GHOST (1990) 

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Patrick Swayze
Demi Moore
Whoopi Goldberg
Tony Goldwyn
Rick Aviles
Vincent Schiavelli
Susan Breslau
Martina Deignan

Jerry Zucker



Time: 128 mins.
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Romance/Drama/Supernatural

Won Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay. Nominated for Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Picture.

SYNOPSIS: A ghost teams up with a psychic to uncover the truth behind his murder – and to rescue his sweetheart from a similar fate.

BOTTOM LINE: This is one of those movies I loved when it was originally released and now cringe when I think about the utter hokeyness of it all. That's not to say it isn't endearing, romantic, scary and occasionally hysterically funny (thanks to Whoopi), but it is one of those films that more than stretches the idea of believability. What keeps it from being horribly silly is a well-written, intelligent script that is alternately creepy and amusing. Swayze and Moore were at the peaks of their careers (oh, where have they gone) and are wonderfully sweet and sexy together. Your heart truly breaks when he dies and you wish that they could be back together, especially since Moore has nothing much to do after the murder than be depressed. One can hardly blame her, but it doesn't make great cinema.

What saves the film is the performance by Whoopi, who steals the show as the pseudo-psychic who helps Swayze avenge his death. She may not have deserved the Oscar, but it's definitely one of her best comedic roles and she gives it her all. She and Swayze actually have great chemistry as well, playing off of each other wonderfully. Tony Goldwyn is such a weasel, he's the perfect villain and someone you really come to loathe by the end of the film. The special effects are also quite well-done, which makes this a better picture than it could have been. The ending is way over-the-top and the reason for Swayze's murder is so ridiculous it's shocking, but otherwise, if you're looking for a romantic thriller, GHOST is a flick that will satisfy both criteria.

"Why don't you go haunt a house? Rattle some chains or something."

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