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      Ghost

      1990, Fantasy/Romance, 2h 7m

      79 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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      Ghost offers viewers a poignant romance while blending elements of comedy, horror, and mystery, all adding up to one of the more enduringly watchable hits of its era. Read critic reviews

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      (L-R) Patick Swayze as Sam Wheat and Demi Moore as Molly Jensen in "Ghost." (L-R) Patrick Swayze as Sam Wheat and Rick Aviles as Willie Lopez in "Ghost." (L-R) Demi Moore as Molly Jensen and Patrick Swayze as Sam Wheat in "Ghost." (L-R) Whoopi Goldberg as Oda Mae Brown and Patrick Swayze as Sam Wheat in "Ghost." Demi Moore as Molly Jensen in "Ghost." (L-R) Demi Moore as Molly Jensen and Tony Goldwyn as Carl Bruner in "Ghost." (L-R) Patrick Swayze as Sam Wheat and Whoopi Goldberg as Oda Mae Brown in "Ghost." (L-R) Patrick Swayze as Sam Wheat, Demi Moore as Molly Jensen and Tony Goldwyn as Carl Bruner in "Ghost." Demi Moore as Molly Jensen in "Ghost." Ghost (1990) Poster Art Ghost (1990) Ghost (1990) Ghost (1990)

      Movie Info

      Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) is a banker, Molly Jensen (Demi Moore) is an artist, and the two are madly in love. However, when Sam is murdered by friend and corrupt business partner Carl Bruner (Tony Goldwyn) over a shady business deal, he is left to roam the earth as a powerless spirit. When he learns of Carl's betrayal, Sam must seek the help of psychic Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) to set things right and protect Molly from Carl and his goons.

      • Rating: PG-13

      • Genre: Fantasy, Romance

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Jerry Zucker

      • Producer: Lisa Weinstein

      • Writer: Bruce Joel Rubin

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $214.3M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Paramount Pictures

      • Production Co: Paramount Pictures

      • Sound Mix: Stereo, Dolby SR, Surround

      • Aspect Ratio: 35mm

      Cast & Crew

      Demi Moore
      Whoopi Goldberg
      Tony Goldwyn
      Rick Aviles
      Gail Boggs
      Armelia McQueen
      Stephen Root
      Steven-Charles Jaffe
      Bruce Joel Rubin
      Maurice Jarre
      Adam Greenberg
      Walter Murch
      Jane Musky
      Joe D. Mitchell
      Kendall Errair
      Eric Harrison
      Dawn J. Jackson

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      • Jul 29, 2014

        Iconic and heartwarming, this romantic thriller film delivers strong performances and memorable sequences despite an occasional lack of sophistication in the production.

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      • Oct 08, 2012

        "Ghost" is one of those films that is filmmaking at its most effective: It is uncomplicated, entertaining and engrossing with surprisingly good performances. And while many may scoff at the film as pure fluff, their scoffs unfairly overlook "Ghost"'s amazing balance of drama, comedy and action - a feat that is very hard to achieve in films. "Ghost" is smart enough to work off a very uncomplicated script. The plot is very basic and doesn't try to fool you with too many twists and turns - keeping the twists to just one very effective one at the film's climax. This allows the viewer to just engross themselves into the lives of the characters without having too much to figure out. You become invested in the central relationship. The performances work. "Ghost" takes advantage of Whoopi Goldberg at her best and she plays Oda Mae Brown with a gusto that makes her irresistible. She carries the film's comedy squarely on her shoulder but doesn't venture into cartoonish territory allowing Oda Mae's journey to be just as important to the viewer as Sam and Molly's. Speaking of Molly Jensen and her doomed lover Sam Wheat (the titular Ghost), they are played with uncomplicated effectiveness by star-on-the-rise Demi Moore and hot-after-"Dirty Dancing" Patrick Swayze. She cries. He swoons. And Swayze proves to have just as much chemistry with Goldberg as he does with Moore. While Goldberg got the Academy Award and Moore became an A-lister, Swayze is the one that anchors the film. Jerry Zucker assembles this film amazingly well. He keeps it simple, he knows that when a scene is meant to make you swoon he puts it on overdrive (the use of "Unchained Melody" in the pottery scene is brilliant). When the scene is meant to make you laugh he doesn't get in the way of the joke - nothing else happens. When he wants you to feel Molly's sadness, a major close up of her crying face and falling tears is in frame. Zucker guides the movie effectively. "Ghost" is an underrated gem. Not the most substantive film, but so what? It's funny, it's sad, it's romantic, it's thrilling. Just what a pure Hollywood film needs to be. Nothing more, nothing less.

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      • Sep 06, 2012

        I only thought this was okay when I saw it as a kid, but now that I'm older, more seasoned in film criticism, and less ironically embracing of supernatural melodrama, I can truly appreciate Ghost for the stylish, thrilling, Academy Award-winning tearjerker it is. If you don't wanna throw some pots after watching this, you're dead to me.

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      • Aug 02, 2012

        A very heartwarming, charming and smart movie, with a flawless funny script, original and great special effects, and with powerful performances. This movie literally showcases the whole cast, Patrick Swayze was great, Demi Moore was fascinating, Whoopi Goldberg was just plain awesome, if there is someone that can make you laugh your pants out, its Whoopi Goldberg, she had that comedic and dramatic power and she definitely pulled it off, and that gained her an Oscar. And I like how the story says that if you die good, you go to heaven or you stay for a while in the real world, and the people who die bad go directly to hell, and they never come back. And when that is displayed in the screen on how they go to hell is terrifying. Another element I like is how the dead who are still in the world can walk through anything, even move things, if they really concentrate, and it gives you that feeling, that when something moves alone, its a spirit thats still in Earth. All I can say is that Ghost was fantastic, it showcases its cast, its original, its very funny, and says things that are very true, and I was glad I saw this movie.

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