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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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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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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rodney Dangerfield: One of the people into whom Dr. Harvey turns while possessed by The Ghostly Trio. See more »

Goofs

When Casper is pouring the fresh orange juice for Kat, he collects the pulp in his hand. When he tips the pitcher up, the orange juice pouring through his hand stops just before he tips the pitcher back. See more »

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Clint Eastwood: [the image of Clint Eastwood appears in the mirror] I'm gonna kill you... your momma... and all her bridge-playing friends.
[face Changes again, this time to Rodney Dangerfield]
Rodney Dangerfield: You think YOU got it tough? I got a facelift! And there's one that looks just like it underneath!
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The globe in the Universal logo fades into a full moon above Whipstaff Manor. See more »


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Hard Copy Ball Logo
Written by Edd Kalehoff
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
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often beautiful, often creepy, mostly wonderful, but . . .
1 November 2000 | by imbatman-2See all my reviews

I don't view films as if I'm watching them as the intended audience; I watch them for myself. And that's why I found it odd at how engrossed I was when I watched this film for the first time at the age of eighteen. Aside from the great gothic flair of the mansion, two superbly placed cameos, and nice laughable black humour from the "trio," the film took off because of its emotional core. It's something that a youngster can really get into, but also anyone who finds it sad that a child can die. When Casper plays with his toys, I just wanted to start crying. This eternal child--lost and stuck in an age of mystery and wonder. And yet, he's smitten with a girl--he's starting to go through puberty. And it's just so sad . . . and beautiful.

And then there's the father, and his sway into the afterlife, his daughter's plight, her struggle with her wish to help Casper. It's all so simple and written for kids, but I was so engrossed by the romanticism of it all.

The villains mostly butt into the greatness of all of it, but you just have to grant that in a kid's picture. And now comes my but . . . in the end, when the mother does appear, she's supposed to be this amazing, angelic, deux es machinal, she floats through the stain glass window, her long hair flows around her, her gown flows all around her but--what the hell! why is her dress such a deep red!? she looks like satan! Oh well. Bad costume choice made a really bad moment. But mostly, I loved this film for it's good parts, despite the childishness of much of it.


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