Ghost (1990) - Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.

Director: Jerry Zucker
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore
Length: 127 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 25 out of 265 found boring (9.43%)

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the humor she instills in her character just breathes life into an otherwise dreadfully dull movie.

On death, the souls of the good are rewarded with heavenly bliss, while the souls of the wicked are dragged down to hell by demons.

) It's touching, thrilling, and other-worldly.

The originality of the film's premise made my first viewing of Ghost quite enjoyable.

The other ghost turns out to be one of the most entertaining characters of the film.


Many of those scenes scenes kept me on the edge of my seat.

There's supernatural intrigue and conspiracy afoot, but as exciting as that stuff is, it's the love story between Patrick and Demi that has kept generations rooted to the story.

Good and well worth watching.

A slightly insubstantial but entertaining ghost story .

When Moore is later consoled by Sam's best friend and banking work-colleague Carl, the bigger picture quickly became clearer, leading to a reasonably exciting if slightly over-the-top conclusion as Sam races to save Molly from joining him in the hereafter as the bad guys come after her.

Her addition gives the film an incredibly fascinating and entertaining dynamic.

'Ghost' is just brilliant - its more than a romance: it's thought-provoking, hilarious at times (thanks to Whoopi Goldberg), thrilling, mysterious and even sometimes shocking.

Whoopi doesa fine job in her role even though it is something of a cliche (theminority as comic relief).

The believability factor here is absolute zero, so leave your brain at the door -- but the film is funny, entertaining and moving at parts.

Language Spoils Touching, Entertaining Story .

I've always been a sucker for fantasy movies dealing with visitations from the afterlife and whatnot, going back to "Topper", "The Bishop's Wife" and of course the daddy of them all "It's A Wonderful Life" and "Ghost" unquestionably taps into all of that, with good ghosts hanging around their loved ones until they find release through redemption, ascending to the light while bad ghosts don't get to stay long, getting immediately dragged down to the nether regions by irresistible black forces.

Carl interrupts, so Molly and Oda Mae flee onto the fire escape, in the loft under construction he catches Oda Mae, but Molly saves her, before being grabbed and threatened by Carl with a gun, Sam disarms him and chases him to the window, trying to throw a hook at Sam he shatters the glass, and Carl is impaled by the falling glass, he becomes a ghost, and like Willie is dragged away screaming by the dark creatures.

The ridiculous plot is entertaining.

All in all, it's not like amazing or breathtaking, but it's an entertaining sweet supernatural love story with great performances.

But for Titanic, I even can't concentrated on it, I got bored and going through it became a hard job.

Dull artist loses her even duller husband in some type of N.

overrated, dated, cliché, white noise in terms of movies in general.

Overall, a very entertaining and engaging film with some over the top moments, and an ending almost as "bad" as Fatal Attraction.

What surprised me the most when I saw this is how well it balances those melodramatic moments with the comedy, because I always believed this film was a romantic tale from beginning to end, but it really is more of an action comedy with several twists along the way (albeit predictable ones).

Ghost is enjoyable time and time again, and it is still remembered for its originality and impact years later.

Then leave that character we were immersed in and that's dissatisfying.

One of the worst movies i've ever seen .

However, it is when you look beyond the novelty of the Ghost premise, that you see the film for what it really is; a very routine, predictable piece of Hollwood film making.

You have the freedom to talk, but don't misguide people into thinking this is a bad movie just because you are jealous or drunk or having a bad insomnia.

I give any movie credit for not being bad, since there are so many dreary movies out there, and Ghost is not bad.

If it weren't for my pet peeve of using the Lord's name in vain, I would rate this film with high marks because it's very entertaining.

Tonight I watched it during a bout of insomnia and wow, is it bad or what!

Although often marginalized by my contemporaries, colleagues, and the world of academia at large, the character of Ode May Brown is one of the most riveting, pivotal, and important literary characters of the past two centuries and quite possibly ever.

The best thing about "Ghost" is the pleasant and enjoyable score by Maurice Jarre.

It's a warming, life- affirming entertaining movie and good clean family entertainment, an old-fashioned Hoolywood movie in the best tradition - and what's wrong with that, as someone once said?

Ghosts can feel sensations and only touch or move things if they're able to think themselves as ghosts, it's an exciting part of the film to see a man learning his powers to be able to use them as weapons.


Interestingly enough, it is also hilariously funny (mostly thanks to Whoopi Goldberg) and suspenseful.

They had flashes of excellence between more mundane moments.

A intriguing story, of deception, death, the after life, and greed.

As I said, this is a highly entertaining film.

Hugely Entertaining .

But despite of its somewhat predictable and formulaic plot,the movie succeeds due to the sincerity rarely evoked by the movie and the way it manages to please the viewer.

Funny romantic and suspenseful everything you could want in a good ghost story.

This movie is beautiful and breathtaking.

Of course, to communicate with Molly, Sam has to find a suitable conduit so enter Whoopi Goldberg's Oda Mae fake medium character and an entertaining sub-plot caper where she and Sam conspire to thwart Carl's embezzlement plans in person at the bank as well as the inevitable scenes where Goldberg first becomes aware of his at first unwelcome presence and later when she's trying to convince Moore of Sam's "existence".

But when it turns out his death was all part of an elaborate setup, Sam enlists the aid of charlatan psychic Oda Mae Brown (Goldberg, gloriously entertaining) to warn Molly that the killers are after her now.

The unexpected hit of 1990 earned a best picture nomination and a best supporting actress Oscar for Whoopi Goldberg's portrayal of Oda Mae Brown, a psychic delivering comic relief in a film.

The visual effects are stunning, especially for back in 1990, that's one of the things this film was praised for back then.

Furthermore, the "mysterious killer" story was so predictable it ruined whatever interest it might have had.

The story is effective and is certainly a revealing and engaging look at the afterlife.

yet formulaic, love story?

Ghost is a very entertaining film on many different levels.

But to me Whoopi Goldberg's Oda Mae Brown could easily pass off as one of the most near-perfect, intriguing, mesmerizing characters to ever be featured on celluloid.

The twist with Sam's death, the story with his best friend Carl (Tony Goldwyn) made the movie even more enjoyable to watch.

First of all, I can accept ghosts as pure fantasy (as in A Christmas Carol), but the villains being dragged off after death to a presumably unpleasant place is neither amusing nor trivial, not something you should joke about.

He is robbed and subsequently murdered for his password to the computer in order to empty the laundered money from the accounts.

It's an interesting and entertaining story from the start to the finish with believable and enjoyable characters.

The film is therefore uneven, but fascinating just the same.

I nearly shouted to her with my heart and soul but nothing happens in front of me.

The murder mystery and suspenseful danger to an innocent person is skillfully done.

It's exciting and emotionally stirring - a great love story, an absorbing mystery, and a touching spiritual experience, too.

The result is a movie with many humorous moments, visuals that really work effectively, a love story that is very moving and a mystery that is thrilling to watch.

As hard as that is to swallow, you leave the theater knowing that love conquers all.

Original, and hugely entertaining .

A compelling murder plot.

" -Hy ZaretA fantastic watch if you like to be swept away and enchanted, but kept on the edge of your seat.

The leads are all good in their roles and the film is enjoyable enough if you look past a few of the plot holes.

"Ghost" was the unexpected hit movie of the year 1990.

Although often marginalized by my contemporaries, colleagues, and the world of academia at large, the character of Ode May Brown is one of the most riveting, pivotal, and important literary characters of the past two centuries and quite possibly ever.

Here's a film so full of clichés and tired ideas that somehow--miraculously--manage to stay fresh, presenting us with a great love story amidst an intriguing backdrop of murder and revenge.

And there's another cliché that the film tactfully reinvents, the 'Old Magic Negro', and it succeeds for two reasons.

In fact, while its first few punchy moments showed promise, it's first half hour is an utter lame bore.

One of the most tender and engrossing films of the 80's followed.

propaganda for spiritualism ?

This one felt many more times different than the others I've seen and I will watch this many more times than the typical modern day and boringly predictable paranormal films.

Entertaining and provocative...

It makes you laugh,cry,and puts you on the edge of your seat.

Ghost is thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable.

Agreeable and fascinating love story .

"Ghost" does boast one of the most compelling and moving love stories ever told.

Swayze, Moore and Goldberg all did a great job in their performances, with an exciting story and plot by writer Bruce Joel Rubin and solid direction by Jerry Zucker.

I have never professed to be a fan of Goldberg, but this role was completely enjoyable and made the whole film even more worthwhile.

Anyway, "Ghost" is a rather long and predictable story about supernatural love and vengeance from the grave.

But "Ghost"'s thrilling metaphysical value also originates the magnificent ending which is probably the closest depiction to heaven ever gracing the screen.

Corporate Movie-Making At Its Most Predictable .

So if it's a predictable mystery with a poor lead actor, why is it such a popular film?

As a murder story is too predictable.

It was several years since 1990, and I had written it off as a pointless chick flick.

"Ghost" is a drama/thriller that is hugely entertaining.

Worth Watching Just to Watch Whoopie.

This one is formulaic.

The film has no cohesive photographic style, though, and the art direction is similarly disjointed.

This is a kitschy movie but surely entertaining and tender.

Ghost is actually a film that draws up some fascinating dimensions concerning the spirit world.

I find "Ghost" to be a highly entertaining bit of silliness.

Sam returns to Molly's apartment with Oda Mae, she is finally convinced of Sam's ghost when he levitates a coin, and Oda Mae allows him to possess her body to feel Molly and share a slow dance.

It's suspenseful and deep.

Compelling is the performance of Whoopi Goldberg, one of the most striking of her career.

Still watchable and highly entertaining!

You would think a dead man could afford to be fatalistic about such things, but Swayze wants revenge, and after a slow start (to both the film and his vendetta) he gets it, with reluctant help from a bogus medium (Whoopi Goldberg) able to hear his disembodied voice.

Classic movie and highly recommend it for everyone.

There is such compelling evidence that any real detective work would of uncovered Carl Bruner and Willy Lopez and perhaps required both Federal as well as International Law concerns with the revealing of the person on the other end of the phone.

All in all, "Ghost" is romantic, funny, suspenseful, and a good movie for a Saturday night!

I am very surprised its rating here is so slow.

This film is highly entertaining!

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.

I'm not a huge fan of romantic comedies but this, as well as making you laugh endlessly, keeps you on the edge of your seat as well as entertaining.

A Really Entertaining Film.

However, while its admirably ambitious to try and display different characters through different genres and weave between them, it does mean we get immersed in one side of the story story and have that dissatisfying feeling of being disconnected from others in the film.

The film is entertaining, although it is cheesy at times and the visual effects don't live up to today's standards.

the Extra-Terrestrial and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, gets me every time I watch the ending, I cannot help but cry, and it's always enjoyable, directed by Jerry Zucker (Airplane!

Of course, with any film, there's going to be some dull points.

The plot of it is too predictable, and at the last part it is rather too corny because there is a obvious structure of conflict between the good and the evil.

A touching and entertaining movie on all levels .

Now, I'd say, don't waste your time on this drivel.

There are thrilling scenes involving fights for those who like action movies.

Ghost is one of the best romantic films ever made, It is simply beautiful, a very intense romantic drama, with some bits of fantasy and comedy, and lots of heartwarming and captivating moments.

A smart, entertaining, and heartfelt tale of love and redemption, with occasional touches of comedy and suspense, crafty special effects, and perfect performances from the three leads.