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Casper (1995)

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A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nicky
Spencer Vrooman ... Andreas
... Casper (voice)
... Carrigan
... Dibbs
... Rugg
... Father Guido Sarducci
... Mr. Rogers (archive footage) (as Mr. Rogers)
Terry Murphy ... Terry Murphy ('Hard Copy')
... Dr. Harvey
... Kat
Ernestine Mercer ... Woman Being Interviewed
Doug Bruckner ... Reporter (voice) (as Douglas J.O. Bruckner)
Joe Nipote ... Stretch (voice)
... Stinkie (voice)
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Furious that her late father only willed her his gloomy-looking mansion rather than his millions, Carrigan Crittenden is ready to burn the place to the ground when she discovers a map to a treasure hidden in the house. But when she enters the rickety mansion to seek her claim, she is frightened away by a wicked wave of ghosts. Determined to get her hands on this hidden fortune, she hires afterlife therapist Dr. James Harvey to exorcise the ghosts from the mansion. Harvey and his daughter Kat move in, and soon Kat meets Casper, the ghost of a young boy who's "the friendliest ghost you know." But not so friendly are Casper's uncles--Stretch, Fatso and Stinkie--who are determined to drive all "fleshies" away. Ultimately, it is up to Harvey and Kat to help the ghosts cross over to the other side. Written by Joshua Davis <xtnb64a@prodigy.com>

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He's ready for ghoul and unusual punishment! See more »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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26 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Каспер  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$100,328,194

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$287,928,194
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dan Aykroyd: As Dr. Raymond Stantz (from Ghostbusters (1984)) who runs out of the house frantically and says, "Who you gonna call? Someone else!" See more »

Goofs

The scene between Kat and Casper where he says that he can't hurt her and then makes his hand go though her's shows that ghosts cannot touch living beings, yet multiple times ghosts touch people. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Rugg: [reading Mr Crittenden's will] To the Save the Dolphins Foundation, $11million. To the Save The Pumas Foundation, $1.2million. To the Padigonian Wasps Foundation, $1.4million. To The Dyslexic Dalmatians Foundation...
Carrigan Crittenden: The hell with the livestock. What did the old stiff leave me?
Dibs: [clears throat] I believe that what the bereaved is trying to express is that the sudden death of her only father has left a great gaping void in her bank, in her life, and, er, Carrigan wonders what he has left her to ...
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Crazy Credits

Stretch pops through the closing credits, singing the ending song. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Halloween (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Casper The Friendly Ghost
Written by Mack David and Jerry Livingston
Performed by Little Richard
Produced by Richie Zito and Little Richard
Arranged by Richie Zito
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Beautiful and emotional tale
29 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie as a kid, and I loved it even then. I was a fan to the Casper cartoons, and to me, this was a great movie. As a kid, it was just entertaining. Looking at it again as I am older, I now love this movie more than just because it's about my favorite friendly ghost. This movie does a good job clenching the issue of death and either letting it go and hang onto it as a ghost with unfinished business. The atmosphere, although often times comical (which is how it is with the cartoons too XD), has a really deep and emotional air to it, as we look at Dr. Harvey and Kat's loss at the wife/mother's death, as well as Casper's mourning for his life and loneliness as a ghost. The music itself is very beautiful, and the set gives a perfect background for both spooky and sentimental moments. If you're one who is looking for a good emotional ghost story, this is a great example, even though it was based on a cartoon. If you're looking for something comical, well, the three ghosts Stretch, Fatso, and Stinky are there to provide laughs, as they really do seem to be having a ball being floating ethereal beings capable of shifting themselves into horrific (and hilarious) shapes.

I don't remember much from the Casper cartoons, but it's not like you can totally base an entire movie on just those. The plots for the cartoons vary, and this movie could be counted as some sort of canon, I suppose. Either way, it does a good job capturing the lonely, friendly ghost that is Casper on the big screen (and TV set).

Go ahead and rent the movie; I'm looking forward to searching for a DVD for it so I can watch it again and again. I love it. I totally recommend this for everyone, kids and grownups alike.


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