An unlikely grab bag of styles that teeters, spiritlike, between life and death, this lightweight romantic fantasy delivers the elements a Directorty Dancing audience presumably hungers for.

An unlikely grab bag of styles that teeters, spiritlike, between life and death, this lightweight romantic fantasy delivers the elements a Directorty Dancing audience presumably hungers for.

Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore play Sam and Molly, a have-it-all Manhattan couple (he’s a banker, she’s an artist) who have just happily renovated their new Tribeca loft when he’s shot and killed by a street thug. Unknown to her, he’s walking around as a ghost, desperate to communicate with her because she’s still in danger. He stumbles upon a spirit-world medium (Whoopi Goldberg) and drags her in to help him as a money-laundering and murder plot unfolds around them.

As the first dramatic film directed by Jerry Zucker (who collaborated on Airplane! Ruthless People and The Naked Gun with David Zucker and Jim Abrahams), Ghost is an odd creation – at times nearly smothering in arty somberness, at others veering into good, wacky fun.

Two-hour-plus film really takes its time unfolding, and it’s not until Goldberg is brought in that the first laughs occur, but things do get wilder as Swayze explores his ghostly powers. Sporting a boyish haircut and her usual husky voice, Moore mostly has to spout tears and look vulnerable as she mourns Swayze and tries to avoid Goldberg, who she’s convinced is a con artist.

1990: Best Supp. Actress (Whoopi Goldberg), Original Screenplay.

Nominations: Best Picture, Editing, Original Score

Ghost

Production

Paramount/Koch. Director Jerry Zucker; Producer Lisa Weinstein; Screenplay Bruce Joel Rubin; Camera Adam Greenberg; Editor Walter Murch; Music Maurice Jarre; Art Director Jane Musky

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1990. Running time: 127 MIN.

With

Patrick Swayze Demi Moore Whoopi Goldberg Tony Goldwyn Rick Aviles Vincent Schiavelli
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