Ghost is a 1990 romantic fantasy film released by Paramount Pictures in 1990. It stars Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn and Whoopi Goldberg. It is written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry Zucker.
Plot. In the beginning, couple Sam Wheat (played by Patrick Swayze) and Molly Jensen (played by Demi Moore) moves into New York City. At work, Sam discovers some anomalies in the accounts in the company which he confides to friend and colleague Carl Bruner (Tony Goldwyn). Later, the couple is attacked by an armed thug and Sam is killed. Sam’s ghost arises from his dead body but his presence is not felt by Molly. With his ghost, Sam learns that the attacked is planned by Carl. Afterwards, he meets con-artist Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) who happens to hear him. Sam and Oda then rush to warn Molly that her life is in grave danger and that Carl is involved in a money laundering scheme. In the end, Carl’s evil is exposed and he eventually dies, his ghost dragged by demons into darkness. Molly finally sees Sam, and in an emotional farewell, Sam departs to the afterlife.
Review. Ghost is a very romantic emotional classic. I was able to watch it only when I was in high school and I instantly fell in love with movie. The storyline is not something very new but how the movie is pulled through makes it very lovable and unforgettable. It is very romantic in a fresh and over-the-top level, with an occasional tinge of humor and wit. It is a short film, only lasting about an hour and a half. Yet, audience would feel so much have happened and would enjoy the roller coaster of fun and love. It is very direct, unpretentious, and engaging from beginning to end. Lastly, it is not a cheesy kind of romance.
Actors. Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze made a perfect couple in the movie. Their love seems so real and contagious. Whoopi Goldberg was also great as her humor became an added spice to the romance. All in all, the actors really made such a wonderful chemistry and rapport.
Unforgettable Scenes. There are two very memorable scenes in the movie: the pottery wheel scene, and the farewell scene. Anyone would be lifted by love in those scenes.
Reception. Ghost is both a commercial and critical success. With its budget of only $21 million, it grossed over $505 million. It has an “81% fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was also nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In March 2011, GHOST The Musical, the musical stage version of the movie, had its world premiere at Manchester Opera House. Lastly, a Japanese remake of the film, titled Ghost: In Your Arms Again, was released.
Rating. Ghost is one of my favorite romantic classics so I would have to give it five stars out of five.