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Ghost Dad (1990)

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Elliot Hopper is a widower with three children, he is currently working on a deal. It seems like his wife's illness was very costly and this deal could put them out of the red. However, he ... See full summary »

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Sidney Poitier

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Brent Maddock (story), S.S. Wilson (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Cosby ... Elliot Hopper
Kimberly Russell ... Diane Hopper
Denise Nicholas ... Joan
Ian Bannen ... Sir Edith Moser
Christine Ebersole ... Carol
Barry Corbin ... Mr. Emery Collins
Salim Grant Salim Grant ... Danny Hopper
Brooke Fontaine Brooke Fontaine ... Amanda Hopper
Dakin Matthews ... Mr. Seymour
Dana Ashbrook ... Tony Ricker
Omar Gooding ... Stuart
Raynor Scheine ... Curtis Burch, the Cabbie
Arnold Stang ... Mr. Cohen, elderly patient
Brian Stokes Mitchell ... Teacher (as Brian Mitchell)
Lisa Mene Nemacheck Lisa Mene Nemacheck ... Jonelle
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Storyline

Elliot Hopper is a widower with three children, he is currently working on a deal. It seems like his wife's illness was very costly and this deal could put them out of the red. However, he gets into a cab that is driven by a maniac, and Elliot crashes, and the next thing he knows he is floating around and finds himself in the lab of a scientist who studies the paranormal. Elliot asks the scientist to send him back so that he could finish the deal and make sure that his children are taken care of. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

America's favorite dad in a spirited comedy! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El fantasma de papá See more »

Filming Locations:

Boise, Idaho, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,803,480, 1 July 1990

Gross USA:

$24,707,633

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,421,633
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Christine Ebersole plays Carol, a role Kim Basinger turned down. Ebersole played Janet Cruise in Mac and Me (1988), another role Basinger turned down. See more »

Goofs

As a ghost, Elliot is only supposed to be visible in the dark. When he returns to his workplace as a ghost, other people can see him in the brightly-lit rooms. See more »

Quotes

Elliot Hopper: You... don't drive another inch. Don't move. We're here. I don't know what your problem is at home, but you should never come to work with that attitude!
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Referenced in Bob's Burgers: Crawl Space (2011) See more »

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The HOLY GRAIL of Supernatural Comedies
23 January 2002 | by MeifumadoSee all my reviews

After the colossal artistic and commercial triumph of Leonard: Part 6, "The Cos" decided to make his next film a more organic, "Art-House" picture and proves once again that he has the cinematic midas touch. In a premise that might seem silly in other hands, Cosby and director Sidney Portier deftly weave a tightly knit tapestry of familial melodrama and undead hijinks. The lush cinematography lends a documentary feel to the proceedings, a much needed dose of gritty reality which helps immeasurably when dealing with the afterlife. Cosby's bravura performance is both ferocious and demure in equal measure, but always REAL. Also, the underlying message of fatherly responsibility seems remarkably apt in these times of the "Baby Boy" syndrome. An often overlooked masterpiece in the Cosby canon, Ghost Dad is without a doubt a labour of love from one of the cinemas greatest pioneers.


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