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Ghost (1990)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Bruce Joel Rubin, Peter Barsocchini
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 24, 2001
Paramount Pictures


Patrick Swayze
as Sam Wheat
Demi Moore
as Molly Jensen
Whoopi Goldberg
as Oda Mae Brown
Tony Goldwyn
as Carl Bruner
Rick Aviles
as Willie Lopez
Gail Boggs
as Louise
Vincent Schiavelli
as Subway Ghost
Phil Leeds
as Emergency Room Ghost
Christopher Keene
as Elevator Man
John Hugh
as Surgeon
Angelina Estrada
as Rosa Santiago
Stephen Root
as Police Sargeant
Thom Curley
as Workman in Loft
Bruce Jarchow
as Lyle Ferguson
Laura Drake
as Policewoman
Said Faraj
as Cab Driver
Alma Beltran
as Woman Ghost
Stanley Lawrence
as Elevator Man
Derek Thompson
as Ortisha's Friend
Charlotte Zucker
as Bank Officer
Tom Finnegan
as Bank Guard
William Cort
as Bank Co-Worker
Minnie Lindsay
as Apartment Woman
Mike Jittlov
as Dark Spirits
Mike Jittlov
as Dark Spirits
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News & Interviews for Ghost

Critic Reviews for Ghost

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (17)

The movie's slogan is "Believe," not an unreasonable request. But even those who'd be happy to comply must get past Ghost's one casting jaw-dropper, a certain woolly-mindedness to its script and a production prettified to the point of stickiness.

Full Review… | June 25, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

What it offers, apart from the overblown special effects that seem inescapable in American movies, is an unusual and effective combination of swooning, morbid romance and screwball comedy.

Full Review… | June 25, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The passion and poignancy of trying to communicate with the dead is well-exploited here. Moore has never been more fetching.

Full Review… | June 25, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Given its obviously commercial aims, Ghost is remarkably appealing on a purely personal level. It is about how you deal with death.

Full Review… | June 25, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Ghost is one part horror picture, one part comedy, one part love story, one part murder mystery and four parts entrancing.

Full Review… | June 25, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A bad movie that a lot of people will like.

Full Review… | June 25, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ghost

The kind of movie that succeeds very well trying to be a lot of things at once: hilarious, heartbreaking, mysterious and even with some horror in it - and it is Whoopi Goldberg who steals the scene in a priceless, unforgettable performance from the moment she shows up.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

Movie about a man (Patrick) who is murdered and he has to come to terms with being a ghost. He uses a medium (Whoopi) to communicate to his partner (Demi) as she is in danger. A very moving love story. Great cast. The shadows still scare me!

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Ghost Quotes

Oda Mae Brown: You don't think that I am going to give this money to a bunch of nuns! They can't even buy underwear!
– Submitted by Gail S (6 months ago)
Sam Wheat: They're going to kill you, Carl. You and Willie! You're going to be fertilizer. They're gonna bury you right next to Jimmy Hoffa.
– Submitted by Lea L (4 years ago)
Oda Mae Brown: Why don't you go haunt a house? Rattle some chains or something.
– Submitted by Lea L (4 years ago)
Sam Wheat: Ditto!
– Submitted by Lea L (4 years ago)

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