High Spirits

1988

Action / Comedy / Fantasy / Horror / Romance

41
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 17%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 60%
IMDb Rating 5.7 10 7289

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Liam Neeson as Martin Brogan
Jennifer Tilly as Miranda
Beverly D'Angelo as Sharon Brogan Crawford
Daryl Hannah as Mary Plunkett Brogan
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Scott LeBrun 4 / 10

"You can't just skelp me and leave me."

Peter O'Toole is a hoot as the harried owner / operator of a run-down Irish castle. Since he is in dire straits financially, he decides on a gimmick: turn the castle into a ghost-themed tourist attraction. Soon, a bunch of customers from America have turned up, including married couple Jack and Sharon (Steve Guttenberg and Beverly D'Angelo), a parapsychologist (Martin Ferrero) and his family, a young priest (Peter Gallagher), and a ditsy sexpot (the one and only Jennifer Tilly). What happens is that some honest-to-God real ghosts show up, chief among them Mary and Martin (Daryl Hannah and Liam Neeson), who have been re-enacting his murder of her for almost 200 years now.

While this viewer is glad that some people do take great pleasure in "High Spirits", he found it a tedious mess often lacking in wit. It has a lot of spirit (pardon the expression) as it devises various frantic and farcical moments, but the material just isn't that great. I couldn't help but feel embarrassed for many of the actors, who frequently have to try too hard to make it all work. (The cast would charge that the producers were the ones that ruined the thing with their meddling and trashing of writer / director Neil Jordans' ("The Crying Game") good intentions.) The visual effects are variable, and production designer Anton Furst ("Batman" '89) creates some generally agreeable sets. A real castle in Ireland was also utilized, and there's some effective atmosphere generated from the location shooting that was done. The wind machine certainly goes full-blast at times.

Some actors come off better than others. O'Toole, Neeson, and Ray McAnally (as O'Tooles' ghostly father) are pretty amusing, and as you can see, there are some very lovely ladies on hand. The less said about Guttenberg, the better.

Overall, a disappointment, although it does tend to get somewhat better as it goes along.

Four out of 10.

Reviewed by nightmaredreamcom 10 / 10

A sweet reminder that there was a time when cinema was wonderful

There was a time, long long ago, when Hollywood produced sincerely great and lovely movies. Where have they gone, the authors of far ago? A movie with nice language and prose, with lovely characters and a rock-solid story rarely equated by now-a-day's cinema.

Reviewed by marilynnewman 7 / 10

I've been searching for this silly film for years.

I remember seeing it & thinking it was hilarious, then later when films on disk came out, I couldn't remember the name of the stupid movie, I was so frustrated.

Then today, I looked up Daryl Hannah & I saw one that was at the right time. And this is it! Hurrah! I think 5.7 is way too LOW. Maybe some people don't get British humor? No, scratch that, lot's of people don't.

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