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The Ghost Writer (1990)

Blocked novelist Anthony Strack is desperate enough to plot suicide. Before he completes the deed, he is visited by unearthly beings, whose presence helps him to write again.

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Alan Rafkin

Writer:

Alan Spencer
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Cast

Cast overview:
Anthony Perkins ... Anthony Strack
Leigh Taylor-Young ... Elizabeth Strack
Joshua John Miller ... Edgar Strack (as Josh Miller)
Juliet Sorci Juliet Sorci ... Cindy Strack (as Juliet Sorcey)
Pam Matteson Pam Matteson ... Miss Blasko
Cindy Sorenson Cindy Sorenson ... Judith's Remains
Libby Aubrey ... Judith (voice) (as Lisabeth Aubrey)
Kurt Paul Kurt Paul ... Paul Bearer (scenes deleted)
Larry Wilmore ... The Paramedic
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Blocked novelist Anthony Strack is desperate enough to plot suicide. Before he completes the deed, he is visited by unearthly beings, whose presence helps him to write again.

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1990 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Kurt Paul is listed in the end credits as Paul Bearer (the cemetery caretaker), however, his scene was cut from the final version of the pilot which aired on network television, but it remains in the unfinalized workprint of the pilot and can been seen online on YouTube. See more »

Quotes

Anthony Strack: Edgar, I have no qualms about disciplining you.
Edgar Starck: Please do... I love to be disciplined!
Anthony Strack: True... you are the only boy who, after spankings, leaves a tip.
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Never had a chance but deserved one
1 May 2000 | by arcodditySee all my reviews

This was one show that never had a chance, but deserved one. "Ghost Writer" starring the late great Anthony Perkins, was a comedy in a class by itself. It had dark humor ingeniously incorporated with really bad jokes.

The premise focused on a novelist (Perkins) who was caught in a bad case of writers block. Desperate and ready to give up, be thinks suicide is the only way out. Before he his able to complete the deed, he is visited by a plethora of unearthly beings. These included a dead bride, a "something" under the stairs and a host of other ghostly helpers. And in turn the ideas begin to fly.

Though its run was only 2 episodes, those few who were able to view it greatly enjoyed it. It was a chance to see Perkins in a comedic role where his inherent creepiness could shine through brilliantly. Had it been given a chance and had Perkins lasted the run, I think this could have been one of the cult TV classics of all time.


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