I just watched Ghost again, for the first time since it was released, and it stands up remarkably well.
I'd forgotten almost everything about it, including the adventure/thriller/suspense aspects of the plot - a plot that is only indirectly a love story. Sure, a lot of what Swayze does is out of love for Demi, but quite a bit is revenge against the bad guys.

I was surprised at how little Demi is in it - it really is his story, and Whoopi Goldberg is far more in the spotlight - a nice performance, too. Not too much over the top stuff.
Well worth a second look.

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I just watched Ghost again, for the first time since it was released, and it stands up remarkably well. I'd ... of what Swayze does is out of love for Demi, but quite a bit is revenge against the bad guys.

James O'Neill, in his highly readable book Terror on Tape , suggests that that production probably started as a straight horror film, then somehow along the way became a lot more lovey-dovey.
I was surprised at how little Demi is in it - it really is his story, and Whoopi Goldberg is far more in the spotlight - a nice performance, too. Not too much over the top stuff.

That they managed to get Whoopi to be actually funny for once is the most amazing special effect in the picture.
Let us not forget Vincent Schiavelli's outstanding performance as the subway ghost. For somebody who's ugly and not the teeniest bit a star, he contributes so much to the success of that film it's ridiculous.
Well worth a second look.

Full agreement. I have less and less of an appetite for anything as mainstreamy and onelinery as Ghost these days, but it's so well done.

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A long time since I've seen it, but I do recall really disliking the horribly on-the-nose "Look - bad guys get dragged down to hell by screaming demons!" ending.
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A long time since I've seen it, but I do recall really disliking the horribly on-the-nose "Look - bad guys get dragged down to hell by screaming demons!" ending.

The demons are pretty shadowy and don't actually scream. I wasn't crazy about it either, but I think they did have to make a distinction between the afterlife for the virtuous and the afterlife for the rest of us.

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The demons are pretty shadowy and don't actually scream. I wasn't crazy about it either, but I think they did have to make a distinction between the afterlife for the virtuous and the afterlife for the rest of us.

My memory has obviously supplied the screams. And I'm afraid I don't see the need for that highly specific ending: it could have been rather more subtly, I think. Or perhaps I'm biased simply because I don't care to have other people's superstitions thrust quite so blatantly down my throat.

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I just watched Ghost again, for the first time since it was released, and it stands up remarkably well. I'd ... in the spotlight - a nice performance, too. Not too much over the top stuff. Well worth a second look.

Thanks, MC. I just watched it for the first time and it well worth a first look. I never watched it because all I ever knew of it was the pottery wheel scene. There was a lot more to it.

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The demons are pretty shadowy and don't actually scream. I ... the virtuous and the afterlife for the rest of us.

My memory has obviously supplied the screams. And I'm afraid I don't see the need for that highly specific ending: ... perhaps I'm biased simply because I don't care to have other people's superstitions thrust quite so blatantly down my throat.

The animation of the shadowy things (demons?) wasn't very well done (at least by today's standards), especially when they tried to show eyes on the creatures, but it got the point across, and you're right, not very subtly.
But, really, the stock and trade of ghost stories is that ghosts are hanging around to settle some unfinished business and then it's off to either Heaven or Hell for eternity.
Of course you could have them just fade away when they accomplished their mission (and I guess some ghost stories do that), but then some would consider even the concept of ghosts a life that goes beyond the grave as blatantly thrusting other people's superstitions down their throats.
If you go that far, you couldn't have ghost stories. It would be kind of like objecting to Sherlock Holmes because stories where people solve crimes is offensive to you.

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I just watched Ghost again, for the first time since ... much over the top stuff. Well worth a second look.

Thanks, MC.  I just watched it for the first time and it well worth a first look.  I never watched it because all I ever knew of it was the pottery wheel scene.  There was a lot more to it. Paulo Joe Jingy "I just couldn't live in a world without me."

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Thanks, MC.  I just watched it for the first time and it well worth a first look.  I never watched it because all I ever knew of it was the pottery wheel scene.  There was a lot more to it. Paulo Joe Jingy "I just couldn't live in a world without me."

Just saw Striptease for the first time. Hubba hubba!

I have Showgirls stashed away for a rainy day. The film, I mean. Not actual showgirls.

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