Release year: 1990
Director: Jerry Zucker
Screenwriter: Bruce Joel Rubin
Starring: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn, Phil Leeds, Rick Aviles, Vincent Schiavelli, Stephen Root
Ratings: 2 Oscars: Best Supporting Actress (Whoopi Goldberg), Best Original Screenplay. 3 Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score. 1 Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actress (Whoopi Goldberg). 3 Golden Globe nominations: Best Comedy/Musical, Best Actress Comedy/Musical (Demi Moore), Best Actor Comedy/Musical (Patrick Swayze).
Sam (Swayze) and Molly (Moore) are in love and have just moved in together, when Sam is murdered. Unwilling to leave the love of his life behind, Sam stays on earth where he soon discovers the truth behind his murder. Now he must try to save Molly, with the help of reluctant psychic Oda Mae (Goldberg).
Ghost is the movie that introduced a new generation to The Righteous Brothers hit ‘Unchained Melody’, that made every couple consider pottery classes and which had most viewers sobbing helplessly. Luckily the movie is good enough to stand the test of times and therefor more than ready, to do exactly the same to this generation and more to come. It is also the movie that made a name of Goldberg (The Color Purple, 1985), whose role as Oda Mae brought comic relief among the sadness and tension, as Sam searches for answers and even more when he finds them. The part earned her an Oscar and gave her career a boost for the rest of the decade. As the ghost, Swayze (Dirty Dancing, 1987) gave an intense performance and earned his second Golden Globe nomination, unfortunately, Ghost was his last big hit. Beside her wonderfully emotional performance, Moore (Indecent Proposal, 1993) has an ability making her perfect as Molly: the ability to look pretty crying. A certain plus in a movie that has her crying for a large part of her scenes. The three act well of each other and the story is gripping throughout. A few of the special effects are dated, but otherwise they look surprisingly good whether is Sam torments the man behind his murder or trying to convince Molly that Oda Mae isn’t like. With a mixture of crime, comedy and romance, Ghost could be called the perfect date movie and is a modern classic in the truest of forms.
The horrific sounds made by the “dark shadows” are really the sounds of baby’s cries, played at extremely slow speed backwards.
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