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Ghost Dad (1990)

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Elliot Hopper is a widower with three children, he is currently working on a deal. It seems like his wife's illness was very costly and this deal could put them out of the red. However, he ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Poitier

Writers:

Brent Maddock (story), S.S. Wilson (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Cosby ... Elliot Hopper
Kimberly Russell ... Diane Hopper
Denise Nicholas ... Joan
Ian Bannen ... Sir Edith Moser
Christine Ebersole ... Carol
Barry Corbin ... Mr. Emery Collins
Salim Grant Salim Grant ... Danny Hopper
Brooke Fontaine Brooke Fontaine ... Amanda Hopper
Dakin Matthews ... Mr. Seymour
Dana Ashbrook ... Tony Ricker
Omar Gooding ... Stuart
Raynor Scheine ... Curtis Burch, the Cabbie
Arnold Stang ... Mr. Cohen, elderly patient
Brian Stokes Mitchell ... Teacher (as Brian Mitchell)
Lisa Mene Nemacheck Lisa Mene Nemacheck ... Jonelle
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Storyline

Elliot Hopper is a widower with three children, he is currently working on a deal. It seems like his wife's illness was very costly and this deal could put them out of the red. However, he gets into a cab that is driven by a maniac, and Elliot crashes, and the next thing he knows he is floating around and finds himself in the lab of a scientist who studies the paranormal. Elliot asks the scientist to send him back so that he could finish the deal and make sure that his children are taken care of. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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He's been walking through doors. He's been falling through floors. He's been going through a lot lately, but he's still Dad. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El fantasma de papá See more »

Filming Locations:

Boise, Idaho, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$24,707,633
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier's final collaboration. Their previous films were Uptown Saturday Night (1974), Let's Do It Again (1975), and A Piece of the Action (1977). See more »

Goofs

The song "Miss You Much," by Terry Lewis, is credited to Jerry Lewis in the end credits. See more »

Quotes

Elliot Hopper: You... you drive another inch. Don't move. We're here. I don't know what your problem is at home but you... NEVER come to work with that attitude!
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Connections

Referenced in Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time (1991) See more »

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Cues
from the motion pictures Neighbors (1981) and Big Trouble (1986)
Composed by Bill Conti
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures
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1 August 2002 | by SemiDtachdSee all my reviews

This movie is far and away the BEST and GREATEST movie ever made. I may not know all that there is to know about cinematic technique. I hold no degree in Film or Photography. I have not studied writing, acting or directing, nor have I watched many so called "classic" films. However, I still feel that I am qualified to say that Ghost Dad is the pinnacle of achievement in the realm of motion pictures. Bill Cosby is a genius, and offers a finely tuned performance which recalls the "ghost" of all of his viewers' "dads." Wonderfully cast, superbly directed, touchingly photographed, and ably written, this film will no doubt stand the test of time to supplant "Citizen Kane" at the top of the cinematic hierarchy.


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