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Ghost offers viewers a poignant romance while blending elements of comedy, horror, and mystery, all adding up to one of the more enduringly watchable hits of its era. Read critic reviews

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Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) is a banker, Molly Jensen (Demi Moore) is an artist, and the two are madly in love. However, when Sam is murdered by friend and corrupt business partner Carl Bruner (Tony Goldwyn) over a shady business deal, he is left to roam the earth as a powerless spirit. When he learns of Carl's betrayal, Sam must seek the help of psychic Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) to set things right and protect Molly from Carl and his goons.

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Original Language: English

Director: Jerry Zucker

Producer: Lisa Weinstein

Writer: Bruce Joel Rubin

Release Date (Theaters): Jul 13, 1990  original

Release Date (Streaming): Aug 1, 2013

Box Office (Gross USA): $214.3M

Runtime: 2h 7m

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Sound Mix: Stereo, Dolby SR, Surround

Aspect Ratio: 35mm

Cast & Crew

Patrick Swayze

Molly Jensen

Whoopi Goldberg

Oda Mae Brown

Tony Goldwyn

Carl Bruner

Rick Aviles

Willie Lopez, Burgler

Oda Mae's Sister

Armelia McQueen

Vincent Schiavelli

Subway Ghost

Stephen Root

Police Sergeant

Jerry Zucker

Bruce Joel Rubin

Steven-Charles Jaffe

Executive Producer

Lisa Weinstein

Associate Producer

Maurice Jarre

Original Music

Adam Greenberg

Cinematographer

Walter Murch

Film Editing

Janet Hirshenson

Jane Jenkins

Production Design

Mark W. Mansbridge

Art Director

Joe D. Mitchell

Set Construction

Kendall Errair

Costume Design

Eric Harrison

Dawn J. Jackson

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Iconic and heartwarming, this romantic thriller film delivers strong performances and memorable sequences despite an occasional lack of sophistication in the production.

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"Ghost" is one of those films that is filmmaking at its most effective: It is uncomplicated, entertaining and engrossing with surprisingly good performances. And while many may scoff at the film as pure fluff, their scoffs unfairly overlook "Ghost"'s amazing balance of drama, comedy and action - a feat that is very hard to achieve in films. "Ghost" is smart enough to work off a very uncomplicated script. The plot is very basic and doesn't try to fool you with too many twists and turns - keeping the twists to just one very effective one at the film's climax. This allows the viewer to just engross themselves into the lives of the characters without having too much to figure out. You become invested in the central relationship. The performances work. "Ghost" takes advantage of Whoopi Goldberg at her best and she plays Oda Mae Brown with a gusto that makes her irresistible. She carries the film's comedy squarely on her shoulder but doesn't venture into cartoonish territory allowing Oda Mae's journey to be just as important to the viewer as Sam and Molly's. Speaking of Molly Jensen and her doomed lover Sam Wheat (the titular Ghost), they are played with uncomplicated effectiveness by star-on-the-rise Demi Moore and hot-after-"Dirty Dancing" Patrick Swayze. She cries. He swoons. And Swayze proves to have just as much chemistry with Goldberg as he does with Moore. While Goldberg got the Academy Award and Moore became an A-lister, Swayze is the one that anchors the film. Jerry Zucker assembles this film amazingly well. He keeps it simple, he knows that when a scene is meant to make you swoon he puts it on overdrive (the use of "Unchained Melody" in the pottery scene is brilliant). When the scene is meant to make you laugh he doesn't get in the way of the joke - nothing else happens. When he wants you to feel Molly's sadness, a major close up of her crying face and falling tears is in frame. Zucker guides the movie effectively. "Ghost" is an underrated gem. Not the most substantive film, but so what? It's funny, it's sad, it's romantic, it's thrilling. Just what a pure Hollywood film needs to be. Nothing more, nothing less.

I only thought this was okay when I saw it as a kid, but now that I'm older, more seasoned in film criticism, and less ironically embracing of supernatural melodrama, I can truly appreciate Ghost for the stylish, thrilling, Academy Award-winning tearjerker it is. If you don't wanna throw some pots after watching this, you're dead to me.

A very heartwarming, charming and smart movie, with a flawless funny script, original and great special effects, and with powerful performances. This movie literally showcases the whole cast, Patrick Swayze was great, Demi Moore was fascinating, Whoopi Goldberg was just plain awesome, if there is someone that can make you laugh your pants out, its Whoopi Goldberg, she had that comedic and dramatic power and she definitely pulled it off, and that gained her an Oscar. And I like how the story says that if you die good, you go to heaven or you stay for a while in the real world, and the people who die bad go directly to hell, and they never come back. And when that is displayed in the screen on how they go to hell is terrifying. Another element I like is how the dead who are still in the world can walk through anything, even move things, if they really concentrate, and it gives you that feeling, that when something moves alone, its a spirit thats still in Earth. All I can say is that Ghost was fantastic, it showcases its cast, its original, its very funny, and says things that are very true, and I was glad I saw this movie.

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The thing about ghost stories is that they usually have such limited imaginations. If a spirit were indeed able to exist in two realms at the same time - to occupy the spirit world while still involving itself in our designs here in the material universe - wouldn't it be aghast with glory and wonder? Wouldn't it transcend the pathetic little concerns of daily life? To put it another way: If you could live in the mind of God, would you still be telling your wife she's wearing the T-shirt you spilled the margarita on? "Ghost" is no worse an offender than most ghost movies, I suppose. It assumes that even after death we devote most of our attention to unfinished business here on Earth, and that danger to a loved one is more important to a ghost than the infinity it now inhabits. Such ideas are a comfort to us. We like to picture our dear ones up there on a cloud, eternally "looking down" on us, so devoted that they would rather see what we're cooking for dinner than have a chat with Aristotle or Elvis.

In "Ghost," Patrick Swayze plays an investment counselor who is killed by a mugger one night, but remains on the scene in his spirit form to observe as his lover ( Demi Moore ) weeps and mourns and then attempts to piece her life together. Swayze has an important piece of information he needs to get to her: His death was not an act of random urban violence, but a contract murder. He was about to stumble across a multimillion-dollar scheme to launder drug money, and that's why he was murdered. Now Moore is in danger.

This plot takes place in the world of upscale Manhattan yuppies. Swayze and Moore inhabit a loft apartment so luxurious that he must be making a fortune at his job (or maybe she's doing well with her art pottery business). That's why, after Swayze's death, Moore doesn't believe it when a self-appointed psychic (Whoopi Goodberg) contacts her with messages from beyond the grave. What's amazing is that Goldberg really is able to hear every word Swayze says to her - even though she has no previous record of genuine psychic powers.

That's how we get around to the description of the T-shirt with the margarita stains. Swayze has to feed Goldberg so much personal information that Moore is forced to believe that the communications are genuine. This he does to a fault. One of the irritations of "Ghost" is that the Moore character is such a slow study. Over and over again, Goldberg tells her things only her lover could possibly have known, and over and over again, Moore disbelieves her - she trusts the villain, instead. We are treading here on the edge of the Idiot Plot.

"Ghost" does, however, make a nice mixture of horror and humor, especially in the scenes involving Goldberg and her sisters (Gail Boggs and Armelia McQueen). The film's biggest puzzlement involves the exact status of Swayze's spiritual sojourn in this world.

Is he in heaven's holding pattern? Must he protect his lover before he can ascend that tunnel of light into the sky? What about his ability to interact with the physical world? At first he walks right through everything, but later, after tutelege from his fellow dead, he learns simple parlor tricks - like picking up a penny - and of course by the end of the movie he is able to beat the hell out of the bad guy.

The movie's single best scene - one that does touch the poignancy of the human belief in life after death - comes when Swayze is able to take over Goldberg's body, to use her physical presence as an instrument for caressing the woman that he loves. (In strict logic, this should involve us seeing Goldberg kissing Moore, but of course the movie compromises and shows us Swayze holding her - too bad, because the logical version would actually have been more spiritual and moving.) Then there is the obligatory action climax, necessary in all mass-market entertainments these days, and a particularly ridiculous visitation from the demons of hell.

"Ghost" contains some nice ideas, and occasionally, for whole moments at a time, succeeds in evoking the mysteries that it toys with.

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Ghost (1990)

Rated PG-13

128 minutes

Patrick Swayze as Sam Wheat

Demi Moore as Molly Jensen

Whoopi Goldberg as Oda Mae Brown

Tony Goldwyn as Carl Brunner

Rick Aviles as Willie Lopez

Louise Gail Boggs as Oda Mae's Sister

Clara Armelia McQueen as Oda Mae's Sister

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  • Bruce Joel Rubin
  • Walter Murch

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  • Maurice Jarre

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'Ghost' Turns 25: How That Sexy Pottery Scene Became One of the Most Romantic Movie Moments Ever

Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze make some pottery (Everett)

In the middle of the night, a woman sits alone at a pottery wheel. A vintage jukebox in her apartment switches records, and “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers pours into the room. Her boyfriend, shirtless, approaches, sits behind her, and reaches out his hand, accidentally ruining her pot. No matter — they begin a new one together, his hands interlaced with hers, stroking the wet clay. He begins kissing her, and she leaps into his arms, the pottery wheel abandoned in the heat of passion.

Sure, it sounds ridiculous on the page — but on the big screen in 1990, with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze as the clay-spattered couple, it was pure magic. This is the scene everyone thinks of when they think of Ghost, the supernatural romance that opened in theaters 25 years ago this week. The film starred Moore as artist Molly and Swayze as her banker boyfriend Sam, who dies at the hands of a mugger and must find a way to communicate with Molly from beyond the grave. The pottery scene takes place early in the film, before his death, and it shows the audience everything we need to know about the passion between these two people. Like most great movie moments, the scene came about through a combination of hard work and happy accidents. “We had no idea that was going to turn into the most famous love scene in history,” Patrick Swayze said in a Ghost DVD featurette. “We were just actors trying to do the best job in the world.“ Here’s a brief history of the scene that made millions of people consider, just for a moment, taking up pottery as a hobby.

Watch the pottery scene from ‘Ghost.’

When screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin first conceived of the character of Molly, he wrote her as a wood sculptor in the vein of ‘60s artist Marisol . “I envisioned her with these big blocks of wood and with big hammers and really going at it and really powerful,” Rubin recalled in a DVD featurette about the scene. But director Jerry Zucker worried that the idea was “a cliché.” During a scoring session for his 1988 comedy The Naked Gun, Zucker noticed one of the sound editors reading a pottery magazine and had the revelation that Molly should work with clay. Rubin liked the idea, and since his wife was a potter, he had no trouble with the rewrite. (Little did he suspect, however, that he was bringing a lifetime’s worth of dirty jokes on himself. “Now when people come over to my house and see the pottery studio, they wink at me, ‘Oh, now we know what you do at night,’” Rubin told the Chicago Tribune in 1991.) Molly became a clay artist, and the pottery scene emerged.

To prepare for her role, Moore took a few pot-throwing lessons. “I just didn’t want my pot to wobble,” she said in a Ghost featurette. “It was like a sure-fire sign that I was no good, and I was faking it.” Swayze didn’t receive any formal training, but he did sit at the wheel to rehearse the scene with Moore — which was when Zucker got his first inkling of how hot the finished scene could be.

“When we did the rehearsal, I just remember that it was sexy enough that it embarrassed Patrick and Demi a little bit when they were doing it,” Zucker said on the Ghost DVD commentary. “They both had all their clothes on… but it was still… even then, there was something about it that was sensual.”

On the day of shooting, the two actors and a small crew filmed on a closed set. Professional potters were on hand, and they started some of the pots in the scene, which Moore then completed on camera. But working with the pottery wheel proved challenging from a technical standpoint. “There’s a lot of footage of things flopping and spattering,” Zucker admitted. Production designer Jane Musky recalled the challenge of achieving “that wetness, so it was sensual, but not that it splattered all over their faces.”

Swayze claimed that he didn’t mind the mess. In Wendy Leigh’s biography Patrick Swayze: One Last Dance, he’s quoted as saying, “Getting all that mud stuff all over my arms — that was pretty sexy. Definitely got my juices going.”

At the same time, Swayze has admitted that he finds shooting love scenes extremely nerve-wracking. “I always felt extra pressure, since I was supposed to be Mr. Sexy, if you believed all the magazines,” Swayze wrote in his autobiography Time of My Life . “Of all the scenes I ever shot, I probably felt least confident about the love scenes. So it’s ironic that the clip of Demi and me at the pottery wheel is one of the best known of my whole career.” In Leigh’s biography, she reveals that Swayze rehearsed the Ghost scene with his wife Lisa Niemi in order to get past his embarrassment. Even so, Demi Moore claimed that "Patrick’s face turned bright red when we would even talk about the [love] scene.”

Moore, too, felt awkward during filming — particularly when the pottery scene transitioned into a full-on make-out session. In a 1991 People interview , she said that doing the scene with Swayze "felt like we were in high school on a first date. And here we had to act like we had known each other and were comfortable with each other. We were all arms. His face was so beet red! I would say, ‘Please don’t let my breast be exposed.’ And he would say, ‘Okay.’ If he noticed my shirt coming up over my rear, he would pull it down. We finally just said, 'I’m really nervous and I hate this.’ Then it was okay.”

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And yet, it was clear to everyone present that Swayze and Moore were magic onscreen. One of the scene’s most endearing moments — when Swayze reaches over to help with the pot and accidentally collapses it — was unplanned.

“Nobody expected [the pot] to fall,” said Rubin. “Demi recovered so quickly…. She wasn’t angry, she wasn’t disappointed. In a way, the whole nature of their relationship was shown in that moment.”

The heat of the make-out scene was also more intense than anyone anticipated. “It was one of those times in both of our careers when something happened and both of us came alive,” said Swayze. Wrote the star in his autobiography: “Demi was really good in these situations. She was very warm — much warmer than she’d been in the other scenes we shot together. She showed a vulnerability that was very attractive, and that really came through onscreen.” The footage was so sensuous that, after seeing the dailies, Zucker decided not to shoot a more explicit sex scene that was in the script. (During the same sequence, Molly and Sam were supposed to make love under a sheet that covered one of Molly’s sculptures.)

This decision to cut the extended scene led to a continuity error that fans point out to this day: Between the pottery wheel and the groping session, the couple’s clay-covered hands become magically clean. On the DVD commentary, Zucker is unapologetic. “I just assumed that it was a time cut, that they didn’t get up right from the machine and go right to this,” he said. Then he added, “Actually, I just didn’t assume anything. I just wanted their hands to be not all full of clay.”

The other key element to the pottery scene, of course, is the song — a contribution from producer Lisa Weinstein, who brought Zucker a cassette tape of “Unchained Melody” during filming. “The longing of that music, the pain of the music is wonderful,” said Zucker. Coincidentally, Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley also sang “Time of My Life,” the theme song from Swayze’s biggest hit before Ghost , 1987’s Dirty Dancing. “I think we’re gonna have to do a duet soon or something,” Swayze joked in a 1990 interview .

Medley himself received a major career boost from Ghost. Written for the forgotten 1955 prison film Unchained (hence the title) and recorded by the Righteous Brothers in 1965, “Unchained Melody” became a resurgent hit in 1990, climbing to No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. Even more impressive: It made Medley cool again. “My kids were about nine and ten at the time, and all of a sudden I became the hero of the neighborhood,” he told Rolling Stone in 2003 .

Ghost was a massive hit — the highest-grossing film globally of 1990, besting Home Alone and Pretty Woman — and the pottery scene became instantly iconic. Pop culture has since become cluttered with parodies and homages; faux-sensuous pot-throwing scenes have been featured in the film Naked Gun 2 ½ (directed by Jerry Zucker’s brother David), and on Family Guy , Glee , Two and a Half Men , Community , and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon , to name a few. An Iowa reporter made headlines two years ago when he spoofed the scene during a live interview at a Cedar Rapids ceramics studio. Swayze and Moore’s scene is frequently cited as one of the sexiest , most romantic film moments of all time.

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Before his death from pancreatic cancer in 2009, Patrick Swayze spoke proudly of the pottery scene. “I was happy — and relieved — with how it turned out,” he wrote in his autobiography. “Demi and I had managed to capture a moment between these two people that made everything that happened later in the story feel that much more wrenching and emotional.”

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  • "There’s little else to admire except some nifty special effects of spirits rampaging through the subway. For the rest, 'Ghost' succeeds only at being insubstantial."  Peter Travers : Rolling Stone
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  • "'Ghost' is too slow moving at times, and a few of its special effects look incongruously silly"  Janet Maslin : The New York Times
  • "An old-fashioned fantasy shot through with sentiment, 'Ghost' moves through genres as readily as a phantom through castle walls."  Rita Kempley : The Washington Post
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One of the most memorable romantic films, Sam (Patrick Swayze), living as a ghost, discovers his death wasn't just a random robbery gone bad. To help him reconnect with the love of his life, Molly (Demi Moore), and solve his own murder, he enlists the talents of a skeptical psychic (Whoopi Goldberg), who doesn't even believe her own abilities. Ghost is a supernatural mystery-thriller that will cross over into your heart and never leave. Ghost will surprise you, delight you, make you believe. Patrick Swayze plays a ghost who teams up with a psychic (Whoopi Goldberg) to uncover the truth behind his murder and to rescue his sweetheart (Demi Moore) from a similar fate. "The word of mouth is that Ghost is a must-see romance," says Entertainment Weekly. Ditto to that!

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GHOST - DVD - 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.

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  • Director ‏ : ‎ Jerry Zucker
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  • Run time ‏ : ‎ 2 hours and 7 minutes
  • Release date ‏ : ‎ January 24, 2017
  • Actors ‏ : ‎ Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Gail Boggs, Armelia McQueen, Vincent Schiavelli
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  • Studio ‏ : ‎ Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment
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Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy thriller film starring Patrick Swayze , Demi Moore , and Whoopi Goldberg . It was written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry Zucker.

The plot centers on a young woman in jeopardy (Moore) and the ghost of her murdered lover (Swayze), who tries to save her with the help of a reluctant medium (Goldberg).

The film was an outstanding commercial success, grossing over $505 million at the box office on a budget of $21 million, and was the highest-grossing film of 1990. It was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Score and Best Film Editing. It won the awards for Best Supporting Actress for Goldberg and Best Original Screenplay. Swayze and Moore both received Golden Globe Award nominations for their performances, while Goldberg won the BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Saturn Awards in addition to the Oscar.

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Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze), a banker, and Molly Jensen (Demi Moore), a talented potter, are a loving couple who move into a New York City apartment. At work, Sam discovers a major discrepancy in a couple of bank accounts (too much money) and confides this to his good friend and colleague Carl Bruner ( Tony Goldwyn ). Carl offers to investigate the matter, but Sam decides to investigate himself.

Later that night, an armed thug named Willie Lopez ( Rick Aviles ) attacks Sam and Molly on a desolate street corner. Sam struggles with Willie before Willie fires his gun. The viewer then sees Sam chasing Willie across the street and then returning to Molly, only to realize that he has been shot to death; a distraught Molly weeps over his corpse. He frighteningly realizes that he is a ghost and therefore, living people cannot see nor hear him.

One day, the audience sees Sam glancing at Molly and Carl at his former apartment where Carl urges Molly to take a walk for the sake of her mental health; Molly hesitantly agrees. Sam remains alone at the apartment where he tests his ability to walk through doors. Then Willie suddenly comes in, looking for something. Sam is unable to stop the killer but spooks Molly's cat, Floyd, into scratching Willie and he immediately flees. Sam follows Willie to his place in Brooklyn and realizes that he will return to the apartment when he sees Willie glancing at Molly's driving license. Sam loudly warns Willie to stay away from Molly despite Willie's deafness and blindness to Sam's presence. A bewildered Sam walks through the city when he sees the office of Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg), a local con artist who poses as a medium for people who have lost loved ones. Oda Mae fakes her abilities to a older female client when Sam suddenly criticizes Oda Mae for scamming the client. Oda Mae hears Sam, but she initially dismisses Sam's voice as an illusion before hearing Sam state his name repeatedly. A frightened Oda Mae retreats into her room. When her concerned sisters ask her what is wrong, Oda Mae simply screams "Sam Wheat."

The viewer then sees Oda Mae's sisters tending to her while Sam explains his situation. Oda Mae refuses to help at first because she believes that Molly will not believe her, but Sam forces Oda Mae by singing an annoying song nonstop for many hours. Oda Mae comes to Sam's former apartment to tell Molly that she is in danger, but Molly is disbelieving. Oda Mae manages to establish some credibility by stating facts about Molly that only Sam knew, but Molly still refuses to give Oda Mae credence. After Molly shares this news with a skeptical Carl, he later implies to Molly that Oda Mae is a fraud preying on her grief. However, Carl does agree to investigate the matter himself.

A questioning Molly talks to the police about her concerns but they confirm that Oda Mae is a known confidence trickster with a lengthy record whereas Willie Lopez has none. A motivated Sam follows Carl to Willie's apartment, only to find out that Carl is involved in a money laundering scheme at the bank and that Carl had hired Willie to kill Sam to acquire Sam's security codes, so he can transfer the money from the many accounts to one at another bank. A horrified Sam silently scolds Carl for betraying his friend.

A desperate Sam learns how to move solid objects by willpower from an aggressive New York City Subway Ghost ( Vincent Schiavelli ) he meets in the subway. He persuades Oda Mae to thwart Carl's money laundering scheme. Following his instructions, Oda Mae impersonates the owner of Carl's fake bank account, closes the account, and reluctantly gives its $4 million contents to a homeless shelter. Carl, having promised to transfer the money to a correspondent bank overseas, becomes desperate when he finds the account closed and empty.

Sam taunts Carl in the deserted office by moving objects and making accusations appear on his computer screen, typing "MURDERER," then his name "SAM," which he types repeatedly. An anxious Carl visits Molly and declares to Sam that he will kill Molly unless the money is returned that evening. He and Willie then rush to Oda Mae's apartment to find her. Sam manages to arrive first and warns Oda Mae and her two sisters, who quickly escape and take refuge in a neighbor's apartment. Sam uses his powers to separate and distract Carl and Willie during their attempt to ransack Oda Mae's apartment in search of the money.

Sam then corners Willie and horrifies him by moving objects and writing the word "BOO" on a foggy mirror. A panic-stricken Willie flees from the apartment while Sam continues to knock Willie down repeatedly. The chases leads to Willie intercepting two motorists on a road, who kill him in a traffic accident. Willie's ghost arises and sees his corpse. Sam tells Willie that he is dead before a group of howling Shadow Creatures emerge from shadows of ordinary things, and they all pull a screaming Willie into the shadows, while Sam watches in horror. It is implied they take him to Hell. Afterwards, Sam and Oda Mae return to Molly's apartment to warn her about Carl, but she refuses to let her in and breaks down in grief.

Sam finally convinces her that Oda Mae is genuine and he is truly present as a ghost by having Oda Mae push a penny underneath the front door, which Sam levitates in front of Molly. An astonished Molly lets Ode Mae inside and while they wait for the police, Oda Mae allows Sam to use her body to share a final dance with Molly. Unfortunately for the trio, Carl arrives to murder Molly and Oda Mae, and they flee. Sam is left momentarily weakened, as possession wipes a ghost out.

Carl chases the two women to a storage room, manages to get a hold of Oda Mae, and threatens to kill her, but Molly comes to her aid and holds Carl off long enough for Oda Mae to escape his grasp. Carl then grabs Molly and holds her at gunpoint for the money, but Sam recovers in time to disarm Carl and attack him. As Carl attempts to flee through a plate glass window, he flings a scaffolding hook in Sam's direction which swings back and partially shatters the glass in the upper part of the window; the window slides down and kills Carl before he can climb out.

Carl's ghost arises from his corpse much to his astonishment and to Sam's grief. Sam then watches in silence as the Shadow Creatures arrive and drag a screaming Carl away into the darkness. When Sam goes to Oda Mae and Molly and asks if they are all right, Molly suddenly realizes that she can hear him. A heavenly light fills the room and Sam becomes fully visible to both Molly and Oda Mae.

Sam looks behind him and sees hundreds of people, presumably angels, in a portal to Heaven; he can move on now that he has completed his task. Sam bids an emotional farewell to Molly, thanks Oda Mae for her help, and departs for the afterlife.

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  • Demi Moore as Molly Jenson
  • Whoopi Goldberg as Oda Mae Brown
  • Tony Goldwyn as Carl Bruner
  • Rick Aviles as Willy Lopez
  • Stephen Root as Police Sgt.
  • Vincent Schiavelli as subway ghost
  • Armelia McQueen as Oda Mae's sister
  • Gail Boggs as Oda Mae's sister

Reception [ ]

Ghost has received generally favorable reviews [1] and has a "Certified Fresh" rating of 81% on Rotten Tomatoes based on reviews from 44 critics. It has an average rating of 53% on the review site Metacritic, indicating mixed or average reviews. The film has been criticized for featuring the Magical Negro stereotype with Oda Mae Brown. [2] However, in spite of this, Goldberg's performance was highly praised. Janet Maslin in her review for The New York Times comments, "Ms. Goldberg plays the character's amazement, irritation and great gift for back talk to the hilt. This is one of those rare occasions on which the uncategorizable Ms. Goldberg has found a film role that really suits her, and she makes the most of it." Even some writers who gave negative reviews of Ghost extended praise to Goldberg's work in the film. [3] Goldberg went on to win the Academy Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe for her performance.

References [ ]

  • ↑ " Ghost ". Variety . 1989-12-31. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
  • ↑ Gabbard, Krin (2004). Black Magic: White Hollywood and African American Culture . New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. p. 154. ISBN 0-8135-3383-X . OCLC 53215708.
  • ↑ Podgorski, Daniel (October 15, 2015). "A Ghastly Script: The Mediocrity of Jerry Zucker’s Romantic Classic, Ghost ". The Gemsbok . Retrieved February 20, 2016.
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<p>M. Night Shyamalan became an overnight filmmaking sensation with his "I see dead people" sleeper hit, "The Sixth Sense." It was a simple ghost story imparted with supreme confidence — the low-key, gather-round-the-campfire antidote to the artless CG excess of Jan de Bont's horrid adaptation of Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting." When it comes to spinning a good, ghostly yarn, the build's the thing. Setting, characterization, atmosphere...get your audience to hang on every word. Fire the imagination and <em>then</em> spring the trap. That's what the following filmmakers did in these exquisite tales of the paranormal. Even "Hausu" required setup.</p>

M. Night Shyamalan became an overnight filmmaking sensation with his "I see dead people" sleeper hit, "The Sixth Sense." It was a simple ghost story imparted with supreme confidence — the low-key, gather-round-the-campfire antidote to the artless CG excess of Jan de Bont's horrid adaptation of Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting." When it comes to spinning a good, ghostly yarn, the build's the thing. Setting, characterization, atmosphere...get your audience to hang on every word. Fire the imagination and then spring the trap. That's what the following filmmakers did in these exquisite tales of the paranormal. Even "Hausu" required setup.

<p>The greatest of all cinematic ghost stories, and one of the greatest films period, is Kenji Mizoguchi’s fable about an ambitious potter (Masayuki Mori) who is persuaded by the spirit of a deceased noblewoman (Machiko Kyo) to leave his wife and child. He does so for a time, and then upon realizing his folly, he returns home to his family where he unexpectedly encounters another ghost. Mizoguchi’s masterpiece is an exquisitely directed yet profoundly simple meditation on greed and kindness that will resonate so long as men stubbornly succumb to their worst impulses.</p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/20_facts_you_might_not_know_about_the_big_lebowski_101723/s1__35759558'>20 facts you might not know about 'The Big Lebowski'</a></p>

"Ugetsu" (1953)

The greatest of all cinematic ghost stories, and one of the greatest films period, is Kenji Mizoguchi’s fable about an ambitious potter (Masayuki Mori) who is persuaded by the spirit of a deceased noblewoman (Machiko Kyo) to leave his wife and child. He does so for a time, and then upon realizing his folly, he returns home to his family where he unexpectedly encounters another ghost. Mizoguchi’s masterpiece is an exquisitely directed yet profoundly simple meditation on greed and kindness that will resonate so long as men stubbornly succumb to their worst impulses.

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<p>Speaking of men succumbing to their worst impulses, here’s the none-too-cheery story of Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), an author who, seeking isolation as the winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, finds madness instead. Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s bestseller makes early use of the steadicam to thrust the viewer into the vast emptiness of the hotel, where the ghosts of a previous caretaker’s murdered family await. If you’re making a list of the creepiest specters in film history, no one would argue if you placed the Grady twins right at the top.</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

"The Shining" (1980)

Speaking of men succumbing to their worst impulses, here’s the none-too-cheery story of Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), an author who, seeking isolation as the winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, finds madness instead. Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s bestseller makes early use of the steadicam to thrust the viewer into the vast emptiness of the hotel, where the ghosts of a previous caretaker’s murdered family await. If you’re making a list of the creepiest specters in film history, no one would argue if you placed the Grady twins right at the top.

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<p>Peter Medak’s horror classic stars George C. Scott as a grieving widower who moves into a creepy old Victorian mansion that harbors a sinister secret. Unlike its 1980s genre-mates “Poltergeist” or “The Entity," there are no flashy visual effects or grisly scenes of face-shredding terror. Medak hooks the viewer with an atmosphere of quiet menace occasionally punctuated by bumps and creaks and the inexplicable appearance of a toy ball. It’s a masterful haunted house yarn that evidently gives Martin Scorsese nightmares, so proceed with caution!</p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/20_facts_you_might_not_know_about_apocalypse_now_112223/s1__35268326'>20 facts you might not know about 'Apocalypse Now'</a></p>

"The Changeling" (1980)

Peter Medak’s horror classic stars George C. Scott as a grieving widower who moves into a creepy old Victorian mansion that harbors a sinister secret. Unlike its 1980s genre-mates “Poltergeist” or “The Entity," there are no flashy visual effects or grisly scenes of face-shredding terror. Medak hooks the viewer with an atmosphere of quiet menace occasionally punctuated by bumps and creaks and the inexplicable appearance of a toy ball. It’s a masterful haunted house yarn that evidently gives Martin Scorsese nightmares, so proceed with caution!

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<p>What if the ghost in the ghost story doesn’t know he’s a ghost? M. Night Shyamalan’s haymaker of a twist ending turned his third feature into a word-of-mouth blockbuster in the summer of 1999, earning the writer-director comparisons to such master storytellers as Rod Serling and Steven Spielberg. Though the script would’ve worked regardless of casting, the presence of then megastar Bruce Willis completely threw the audience off the scent; no one could’ve guessed that he was one of the dead people haunting Haley Joel Osment’s every waking moment.</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

"The Sixth Sense" (1999)

What if the ghost in the ghost story doesn’t know he’s a ghost? M. Night Shyamalan’s haymaker of a twist ending turned his third feature into a word-of-mouth blockbuster in the summer of 1999, earning the writer-director comparisons to such master storytellers as Rod Serling and Steven Spielberg. Though the script would’ve worked regardless of casting, the presence of then megastar Bruce Willis completely threw the audience off the scent; no one could’ve guessed that he was one of the dead people haunting Haley Joel Osment’s every waking moment.

<p>Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s J-horror masterpiece is a deliberately paced nightmare machine of a movie in which ghosts are faintly viewable via webcam. It’s the first haunted internet movie, but it’s so much more than its gimmick; it’s a meditation on loneliness, which posits that the afterlife — neither heaven nor hell — may just be a horrifying loop of agony. And maybe that’s what we deserve. Kurosawa’s contempt for the World Wide Web felt curmudgeonly 18 years ago, but in terms of the communication system’s ironically isolating effect on society, he seems downright prophetic today. </p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/the_25_greatest_roles_of_al_pacinos_career_112223/s1__31845935'>The 25 greatest roles of Al Pacino's career</a></p>

"Pulse" (2001)

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s J-horror masterpiece is a deliberately paced nightmare machine of a movie in which ghosts are faintly viewable via webcam. It’s the first haunted internet movie, but it’s so much more than its gimmick; it’s a meditation on loneliness, which posits that the afterlife — neither heaven nor hell — may just be a horrifying loop of agony. And maybe that’s what we deserve. Kurosawa’s contempt for the World Wide Web felt curmudgeonly 18 years ago, but in terms of the communication system’s ironically isolating effect on society, he seems downright prophetic today. 

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<p>This is the Cadillac of haunted house movies and arguably still the scariest. Robert Wise is <em>on fire </em>in this movie, making skillful use of the widescreen frame (with brand spanking new anamorphic 30mm lenses) to enhance the claustrophobic horror of being stuck in a paranormally distressed mansion. His amazing cast (particularly Julie Harris, Claire Bloom and Russ Tamblyn) sells the largely unseen terror with a broadness that could’ve easily teetered over into parody with the wrong director. Mike Flanagan’s 2018 loose take on Shirley Jackson’s novel for Netflix is well worth checking out, too, but this is how it’s done.</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

"The Haunting" (1963)

This is the Cadillac of haunted house movies and arguably still the scariest. Robert Wise is on fire  in this movie, making skillful use of the widescreen frame (with brand spanking new anamorphic 30mm lenses) to enhance the claustrophobic horror of being stuck in a paranormally distressed mansion. His amazing cast (particularly Julie Harris, Claire Bloom and Russ Tamblyn) sells the largely unseen terror with a broadness that could’ve easily teetered over into parody with the wrong director. Mike Flanagan’s 2018 loose take on Shirley Jackson’s novel for Netflix is well worth checking out, too, but this is how it’s done.

<p>The prolific and occasionally brilliant Sidney J. Furie hit a home run with this unnerving account of a single mother (Barbara Hershey) who believes she’s being sexually assaulted by a malevolent spirit. Her psychiatrist (Ron Silver) steadfastly refuses to buy this explanation, but when a team of parapsychologists gets involved, the impossible turns out to be the irrefutable truth. Hershey gives a fierce performance as a woman driven to the brink of madness by the refutation of her victimhood.</p>

"The Entity" (1982)

The prolific and occasionally brilliant Sidney J. Furie hit a home run with this unnerving account of a single mother (Barbara Hershey) who believes she’s being sexually assaulted by a malevolent spirit. Her psychiatrist (Ron Silver) steadfastly refuses to buy this explanation, but when a team of parapsychologists gets involved, the impossible turns out to be the irrefutable truth. Hershey gives a fierce performance as a woman driven to the brink of madness by the refutation of her victimhood.

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<p>Steven Spielberg staged a great big haunted house movie in the heart of mundane suburbia, and every person who grew up with a fear of thunderstorms or a scary looking tree outside the window or, god forbid, a creepy clown doll has been battling nightmares ever since. Pretty much every childhood phobia is exploited in the Tobe Hooper-directed movie, while the blasé parenting of baby boomers is lightly skewered.</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

"Poltergeist" (1982)

Steven Spielberg staged a great big haunted house movie in the heart of mundane suburbia, and every person who grew up with a fear of thunderstorms or a scary looking tree outside the window or, god forbid, a creepy clown doll has been battling nightmares ever since. Pretty much every childhood phobia is exploited in the Tobe Hooper-directed movie, while the blasé parenting of baby boomers is lightly skewered.

<p>This gonzo wuxia classic from the glory days of Hong Kong cinema isn’t much in the scares department, but it’s a hugely influential work from the great Tsui Hark that, for whatever reason, isn’t as celebrated as other films of that era. Leslie Cheung plays a hapless debt collector who, while spending the night in a haunted temple, falls in love with a beautiful ghost (Joey Wang) enslaved by the evil Tree Devil. It’s a thrilling film stuffed with wacky ideas and set pieces, most of which work far better than they should (including Wu Ma cast as a master swordsman who raps the “Tao Te Ching”). </p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/every_razzie_worst_picture_winner_by_year/s1__31243484'>Every Razzie Worst Picture winner by year</a></p>

"A Chinese Ghost Story" (1987)

This gonzo wuxia classic from the glory days of Hong Kong cinema isn’t much in the scares department, but it’s a hugely influential work from the great Tsui Hark that, for whatever reason, isn’t as celebrated as other films of that era. Leslie Cheung plays a hapless debt collector who, while spending the night in a haunted temple, falls in love with a beautiful ghost (Joey Wang) enslaved by the evil Tree Devil. It’s a thrilling film stuffed with wacky ideas and set pieces, most of which work far better than they should (including Wu Ma cast as a master swordsman who raps the “Tao Te Ching”). 

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<p>Masaki Kobayashi’s supernatural anthology certainly lives up to its title’s translation (“Ghost Stories”), though probably not in the manner Western audiences expect. The filmmaker’s deliberate, contemplative approach to these stories is formal in the extreme; he’s not telling tales so much as reflecting on their meaning to Japanese culture (where they’re all very well-known). At three hours, it’s a demanding sit for audiences primed to pick up their smartphones every other minute, but if you rid your living room of devices and give yourself over to Kobayashi’s superlative craftsmanship, you’ll find the eerie sights and slithering deep under your skin.</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

"Kwaidan" (1965)

Masaki Kobayashi’s supernatural anthology certainly lives up to its title’s translation (“Ghost Stories”), though probably not in the manner Western audiences expect. The filmmaker’s deliberate, contemplative approach to these stories is formal in the extreme; he’s not telling tales so much as reflecting on their meaning to Japanese culture (where they’re all very well-known). At three hours, it’s a demanding sit for audiences primed to pick up their smartphones every other minute, but if you rid your living room of devices and give yourself over to Kobayashi’s superlative craftsmanship, you’ll find the eerie sights and slithering deep under your skin.

<p>Hayao Miyazaki’s enchanting masterwork concerns a young girl’s journey through the spiritual world of a fantastical hot-springs bathhouse. Of the many odd apparitions she meets along the way, the most memorable is a masked ghost known as No-Face, who has a peculiar habit of consuming other characters. Perhaps more than any other work in his impressive oeuvre, “Spirited Away” drifts along to a gentle dream logic; it’s a miraculous film of constant discovery that speaks to something curious and ineffable inside all of us.</p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/25_bad_films_by_legendary_directors_111423/s1__39135411'>25 bad films by legendary directors</a></p>

"Spirited Away" (2001)

Hayao Miyazaki’s enchanting masterwork concerns a young girl’s journey through the spiritual world of a fantastical hot-springs bathhouse. Of the many odd apparitions she meets along the way, the most memorable is a masked ghost known as No-Face, who has a peculiar habit of consuming other characters. Perhaps more than any other work in his impressive oeuvre, “Spirited Away” drifts along to a gentle dream logic; it’s a miraculous film of constant discovery that speaks to something curious and ineffable inside all of us.

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<p>The definitive, gore-and-orgy-packed version of Richard Matheson’s terrifying tome — “the scariest haunted house novel ever written,” according to Stephen King – has yet to be made, but John Hough’s briskly paced take on the material (adapted by Matheson) capably hits most of the horrifying highs. Clive Revill stars as a physicist who hunkers down with a small group of spiritually sensitive individuals in what is reputed to be the most haunted house in the world. They confirm this fairly quickly and spend the rest of the film simply trying to survive. It’s a good movie, but read the book first (preferably during a week when you don’t need much sleep).</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

"The Legend of Hell House" (1973)

The definitive, gore-and-orgy-packed version of Richard Matheson’s terrifying tome — “the scariest haunted house novel ever written,” according to Stephen King – has yet to be made, but John Hough’s briskly paced take on the material (adapted by Matheson) capably hits most of the horrifying highs. Clive Revill stars as a physicist who hunkers down with a small group of spiritually sensitive individuals in what is reputed to be the most haunted house in the world. They confirm this fairly quickly and spend the rest of the film simply trying to survive. It’s a good movie, but read the book first (preferably during a week when you don’t need much sleep).

<p>Henry James’ subtly chilling “The Turn of the Screw” is such a perfectly unadorned narrative that many filmmakers mistakenly feel the need to amp it up with jump scares or sex. The best adaptation to date is still Jack Clayton’s “The Innocents," which stars Deborah Kerr as the governess charged with the care of two children (Martin Stephens and Pamela Franklin) at what turns out to be a deeply haunted mansion. Clayton provides a little more backstory than is present in James’ novel, but he generally stays true to the narrative that’s been unnerving readers for over a century.</p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/20_facts_you_might_not_know_about_rudolph_the_red_nosed_reindeer_102423/s1__38642105'>20 facts you might not know about 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'</a></p>

"The Innocents" (1961)

Henry James’ subtly chilling “The Turn of the Screw” is such a perfectly unadorned narrative that many filmmakers mistakenly feel the need to amp it up with jump scares or sex. The best adaptation to date is still Jack Clayton’s “The Innocents," which stars Deborah Kerr as the governess charged with the care of two children (Martin Stephens and Pamela Franklin) at what turns out to be a deeply haunted mansion. Clayton provides a little more backstory than is present in James’ novel, but he generally stays true to the narrative that’s been unnerving readers for over a century.

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<p>Alejandro Amenábar followed up his mesmerizing “Open Your Eyes” with this chilling slow-burn of a ghost story starring Nicole Kidman as a mother of two young children who begins to suspect their house is occupied by apparitional “others." The film’s hook is that the kids are photosensitive, which necessitates that the house remain in a state of candlelit darkness. Amenábar is clearly riffing on “The Turn of the Screw," and his twist ending suggests he might’ve been gunning for a concluding wallop akin to “The Sixth Sense." He doesn’t quite land it, but the mood’s the thing and it’s unremittingly eerie.</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

"The Others" (2001)

Alejandro Amenábar followed up his mesmerizing “Open Your Eyes” with this chilling slow-burn of a ghost story starring Nicole Kidman as a mother of two young children who begins to suspect their house is occupied by apparitional “others." The film’s hook is that the kids are photosensitive, which necessitates that the house remain in a state of candlelit darkness. Amenábar is clearly riffing on “The Turn of the Screw," and his twist ending suggests he might’ve been gunning for a concluding wallop akin to “The Sixth Sense." He doesn’t quite land it, but the mood’s the thing and it’s unremittingly eerie.

<p>Two years after scoring a haunted house hit with “Insidious," James Wan doubled down on the genre with this go-for-the-jugular scare-fest based on a real-life paranormal investigation undertaken by Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). Wan is at the height of his fright-inducing powers, as he places inventive new spins on old chestnuts like the creepy basement and the antique wardrobe. (In this case, it’s not what’s inside but what’s on top.) The blockbuster has inspired not just a franchise but also a horror universe at Warner Bros., but thus far, the returns have been greatly diminished.</p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/the_20_most_heartbreaking_tv_deaths_112123/s1__39403902'>The 20 most heartbreaking TV deaths</a></p>

"The Conjuring" (2013)

Two years after scoring a haunted house hit with “Insidious," James Wan doubled down on the genre with this go-for-the-jugular scare-fest based on a real-life paranormal investigation undertaken by Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). Wan is at the height of his fright-inducing powers, as he places inventive new spins on old chestnuts like the creepy basement and the antique wardrobe. (In this case, it’s not what’s inside but what’s on top.) The blockbuster has inspired not just a franchise but also a horror universe at Warner Bros., but thus far, the returns have been greatly diminished.

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<p>No one expected much from a schmaltzy paranormal romance directed by one-third of the creative team behind “Airplane!” and “The Naked Gun," but Bruce Joel Rubin’s achingly sincere screenplay and the powerfully erotic chemistry generated by Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore transformed this midsummer programmer into the top grossing film of 1990. It’s a clever love story/whodunit combo in which Swayze attempts to solve his own murder from beyond the grave with the help of a crabby medium (Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg), and Jerry Zucker balances all of these elements with stunning ease. He gets away with two tear-jerking reunions in the last 20 minutes! Why he decided to quit filmmaking after his follow-up, “First Knight," flopped is a frustrating Hollywood mystery.</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

"Ghost" (1990)

No one expected much from a schmaltzy paranormal romance directed by one-third of the creative team behind “Airplane!” and “The Naked Gun," but Bruce Joel Rubin’s achingly sincere screenplay and the powerfully erotic chemistry generated by Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore transformed this midsummer programmer into the top grossing film of 1990. It’s a clever love story/whodunit combo in which Swayze attempts to solve his own murder from beyond the grave with the help of a crabby medium (Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg), and Jerry Zucker balances all of these elements with stunning ease. He gets away with two tear-jerking reunions in the last 20 minutes! Why he decided to quit filmmaking after his follow-up, “First Knight," flopped is a frustrating Hollywood mystery.

<p>Guillermo del Toro’s Spanish Civil War ghost story takes place at an orphanage fearful of an uncertain future, symbolized by the massive, unexploded bomb embedded in its courtyard. A new arrival (Fernando Tielve) to the estate is given the bed of a boy who has perished and is said to haunt the orphanage. Del Toro generally opts for the somber, understated tone of “The Innocents” and “The Changeling"; he prefers slow-building dread and the terror of the unseen to easy jolts. He worked a lushly romantic variation on this aesthetic with the hugely underrated “Crimson Peak” (which makes a perfect double feature with Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rebecca”), but “The Devil’s Backbone” leaves the deeper groove. It’s a sad film that resonates all too palpably today as a new generation of traumatized children is separated from their parents.</p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/the_best_star_wars_character_names_110123/s1__30856853'>The best Star Wars character names</a></p>

"The Devil's Backbone" (2001)

Guillermo del Toro’s Spanish Civil War ghost story takes place at an orphanage fearful of an uncertain future, symbolized by the massive, unexploded bomb embedded in its courtyard. A new arrival (Fernando Tielve) to the estate is given the bed of a boy who has perished and is said to haunt the orphanage. Del Toro generally opts for the somber, understated tone of “The Innocents” and “The Changeling"; he prefers slow-building dread and the terror of the unseen to easy jolts. He worked a lushly romantic variation on this aesthetic with the hugely underrated “Crimson Peak” (which makes a perfect double feature with Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rebecca”), but “The Devil’s Backbone” leaves the deeper groove. It’s a sad film that resonates all too palpably today as a new generation of traumatized children is separated from their parents.

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<p>Peter Jackson’s first studio film flopped at the box office, but this restlessly imaginative horror-comedy stands as a worthy companion to “Ghostbusters." Michael J. Fox stars as a paranormally attuned conman who teams with three ghostly accomplices to stage bogus exorcisms. Fox’s skills wind up proving vital when the spirit of a deceased mass murderer begins knocking off the living to up his body count. Jackson careens from juvenile comedy to blood-curdling horror with such abandon that you expect him to eventually literally lose the plot. Instead, he wraps up the film with a brilliantly edited hospital sequence that might be the best thing the Academy Award-filmmaker has ever done.</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

"The Frighteners" (1996)

Peter Jackson’s first studio film flopped at the box office, but this restlessly imaginative horror-comedy stands as a worthy companion to “Ghostbusters." Michael J. Fox stars as a paranormally attuned conman who teams with three ghostly accomplices to stage bogus exorcisms. Fox’s skills wind up proving vital when the spirit of a deceased mass murderer begins knocking off the living to up his body count. Jackson careens from juvenile comedy to blood-curdling horror with such abandon that you expect him to eventually literally lose the plot. Instead, he wraps up the film with a brilliantly edited hospital sequence that might be the best thing the Academy Award-filmmaker has ever done.

<p>What sounded like a lazy “Saturday Night Live” sketch or, worse, a retread of a so-so Bob Hope/Paulette Goddard vehicle wound up being a lightning-in-a-bottle smash that dominated the 1984 box office. The key to the film’s success, aside from Bill Murray being Bill Murray, is that it’s legitimately frightening when it needs to be. Ivan Reitman’s movie opens with a sensational scare in the New York Public Library and scatters a series of massive jumps throughout (courtesy of a crack ILM visual f/x team that included John Bruno and Richard Edlund). Even people who hate horror movies rushed out to see “Ghostbusters." Save for “The Frighteners”, there hasn’t been anything like it since. </p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/23_of_the_best_new_tv_shows_in_2023/s1__39430590'>23 of the best new TV shows in 2023</a></p>

"Ghostbusters" (1984)

What sounded like a lazy “Saturday Night Live” sketch or, worse, a retread of a so-so Bob Hope/Paulette Goddard vehicle wound up being a lightning-in-a-bottle smash that dominated the 1984 box office. The key to the film’s success, aside from Bill Murray being Bill Murray, is that it’s legitimately frightening when it needs to be. Ivan Reitman’s movie opens with a sensational scare in the New York Public Library and scatters a series of massive jumps throughout (courtesy of a crack ILM visual f/x team that included John Bruno and Richard Edlund). Even people who hate horror movies rushed out to see “Ghostbusters." Save for “The Frighteners”, there hasn’t been anything like it since. 

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<p>William Castle’s finest hour and 15 minutes stars Vincent Price in fiendishly fine form as a millionaire who baits five financially struggling schemers with the promise of $10,000 if they can hack it out for one night in a haunted house. Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Ennis House serves as the exterior for the mansion, which gives the low-budget film a flair it might’ve otherwise lacked. Castle enticed audiences with the “Emergo” gimmick, which involved little more than a skeleton being flung out at the audience during a climactic scene. It worked. The movie was a huge hit and holds up well today with or without a plastic skeleton (as does William Malone’s 1999 remake).</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

"House on Haunted Hill" (1959)

William Castle’s finest hour and 15 minutes stars Vincent Price in fiendishly fine form as a millionaire who baits five financially struggling schemers with the promise of $10,000 if they can hack it out for one night in a haunted house. Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Ennis House serves as the exterior for the mansion, which gives the low-budget film a flair it might’ve otherwise lacked. Castle enticed audiences with the “Emergo” gimmick, which involved little more than a skeleton being flung out at the audience during a climactic scene. It worked. The movie was a huge hit and holds up well today with or without a plastic skeleton (as does William Malone’s 1999 remake).

<p>This wackadoodle horror-comedy melange makes “A Chinese Ghost Story” look like “The Innocents." When the Japanese film studio Toho asked writer-director Nobuhiko Obayashi in the mid-1970s to make a movie akin to “Jaws," he hit up his 12-year-old daughter, Chigumi, for ideas. This is how we were blessed with the story of seven schoolgirls — with names like Gorgeous, Fantasy and Kung Fu — who make the ill-fated mistake of dropping by a carnivorous house. You might say it’s “Little Red Riding Hood” on acid, but, really, it’s a fever dream of a whole lot of stuff on acid. And it’s an exhilaratingly great trip.</p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/20_facts_you_might_not_know_about_tropic_thunder_111423/s1__37882946'>20 facts you might not know about 'Tropic Thunder'</a></p>

"Hausu" (1977)

This wackadoodle horror-comedy melange makes “A Chinese Ghost Story” look like “The Innocents." When the Japanese film studio Toho asked writer-director Nobuhiko Obayashi in the mid-1970s to make a movie akin to “Jaws," he hit up his 12-year-old daughter, Chigumi, for ideas. This is how we were blessed with the story of seven schoolgirls — with names like Gorgeous, Fantasy and Kung Fu — who make the ill-fated mistake of dropping by a carnivorous house. You might say it’s “Little Red Riding Hood” on acid, but, really, it’s a fever dream of a whole lot of stuff on acid. And it’s an exhilaratingly great trip.

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<p>Herk Harvey’s massively influential ghost story is an early triumph of American independent cinema and a testament as to what a talented director with a unique vision can pull off on a shoestring budget. This tale of a woman who takes a job as an organist in Salt Lake City after mysteriously surviving a car accident in Kansas isn’t terribly suspenseful; the twist ending should be clear to anyone paying attention. But that’s not the point. It’s the dreamlike atmosphere that gradually curdles into a doozy of a nightmare that keeps the viewer transfixed. </p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

"Carnival of Souls" (1962)

Herk Harvey’s massively influential ghost story is an early triumph of American independent cinema and a testament as to what a talented director with a unique vision can pull off on a shoestring budget. This tale of a woman who takes a job as an organist in Salt Lake City after mysteriously surviving a car accident in Kansas isn’t terribly suspenseful; the twist ending should be clear to anyone paying attention. But that’s not the point. It’s the dreamlike atmosphere that gradually curdles into a doozy of a nightmare that keeps the viewer transfixed. 

<p>The idea of spending most of a film in an empty apartment with a celebrity’s personal shopper might sound positively tedious, but Olivier Assayas’ 2016 triumph turns this premise into a stylishly strange and unconventionally eerie ghost story. Kristen Stewart is spellbinding as a young woman who, when she’s not picking up or returning impossibly glamorous clothing for her supermodel employer, is keen to make contact with the spirit of her recently departed twin brother. As bizarre, unexplained phenomena begin occurring in Stewart’s life, Assayas ratchets up the suspense in wholly unexpected ways.</p>

"Personal Shopper" (2016)

The idea of spending most of a film in an empty apartment with a celebrity’s personal shopper might sound positively tedious, but Olivier Assayas’ 2016 triumph turns this premise into a stylishly strange and unconventionally eerie ghost story. Kristen Stewart is spellbinding as a young woman who, when she’s not picking up or returning impossibly glamorous clothing for her supermodel employer, is keen to make contact with the spirit of her recently departed twin brother. As bizarre, unexplained phenomena begin occurring in Stewart’s life, Assayas ratchets up the suspense in wholly unexpected ways.

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<p>Casey Affleck plays an actual ghost under a sheet with two eyeholes poked out — just like a child’s Halloween costume — in David Lowery’s unusually moving story of grief and closure...or something along those lines. Lowery sidesteps thematic clarity by turning Affleck’s journey into a time travel story narrative of sorts, at which point you’re wondering if the film is going to turn into a spook-laden riff on “Primer." The film winds up being defiantly inscrutable, but, emotionally, you’re deeply invested. It’s such a wonderfully screwy movie.</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

"A Ghost Story" (2017)

Casey Affleck plays an actual ghost under a sheet with two eyeholes poked out — just like a child’s Halloween costume — in David Lowery’s unusually moving story of grief and closure...or something along those lines. Lowery sidesteps thematic clarity by turning Affleck’s journey into a time travel story narrative of sorts, at which point you’re wondering if the film is going to turn into a spook-laden riff on “Primer." The film winds up being defiantly inscrutable, but, emotionally, you’re deeply invested. It’s such a wonderfully screwy movie.

<p>The <em>very </em>rare Hollywood remake that improves on its foreign inspiration, Gore Verbinski’s “The Ring” amps up the terror of Hideo Nakata’s 1998 film by prioritizing mood over narrative coherence (whether that was the intent, and the number of rewrites done on the screenplay would suggest it was not). The Pacific Northwest setting and Samara’s freaky equine influence add two layers of creepiness absent from Nakata’s movie (the ferry scene is incredibly disturbing), while the open-ended conclusion is, thematically, far more intriguing. As for Samara vs. Sadako, they’re both utterly terrifying.</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Did you enjoy this slideshow? Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

"The Ring" (2002)

The very  rare Hollywood remake that improves on its foreign inspiration, Gore Verbinski’s “The Ring” amps up the terror of Hideo Nakata’s 1998 film by prioritizing mood over narrative coherence (whether that was the intent, and the number of rewrites done on the screenplay would suggest it was not). The Pacific Northwest setting and Samara’s freaky equine influence add two layers of creepiness absent from Nakata’s movie (the ferry scene is incredibly disturbing), while the open-ended conclusion is, thematically, far more intriguing. As for Samara vs. Sadako, they’re both utterly terrifying.

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After a wild year that brought us an atomic bomb creator, a toy doll coming to life and an Indigenous woman’s fight for survival against her white husband, 2024 promises to be another exhilarating one with a slew of highly anticipated films and performances set to grace the silver screen. (See Variety’s most anticipated movies of 2024 for further proof)

We’re going to have performers from long-awaited sequels (Joaquin Phoenix in “Joker: Folie à Deux”) and prequels (Anya Taylor-Joy in “Furiosa”), to anticipated biopics (Angelina Jolie in “Maria”) and original stories and characters (André Holland in “The Actor”). There are also performers from long-awaited adaptations (Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande in “Wicked: Part One”) and ones from movies that have been finished shooting for quite some time (Mark Rylance in “The Way of the Wind”). Either way, the lineup is diverse and promising, and likely to cater to a wide array of cinephile’s tastes.

To share in the gleeful excitement of some of these titles, Variety ranks the 51 most anticipated performances of 2024. Read below.

Note: All release dates, titles and distributors are subject to change. To cover the greatest number of upcoming performances, only one actor is mentioned from any given movie .

Honorable mentions : Ana de Armas – “Ballerina” (Lionsgate); Millie Bobby Brown – “Damsel” (Netflix); Jessica Chastain – “Mothers’ Instinct” (Neon); Jodie Comer – “The Bikeriders” (Focus Features); Pete Davidson – “Wizards” (No U.S. Distribution); Ilana Glazer – “Babes” (Neon); Mia Goth – “MaXXXine” (A24); Dakota Johnson – “Madame Web” (Sony Pictures); Denis Lavant – “C’est Pas Moi” (No U.S. Distribution); James McAvoy – “Speak No Evil” (Universal Pictures); Wagner Moura – “Civil War” (A24)

Ryan Reynolds - 'IF'

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As expected, Ryan Reynolds is as busy as ever in 2024 with several projects allegedly in production but his most prominent are his third outing as Wade Wilson/Deadpool in Shawn Levy’s upcoming Marvel superhero film. However, I find myself most excited by his team-up with writer-director John Krasinski in the animation/live-action hybrid fantasy comedy “IF” from Paramount Pictures, playing the mysteriously named Man Upstairs.

Nicole Kidman - 'Holland, Michigan'

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Four Oscar noms later, including a win for “The Hours” (2002), it’s well-known that Nicole Kidman is one of the best in the game, with stellar performances in both film and television. In movies, it looks like a triple showing in cinemas this year with Richard LaGravenese’s rom-com “A Family Affair” on Netflix, providing voice work in Apple’s “Spellbound” and, most prominent, playing a woman who learns of her husband’s dark secrets in Mimi Cave’s “Holland, Michigan.”

Michael Keaton - 'Beetlejuice 2'

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Tim Burton’s 1988 horror-comedy is a staple of every 90s kid’s childhood (aka myself), and seeing Oscar nominee Michael Keaton (“Birdman”) reprise the role of the ghoulish and devious “bio-exorcist” is touching all the nostalgic bones. Along with original cast members Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara returning, this could be a surefire Warner Bros. moneymaker during the Labor Day weekend.

Regina King - 'Shirley'

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Academy Award winner Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) is stepping back in front of the camera since her villainous Trudy Smith in the western “The Harder They Fall.” She’ll provide her interpretation of Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Congress, coming from Oscar-winning scribe John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”) who also directs. Even though the film wrapped in 2022 and some re-shoots took place thereafter, the Netflix feature has been in a strange limbo, but the word on King has been great.

Tom Hardy - 'Havoc'

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In “Havoc,” Oscar nominee Tom Hardy (“The Revenant”) takes on a detective who must fight his way through the criminal underworld to rescue a politician’s son. The action-thriller comes from the mind of director Gareth Evans, best known for “The Raid” franchise. Count me in.

Julianne Moore - 'Echo Valley'

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Coming off a phenomenal performance in Todd Haynes’ black comedy “May December,” Oscar winner Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) is set to play a horse trainer coping with a personal tragedy in Apple’s “Echo Valley.” Co-starring Sydney Sweeney and Domhnall Gleeson, the film is helmed by “Encounter” director Michael Pearce with a script penned by Brad Inglesby, best known for HBO’s “Mare of Easttown.” I’m intrigued.

George Clooney - 'Wolfs'

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 14: George Clooney, Founder of Roybal Film and Television Advisory Board, speaks onstage during Roybal Film and Television Magnet Open House at Edward R. Roybal Learning Center on September 14, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Entertainment Industry Foundation)

We sometimes forget the acting prowess of George Clooney, an Oscar winner for “Syriana,” who’s been more behind the camera as of late with films such as last year’s “The Boys in the Boat.” Re-teaming with his “Ocean’s 11” buddy Brad Pitt for Jon Watts’ thriller “Wolfs,” the two play professional fixers hired for the same job. The Apple and Sony Pictures co-distribution could be a huge hit.

Mikey Madison - 'Anora'

Mikey Madison at the "Better Things" screening held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on February 23, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

The talented Mikey Madison made an impression as the secondary Ghostface killer in the fifth “Scream” film. It seems indie filmmaker Sean Baker, known for “The Florida Project” and “Red Rocket,” has noticed and cast her in his next comedy, which tells the story of sex workers in upstate New York and Las Vegas. Could be a breakout year if it hits the right notes.

Jacob Elordi - 'On Swift Horses'

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After delivering the one-two punch of “Saltburn” and “Priscilla,” Jacob Elordi’s star is taking off in a big way. His next role will be in the adaptation of Shannon Pufahl’s novel “On Swift Horses” alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones, Will Poulter and Diego Calva. In the drama, he plays a young gambler who gets caught up in a dangerous love triangle. The 26-year-old star is also set to play a younger version of Richard Gere in Paul Schrader’s upcoming drama “Oh, Canada.”

Kevin Costner - 'Horizon: An American Saga'

Kevin Costner - Horizon

Oscar-winning Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”) is producing, directing, writing and starring in his two-part event movie, with the first hitting theaters on June 28, to be concluded on Aug. 16. The story, which spans 15 years, focuses on settlers and Indigenous groups that first occupied the American west. You’d have to be curious since this  may or may not have been the reason  for his exit from the hit-series “Yellowstone.”

Tessa Thompson - 'Hedda'

VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01:  Tessa Thompson attends the Netflix film "Bardo" red carpet at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 01, 2022 in Venice, Italy.  (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for Netflix)

The next Nia DaCosta-directing joint is reimagining Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” from 1891, with the incredible Tessa Thompson portraying the titular character. Coming off the box office smash “Creed III,” the Afro-Latina has more than a few stunning performances under her belt with “Passing,” “Sylvie’s Love” and “Dear White People.” This could be one of Amazon MGM Studios’ big titles in the coming year.

Richard Gere - 'Oh Canada'

Richard Gere

One of the biggest movie stars of his time, Gere has continuously shown he’s has plenty to share with us, echoed by his work in smaller movies such as “Arbitrage,” “Time Out of Mind” and “The Dinner.” Not to mention, he’s owed an Oscar nom after his “Chicago” (2002) snub. This year, under the guidance of Paul Schrader, he’ll play tormented writer Leonard Fife, an American who fled to Canada to avoid the Vietnam War draft. Adapted from the book “Foregone” by Russell Banks, Jacob Elordi will play the younger version of his character, with Uma Thurman and Michael Imperioli also starring. Gere will also star in the English-language remake of Savi Gabizon’s 2017 Israeli film “Longing.”

Demi Moore - 'The Substance'

Demi Moore

I’ll take “Let’s have another ’90s star make a comeback for $2000,” Alex.

People often overlook Demi Moore, who has proven herself to be a very talented actress when given suitable material (see “Ghost” and “Bobby”). While the film’s status is unknown following the death of actor Ray Liotta during production, Moore’s co-star Margaret Qualley c onfirmed in an August 2022 interview  that she was working on the body horror movie from French director Coralie Fargeat. Wouldn’t it be great to see her get her  “Brendan Fraser Comeback” moment ? Of course, horror is rarely the best genre to mount your comeback, but anything is possible.

Aaron Pierre - 'Mufasa: The Lion King'

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Voice acting is acting. The sooner Hollywood learns that, the better.

I’m excited about English actor Aaron Pierre’s reuniting with Barry Jenkins after working on the limited series “The Underground Railroad” for the musical prequel “Mufasa: The Lion King.” He’ll be playing the role of the young Lion King as Rafiki tells Simba and Nala’s daughter the story of her legendary grandfather, voiced by James Earl Jones in a 1994 animated classic. He’ll be joined by the talented Kelvin Harrison Jr. as the future murderer Scar. Pierre will also have a role in Jeremy Saulnier’s “Rebel Ridge,” replacing John Boyega.

Paul Mescal - 'Gladiator 2'

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The follow-up to the best picture winner “Gladiator,” the long-awaited Ridley Scott-helmed sequel is nearing the end of shooting in Malta with Irish star Paul Mescal leading the charge alongside Denzel Washington and Pedro Pascal. Mescal is on a hot streak after his inaugural Oscar nom for 2022’s “Aftersun” with an acclaimed performance in the supernatural drama “All of Us Strangers” last year and a few other productions on the horizon. Could he follow in the footsteps of Russell Crowe, who won the Oscar for the first film? We’ll wait and see.

Rashida Jones - 'In the Blink of an Eye'

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Rashida Jones has impressed many years with rousing acting turns in “On the Rocks” and “Celeste and Jesse Forever.” Under the thumb of director Andrew Stanton (his first live-action outing since the disaster “John Carter” in 2012), this sci-fi drama, which follows three intertwined stories that explore the universe’s history, is rumored to be quite strong. Also starring Kate McKinnon and Daveed Diggs, this will be one of two outings for the actress, who will also have a voice role in DreamWorks Animation’s “B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations” due out later in 2024.

Robert DeNiro - 'Alto Knights'

Robert DeNiro - Killers of the Flower Moon

Likely to be coming off another Oscar nom for “Killers of the Flower Moon,” the two-time winning Robert DeNiro (“The Godfather Part II” and “Raging Bull”) has a meaty role in Barry Levinson’s crime-biopic “Alto Knights,” playing dual roles as Vito Genovese and Frank Costello, a pair of Italian Americans who run two separate crime families in the mid-20th century. Due out in November, the Warner Bros. epic could be a top priority.

Ryan Destiny - 'Flint Strong'

Ryan Destiny Claressa Shields

We’ve patiently awaited Rachel Morrison’s directorial debut “Flint Strong.” After becoming the first woman to receive an Oscar nomination for best cinematography (“Mudbound”), she set her sights on this sports drama written by Oscar-winning scribe Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”), which tells the story of Flint, Michigan boxer Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, who became the first woman from her country to win an Olympic gold medal in the sport. Ryan Destiny, best known for her roles on TV’s “Star” and “Grown-ish” could be the breakout in the Amazon MGM title.

Jude Law - 'The Order'

Jude Law

It’s been a while since Jude Law’s two Oscar nominations for “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1998) and “Cold Mountain” (2004). Perhaps teaming up with auteur Justin Kurzel for his crime thriller about an FBI agent tracking down robbers and domestic terrorists could do the trick. Written by Oscar-nominated scribe Zach Baylin (“King Richard”), “The Order” also stars Alison Oliver and Nicholas Hoult. Law has another role in the period drama “Firebrand” with Alicia Vikander, which premiered at Cannes in 2023.

Sanaa Lathan - 'The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat'

Sanaa Lathan

The entire cast of Tina Mabry’s adaptation of “The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat” excites me. Boasting an all-star cast that includes Oscar nominee Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor (“King Richard”) and Emmy winner Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”), I’m feeling eager to see star Sanaa Lathan’s work, especially since the script was co-written by her “Love and Basketball” helmer Gina Prince-Bythewood. Wouldn’t that be amazing to see them nabbing Oscar noms together for this Searchlight drama?

Jesse Plemons - 'Kinds of Kindness'

AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 11: Jesse Plemons attends the  "Love & Death" premiere at the 2023 SXSW Conference and Festivals at The Paramount Theater on March 11, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for SXSW)

Formerly known as “And,” Searchlight Pictures is re-teaming with Yorgos Lanthimos and Emma Stone (following “The Favourite” and “Poor Things”) for this mysteriously unknown film now titled “Kinds of Kindness.” With so little known about it, I’m keen to see Oscar nominee Jesse Plemons (“The Power of the Dog”), who is also coming off his brief but powerful work in “Killers of the Flower Moon,” get some scenery to chew on.

Brandy Norwood - 'The Front Room'

Brandy Norwood

More than 25 years since Brandy Norwood gave ’90s kids her unforgettable “Moesha,” the actor and singer is set to star in her next film outing, “The Front Room.” Also starring Kathryn Hunter (“The Tragedy of Macbeth” and “Poor Things”), the horror-thriller, co-directed by Robert Eggers’ brothers Max and Sam Eggers, tells the story of a pregnant couple who is forced to take in their estranged stepmother. Inject this one into my veins immediately.

Barry Keoghan - 'Bird'

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Another movie where the plot is unknown, having a name like Barry Keoghan, coming off his Oscar nom for “The Banshees of Inisherin” and his bathtub-slurping work in “Saltburn,” this A24 produced British drama will see the Irish actor sharing the screen with “Passages” breakout star Franz Rogowski in a film written and directed by Oscar winner Andrea Arnold (best live action short for 2005’s “Wasp”).

Emilia Jones - 'Winner'

Emilia Jones - Winner

It’s been three years since Emilia Jones starred in the best picture winner “CODA.” Her next big venture is in a satirical version of NSA contractor Reality Winner, who leaked classified files. Obviously, the comparisons to Sydney Sweeney’s acclaimed work in the film “Reality” will be at the forefront; it’s said the Susanna Fogel-directed flick is an entirely different take that will have people talking.

Nicholas Hoult - 'Juror No. 2'

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 14: Nicholas Hoult attends "The Menu" New York Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on November 14, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

We’re getting a great present later this year.

Nicholas Hoult will be reuniting with his “About a Boy” co-star Toni Collette in Clint Eastwood’s directed thriller “Juror No. 2.” In the film, he plays Justin Kemp, a juror serving on a murder trial who realizes he may be at fault for the victim’s death. Alongside a talented ensemble that includes Kiefer Sutherland, Chris Messina, J.K. Simmons, and Zoey Deutch, this will add another notch to his year that will consist of three other movies — “The Garfield Movie,” “The Order” and “Nosferatu.”

Noémie Merlant - 'Emmanuelle'

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 28: Noemie Merlant attends the 2022 Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on November 28, 2022 in New York City.

French actress Noémie Merlant is taking on the titular character in Audrey Diwan’s erotic drama inspired by Emmanuelle Arsan’s novel, which was made into a 1974 film of the same name, centering on a woman and the series of erotic fantasies that she entertains.

Merlant has been quietly adding multiple impressive performances each year since breaking out on the American scene in the drama “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” following it up with films like “Paris, 13th District” and “Tár.” She also performs well in the Kate Winslet war biopic “Lee,” which will add to the discussion surrounding her this year.

Jenna Ortega - 'Death of a Unicorn'

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Emmy-nominated star Jenna Ortega is on a roll. Five projects are on her docket, three of which she’s also executive producing. The one that has my eye is her role in the A24 dark comedy “Death of a Unicorn” from writer and director Alex Scharfman, which follows the events after a man (played by Paul Rudd) and his teenage daughter accidentally crash into a unicorn.

Still, feel free to be keen for her upcoming works in “Beetlejuice 2,” “Miller’s Girl, “Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall” or the still-untitled film from Trey Edward Shults. This Latina isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Michaela Coel - 'Mother Mary'

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Michaela Coel attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

“I May Destroy You” won Michaela Coel a writing Emmy, but we know her potential as an actress will turn a few heads when given the opportunity. She’ll be starring in the epic melodrama, “Mother Mary,” with Oscar winner Anne Hathaway, which follows the relationship of a musician and a fashion designer. Coming from writer and director David Lowery, the auteur has delivered four dynamic and incredible features thus far — “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” “A Ghost Story,” “The Old Man and the Gun” and “The Green Knight.” This A24-produced movie could be another banger.

Zendaya - 'Challengers'

(L to R) Mike Faist as Art, Zendaya as Tashi and Josh O'Connor as Patrick in CHALLENGERS

Another Luca Guadagnino flick, this time with Zendaya as Tashi Duncan, a tennis player amid a steamy love triangle between Mike Faist and Josh O’Connor. I’m not sure the collective world will be able to handle all the hotness exuding from the film’s first trailer, but we must endure witnessing the two-time Emmy winner of “Euphoria” further cement her place in the big leagues with this MGM rom-com and the fantasy spectacle “Dune: Part Two.”

Adam Driver - 'Megalopolis'

VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Adam Driver attends a red carpet for the movie "Ferrari" at the 80th Venice International Film Festival on August 31, 2023 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Francis Ford Coppola’s self-funded sci-fi epic “Megalopolis” will be on our lips until it finally bows (hopefully later this year?). We know very little about the roles the bombastic cast will be portraying, so why not circle two-time Oscar nominee Adam Driver, fresh off his incredible work in “Ferrari.” Follow up one legendary director (Michael Mann) with another.

Tilda Swinton - 'The End'

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 15: Tilda Swinton attends the 2nd Annual Academy Museum Gala at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on October 15, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Listen up, and come closer.

Tilda Swinton is starring in an apocalyptic musical film from Joshua Oppenheimer, the director of the documentary “The Act of Killing,” which tells the story of a wealthy family who live in an underground bunker for two decades after the world ends which they caused.

It also stars George MacKay, Moses Ingrahm and Michael Shannon.

Enough said.

Robert Pattinson - 'Mickey 17'

Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson is more than Edward Cullen and “The Batman.”

We’ve known this thanks to knockout performances in films such as “The Rover,” “Good Time” and “The Lighthouse.” That was enough for “Parasite” helmer Bong Joon-ho to cast him as Mickey Barnes, a disposable employee on a human expedition sent to colonize an ice world. Based on the science fiction book “Mickey7,” Joon-ho adds a “one” to the title, along with a killer cast that includes Steven Yeun, Toni Collette, Mark Ruffalo and Naomi Ackie. Despite being a March release, in the same month as “Dune Part II,” Warner Bros. has shown to be expert jugglers with multiple hits in the past.

Naomi Ackie - 'Pussy Island'

Naomi Ackie

Showing to be a force in Netflix’s comedy series “Master of None,” Naomi Ackie will be steered under the guidance of Zoë Kravitz in her feature screenwriting and directorial debut “Pussy Island.” It tells the story of a cocktail waitress who becomes infatuated with a tech mogul and travels with him to his private island. Also starring in the film are Channing Tatum, Simon Rex, Christian Slater and Geena Davis.

Joaquin Phoenix - 'Polaris'

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We can always have a few Joaquin Phoenix movies in a given year. It’s evident that everyone is ecstatic about him returning to the role of Arthur Fleck in the superhero-villain story “Joker: Folie à Deux.” However, I can barely contain my excitement for his reunion with his “You Were Never Really Here” director Lynne Ramsay for the film “Polaris.”

Starring his wife, Rooney Mara, the period drama in 1890s Alaska tells the story of an ice photographer who meets the devil. We don’t know which role either actor will play, but we know that he’ll give it his all, like with any of his movie roles.

Caitríona Balfe - 'The Amateur'

Caitriona Balfe - Belfast

After being shockingly snubbed for her acclaimed turn in Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast,” Irish star Caitríona Balfe is shaking it off with a role in director James Hawes’ adaptation of the novel of the same name. It tells the story of a CIA cryptographer (Rami Malek) who loses his wife in a London terrorist attack and blackmails the agency into training him to go after the culprits. Coming off the seventh season of Starz’s hit show “Outlander,” she’ll also be in Oscar nominee Sean Hellis’ upcoming boxing thriller “The Cut,” which also stars Orlando Bloom.

Kingsley Ben-Adir - 'Bob Marley: One Love'

Bob Marley: one love

After blazing onto the scene in Regina King’s directorial debut “One Night in Miami” as Malcolm X, British actor Kingsley Ben-Adir even managed to steal the show as one of the Kens who “ carries too much stuff ” in Greta Gerwig’s blockbuster hit “Barbie.” Under the vision of “King Richard” director Reinaldo Marcus Green and Paramount Pictures, he takes on the life of Jamaican music legend Bob Marley and his rise to fame. Based on the trailer and multiple sources, he’s said to truly “embody the spirit” of the legendary musician. The film also stars Lashana Lynch, who plays Marley’s wife, Rita.

Lily-Rose Depp - 'Nosferatu'

NOSTERATU_FP_00215_R2 Lily-Rose Depp stars as Ellen Hutter in director Robert Eggers’ NOSFERATU, a Focus Features release. Credit: Courtesy of Focus Features / © 2023 FOCUS FEATURES LLC

Christmas Day is about to be so lit.

Writer and director Robert Eggers will offer his gothic horror version of the titular vampire “Nosferatu,” with Bill Skarsgård leading the charge and Focus Features. Marking the second remake of the 1922 German film, this also features Lily-Rose Depp in her first film role after HBO’s summer “hate-watch” drama series “The Idol.” Her first movie role since her 2021 four-peter crime thrillers and horror flicks, the 24-year-old could have the perfect role that showcases her range.

Angelina Jolie - 'Maria'

Angelina Jole in Maria

Legendary opera singer Maria Callas is getting the Pablo Larraín treatment with Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie (“Girl, Interrupted”) set to take on a reimagined version of her final days in 1970s Paris. Larraín has offered exciting and moving re-imaginings of historical figures such as Natalie Portman in “Jackie” and Kristen Stewart in “Spencer,” both of which received Oscar noms for best actress. With scribe Steven Knight, Jolie’s talents will be front and center in her first role since 2021’s “Eternals.”

Sebastian Stan - 'A Different Man'

Sebastian Stan A Different Man

Movie-goers love a transformation, and from the early photos of Sebastian Stan in Aaron Schimberg’s psychological thriller, we’re about to witness a powerful story about a man that undergoes facial reconstructive surgery and becomes obsessed with an actor that will play him on a stage production of his life. With a proven track record of understanding the nuances of various characters, like his Emmy-nominated turn in Hulu’s “Pam and Tommy,” this upcoming Sundance premiere, could have the goods to solidify his place in the film world.

Marisa Abela - 'Back to Black'

Marisa Abela stars as Amy Winehouse in director Sam Taylor-Johnson's BACK TO BLACK, a Focus Features release. Credit : Courtesy of Dean Rogers/Focus Features

The upcoming biopic of Amy Winehouse, named after her famed album, will feature English actress Marisa Abela starring as the renowned musician. Best known for roles in HBO’s “Industry,” the Focus Features drama will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. A Winehouse biopic has had multiple iterations in Hollywood, dating back to right after the singer’s death in 2011, with people like Noomi Rapace once attached. A talented cast, such as Jack O’Connell, Eddie Marsan, and Lesley Manville, will help elevate her status.

Mark Rylance - 'The Way of the Wind'

Mark Rylance

You can never bank on a Terrence Malick movie either making to theaters in a specific year, or that an actor’s role will even be in the final version (i.e., “The Thin Red Line”).

In this biblical tale chronicling several moments in the life of Jesus Christ (played by Géza Röhrig), it’s said Oscar winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”) will be portraying Satan, which seems too delicious to ignore. Let’s hope we can see it this year (despite it shooting in 2019).

Saoirse Ronan - 'Blitz'

Saoirse Ronan

At 29, Saoirse Ronan has already amassed four Oscar nominations — “Atonement” (2007), “Brooklyn” (2015), “Lady Bird” (2017) and “Little Women” (2019). While her last few outings didn’t lighten up the awards circuit (see “Foe”), seeing her team up with director Steve McQueen for his upcoming historical drama “Blitz” has already been generating buzz. One source who has seen early footage from the film describes it as the historical drama that looks at a group of Londoners during the British capital bombing in World War II as “beautifully controlled.”

While it’s unknown what Ronan’s specific role she’s playing in the drama, Variety is told, it will be “one that truly surprises you.”

The Irish starlet will also be promoting another drama later this year, “The Outrun” from director Nora Fingscheidt.

Andrew Garfield - 'We Live in Time'

After nabbing his second Oscar nom for the musical “Tick, Tick … Boom!” in 2021, English star Andrew Garfield took a brief break in the film world as he explored roles in television with FX’s “Under the Banner of Heaven.” Co-starring with Florence Pugh in John Crowley’s romantic drama “We Live in Time,” the plot has been kept under wraps, but with the backing of A24, perhaps this can follow in the footsteps of other successful indie dramas from the studio like “Past Lives.” The script is written by Nick Payne, who’s previous works have included “The Sense of an Ending” and a two episodes of “The Crown.”

Anya Taylor-Joy - 'Furiosa'

FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA, (aka FURIOSA), Anya Taylor-Joy, 2024.   © Warner Bros. /Courtesy Everett Collection

It can’t be easy to step into the shoes of Charlize Theron’s iconic Furiosa from George Miller’s wasteland epic “Mad Max: Fury Road.” But if anyone can do it, it’s Emmy winner Anya Taylor-Joy, who shaved her head to play the role of the fierce war captain in this prequel story. Add hunks Chris Hemsworth and Tom Burke to the equation, and you’ll see theaters sold out when it’s released in May by Warner Bros.

André Holland – 'The Actor'

Andre Holland

After making a splash on the scene in the Oscar-winning “Moonlight,” we’ve been waiting for Hollywood to get its act together and afford a great actor such as Holland a meaty role to sink his teeth into. Enter Duke Johnson, the Oscar-nominated co-director behind the animated feature “Anomalisa,” giving the esteemed performer the role of a man struggling with memory loss in the 1950s. With distributor Neon backing, let’s get the man front and center all year long.

Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande - 'Wicked: Part One'

Cynthia Erivo Ariana Grande Wicked

We get two witches for the price of one.

Universal Pictures will give the world the long-awaited musical adaptation of the Tony Award-winning “Wicked,” which will be split into two films. The first installment will drop in Nov. 2024, likely concluding with Cynthia Erivo belting out the showstopping number “Defying Gravity” as Elphaba, the green-skinned and future Wicked Witch of the West. It’s the role that won Idina Menzel, who originated the Broadway version, a Tony for best actress in a musical.

But don’t put all the eggs in the “gravity” basket. If the movie follows the structure of Act 1, we’ll see superstar Ariana Grande bringing physical comedy and bubbly enthusiasm as Glinda in the foot-tapping number “Popular.” Originated by Kristen Chenoweth, it was an undeniable highlight of the production.

If Erivo and Grande can mimic (or reinvent) the palpable energy Menzel and Chenoweth shared, we may see another female-led movie leading the box office by the end of 2024.

Hugh Jackman - 'Deadpool 3'

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Logan, a.k.a. Wolverine, is alive and well in what easily can be labeled the most anticipated superhero movie of the year, tentatively titled “Deadpool 3” from Marvel Studios. Hugh Jackman will reprise his famed X-Men character and share the screen with his social media BFF Ryan Reynolds, which will find the two likely quarreling and delivering an endless amount of one-line-zingers. With Reynolds sharing a screenplay credit, you know he’ll have the Oscar-nominated actor (“Les Misérables”) saying some unforgettable and self-deprecating lines. Hopefully,  the 8,000 calories a day  were worth it, Hugh.

Pedro Pascal - 'Freaky Tales'

Pedro Pascal -- Freaky Tales

Coming off his triple Emmy noms for “The Last of Us,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Patagonia,” the star-power of Pedro Pascal continues to rise exponentially with a year that will include four movie roles — the Nadia Connors’ comedy “The Univited,” Ethan Coen’s solo-directorial debut “Drive Away Dolls,” Ridley Scott’s epic sequel “Gladiator 2” and most prominent, his upcoming turn in Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s “Freaky Tales,” set to premiere at Sundance. An anthology story depicting four interconnected stories from 1987 in Oakland, California, can often be hit or miss, but I’m excited to see Pascal guided by the team that brought us “Half Nelson.”

Lady Gaga – 'Joker: Folie à Deux'

Lady Gaga - Joker 2

The stakes were already high when it was announced Todd Phillips would helm the next installment to his Oscar-winning “Joker” (2019), which nabbed two of its 11 leading noms, including best actor (Joaquin Phoenix) and original score (Hildur Guðnadóttir). Add megastar Lady Gaga taking on the role of the eccentric Harley Quinn (played once exquisitely by Margot Robbie) in this rumored musical adaptation, and the anticipation for her take on the title character’s henchwoman has put this into overdrive. Perhaps another acting nod to accompany her “A Star Is Born” (2018) one? Early buzz suggests so.

Daniel Craig - 'Queer'

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Italian director Luca Guadgnino has done wonders with actors in surprisingly unconventional roles (see Mark Rylance in “Bones and All”). After his sports dramedy “Challengers” drops in April, his next cinematic endeavor will explore Daniel Craig, playing an American fugitive in 1940s Mexico City who becomes infatuated with a discharged Navy serviceman (played by Drew Starkey). Adapted from the book by William S. Burroughs, the potential of this role hints at what many have known: Craig is capable of something more challenging beyond roles like Benoit Blanc and James Bond (albeit they are great). Sprinkle in co-stars like Lesley Manville, and this has the potential to be the most significant role in his already colossal career.

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  1. Ghost (1990)

    470 Play trailer 2:21 6 Videos 99+ Photos Drama Fantasy Romance 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 Writer Bruce Joel Rubin Stars Patrick Swayze Demi Moore Whoopi Goldberg See production info at IMDbPro STREAMING Add to Watchlist

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    Ghost is a 1990 American supernatural romance film directed by Jerry Zucker from a screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin, and starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn, Vincent Schiavelli, and Rick Aviles. [5]

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    Summaries After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic. Sam Wheat is a banker, Molly Jensen is an artist, and the two are madly in love.

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    ... (directed by) Writing Credits ( WGA) Bruce Joel Rubin ... (written by) Cast (in credits order) verified as complete Produced by Music by Maurice Jarre ... (music by) Cinematography by Adam Greenberg ... director of photography Editing by Walter Murch ... (film edited by) Casting By Production Design by Jane Musky Art Direction by

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    Demi Moore stars as Molly Jensen, an artist who falls in love with Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze), a banker who dies and becomes a ghost. The film is a comedy, horror and romance hybrid that critics and audiences love, with 75% and 80% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.

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    Ghost (1990): Starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopie Golberg, Tony Goldwyn, Rick Aviles, Martina Deignan, Susan Breslau. Director Jerry Zucker, Writer Bruce Joel Rubin Before Titanic (1997) Ghost, released in 1990, was the most beloved romantic movie of the 90's.

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    Ghost will surprise you, delight you, make you believe. Patrick Swayze plays a ghost who teams up with a psychic (Whoopi Goldberg) to uncover the truth behind his murder - and to rescue his sweetheart (Demi Moore) from a similar fate. The word of mouth is that Ghost is a must-see romance, says Entertainment Weekly. Ditto to that!

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    We are treading here on the edge of the Idiot Plot. Advertisement. "Ghost" does, however, make a nice mixture of horror and humor, especially in the scenes involving Goldberg and her sisters (Gail Boggs and Armelia McQueen). The film's biggest puzzlement involves the exact status of Swayze's spiritual sojourn in this world.

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    Ghost. 1990 · 2 hr 6 min. PG-13. Drama · Romance · Fantasy. Trapped on earth following his murder, a ghost enlists the help of a psychic con artist to prevent a similar fate from happening to his widow. StarringPatrick Swayze Demi Moore Whoopi Goldberg.

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    Ghost is a film directed by Jerry Zucker with Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn .... Year: 1990. Original title: Ghost. Synopsis: After renovating their expensive loft in the TriBeCa section of Manhattan, Molly and Sam, a young successful yuppie couple, are walking home one evening when Sam is tragically gunned down by a street ...You can watch Ghost through flatrate ...

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    Ghost . One of the most memorable romantic films, Sam (Patrick Swayze), living as a ghost, discovers his death wasn't just a random robbery gone bad. To help him reconnect with the love of his life, Molly (Demi Moore), and solve his own murder, he enlists the talents of a skeptical psychic (Whoopi Goldberg), who doesn't even believe her own ...

  21. Ghost (film)

    Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg. It was written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry Zucker. The plot centers on a young woman in jeopardy (Moore) and the ghost of her murdered lover (Swayze), who tries to save her with the help of a reluctant medium (Goldberg). The film was an outstanding commercial success ...

  22. Demi Moore

    Demi Moore, (born November 11, 1962, Roswell, New Mexico, U.S.), American actress who became one of Hollywood's leading ladies and highest-paid performers in the 1990s.Films such as Ghost (1990), A Few Good Men (1992), Indecent Proposal (1993), and The Scarlet Letter (1995) made her a star, but her many bold choices made her an often overlooked trailblazer.

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