Review: ‘High Spirits’

High Spirits is a piece of supernatural Irish whimsy with a few appealing dark underpinnings, but it still rises and falls constantly on the basis of its moment-to-moment inspirations.

High Spirits is a piece of supernatural Irish whimsy with a few appealing dark underpinnings, but it still rises and falls constantly on the basis of its moment-to-moment inspirations.

Elaborate physical production is set almost entirely at Castle Plunkett, a rundown Irish edifice that proprietor Peter O’Toole opens as a tourist hotel in order to meet the mortgage payments. With the American market in mind, O’Toole bills the place as a haunted castle, to this end having his staff dress up like ghouls of various persuasions.

It comes as little surprise that the castle turns out to be actually haunted. Steve Guttenberg, who is not getting along with wife Beverly D’Angelo, comes to meet ghost Daryl Hannah, who was killed on the premises years ago on her wedding night by Liam Neeson, who takes a fancy to D’Angelo.

High Spirits

UK - US

Production

Vision/Palace. Dir Neil Jordan; Producer Stephen Woolley, David Saunders; Screenplay Neil Jordan; Camera Alex Thomson; Editor Michael Bradsell; Music George Fenton Art Dir Anton Furst

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 97 MIN.

With

Daryl Hannah Peter O'Toole Steve Guttenberg Beverly D'Angelo Liam Neeson Ray McAnally
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