film special. "I think the beauty in this film is that none of us knew, and the alchemy that came together with Whoopi and Patrick, and our Film Editor, Walter Murch, and Adam Greenberg, our DP, it just had a magic."
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The filmmakers spent a long time casting Carl because they wanted a big-name actor. But they kept returning to the unknown Tony Goldwyn's audition tape and finally cast him.
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Bruce Joel Rubin believes that two things date the film, the computer monitors and Arsenio Hall.
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Director Jerry Zucker's favorite film of his own.
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The highest-grossing film of 1990.
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Jerry Zucker set out to make a movie that "made you laugh, cry, get scared. The movie is a roller-coaster ride."
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When it came time to cast the film, writer Bruce Joel Rubin suggested Patrick Swayze for the role of Sam Wheat. The makers screened Swayze's movie Road House (1989), but 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 allowed Swayze to audition on the insistence of the actor's manager, even though he thought Swayze would blow it. To Zucker's surprise, Swayze gave a great audition, and was cast immediately for the part.
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The most rented videocassette of 1991.
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This is one of the few supernatural themed films to be nominated for Best Picture.
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Luis Guzmán (who was considered for the role of Willie Lopez) revealed in a documentary focused on character actors that he's frequently stopped by fans of the movie who think he's the actor who played Sam's killer. People ask him why he killed Patrick Swayze, to which he always replies that Rick Aviles, the actor in question, was the one who did it.
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The interior of Molly and Sam's finished loft apartment was actually the home and studio of artist sculptor Michele Oka Doner, located in the Soho neighborhood of Manhattan, New York.
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Jerry Zucker didn't want to focus on Carl with his shirt off, so he filmed a lot of close-ups.
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The success of this film, along with Pretty Woman (1990), is credited with making romantic films more viable at the box office.
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Whoopi Goldberg became the first actress to win Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards and Golden Globe Awards, for her role in this film.
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The scene with Molly at the police station was the first scene to be filmed.
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When the movie was first released on VHS in 1991, the tapes were light or "ghost" gray.
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The airplane crash footage shown in the TV when Molly and Sam are in bed together is based on a real crash of Delta Airlines Flight 1141 in Dallas/Fort Worth on August 31, 1988.
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Vincent Schiavelli's ghost character breaks open a cigarette machine and longs to be able to have another smoke. In real life, Schiavelli died of lung cancer.
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Bruce Joel Rubin got the idea for the film while watching a production of Hamlet. When Hamlet's dead father tells him to avenge his death, Rubin thought that would make a great movie.
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Shortly before production began, Whoopi Goldberg was unsure if she was going to be able to put this movie into her work schedule. The part was then verbally offered to Jackée Harry, who accepted. However, at the last minute, Goldberg was able to do the film after all and Harry was dropped.
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Paul Hogan was offered, but passed on the role of Sam Wheat, because he felt it wasn't funny. However, Paul Hogan offered Patrick Swayze the role of Steve Garner in his supernatural comedy Almost an Angel (1990), but Swayze turned it down to do this film. Elias Koteas got the part instead.
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Tony Goldwyn (Carl) claimed in interviews that for years after this movie, he was often maltreated in public for conspiring to kill Patrick Swayze's character (Sam) in this film. He noted that he didn't appear to redeem himself with the public until he voiced the hero in the Disney version of "Tarzan (1999).
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The song Sam sings relentlessly to Oda Mae to get her to agree to help him is "Henry the Eighth, I Am". The lyrics, in part, are "She wouldn't have a Willie or a Sam..." Patrick Swayze's character is named Sam, and the man who murdered him is named Willie.
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Patrick Swayze wouldn't do the movie without Whoopi Goldberg and when Whoopi Goldberg got cast as Oda Mae Brown, Patrick Swayze accepted the role.
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In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Bruce Joel Rubin revealed that he was skeptical of Jerry Zucker for his script, as he wanted either Milos Forman or Stanley Kubrick. The pair went through nineteen drafts of the screenplay together, and Zucker gave the script more structure.
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The subway scenes were filmed on the abandoned lower level of the 42nd Street station of the IND 8th Avenue line. Trains appearing in the film wrong-railed through the station; that is, they ran in the opposite direction of normal operation.
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Starting in the early 1990s (shortly after the release of this movie), hip-hop lyrics often included Patrick Swayze's name or the phrase "I'm Swayze" as a reference to or replacement for the earlier slang, "I'm ghost", meaning "I'm leaving/out of here/gone, et cetera." The Notorious B.I.G. was one artist who was especially fond of including this phrase in his songs. Swayze's appearance in the video for Ja Rule's "Murder Reigns" was also a reference to this movie's and his own interesting place in hip-hop culture.
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Jerry Zucker came up with the iconic pottery scene while working on The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988). A year later, his brother David Zucker parodied it in The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991) starring Leslie Nielsen and Priscilla Presley.
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This is one of two Patrick Swayze films to have songs by Bill Medley, the other being Dirty Dancing (1987).
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Bruce Joel Rubin had to fight to get the film made. He started pitching it to studios in 1984.
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Demi Moore was nervous about taking this role, because Molly is mourning so soon into the movie. But she made sure to play Molly as a strong character.
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The first film where Jerry Zucker received a sole directing credit.
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Initially, Bruce Joel Rubin was unsure about Jerry Zucker directing his script, with Zucker coming from a background of screwball comedy.
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Demi Moore and Vincent Schiavelli shared the same birthday, November 11. Schiavelli and Patrick Swayze died at the age of fifty-seven; Schiavelli from lung cancer, and Swayze from pancreatic cancer.
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At theatrical showings in Monterrey, Mexico, women in the audience were given envelopes marked "Solo para mujeres" (for women only) containing tissues.
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The film's general storyline is expanded from an old urban legend dealing with a spirit of a recently deceased trying to warn their loved one of an imminent danger.
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Whoopi Goldberg won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance as Oda Mae Brown.
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Carl Bruner (Tony Goldwyn) was named after a grade-school teacher that Bruce Joel Rubin didn't like.
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The sensual pottery scene between Sam (Patrick Swayze) and Molly (Demi Moore) was originally scripted to be followed by a sex scene on the floor. They quickly realized that the pottery shenanigans were all they needed. "We decided to cut it after I interviewed about twelve body doubles for Demi," says Zucker.
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Bruce Joel Rubin says that people would ask if ghosts can walk through walls why don't they fall through chairs, he simply said: "Your mind creates the world."
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Jerry Zucker didn't like the scene where Carl "accidentally" spills coffee on his shirt and has to take it off -- an effort to seduce Molly -- and had the editor try a cut without it. He immediately realized how wrong he was.
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Bruce Joel Rubin's original script had Sam enter Oda Mae's body and then make love to Molly. He says some producers only wanted to make the film because of that scene, but Jerry Zucker wisely nixed it.
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If you look closely when the shadow demons drag Carl to hell, one of them is shown covering his mouth to stop him from screaming.
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In 2015, the spacious 4,341-square-foot Soho loft at 102 Prince Street, where Sam and Molly got clay all over themselves, and where they said their final goodbyes was listed for $10 million. It has three bedrooms, three and a half baths, and a Sub-Zero refrigerator.
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Whoopi Goldberg broke the fourth wall in the funny scene which Sam irritates Oda Mae by singing "I'm Henry the Eighth, I Am" which she threw a pillow towards the camera.
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Nicole Kidman auditioned for the female lead, but while they loved her tape they went with the more well-known Moore instead. Kidman's tape made it up the Paramount ladder, though, and it led directly to her landing a role in Days of Thunder (1990). Rubin also cast her later in his directorial debut, 1993's My Life.
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Both Tom Cruise and Harrison Ford turned down the lead role. They went with Patrick Swayze to the audition after Bruce Joel Rubin saw him cry on a Barbara Walters interview special. Zucker was doubtful, but Swayze was a big name so he said yes to letting the actor come in and read for the part -- and Zucker quickly realized how wrong he had been to discount him.
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"Demi did not like to smile," says Jerry Zucker, adding that he had to ask her for "a little one" at (1:46:52). He ran the camera at a speed where they could create slow-motion so he could stretch her smile out just a little bit longer than it lasted in reality.
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Part of the events seen in the movie are taken indirectly from the book "Life After Life", written by Dr. Raymond Moody and published in 1975, a series of compilations about people who by a brief time were dead and later lived again, called NDE or Near-Death Experience. Between them, the concept of a light white tunnel, which appears when a person dies to take his soul to the Afterlife (in the movie it appears three times: when Sam dies, when a man dies in an operating room, and when Sam saves Oda Mae and Molly, completing his unfinished business). The second part is the idea of black spirits who capture the souls of bad people to take to other side of the Afterlife, called Lower Astral, a place similar to Judeo-Christian Hell to punish and torture them. The third part is people, maybe friends and familiars, who wait to receive the recent dead to the Afterlife. It is showed when Sam walks toward the Afterlife at the end of the movie, where he mixes with a lot of spirits who wait for him (as they appear in diffuse figures in blue, it's impossible to know if they are Sam's friends or familiars).
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The only Best Picture Oscar nominee of the year to be also nominated for Original Screenplay.
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Rotten Tomatoes has the movie kept at an "R" rating, despite the MPAA officially approved the film to be rated "PG-13".
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Nicole Kidman auditioned for the role of Molly Jensen. According to writer Bruce Joel Rubin on the DVD commentary, the reason for Kidman not getting the role was that she simply wasn't a big name.
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Patti LaBelle auditioned for the role of Oda Mae Brown.
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Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) was "the most fun character" Bruce Joel Rubin has ever written. He originally envisioned the character as a real psychic, but friends convinced him she'd be far funnier as a phony revealed to have the gift only through Sam's presence.
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The music when Sam is getting murdered, and just before he goes to the white light, is also heard in The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter (1990) in several scenes.
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They saw thirty or so actors for the the role of Subway Ghost, but "no one really got the anger of it" until 6ft5 Vincent Schiavelli got the role.
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Jerry Zucker and Bruce Joel Rubin already liked Demi Moore, but it was her performance in the underrated apocalyptic thriller The Seventh Sign (1988) that convinced Zucker she could do this role. "That was the first movie I saw her in where she played a mature character."
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Molly originally threw the glass jar against a wall, but Demi Moore felt she'd be far more subtle and suggested she simply roll it down the stairs.
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An early test screening saw the audience giggling at the scene where Sam in Oda Mae's body and Molly touch and kiss, and it drove Jerry Zucker nuts as he saw no way around it. He tried various things to address it but eventually decided to simply accept that "the movie's a roller coaster" and would take audiences all over the place emotionally. "So I took all of the sound out, and this part of the roller coaster is just gonna make people feel as uncomfortable as possible."
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The love theme from this film, "Unchained Melody", was performed by the Righteous Brothers. Bill Medley performed the song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" in Patrick Swayze's previous film, Dirty Dancing (1987).
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In the original script, Molly Jensen was a sculptor hammering a chisel on granite. That seemed a little harsh, so Jerry Zucker changed the character to a potter with clay and wheel.
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In her first role, Sondra Rubin playing a nun was ironic, because she never went out in public without make-up. She is the real-life mother of Bruce Joel Rubin, and was given a cameo in the film.
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Body count: 4.
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"I cried," says Bruce Joel Rubin on the commentary about the time he first discovered that his serious script about ghosts and love was going to be directed by one of the guys behind Airplane! (1980). There's a slim chance he was joking, but he was being sincere as he mentions that he expected Zucker and the studio to turn it into a Beetlejuice (1988) inspired romp. His view changed after sharing some deep conversations with Zucker about the script in which the director shared criticisms -- something no one at the studio had done.
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Jerry Zucker was horrified after hiring Demi Moore while she had her usual long hair only to have her show up for filming with it short. He realized she looked fantastic once he saw her on film.
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Oprah Winfrey and Tina Turner were up for the part of Oda Mae.
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Oda Mae yells at Sam, telling him she wants to "cash the God damn check!" She earlier threatened to walk out on Sam for blasphemy.
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Whoopi Goldberg's character is named Oda Mae Brown. Later in the film, she briefly uses the name Rita Miller. Taken together, the names are a friendly shout-out to writer Rita Mae Brown, author of Rubyfruit Jungle.
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Cameo: Susan Breslau: She is Jerry Zucker's real-life sister, and has a cameo playing the character Susan, named after her.
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Tony Goldwyn's (Carl Bruner's) wife was the production designer.
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In a Los Angeles Times article "A Killer in Comic's Clothes", Rick Aviles stated that his performance in Ghost gave his comedy stand-up career a major boost although he was already an established comedian.
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Bruce Joel Rubin had wanted to tell a ghost story from the ghost's perspective for some time, an idea partially inspired by Shakespeare's Hamlet, and the clincher for the script was cracking the idea of who/what/how the ghost would be able to contact the living.
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Bruce Joel Rubin used to work in New York City renovating old buildings and lofts, and capturing that visual -- tearing down walls, dust through the air, junk laying around -- was important here.
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Bruce Joel Rubin says the mirror that Molly is glimpsed changing in is now in his bathroom, and Jerry Zucker adds that "I have that bra in my closet."
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Oda Mae goes nuts and wants Sam to stop singing. Patrick Swayze in real life was a one-hit wonder; he had a top ten hit with "She's Like the Wind" from the Dirty Dancing (1987) soundtrack.
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Sam annoys Oda Mae by singing "I'm Henry the Eighth, I Am" by Herman's Hermits. This is the second time director Jerry Zucker has referenced one of their songs. "Something Tells Me I'm Into Something Good" was featured in The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988).
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Several supernatural phenomenons appeared in this movie:
  • Ghosts close to living people: Sam stands at Molly's side, instead of advancing to the Afterlife.
  • Possession: Orlando's (Augie Blunt)ghost enters Oda Mae Brown's body.
  • Mediumnity: Oda Mae realizes that she can hear ghosts; later too can see them.
  • Poltergeist : subway ghost moves physical objects in the subway; eventually Sam learns it.
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Oda Mae Brown tells Molly that Willie Lopez lives at 303 Prospect Place Apt 4D, but the actual apartment building used for the exterior shots is located at 592 Prospect Place in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.
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When Willy's ghost appears, the cat scratches on his face are gone.
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Whoopi Goldberg's character Oda Mae Brown was written to provide the film with comic relief and humor and to be Sam's link to the world of the living.
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Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) does not make an official appearance in this movie until the thirty-nine minute and thirty second mark.
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In Maurice Jarre's main musical theme, repeated periodically in variations throughout the movie, you can hear the first seven notes of the main theme from Battlestar Galactica (1978).
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Ken Olin was considered for the role of Carl Bruner, but his committment to Thirtysomething (1987) prevented him from accepting the part.
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Oda Mae dies in early drafts of Joel David Rubin's script, "and it took a while for Jerry to persuade me that that wasn't the best way to end the movie." He adds that she was killed by other bad guys but then possesses her own mangled corpse to attack them.
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Paramount were so taken aback by the financial and critical success of the film that they immediately looked at the possibility of creating a sequel. However director Jerry Zucker, writer Bruce Joel Rubin as well as stars Swayze, Moore and Goldberg all thought it was a terrible idea. As none of them had been contracted for a potential sequel Paramount quickly dropped the idea.
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When Sam and the emergency room ghost (Phil Leeds) watch a spirit ascend to Heaven, the Ghost calls him a "lucky bastard" and then mentions, "Could have been the other ones. You never know." Later, we get to see the "other ones" and exactly what they do to the unfortunates they've been sent to collect when they drag Willie and later Carl to Hell.
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Tom Finnegan and Patrick Swayze appeared in Road House (1989).
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When Carl walked into Sam and Molly's new apartment, he said they should flip it and double their money. It shows just how greedy Carl really was.
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They had a major disagreement regarding the scene where Oda Mae yells up to Molly's window from the street. Neither of them recall the exact line, but Bruce Joel Rubin had written a bit of dialogue involving a passerby that Jerry Zucker "refused" to shoot.
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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.
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They shot five weeks in New York City and the rest in Los Angeles.
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Tony Goldwyn (Carl Bruner) is married to the film's production designer, Jane Musky.
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The Subway Ghost was written to be a mentor to Sam by teaching to manipulate objects with his mind.
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Eddie Murphy became upset with his agent after he found out his agent turned down Ghost without letting him know he was being offered the Sam Wheat role.
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Ghostly possessions can wear a ghost out temporarily. Sam learns the hard way when he briefly possessed Oda Mae to touch Molly when Carl arrives and Sam is too weak at first to stop him.
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In the apartment of Oda Mae Brown and her two sisters, you can see for a few seconds a poster of The Who on the outside of the bedroom door next to the bathroom as Sam's ghost is pushing and scaring Willy who ends up knocking the poster down and falls into the bathroom area.
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It was editor Walter Murch's idea to have physical material -- like the door at (31:43) -- affect the ghost as they try to pass through it. Here the door's color bleeds up Sam's arms while his hands are "in" the door.
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Carl Bruner (Goldwyn) is named after Rubin's teacher in elementary school who never let him put on the plays he wanted to do in the auditorium. "I hated her, so I made her name the bad guy."
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In 2013, it was reported that Paramount Television had tapped writer and producer Akiva Goldsman and showrunner Jeff Pinkner to write a pilot based on the movie. Since then, no information has been released as to whether the pilot actually came to fruition.
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After withdrawing the $4 million at the bank, Oda Mae (Whoopi Goldberg) endorses the check and gives it to a pair of nuns on the sidewalk. She played a nun in Sister Act (1992) and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993).
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Paramount Pictures were hugely surprised by the worldwide success of this film and it's continued popularity even thirty years later. Made on a modest budget of a little over $20 million (much of which was spent on the visual effects) with two leads who were not yet A list actors at the time of filming, the movie was expected to be a modest success and take in $100 - $140 million worldwide. However the film proved popular as a date movie and especially with female audiences, leading it to take over half a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, far exceeding studio expectations.
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In Spanish, the title -La Sombra Del Amor- translates -Love's Shadow- which is the name of a famous painting by Frederick Sandys.
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According to Whoopi Goldberg in a 2009 interview on BBC Radio, the role of Oda Mae was originally conceived for veteran Teresa Wright.
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The $20 that Oda Mae charges comes out to $39.14 (EUR33.13) in 2019.
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Oda Mae balks at giving the check to a nun but Whoopi Goldberg, who plays Oda Mae, would play a nun 2 years later in "Sister Act."
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2002 list of the Top 100 America's Greatest Love Story Movies.
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Sondra Rubin: Writer Bruce Joel Rubin's mother, who played the nun who faints over the size of the check that Oda Mae endorses.
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Charlotte Zucker: Director Jerry Zucker's mother (who has appeared in many of the Zucker brothers' movies) plays the bank officer.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

A total of twenty ghosts appeared throughout the movie: Sam Wheat. The Emergency Room Ghost who talks with Sam in the hospital, explaining that he's waiting for his wife in the cardiac wing. A young man who dies in an operating room, ascending by a white light tunnel. A woman in a blue dress at the cemetery during Sam's funeral. Ghost of a man in black in the subway. Eleven ghosts who appear in Spiritual Advisor (Oda Mae's store), plus two more who appear entering in the shop. Willie Lopez. Carl Bruner.
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Sam states that deaths come in threes. Not counting the elderly woman who dies at the hospital (whose late husband Sam speaks to), that is true in this film as well. Sam's death is followed quickly by Willie and then Carl.
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References to a one-cent coin (i.e., penny) are one of the main themes of this film. Besides his levitating a standard Lincoln-profile penny to convince Molly that he is real and present, Sam Wheat's last name is also a reference to the "lucky" Indian-head penny that he found in the demo-debris; a wheat penny is also fairly uncommon, though not nearly so rare as one with an Indian head. (The wheat penny Sam slides up the door is in fact a very rare coin. It seems to be a 1943 copper penny. Which has great value from a numismatic stand point.) Worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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This film presents a very Christian view of the Afterlife, with a bright light offering entrance into Heaven for Sam (and a few others), and demons emerging from the shadows to drag Carl and Willie to Hell. Ironically, both the writer and director of this film (Bruce Joel Rubin and Jerry Zucker) belong to the Jewish faith, which does not claim that there is an Afterlife, much less Heaven or Hell.
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