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Ghost Ship (2002)

R | | Horror | 25 October 2002 (USA)
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A salvage crew discovers a long-lost 1962 passenger ship floating lifeless in a remote region of the Bering Sea, and soon notices that its long-dead inhabitants may still be on board.


Steve Beck


Mark Hanlon (story), Mark Hanlon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
133 ( 115)
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Complete credited cast:
Gabriel Byrne ... Murphy
Julianna Margulies ... Epps
Ron Eldard ... Dodge
Desmond Harrington ... Ferriman
Isaiah Washington ... Greer
Alex Dimitriades ... Santos
Karl Urban ... Munder
Emily Browning ... Katie Harwood
Francesca Rettondini ... Francesca
Boris Brkic ... Chief Steward
Bob Ruggiero Bob Ruggiero ... Captain (as Robert Ruggiero)
Iain Gardiner ... Purser
Adam Bieshaar Adam Bieshaar ... First Officer
Cameron Watt Cameron Watt ... Second Officer
Jamie Giddens ... Friendly Officer


After discovering a passenger ship missing since 1962 floating adrift on the Bering Sea, salvagers claim the vessel as their own. Once they begin towing the ghost ship towards harbor, a series of bizarre ocurrences happen and the group becomes trapped inside the ship, which they soon learn is inhabited by a demonic creature. Written by EliMai

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sea Evil



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence/gore, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Julianna Margulies disowned the film. See more »


Gold bars of the size shown are much heavier than depicted. See more »


[first lines]
Greer: I can't hold her much longer, Murph. Port bow is heeling. She's taking on way too much water.
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Crazy Credits

The opening logos are tinted brown, and the typical Warner Bros. logo is instead an intentionally chintzy 60s style logo. All this ties into the infamous cruise ship opening. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was released in Germany in both its uncut form (rated "Not under 18") and in an edited version ("Not under 16"), which misses many gory shots (i.e. from the wire scene in the beginning, the squashed diver or the "hooked up" singer). For commercial reasons most cinemas showed the cut version. See more »


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Lonnie Jordan (as Leroy Jordan), Lee Oskar, Charles Miller and Howard E. Scott (as Howard Scott)
Performed by Isaiah Washington
[Greer briefly sings the song to himself to calm himself down while searching alone the ghost ship's eerie interior]
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User Reviews

Ship Of Fools
18 January 2006 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

With visions of riches spinning in their heads, a group of irritating boat salvagers set out to explore what's left of a luxurious passenger ship lost for over forty years on the high seas. Given that this film is a horror flick, the viewer understands from the beginning that the ship has an array of spooky surprises waiting for our adventurous fools.

The initial problem with this film is the salvagers themselves. They are not remotely interesting. They are stereotyped, stick-figure characters inserted to advance the preconceived horror plot.

As a ghost story, "Ghost Ship" lacked suspense, at least to me. The film's gore and hokey supernatural element were overdone, too obvious and direct. To create suspense, the filmmaker needs merely to hint at the presence of a lurking terror, and to slowly build anticipation, on behalf of characters we know and care about. This film thus suffers the same problems that plague so many modern films ... lack of character development and lack of subtlety. The unfortunate irony here is that the film's huge budget allowed the filmmaker to spend money on explosions, stunts, and other elements that actually lowered the suspense.

On the other hand, the set pieces were impressive, giving the ocean liner and the tug boat a sense of visual authenticity. And I liked the plot twist toward the end.

In summary, the film's concept was intriguing and the story had potential. But an absence of sympathetic characters and an overemphasis on expensive cinematic gimmicks combined to lower the suspense, and render a film that was fat and impersonal.

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Release Date:

25 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chimera See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,503,423, 27 October 2002

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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