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High Spirits

4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,465 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Neil Jordan's High Spirits was one of Palace Pictures' high profile attempts to crack the American market that fell to Earth with a crashing thud at the box-office, and it's not hard to see why. The idea is perfectly sound, with Peter O'Toole's impoverished Lord of the manor attracting American tourists to his 'haunted' Irish castle where he gets the servants to play ghosts only for the castle's real ghosts (Darryl Hannah, Liam Neeson, Ray McAnally) to make an unexpected appearance and get caught up in romances with the guests (Steve Guttenberg, Beverly D'Angelo). The problem is the execution. With too few good lines to go around, and those often clumsily delivered by the cast, the film tends to wildly overcompensate by having everyone race around and deliver their dialogue louder in the belief that that somehow makes it funnier (Neeson is especially bad). Only Peter O'Toole emerges with much credit, showing an Alastair Sim-like ability to turn even a simple word like 'masonry' into something genuinely funny.

In Jordan's defence the film was heavily re-edited by co-producers Alliance, but from what's left here there's little evidence that it was little more than damage limitation - the kind of film that doesn't look badly directed because it was re-edited but the kind that was re-edited because it was badly directed. It's watchable enough, but never lives up to its potential. Optimum's UK PAL DVD has an excellent widescreen transfer that nicely showcases Anton Furst's excellent production design but no extras.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 80s silliness at it's best 28 Mar 2010
By GratuitousViolets TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
High Spirits is an amusing ghost caper movie from the 80s that somewhat fell into obscurity despite it's noteable cast and half-original (for it's time) storyline. Thankfully High Spirits has at least made it's re-release on DVD. Mixed with obvious bad special effects, bad clothes and costumes and very corny yet predictable dialogue, the movie is something of a blast from the past reminding us strongly of how much the comedy genre has evolved since 1988. Still, with amusing performances from Liam Neeson, Peter O'Tool, and the incredible Liz Smith, it will still provide just the hint of a smile at the corner of your mouth even if the movie is so obviously past it compared to the films of today.


Castle Plunkett, the run-down crumbling stone castle set deep in the country somewhere in Ireland is about to be forceably sold to an American businessman with the intentions of turning the once grand place into an Irish themed amusement park. Peter Punklett (Peter O'Toole), descendent of the family, finds himself in dire straits unable to afford the mortgage and devastated at the imminent foreclosure. Prompted by a brain storm after his whacky and eccentric mother (Liz Smith) advises him there are ghosts in the castle, Peter decides to open the castle up as 'haunted hotel' where he and his staff will use trickery to make the guests believe the castle is truly haunted.

Soon, after some planning and preparation, a bus load of American tourists arrive eager to see some spooks for themselves; amongst the vacationers are Jack Crawford (Steve Guttenberg) and his beautiful but neurotic wife Sharon (Beverly D'Angelo), who are having marital problems further complicated by Sharon's apparent addiction to valium.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous farcical comedy 6 Jun 2009
Excellent old movie (1988)that hasn't dated much since it was filmed.
Peter O'Toole is the castle owner, on the verge of suicide, because his ancestral home is about to be repossessed. He devises a cunning scheme to market it as the ghost capital of Europe, there of course being no ghosts.
He sets about deceiving his paying guests when, guess who turn up, real ghosts!.
Great performances from all the leads and there is a fine supporting cast of British actors. Well worth watching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silly, but fun! 20 April 2009
High spirts, high jinx, high expectations... with a cast that includes Peter O'Toole, Daryl Hannah, Steve Guttenberg and Liam Neeson there is a lot to recommend about this ghostly rom-com. Directed by Neil Jordan we are introduced to Peter Plunkett (O'Toole) who, to stop his home being dismantled block by block and transported to America, persuades his staff to dress up as ghosts to "haunt" their guests. Unfortunately, after a typically shambolic night when everything goes wrong, the real ghosts decide to give the Yanks exactly what they want and launch a campaign them which leads to a ghostly "wifeswap" between Guttenberg and Neeson.
With a brilliant musical score from George Fenton and a whistling fish, i would recommend this film to anyone.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies u can own 10 Dec 2003
Oh my god...where to start?
This film is brilliant!
I first saw it about 9yrs ago and couldnt stop laughing at Steve Guttenberg and Liam Neeson.
The story takes place in Ireland in a old Castle Plunkett.
The owner is bankrupt and comes up with a great plan to rip everyone off with haunting the castle with help from his staff, but the group of Americans come over..give him a run for his money.
Over the next little while, after hysterical attempts of haunting and near death events, the real ghosts take it into they're own hands.
Thats all ur getting, if u want to see something funny, romantic and chilling, then this is it.
Stars include:
Steve Guttenberg
Peter O'Toole
Liam Neeson
Trust me...its worth it and i cant believe its taken MGM this long to make it into DVD!!!
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Published 22 days ago by fiona brooks
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brilliant film
Published 28 days ago by JP
5.0 out of 5 stars have always loved this film
I am biased, have always loved this film. Been meaning to purchase it on DVD for ages. Glad I found it on amazon.
Published 1 month ago by Meryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Got to watch
Love this film, recommend it . Good quality and very funny. Brings back good memories. Worth the money. Good film
Published 2 months ago by mrs elizabeth sinclair
4.0 out of 5 stars Such fun
This is a worthy winner of fun and cheek, the characters are well cast, and the story line keeps you interested all the way through.
Published 3 months ago by Zakatty
5.0 out of 5 stars Very high spirits.
Great wee film, had my girlfriend I'm stitches from the start. I haven't seen it in years and I'm glad I found it again on DVD.
The price is good as well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dan Munro
5.0 out of 5 stars A great fun movie
This the whole family enjoyed it is one of those films you can watch again and again a good buy
Published 4 months ago by Roger Sisley
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past
I love this film it looks a little dated now compared to other films of today, but it's fab and it's funny in places I love to watch the films from when I was growing up I never... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ju
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film
It's a Great film and good quality DVD. It is Definitely worth buying as film still stands the test of time.
Published 5 months ago by Ms. S. L. Collins
2.0 out of 5 stars Chunks of masonery floating about..
When Peter Plunkett's Irish castle turned hotel is about to be repossessed, he decides to spice up the attraction a by having his staff haunt the castle. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
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