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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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Isolde Cazelet ...
Julia
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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)

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$3,308,250 (USA) (20 November 1988)

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$8,578,231 (USA)
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Of his co-star Daryl Hannah, Steve Guttenberg said she was "sweet and shy and very complex. She played the Irish accent well." Regarding Peter O'Toole, Guttenberg said, "He stood his ground, knew when to say 'no'. Not that he was difficult. When the camera rolled, he was perfect. Off the set, he was very private, reminding me of a bad boy who had done it all." See more »

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During the final dance sequence, Beverly D'Angelo accidentally knocks Daryl Hannah's hand making her spill her champagne on the floor. Daryl briefly makes a face before continuing the dance. See more »

Quotes

Katie: But there are no bloody ghosts here!
Peter Plunkett: I know, but there will be. We'll invent them!
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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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Sinister Street Section
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Music by Peter Francklyn (i.e. Robert Gill)
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Amazing
1 May 2008 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What the hell, its quirky, and yeah OK not always highly acted, but I utterly love this movie, it is hilarious, and Peter O'Toole is magical, truly a must for sitting down and watching on a cold wet evening. Set in Ireland, it does prove to be a little on the stereotypical side towards the Irish but again, who cares, Whiting Bisque etc. Some of the effects are a little on the dodgy side, but with Peter O'Toole acting as brilliantly as ever they seem unimportant. I saw this movie when I was 10 or so and always loved it, remember the scenes with the nuns gave me a few nightmares as a child. Funny to rewatch and see how silly things seem now in adulthood.


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