Ghost is a 1990 romantic fantasy drama film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn and Whoopi Goldberg, written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry Zucker. It inspired a musical stage version which will open in the West End in 2011.
Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze), a banker, and Molly Jensen (Demi Moore), a talented potter, are a loving couple, who convert and move into a New York City apartment. At work, Sam discovers discrepancies in some bank accounts, and confides in his friend and colleague, Carl Bruner (Tony Goldwyn). Carl offers to investigate, but Sam decides to investigate himself. Soon afterward, Sam and Molly are attacked by armed thug Willy Lopez (Rick Aviles) and Sam is killed. Sam's ghost arises from the dead body next to the distraught Molly, and he gradually realises that he is a ghost whose presence cannot be seen, even by Molly. By sitting unseen next to Carl, he learns that the attack on him was planned by Carl.
Sam meets Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg), a con-artist posing as a medium, and realizes she can hear him, although Oda had been faking her 'abilities' until then. Oda Mae is persuaded by Sam to pass on Sam's warnings that Molly is in danger, but Molly is still in shock and unbelieving. Carl convinces Molly that Oda Mae is a fraud. Sam discovers that Carl was involved in a money laundering scheme at the bank and that the attack was an attempt by Carl to acquire Sam's security codes.
Sam learns from an aggressive New York City Subway ghost (Vincent Schiavelli) how to master the skill of moving solid objects by his mental powers alone. He persuades Oda Mae to thwart Carl's money laundering scheme by impersonating the owner of Carl's fake bank account. With Sam sitting unseen next to her, she withdraws the balance and closes the account, donating the amount (four million dollars) to a orphanage.
Molly remains unconvinced by Oda Mae's messages and even talks to the police, but they inform her that Oda is a known confidence trickster.
Carl is desperate when he cannot access the fake bank account which is now closed. He learns that Oda Mae closed the account and declares that if the money is not returned, he will kill Molly. Sam catches Willy in Oda Mae's apartment and physically attacks him. Terror-stricken, Willy is killed in a traffic accident and his ghost arises, only to be grabbed by a group of howling Demons.
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