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High Spirits

Peter O'Toole , Daryl Hannah , Neil Jordan    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Peter O'Toole (Lawrence of Arabia, My Favorite Year) gives an exuberant performance in High Spirits. Peter Plunkett (O'Toole) hopes to save his mortgaged castle by turning it into a tourist attraction--the most haunted castle in Ireland. When American tourists arrive--among them Jack (Steve Guttenberg) and Sharon (Beverly D'Angelo), a couple whose marriage is rapidly disintegrating--Plunkett's tomfoolery arouses the real ghosts, who decide to give these interlopers everything they're asking for. But when Jack accidentally helps a beautiful ghost named Mary (Daryl Hannah), she decides he's the man to help her break the curse she's been suffering for 200 years. High Spirits is an odd foray into comedy by director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire). The special effects are clumsy, but the strong supporting cast includes Jennifer Tilly, Peter Gallagher, and Liam Neeson as Mary's murderous 200-year-old husband. --Bret Fetzer

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Daryl Hannah, Peter O'Toole and Steve Guttenberg star in this gleefully ghoulish comedy sparkling with romance and rollicking with supernatural special effects. Written and directed by Neil Jordan (Interview With the Vampire) and co-starring Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Tilly, Peter Gallagher and Liam Neeson, High Spirits is the most fun you'll have in this world or the next!Impoverished Peter Plunkett (O'Toole) hatches the perfect plan to save his debt-ridden Irish castle: lure American tourists by advertising the place as haunted. But when Peter and his staff don sheets and chains to go a-haunting, they scare up more than paying guests'they arouse the real ghosts of Castle Plunkett! And when American tourist Jack (Guttenberg) spies a gorgeous ghost named Mary (Hannah), it's love at first sighting. Now all Jack has to worry about is Mary's murderous spook of a husband and their 200-year age difference!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cant wait!! Sept. 28 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I have been searching for this video for ages! I had tried all the local Music and video shops in my town and also in Belfast but everyone had given me the same answer, it had stopped being sold a few yeas ago and unfortunalty is impossible to get hold of. I was very dissapointed. Finally a friend said try Amazon, so I did and now Im just waiting for Amazon to post it to me, please GET A MOVE ON! I am grateful you have a copy but you are taking forever to get it over here!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Delightful After All These Years Feb. 23 2004
High Spirits is the kind of movie that the whole family can enjoy. Although the title would indicate that this may be a ghost story, there is nothing to fear. The ghost sequences are only the slightest bit "creepy" and soon lose all their edge when we meet the ghosts themselves. (Liam Neeson and Daryl Hannah) Most folks would probably not mind being haunted by one of these two!
This movie has two BIG things going for it. Number one is the cast, all of whom just shine. Big names of Guttenberg, Hannah, Neeson, D'angelo and most notably O'toole can almost guarantee a good time. Peter O'toole, as always, is especially endearing.
The other thing this movie has is pure charm. Its a good old fashioned almost disneyesque kind of film. Its a love story with enough fun in it to keep everybody entertained. Its MAIN charm comes from the setting. A quaint old "haunted" Irish castle where the servants have a beautiful old fashioned brogue. I found myself wishing I was there on several ocassions. Some will say it is insipid and has no social value. This is true. Its just good old fashioned movie fun. Sit back, kick off your shoes and enjoy. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful film Dec 4 2002
I have loved this film since I was 9! HIGH SPIRITS is a whimsical comedy-fantasy from the visionary director Neil Jordan starring a superb cast.
Peter Plunkett (Peter O'Toole) is the owner of Castle Plunkett, a gloomy castle set in the Irish countryside. In order to get the money-hungry Brogan family off his back, he decides to advertise the castle as the most-haunted place on the Emerald Isle (with the hotel staff doubling as the spirits)!.
Among the cynical tourists that arrive are Jack (Steve Guttenberg) and his valium-guzzling wife Sharon (Beverly D'Angelo); a scientist of the paranormal (Martin Ferrero), his wife (Connie Booth) and their children; the chaste Brother Tony (Peter Gallagher) and the sexy Miranda (Jennifer Tilly).
The "ghosts" are soon discovered to be fake, thus enraging the REAL ghosts of the castle who decide to make a little mischief for themselves! Jack finds himself falling in love with the elusive Mary Plunkett (Daryl Hannah), while Sharon is unwittingly courted by Mary's husband, the dead Martin Brogan (Liam Neeson).
Director Neil Jordan envisioned a "Midsummer Night's Dream"-type atmosphere for this film with partner-swapping and people being seduced by other-worldly beings. However, producers soon had other things in mind and significantly re-edited the movie to their own vision. Cast members came from the set complaining that the producers had enfuriated Jordan with their antics, forcing him to walk off the project.
However, the film is a constant delight, and this long-awaited DVD release will surely be relished by fans of the film.
The DVD includes both the widescreen and full-frame versions of the film as well as the trailer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film - shame about the music! June 23 2002
Having originally watched and recorded High Spirits on satellite tv ssome years ago, my tape was beginning to wear out, so I eagerly awaited the DVD.
The film is still great, with excellent roles played by stars such as Liz Smith and Peter O'Toole. The only thing is that on the DVD the music is too loud for the rest of the film. I wonder if that was the same on the video release. Did the now defuncted British Satellite Broadcasting modify the film in some way? Who knows. As long as you have your remote control with you, it is still fantastic!
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4.0 out of 5 stars May not be the scareist but ... Jan. 27 2003
If you want one of those "jumper" movies -- you know the kind, the ones that make the girl next to you jump, grab your arm and pull you close -- this isn't it, and don't expect Oscar caliber performances either. But if you just want an evening on the couch with a funny ghost movie and a bag of popcorn then this is the one. Relax, put your feet up and have a good laugh. You'll enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie, I'm glad it is on DVD! July 20 2002
A lot of great 1980s movies are finding their way onto DVD lately. It makes my heart smile to see that a good DVD copy of High Sprits will help this movie live on through the ages. This movie is a wonderful comedy with some spooky twists. This one is a must see for ghost enthusiasts. A+
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5.0 out of 5 stars great May 31 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was glad to put this with the collection of DVD that I currently have and will enjoy it for a long time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hardware malfunction March 11 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The DVD disc will not play in either my blue ray players or my computer. The movie itself is awesome!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love Liam Neeson
Although the acting of Steve G in this movie is on par with his normally poor level, I love the story. It's cute and it was the first time I saw Liam Neeson in a film. Read more
Published on May 13 2012 by Chris E. Maddison
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
I use to watch this movie when I was little. It is not as good as I remember but still worth watching.
Published on Nov. 10 2009 by Michelle Foster
1.0 out of 5 stars Yuck
This was the first movie I ever walked out of...it's that bad.
Poorly edited, terrible acting...don't waste your money
Published on Feb. 15 2006 by PCHNB
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie of all time.
It really is! I think everyone has that one movie they never tire of watching whether it's an Oscar winner or not and this is mine. Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by aerich
5.0 out of 5 stars Indescribably funny
To save his castle from becoming an attraction in Malibu, Peter Plunkett (Peter O'Toole) came up with a scheme to turn the castle into castle most haunted in the area. Read more
Published on April 4 2004 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars O'Toole and Cast are hilarious!!
This is one of the funniest films I've ever seen. Peter O'Toole and this amazing cast have cooked up a class-act comedy with lots of spooks galore. Read more
Published on March 21 2004 by J. Howell
2.0 out of 5 stars Soso
I admit, I did not know what to think of the movie as I began to watch it. It is a light humored story about a group of people who live in a castle. Read more
Published on April 13 2003 by Cally
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