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Casper (1995)

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An afterlife therapist and his daughter meet a friendly young ghost when they move into a crumbling mansion in order to rid the premises of wicked spirits.

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Brad Silberling

Writers:

Joseph Oriolo (characters), Sherri Stoner | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chauncey Leopardi ... Nicky
Spencer Vrooman Spencer Vrooman ... Andreas
Malachi Pearson ... Casper (voice)
Cathy Moriarty ... Carrigan
Eric Idle ... Dibs
Ben Stein ... Rugg
Don Novello ... Father Guido Sarducci
Fred Rogers ... Mr. Rogers (archive footage) (as Mr. Rogers)
Terry Murphy Terry Murphy ... Terry Murphy ('Hard Copy')
Bill Pullman ... Dr. Harvey
Christina Ricci ... Kat
Ernestine Mercer Ernestine Mercer ... Woman Being Interviewed
Doug Bruckner Doug Bruckner ... Reporter (voice) (as Douglas J.O. Bruckner)
Joe Nipote ... Stretch (voice)
Joe Alaskey ... Stinkie (voice)
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Storyline

Furious that her late father only willed her his gloomy-looking mansion rather than his millions, Carrigan Crittenden (Cathy Moriarty) 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 (Bill Pullman) to exorcise the ghosts from the mansion. Harvey and his daughter Kat (Christina Ricci) move in, and soon Kat meets Casper (Malachi Pearson), the ghost of a young boy who's "the friendliest ghost you know". But not so friendly are Casper's uncles,- Stretch (Joe Nipote), Fatso (Brad Garrett), and Stinkie (Joe Alaskey) - who are determined to drive all "fleshies" away. Ultimately, it is up to James and Kat to help the ghosts cross over to the other side. Written by Joshua Davis <xtnb64a@prodigy.com>

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Taglines:

Comin' at Ya! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casper See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,840,385, 28 May 1995

Gross USA:

$100,328,194

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$287,928,194
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Sound Mix:

DTS | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In an early scene, Casper suggests eating "under the Harvest Moon" in an effort to keep his uncles from discovering the Harveys have moved into their house. Assuming the film's events occur in the same year as its release, this places the Harveys' first night at Whipstaff as Sunday, October 8th, 1995, while Kat's first day of school and subsequent trip to the lighthouse with Casper happen on Monday, October 9th. See more »

Goofs

When Kat is dancing with Casper at the end of the film, the duo is shown floating above the floor. Yet, in the next shot, a view from the balcony, they are back on the floor. However, during a shot in between while he's identifying himself to her a light in the background can be seen getting bigger indicating that he's lowering them to the ground. See more »

Quotes

Kat: You guys are disgusting, obnoxious creeps!
StretchFatsoStinkie: [in unison] Thank you!
Kat: I mean, what's your problem? He's just cleaning the floor!
Stretch: Hey, shut up, skinbag!
Kat: Piss off!
Stretch: Take a hike!
Kat: Get a grave!
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Crazy Credits

The film title appears from smoke and vapor.

At the end of the film, Casper writes "The End" from a smoke trail. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Life, Animated (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

That's Life
Written by Kelly Gordon and Dean Kay
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Seeing it is BOOlieving it!
10 April 2002 | by Leanne LittrellSee all my reviews

Who says there are no such things as ghosts? Not if there is the ghostly inhabitants of Whipstaff Manor in Friendship, Maine! This desolate mansion is then, in the words of one of the members of the Ghostly Trio of Whipstaff, 'intruded' by Kat Harvey (Christina Ricci) and her eccentric father Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman), a ghost therapist. Carrigan Crittenden (Cathy Moriarty) had hired Dr. Harvey to exorcise the ghosts, including Casper the friendly ghost and his three obnoxious uncles, Stretch, Fatso and Stinkie, aspiring to gain Whipstaff's 'buried gold'.

Intertwining humour, all-time fun and a modern Cinderella story, 'Casper' promises to please as a movie which is compelling, hilarious, captivating, heart-warming, witty and above all, truly 'fleshtastic'.

'Casper' is recommended for any audience, regardless of age. At the time I am submitting this review I am currently 17, turning 18, but 'Casper' still manages to appear endearing and ultimately special. The magic of Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci as well as that of director Brad Silberling, executive producer Steven Spielberg, and other producers weaves between each and every scene to eventually lift us off our feet. Above all, I LOVE THIS MOVIE! Casper is my all time favourite character. Truly fantastic. You won't BOOlieve it until you see it.


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