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Ghost (1990)



After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.


Chemistry between Swayze and Goldwyn was just as essential to make the betrayal driving the story totally convincing. Goldwyn remembers that an early scene was key in making sure the audience bought into the two being close friends.


“That was a fun little jokey scene but, for me, it was an opportunity to establish the genuine friendship between Carl and Sam, so Patrick and I were just playing around in the elevator — I think I was coughing on the guy in front of me and making a joke about having an infection. We did the scene just two or three times, because it’s one of those scenes that only works when it’s spontaneous.”

Tony Goldwyn on Elevator Scene in Ghost

Tony Goldwyn and Patrick Swayze in the elevator scene in Ghost
Tony Goldwyn and Patrick Swayze in the elevator scene in Ghost



Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Tony Goldwyn starred in the 1990 hit Ghost. (Photo: CBS via Getty Images)
Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Tony Goldwyn starred in the 1990 hit Ghost. (Photo: CBS via Getty Images)


Moore and Swayze played lovers in the tearjerker. (Photo: CBS via Getty Images)
Moore and Swayze played lovers in the tearjerker. (Photo: CBS via Getty Images)



Swayze's character Sam dies in the film. (Photo: CBS via Getty Images)
Swayze's character Sam dies in the film. (Photo: CBS via Getty Images)


Swayze and Moore as Sam and Molly. (Photo: Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Swayze and Moore as Sam and Molly. (Photo: Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Goldwyn played the villainous Carl in Ghost. (Photo: CBS via Getty Images)
Goldwyn played the villainous Carl in Ghost. (Photo: CBS via Getty Images)


Whoopi Goldberg won an Oscar for her role alongside Goldwyn, Moore and Swayze. (Photo: Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Whoopi Goldberg won an Oscar for her role alongside Goldwyn, Moore and Swayze. (Photo: Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)


Moore and Swayze's pottery-making love scene remains a cinema classic. (Photo: CBS via Getty Images)
Moore and Swayze's pottery-making love scene remains a cinema classic. (Photo: CBS via Getty Images)


Goldwyn says he got negative reactions after playing Carl (Photo: CBS via Getty Images)
Goldwyn says he got negative reactions after playing Carl (Photo: CBS via Getty Images)


Goldberg played scheming psychic Oda Mae. (Photo: Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Goldberg played scheming psychic Oda Mae. (Photo: Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)




Director

  • Jerry Zucker


Writer

  • Bruce Joel Rubin


Cast


  • Patrick Swayze as Sam Wheat

  • Demi Moore as Molly Jensen

  • Whoopi Goldberg as Oda Mae Brown

  • Tony Goldwyn as Carl Bruner

  • Rick Aviles as Willie Lopez

  • Vincent Schiavelli as Subway Ghost

  • Gail Boggs as Oda Mae's Sister, Louise

  • Armelia McQueen as Oda Mae's Sister, Clara

  • Phil Leeds as Emergency Room Ghost

  • Augie Blunt as Orlando

  • Stephen Root as Police Sgt

  • Bruce Jarchow as Lyle Ferguson

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