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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.
He's an American. She's a ghost. Vacation romances are always a hassle.
Title: High Spirits
Release Date: November 18, 1988
Runtime: 99 mins
All Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Sound: Dolby SR
IMDB Rating: 5.1
Buried.com Rating: 6.1 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With H
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Peter O'Toole ...Peter Plunkett
Donal McCann ...Eamon
Mary Coughlan ...Katie
Liz Smith ...Mrs. Plunkett
Tom Hickey ...Sampson
Tony Rohr ...Christy
Hilary Reynolds ...Patricia
Isolde Cazelet ...Julia
Little John ...Gateman
Steve Guttenberg ...Jack Crawford
Beverly D'Angelo ...Sharon Brogan Crawford
Jennifer Tilly ...Miranda
Peter Gallagher ...Brother Tony
Martin Ferrero ...Malcolm
Connie Booth ...Marge
Krista Hornish ...Wendy
Matthew Wright ...Woody
Paul O'Sullivan ...Graham
Daryl Hannah ...Mary Plunkett Brogan
Liam Neeson ...Martin Brogan
Ray McAnally ...Plunkett Senior
Aimee Delamain ...Great Granny Plunkett (as Aimee Delamain)
Ruby Buchanan ...Great Aunt Man
Preston Lockwood ...Great Uncle Peter
High Spirits Horror Film Trailer 1
More Movie Taglines:
- He's an American. She's a ghost. Vacation romances are always a hassle.
- He's an American and married. She's a ghost and gorgeous. Vacation romances are always a hassle.
- A Hauntingly Funny Comedy!
- The comedy you'll lose you head over.
- Marge: Oh my God! He's got my underwear! Malcolm: Oh, very nice, a pervert ghost!
Mrs. Plunkett: Good morning, darling! Plunkett Senior: Good morning dear! Well, our son is an idiot! Mrs. Plunkett: We've known that for years, haven't we, darling? Plunkett Senior: Well, this time he has surpassed himself. The ghosts are furious! Mrs. Plunkett: Why? Plunkett Senior: Well, they've heard that that Jim Brogan fellow is going to move the castle to Malibu! Mrs. Plunkett: Oh, how nice! All that sunshine and all those movie stars! Plunkett Senior: No respectable ghost would live in California!
Mrs. Plunkett: [Peter is about to hang himself] Oh! Taking the easy way out, you naughty boy! Peter Plunkett: Mother, please! This is not easy, this is very, very difficult!
Jack: I'm dead. So this is what it feels like. Like a hangover.
Jack: You're a ghost, I'm an American. It would never work out.
- Director Neil Jordan has always maintained that the release 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.
Liz Smith was cast at short notice after the original choice was too ill to work.
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