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Ghost Dad (1990)

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Elliot Hopper, a widower with three children, is currently working on a deal. His late wife's illness was very expensive and this deal could bring them out of the red. But he gets into a ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Poitier

Writers:

Brent Maddock (story), S.S. Wilson (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Cosby ... Elliot Hopper
Kimberly Russell ... Diane Hopper
Denise Nicholas ... Joan
Ian Bannen ... Sir Edith Moser
Christine Ebersole ... Carol
Barry Corbin ... Mr. Emery Collins
Salim Grant Salim Grant ... Danny Hopper
Brooke Fontaine Brooke Fontaine ... Amanda Hopper
Dakin Matthews ... Mr. Seymour
Dana Ashbrook ... Tony Ricker
Omar Gooding ... Stuart
Raynor Scheine ... Curtis Burch, the Cabbie
Arnold Stang ... Mr. Cohen, Elderly Patient
Brian Stokes Mitchell ... Teacher (as Brian Mitchell)
Lisa Mene Nemacheck Lisa Mene Nemacheck ... Jonelle
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Storyline

Elliot Hopper, a widower with three children, is currently working on a deal. His late wife's illness was very expensive and this deal could bring them out of the red. But he gets into a cab that the maniac driver crashes, and the next thing he realizes is that he's floating around and landing in the lab of a scientist who studies the paranormal. He asks the scientist to send him back so he can finish the deal and make sure his children will be taken care of when he's gone for good. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

America's favorite dad in a spirited comedy! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El fantasma de papá See more »

Filming Locations:

Boise, Idaho, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,803,480, 1 July 1990

Gross USA:

$24,707,633

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,421,633
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The novelization of the movie, written by Mel Cebulash, was published about two weeks after the U.S. release. See more »

Goofs

As a ghost, Elliot is only supposed to be visible in the dark. When he returns to his workplace as a ghost, other people can see him in the brightly-lit rooms. See more »

Quotes

Amanda Hopper: Daddy, Joan said you can go bleep bleep yourself. She said you guys need to talk and she'll fill in the bleeps later.
Elliot Hopper: Okay, honey. Thank you.
[Somebody knocks on the front door]
Elliot Hopper: That must be Joan coming over to fill in the bleeps.
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Soundtracks

Betrayal
(Theme from Sorcerer (1977))
Music by Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke (as Christoph Franke) and Peter Baumann
Performed by Tangerine Dream
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It's anything but haunting here
20 January 2020 | by tdrishSee all my reviews

Ghost Dad is designed to be a comedy. Myself, I thought it was sad. He almost dies in an elevator accident, then he finds himself suspended in mid air over a bridge of water, hanging on by his car door. The man has kids! He's the only provider for them. Who is going to look after them when he becomes...ghost dad? Ghost Dad has a few funny moments, but there's something here in the mix that doesn't work. At first, the kids think its funny when they can see him in the dark, but not in the light, so they keep turning the lights on and off, and he keeps disappearing and reappearing. When the kids finally accept him as ghost dad, the movie completely falls apart. I mean, literally. The film does not know where to go from there, and instead, its just a parade of filler. Watch as he comically chokes the boyfriend through the phone when he calls her a name that rhymes with "Witch". It tries to play off as a family comedy, but it just doesn't have any story or material to go by once he dies. There lies the problem. As a comedy, as I said, it has a few laughs. Bill Cosby is great as ghost dad, the kids are likable...its just too bad the movie isn't likable. But watchable. I'm giving Ghost Dad 5 out of 10 stars. Anything but haunting here.


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