Ghost

Ghost

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Director: Jerry Zucker

Cast: Jerry Zucker, Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

     
 

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An interesting hybrid of popular film genres, Ghost showcases the talents of its entire cast. While out on the town one evening, New York couple Sam (Patrick Swayze) and Molly (Demi Moore) are confronted by a mugger. After submitting to his demands, Sam is murdered anyway. He then finds himself a disembodied spirit, invisible to the living world, wanderingSee more details below

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An interesting hybrid of popular film genres, Ghost showcases the talents of its entire cast. While out on the town one evening, New York couple Sam (Patrick Swayze) and Molly (Demi Moore) are confronted by a mugger. After submitting to his demands, Sam is murdered anyway. He then finds himself a disembodied spirit, invisible to the living world, wandering without hope until he finds a spiteful spirit aboard the subway (Vincent Schiavelli) who gives him some helpful pointers on how to co-exist. Soon Sam comes back into contact with those he knew in life, and he begins to learn piece-by-piece of his close friend and co-worker Carl's (Tony Goldwyn) embezzling plot which caused his death; the apparent mugging was, in fact, a premeditated murder. In the meantime, Carl has designs on Molly, and Sam is determined to extract revenge. He contacts a psychic (Whoopi Goldberg), and together, the two set out to serve justice and stop the maniacal Carl from getting to Molly. Blending comedy, romance, action, and horror, Ghost was a box-office smash and managed to garner five Academy Award nominations, including "Best Picture," "Best Supporting Actress" (Goldberg), "Best Original Screenplay," "Best Editing," and "Best Score"; Goldberg won her first Oscar.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A highly improbable but richly emotional love story that charmed moviegoers in 1990 and became -- to the surprise of its numerous detractors -- a blockbuster hit, Ghost still retains the romantic aura that first endeared it to audiences. The film certainly boosted the careers of its stars, Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, who portray Sam and Molly, well-to-do Manhattanites so passionately devoted to one another that not even death can rattle their bond. After a street thug shoots and kills Sam, his ghost communicates with the heartbroken Molly through medium Whoopi Goldberg, an amiable charlatan genuinely stunned by her newfound ability to converse with spirits. Director Jerry Zucker, previously known for his comedies (Airplane, Kentucky Fried Movie), made an effective transition to dreamier, dramatic fare with this multiple Oscar nominee, which briefly falters when a melodramatic subplot is dragged in but recovers handily just in time for a touching denouement. At times a bit somber but generally upbeat, Ghost shows its three principal players at their most appealing, and it can still be depended upon to induce a few sighs and tears in romantically inclined viewers. The DVD includes commentaries by Zucker and screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin, and also features a newly made documentary looking back at the film’s production.
All Movie Guide
The richly entertaining Ghost touches on themes of love, loss, and revenge as it merges the genres of romance and supernatural thriller. Directed by Jerry Zucker, one member of the team that came up with Airplane! and The Naked Gun, the film manages to stay away from mawkishness; instead, it achieves a surprisingly affecting level of emotion. Offering something for everyone, the film has an afterlife story to placate those less interested in the romance between Demi Moore and Patrick Swazye, and a romance for those left cold by the supernatural elements. Whoopi Goldberg gives her hack-psychic character a near-perfect mix of comedy and dramatic gravity; she took home an Oscar for her spirited supporting turn, as did Bruce Joel Rubin for his original screenplay.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/29/2001
UPC:
0097361556604
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Swayze Sam Wheat
Demi Moore Molly Jensen
Whoopi Goldberg Oda Mae Brown
Tony Goldwyn Carl Brunner
Rick Aviles Willie Lopez
Vincent Schiavelli Subway Ghost
Gail Boggs Oda Mae's Sister
Armelia McQueen Oda Mae's Sister
Stanley Lawrence Elevator Man
Christopher Keene Elevator Man
Susan Breslau Susan
Macka Foley Mover
Phil Leeds Emergency Room Ghost
Angelina Estrada Rosa Santiago
Thom Curley Workman in Loft
Stephen Root Police Sgt.
Laura Drake Policewoman
Alma Beltran Woman Ghost
Vivian Bonnell Ortisha
Derek Thompson Ortisha's Friend
J. Christopher Sullivan Man Ghost
Charlotte Zucker Bank Officer
Tom Finnegan Bank Guard
Bruce Jarchow Lyle Furgeson
Faye Brenner Nun
William Cort Bank Co-Worker
Minnie Lindsay Apartment Woman
Said Faraj Cab Driver
Mike Jittlov Dark Spirits
John Hugh Surgeon

Technical Credits
Jerry Zucker Director
Adam Greenberg Cinematographer
Richard Edlund Special Effects
Terry Frazee Special Effects Supervisor
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Steven Charles Jaffe Executive Producer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Jane Jenkins Casting
Howard W. Koch Producer
Mark Mansbridge Art Director
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Ruth Morley Costumes/Costume Designer
Walter Murch Editor
Jane Musky Production Designer
Donald Myers Special Effects
Ben Nye Makeup
Bruce Joel Rubin Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Lisa Weinstein Producer
Jeff Wexler Musical Direction/Supervision

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