July 13th, 1990

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Still of Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in GhostStill of Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in Ghost

After being killed during a botched mugging, a man's love for his partner enables him to remain on earth as a ghost.

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 6.9/10 (74,248 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

Director: Jerry Zucker

Stars: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

Sam and Molly are a very happy couple and deeply in love. Walking back to their new apartment after a night out at the theatre, they encounter a thief in a dark alley, and Sam is murdered. He finds himself trapped as a ghost and realises that his death was no accident. He must warn Molly about the danger that she is in. But as a ghost he can not be seen or heard by the living, and so he tries to communicate with Molly through Oda Mae Brown, a psychic who didn't even realise that her powers were real.

Patrick Swayze - Sam Wheat
Demi Moore - Molly Jensen
Tony Goldwyn - Carl Bruner
Stanley Lawrence - Elevator Man
Christopher J. Keene - Elevator Man
Susan Breslau - Susan
Martina Deignan - Rose (as Martina Degnan)
Rick Kleber - Mover (as Richard Kleber)
Macka Foley - Mover
Rick Aviles - Willie Lopez
Phil Leeds - Emergency Room Ghost
John Hugh - Surgeon
Sam Tsoutsouvas - Minister
Sharon Breslau - Cemetery Ghost (as Sharon Breslau Cornell)
Vincent Schiavelli - Subway Ghost

Taglines: Before Sam was murdered he told Molly he'd love and protect her forever.

Release Date: 13 July 1990

Filming Locations: 104 Prince Street, Soho, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $12,191,540 (USA) (15 July 1990) (1101 Screens)

Gross: $507,600,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The song Sam sings relentlessly to Oda Mae to get her to agree to help him is "Henry the 8th, I Am". The lyrics, in part, are "She wouldn't have a Willie or a Sam..." Patrick Swayze's character is named Sam, and the man who murdered him is named Willie.

Errors in geography: We are told that Willie Lopez lives in Prospect Place. But when we see him go home when Sam follows, he gets off the J train in Bushwick. Also there is no J train at Franklin St in downtown Manhattan. You would have to take the 1 train.

Oda Mae Brown: Why don't you go haunt a house? Rattle some chains or something.

User Review

This is one of the most touching love stories ever made.

Rating: 10/10

Ghost is one of my favorite films. It is romantic and touching. Ghost shows the love that transcends even death. The chemistry between Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze is incredible. The way they look at one another is sexier than any of those very graphic "love scenes". They make a real romantic connection just through their eyes. Ghost not only has wonderful, likeable characters in Sam Wheat, Molly Jensen, and Oda Mae Brown, but it has an engrossing plot that moves right along. Entwined in all this is a beautiful score. The theme song "Ghost", written by Maurice Jarre specifically for the movie, is enchanting, and, of course, an oldie, "Unchained Melody", adds another magical touch to a magical film.

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