Release Date: July 13, 1990
Starring: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore &
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Runtime: Approximately 90 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Director: Jerry Zucker
Producer: Lisa Weinstein
Writer: Bruce Joel Rubin
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While mastering the skills of the spirit world, Sam calls on Oda Mae Brown, a spiritual medium. The charlatan psychic is astonished to discover her powers are authentic and actually work. However, when Sam comes to Oda Mae with a story of laundered drug money and murder, no one believes her because of her police record as a con artist.
Sam and Oda Mae work together to get the goods on Carl, Sam's fellow banker and drug money launderer who murdered him. When Oda Mae closes Carl's bank account, the vengeful Carl plans to kill Molly. With Molly's life in danger, Sam's need to reach her becomes urgent. Oda Mae subsequently becomes a reluctant liaison for the two lovers.
With good acting, the film is a well-made one that will have you laughing one moment and crying the next. However, its tiresome premise of after-death deeds and tasks performed before progressing on has been featured many times before (TOPPER, HEAVEN CAN WAIT and ALWAYS to name a few). Christians therefore must be all the more diligent in explaining to others that this belief is not found in the Bible and that these things do not happen in reality.
This preoccupation with the occult has become the latest fad in Hollywood, but is abhorrent to most moral Americans who adhere to biblical values and have matured beyond the infantile infatuation with a nominalistic worldview into a real ontology. For moral Americans, the warning in Deuteronomy 18:11 that the medium or spiritist who consults the dead is detestable to the Lord makes sense in the light of the historical failure of occultic based religions and civilizations.
GHOST even goes one abhorrent step further with Sam learning from "shadow monsters" that he has to focus his power, by possessing Oda Mae's body so he can talk to Molly and convince her that his spirit is really there with her. Add to this the film's profanities, obscenities and promiscuity, and you'll be well-warned to stay away from GHOST.
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