Academy Awards 1990 -
Best Original Screenplay: Bruce Joel Rubin
Academy Awards 1990 -
Best Supporting Actress: Whoopi Goldberg
New York Times - 07/13/1990
"...Eccentric enough to remain interesting....[Goldberg] makes the most of it..."
Premiere - 04/01/2004
"[F]unny and touching and memorable."
Ultimate DVD - 05/01/2007 5 stars out of 5 -- "Swayze and Moore were two stars at the absolute top of their game and it's their magnetic chemistry that gives enduring momentum to this story..."
After renovating their expensive loft in the TriBeCa section of Manhattan, Molly (Demi Moore) and Sam (Patrick Swayze), a young successful yuppie couple, are walking home one evening when Sam is tragically gunned down by a street mugger. Molly goes into a deep depression, but, unknown to her, Sam has come back as a ghost in order to protect her from danger--although he isn't yet aware who or what means her harm, and he has a lot of learning to do in order to make himself known to her. He teams up with an unwilling psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg), and together they try to convince a very skeptical Molly that Sam was actually murdered and has returned spectrally to complete some unfinished business. Moore and Swayze and are excellent as the couple, and Goldberg won an Oscar for her portrayal of the wild and wacky psychic. GHOST is considered by many to be one of the most romantic films of the 1990s.
Shortly after moving into a new Manhattan apartment, a pair of lovers are separated by a street thug's bullet. Communicating through a frazzled false medium, the man's ghost tries to avenge his death and protect his girlfriend. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Picture, Best Original Score. Academy Awards: 2, including Best (Original) Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress--Whoopi Goldberg.
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Theatrical release: July 13, 1990.
Shot in Technicolor.
Despite mixed reviews, "Ghost" was the runaway hit of 1990 and was near the top of the list for box office grosses for that year.
Director Jerry Zucker is better known as part of the slapstick comedy team of Zucker, David Zucker, and Jim Abrahams who made "Airplane!" "Ruthless People," "The Naked Gun," and "Hot Shots." This is his first foray into films with a more "serious" subject matter.
Whoopi Goldberg's Academy Award for her performance in this film made her the second black woman in history to win an Academy Award.
Film was shown at the Deauville Film Festival in France, September 1990, and at the Valladolid Film Festival in Spain, October 1990.
Estimated budget: $20 million.
The film grossed more than $215 million at the domestic box office and more than $500 million worldwide.
"Good Spirits & Dark Spirits" visual effects supervisors (John Van Vliet and Kathy Kean)
"Since I Fell for You" written by Buddy Johnson. "No Hiding Place" performed by Dorothy Love Coates and The Original Gospel Harmonettes "Kyrie Opening" by David Hykes and performed by David Hykes and Harmonic Choir "I'm Henry VIII I Am" by Fred Murray and R.P. Weston.