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High Spirits (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 18 November 1988 (USA)
When a hotelier attempts to fill the chronic vacancies at his castle by launching an advertising campaign that falsely portrays the property as haunted, two actual ghosts show up and end up falling for two guests.

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When Peter Plunkett's Irish castle turned hotel is about to be repossesed, he decides to spice up the attraction a bit for the 'Yanks' by having his staff pretend to haunt the castle. The trouble begins when a busload of American tourists arrive - along with some real ghosts. Among the tourists are married couple Jack and Sharon. Sharon's father holds the mortgage on Castle Plunkett, so she's hoping to debunk the ghosts. Jack, on the other hand, after meeting pretty ghost Mary, is very eager to believe. Can there be love between a human and ghost? Jack and Mary are going to try and find out. Written by April M. Cheek <Aravis2713@aol.com>

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He's an American. She's a ghost. Vacation romances are always a hassle. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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18 November 1988 (USA)  »

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El hotel de los fantasmas  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,308,250, 20 November 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,578,231
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Director Neil Jordan has always maintained that the release version of this film is very different from the one he shot. He was more or less excluded from the editing process of the final cut. He insists that his version is still locked away in a vault. See more »

Goofs

In three different shots wires used to "fly" people or objects are visible. First, when Jack Crawford (Steve Guttenberg) gets blown out the front door of Plunkett castle (at around 34 mins). Second, a few seconds later when the roof of the car gets blown off (at around 38 mins) wires attached to it can be seen in the upper left corner of the screen. Third, when Malcolm (Martin Ferrero) gets hit by lightning (at around 13 mins). See more »

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Jack: [Jack and Sharon are witnessing Mary and Martin's fatal argument] This is Mary the ghost, and that's Martin the ghost! They're having problems in their relationship.
Sharon: No, Jack. We're having problems in our relationship!
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The end credits show the cast under three headings, first 'The Irish', then 'The Americans', and finally 'The Ghosts' See more »

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References The African Queen (1951) See more »

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Galway Bay
Written by Arthur Colahan
Published by Box & Cox Publishers Ltd.
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Light Entertaining Comedy
15 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Peter O'Toole is wonderful as are the remainder of the actors. This movie is part of my DVD collection.

It's a screwball comedy about what people will do to try to save their livelihood, marriages, etc. Some of the situations that the characters find themselves in are a bit corny; however, they are still funny. It's also somewhat of a ghostly movie. I thoroughly enjoyed the ending.

If you've ever lived in England, Ireland, or Scotland, the characters in this movie will remind you warmly of those people.

It is a movie that you can sit down with the family and some popcorn and enjoy.


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