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High Spirits (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 18 November 1988 (USA)
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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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Neil Jordan

Writer:

Neil Jordan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... Peter Plunkett
Donal McCann ... Eamon
Mary Coughlan Mary Coughlan ... Katie
Liz Smith ... Mrs. Plunkett
Tom Hickey Tom Hickey ... Sampson
Tony Rohr ... Christy
Hilary Reynolds Hilary Reynolds ... Patricia
Isolde Cazelet Isolde Cazelet ... Julia
Little John Nee Little John Nee ... Gateman (as Little John)
Steve Guttenberg ... Jack Crawford
Beverly D'Angelo ... Sharon Brogan Crawford
Jennifer Tilly ... Miranda
Peter Gallagher ... Brother Tony
Martin Ferrero ... Malcolm
Connie Booth ... Marge
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Storyline

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 and married. She's a ghost and gorgeous. Vacation romances are always a hassle. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Ireland | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hotel de los fantasmas See more »

Filming Locations:

County Limerick, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,308,250, 20 November 1988

Gross USA:

$8,578,231

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,578,231
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Writer and Director Neil Jordan has always maintained that the released 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

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

Martin Brogan: That was a dirty trick wasn't it, eh? Eh? Kicking me right in the bahoogies.
Sharon: You were going to stab your wife with a sword, you pig.
Martin Brogan: Ah, sure, that's no big thing. I do it every night.
Sharon: Oh, and I suppose watching other men's wives in the bathtub is no big deal either.
Martin Brogan: [backs Sharon against a wall] Sure, it's a grand thing if the wife happens to be you.
[leans in for a kiss]
Sharon: [moves away] You dirty peeping Tom.
Martin Brogan: My name's not Thomas. It's Martin.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits show the cast under three headings, first 'The Irish', then 'The Americans', and finally 'The Ghosts' See more »

Alternate Versions

There exists a print of this film that was Neil Jordan's original vision of this movie. It contains a much more serious tone than the theatrical release, and is much more of a fun mystery. There is a lot more footage of Liam Neeson's character, and the ghosts are allowed to have much more of a plot, than in the theatrical release. Rumor has it, that when the studio saw this cut, they had no idea how to market it, so they had it re-cut against Neil Jordan's wishes (he was allegedly locked out of the editing room at this point). There was a shortened version of this cut available on video in Japan. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Wrongfully Accused (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Sinister Street Section
(uncredited)
Music by Peter Francklyn (i.e. Robert Gill)
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Good movie, could've been A LOT better.
2 October 1999 | by MaulsGrlSee all my reviews

I liked this movie. It had its funny moments, it had its semi-serious moments. I liked the ghosts the best. Especially Liam Neeson's character Martin. Him and Peter O'Toole were the best things about this movie. They definitively could've cast Steve Guttenburg and Daryll Hannah's characters better. The best part is Liam Neeson and Beverly D'Angelo in the shower...I love that part.


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