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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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Brad Silberling

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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 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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Taglines:

No inhibitions. No limits. No table manners. No sheets. 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:

Каспер See more »

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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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DTS | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Dr. Harvey is possessed by the ghosts, he turns into the Crypt Keeper from Tales from the Crypt (1989) at one point. Cathy Moriarty (Carrigan Crittenden) had starred in Tales from the Crypt: Seance (1992). See more »

Goofs

Ghosts don't have a reflection. When Casper looks into a mirror, he can't see himself. But when Amber and Vic are dressed in costume for the party, Stretch, Fatso, and Stinkie spook them, and appear in the mirror. However, these are not their reflections. When the two kids fall, the ghosts are nowhere around, suggesting that the Ghostly Trio is actually inside the mirror. See more »

Quotes

Kat: In two years I have been to nine different schools, eaten in nine cafeterias. I can't even remember anyone's name.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Billions: Icebreaker (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Remember Me This Way
Written by David Foster and Linda Thompson
Produced and arranged by David Foster
Performed by Jordan Hill
Courtesy of 143 Records/The Atlantic Group
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Has the magic of classic family films, but extremely flawed
30 June 2013 | by WakenPayneSee all my reviews

Childhood memories. As of recently I have been re-watching some movies I watched and liked as a kid. From what I remembered this was one of the better ones so I decided to sit down and take a look at it.

The plot, it's very disjointed but I'll say it in the best way possible. A woman inherits one of her father's condemned mansions. Once she finds out it holds a treasure somewhere they look inside it only for it to be haunted by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one. Ghost hunter after ghost hunter fails so they get a psychologist who specialises in getting ghost's unfinished business done. After that it shifts to the psychologist and his daughter talking to the ghosts, the daughter going to school, her and Casper developing a friendship.

Onto the complaints as I said the plot is disjointed, some of the dialogue does get extremely weak around the middle and that it does seem a little bit more reliant on special effects than anything else. Although unlike other movies where this happens (if you want an example look at the movies playing in your theater, that's full of them) this one actually has heart (it maybe to a small extent but it does have heart).

Now, if you're looking for a mindless watch that is humorous and entertaining then this could be for you - you could do with a lot worse. The three uncles are worth watching for their humour along with Eric Idle and Cathy Moriarty as the villain.

I also enjoyed the soundtrack for this movie. It is very fitting and although most of the time it is the same melody it doesn't get irritating.

So if you want an hour and a half of mindless entertainment of family fun then this might be the one for you. Don't expect much but it is worth watching if you have kids and they want to see something new that you might also enjoy.


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