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Ghost Town (2008)

Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts.

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Joseph Badalucco Jr. ...
Accident Bystander (as Joe Badalucco)
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Tyree Michael Simpson ...
Sneezy Cop (as Tyre Simpson)
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Sneezy Lady
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Greenpeace Guy (as Raymond Lee)
Joey Mazzarino ...
Food Delivery Guy
Brad Oscar ...
Day Doorman
Kathleen Landis ...
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Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen. That puts Pincus squarely in the middle of a triangle with spirited result. Written by Studio Approved Synopsis

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He sees dead people... and they annoy him. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some strong language, sexual humor and drug references | See all certifications »

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19 September 2008 (USA)  »

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La ville fantôme  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,012,315 (USA) (21 September 2008)

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$13,214,030 (USA) (9 November 2008)
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Ironically, Ricky Gervais is an outspoken atheist in real life. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Pincus pours the contents of the left-most bottle of laxative into a glass and drinks it. Firstly, the level of laxative in the glass drops by about an inch between pouring and drinking, presumably due to a missing shot. Then, when the camera returns to the three bottles on the counter, all three bottles appear full. See more »

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[discussing the kind of man they need to romance Gwen]
Frank Herlihy: I was thinking he should be rugged... you know?
Bertram Pincus: No, not rugged... just... approachable...
Frank Herlihy: Really?
Bertram Pincus: ...Round-faced, if anything... and sensitive.
Frank Herlihy: Well, he should at least be tall...
Bertram Pincus: No, no, no he's not.
Frank Herlihy: No?
Bertram Pincus: No, just... average...
Frank Herlihy: Average.
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Crazy Credits

Directly after the end titles fade to black, there is a brief outburst of near-hysterical laughter. See more »

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References Women's Murder Club (2007) See more »

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Sideways
Written by Citizen Cope (as Clarence Greenwood)
Performed by Citizen Cope
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with SONY BMG Music Entertainment
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Death Becomes Him
20 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A true delight. Ghost Town is David Koepp's most original script since Death Becomes Her and Death Becomes Her is one of my favorite comedies of all time. Daring, hilarious and elegant. Ghost Town is set in a more recognizable world, recognizable from many different angles, at times it feels we've seen all this before but what sets it apart is its heart. There is real heart here and a real intention. Ricky Gervais is fantastic as the "no people person" his unlikeable persona becomes the most likable aspect of the movie. I was taken by Gervais's predicament and I was never allowed to slip away. I was entertained and delighted throughout. 8/10


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