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High Spirits Details

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The owner of an Irish castle decides to attract visitors by falsely claiming that the building is haunted, only to have a pair of real ancestral spirits start causing trouble in this uneven attempt at fantasy-comedy. The story centers on Jack and Sharon (played by Steve Guttenberg and Beverly D'Angelo), naive American tourists who are initially unimpressed by the owner's attempts at fraud but become more interested in the real ghosts, Mary and Martin (played by Daryl Hannah and Liam Neeson). This is especially true for Jack, who falls in love with the beautiful Mary, despite several centuries' difference in their ages. After the film's initial unsuccessful release, people involved with the production blamed studio interference for damaging director Neil Jordan's original vision, although Jordan is better known as a director of quirky, dark dramas (Mona Lisa, The Crying Game, Interview With a Vampire, The Company of Wolves). For whatever reason, the end result was an awkward, forced comedy that more often than not falls flat, squandering a strong collection of talent. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:November 18, 1988

Cast

Daryl Hannah
as Mary Plunkett
Peter O'Toole
as Peter Plunkett
Steve Guttenberg
as Jack
Beverly D'Angelo
as Sharon
Liam Neeson
as Martin Brogan
Jennifer Tilly
as Miranda
Ray McAnally
as Plunkett Senior
Peter Gallagher
as Brother Tony
Martin Ferrero
as Malcolm
Connie Booth
as Marge
Donal McCann
as Eamon
Liz Smith
as Mrs. Plunkett
Mary Coughlan
as Katie
Isolde Cazelet
as Julia
Tom Hickey
as Sampson
Preston Lockwood
as Great Uncle Peter
Ruby Buchanan
as Great Aunt Nan
Krista Hornish
as Wendy
Hilary Reynolds
as Patricia
Tony Rohr
as Christy
Paul O'Sullivan
as Graham
Aimée Delamain
as Great Granny Plunkett

Crew

Neil Jordan
Director
Eduard Sarlui
Producer
Neil Jordan
Screenwriter
Michael McDowell
Screenwriter
Steven Kampmann
Screenwriter
Alex Thomson
Cinematographer
George Fenton
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Bradsell
Editor
Les Tomkins
Production Designer
Anton Furst
Production Designer
Alan Tomkins
Production Designer
Alan Tomkins
Art Director
Nigel Phelps
Art Director
Les Tomkins
Supervising Art Director
Selwyn Roberts
Co-producer
Stephen Woolley
Co-producer
Nik Powell
Co-producer
David Saunders
Co-producer
Jon Turtle
Associate Producer
Moshe Diamant
Executive Producer
Mark Damon
Executive Producer
Barbara Drake
Set Designer
Emma Porteous
Costume Designer
Patrick Clayton
First Assistant Director
Peter Chiang
Animator
Micha Bergese
Choreography
Janet Hirshenson
Casting
Susie Figgis
Casting
Jane Jenkins
Casting
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