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Ghost Ship (2002)

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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.

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Steve Beck

Writers:

Mark Hanlon (story), Mark Hanlon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 Boris Brkic ... Chief Steward
Bob Ruggiero Bob Ruggiero ... Captain (as Robert Ruggiero)
Iain Gardiner Iain Gardiner ... Purser
Adam Bieshaar Adam Bieshaar ... First Officer
Cameron Watt Cameron Watt ... Second Officer
Jamie Giddens ... Friendly Officer
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

Sea Evil

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros | Warner Bros. [France] | See more »

Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English | Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

25 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chimera See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,503,423, 27 October 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,113,491

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,236,393
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Julianne Margulies and Ron Eldard were dating from 1991-2003, they actually were a couple during filming. They split a year after Ghost Ship premiered. See more »

Goofs

Though Francesca (the lounge singer) speaks perfect Italian during the rest of the movie, the song she performs during the title sequence ("Senza Fine") is sung in heavily-accented Italian. (Italian actress Francesca Rettondini is lip-syncing a non-Italian performer.) See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

Love Boat Theme
Written by Charles Fox (as Charlie Fox) and Paul Williams
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Half and half
4 April 2003 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Now this I would call exactly an average film. For me, it landed precisely at the very center of imdb's 10 point scale, right at 5.5. This means that I found exactly as much to like as I did to dislike. There is a bit of inspiration here, but just as much that's stolen from other better horror movies. If it had opted for tone and real fear instead of cheap shocks, the movie could have been great. The story is good enough that it could have been great if handled well. But we do live in these times, and, although there are scholars of the modern era who would try to have us believe that the current generation consists of a bunch of kids who get everything instantly and process it on a billion levels at once, the truth is indeed the exact opposite. No, there is no subtlety here. It would go over your average teenager's head in a heartbeat. Nope, better play it safe and provide us with a gruesome scene up front where a couple of dozen people are sliced in half by a loose cable during a ball. Gore is not scary. I did however produce a dry heave during this sequence, which is more than I can say for any other gore scene that I've viewed lately. As the gore accumulates, I began to appreciate the artistry that was put into the enormous number of deaths. These are some sickeningly creative people, let me tell you. Unfortunately, the director (or screenwriters or whoever) ruins any real potential by revealing every detail about what happened on the titular boat in a fast-motion sequence accompanied by techno music! It's the kind of moment where you just slap your head for the lack of talent involved. And then there was more stuff I liked. For example, the art direction is very impressive. The revelation of one character's identity, while not particularly surprising, is at least somewhat new. I give this film a 5/10, rounding down because I felt the final moment was a bit groan-inducing.


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