Review: Ghost

Director: Jerry Zucker
Starring: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg
Released: 05/10/1990
Rated: 12

Walking back from a night out, lovers Sam (Swayze) and Molly (Moore) are attacked with Sam being brutally murdered. But he becomes a ghost – crossing the great divide to say goodbye to Molly and to protect her from the man who caused his death. He enlists the help of psychic Oda (Goldberg) who provides the bulk of the laughs – shocked to find that her psychic act isn’t an act at all.

The scene in which Moore and Swayze get all sensual over a spot of pottery to The Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody, is one of the most iconic rom-com scenes of all time but what makes Ghost so successful is that it isn’t ‘just’ a romantic comedy. With a stellar cast and a top soundtrack, Ghost is a romping rom-com come crime thriller come sci-fi adventure; and it is its multi-faceted nature which makes it so watchable (again and again).

Fraser Wilson

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