Ghost (1990)


Drama | Fantasy | Romance | Thriller


Jerry Zucker




Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn, Rick Aviles, Vincent Schiavelli, Gail Boggs, Armelia McQueen, Phil Leeds, Augie Blunt, Stephen Root, Bruce Jarchow


After being murdered, Sam Wheat's (Patrick Swayze) spirit stays behind to warn his lover (Demi Moore) of impending danger with the help of a reluctant psychic (Whoopi Goldberg).


All I knew about this film was the famous clay scene and that he dies. For some weird reason though I thought she was having a relationship with a dead man, not realizing he was dead. In a few words, something like "The Sixth Sense". So just a paranormal romantic film. I couldn't be more wrong, and I'm glad I was.

"Ghost" indeed is an intriguing, quite beautiful and touching mixture of drama, romance, fantasy and thriller, that will probably please the fans of the previous mentioned genres.

Even though it's quite simple, the story is very interesting and intriguing, and you'll often end up following it at the edge of your seat. What's really interesting about it are the themes the film deals with that are pretty uncommon for thrillers: love, death, and grieving. But mostly important it is a tale of a love so strong that wins over death.

I know it sounds cheesy - it's a romance after all -, however director Jerry Zucker does a great job in bringing a lot of suspense to the film - and what a surprise considering his filmography - and yet delivering those emotions required in a romantic film.

Worth of a mention is Maurice Jarre's musical score, it is so beautiful, especially the enchanting theme song "Ghost".

And at last the acting. Both Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore do a good job and their chemistry is just wonderful. They made this connection just through their eyes, and it's just beautiful to look at them. But stealing the show is Whoopi Goldberg. She brings humour and a lot of fun to the film, and she really does a great job as a fake psychic. Academy Award very well earned.


  1. I so agree with you! This is a great review and I loved it when Whoopi "gave" the cheque to the nuns and the nuns response was priceless