Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1990. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin. Cinematography by Adam Greenberg. Produced by Lisa Weinstein. Music by Maurice Jarre. Production Design by Jane Musky. Costume Design by Ruth Morley. Film Editing by Walter Murch. Academy Awards 1990. Golden Globe Awards 1990.
Audiences always love a good romance, and when it’s spiced up by a nifty murder mystery and some supernatural plot elements, it’s not possible to believe that you have anything but a winner. This extremely enjoyable melodrama was released to ecstatic audience response, and along with Pretty Woman ruled the box office in 1990 and made for a strange year of women being dominant in the biggest movies of the year. Patrick Swayze plays an investment banker who is mugged and stabbed while walking home with his girlfriend (Demi Moore). After he dies, his soul remains on earth to take care of unfinished business, but being a spirit and unseen by the outside world, he is powerless to do anything to avenge his death. When he stumbles upon a dime-store psychic (Whoopi Goldberg) who can hear him, he presses her to help let Moore know she might be in danger of being harmed as well, but getting Moore to believe that Goldberg is for real will be harder than it looks. Full of laughter, tears and terror, this film balances all of its elements for a three course meal of shameless indulgence; the romance at its core is tangible without being cheesy, and the performances are all grounded and affecting. Goldberg especially shines, bringing most of the comedy and much of the heart to this film.