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Ghost (1990)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Ghost (1990)

In Jerry Zucker's romantic, supernatural chick-flick about a supernatural love affair between a sculptor/artist and a NY investment banker:

  • the sexual, hypnotically-spinning, non-nude pottery wheel love scene; a 45 rpm record was loaded in a jukebox; girlfriend Molly Jensen (Demi Moore) sensuously molded, formed and sculpted a phallic-shaped clay object to the tune of "Unchained Melody" (the 1965 recording by the Righteous Brothers) when she couldn't sleep at 2 am; her shirtless lover Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) kissed Molly as he was seated behind her; he assisted her in reshaping a collapsed piece of pottery (her failed "masterpiece") by putting his hands together with hers, as she instructed: "Put your hands here. Now get them wet. Let the clay slide between your fingers"; the sequence continued with their extended love-making and kissing ("hunger for your love") in their darkened apartment
The Pottery Wheel Love Scene
  • the oft-repeated response "Ditto" when Molly told him: "I really love you"
  • the scene of senseless violence in which Sam was mortally wounded and died in his beloved Molly's arms in an alleyway after a serious and unexpected incident
  • the scene of Sam's funeral
  • the miraculous sequence in which Sam came back as a spirit to warn her about a threat to her endangered life; while she was seated at her pottery wheel, she spoke to herself about how she was still reeling from his death: "...I broke into tears. It's like I think about you every minute. It's like I can still feel you"; the recently-murdered ghost-spirit Sam was crouched next to her, and tried to reveal himself behind the grieving Molly as she sculpted clay; he reassured her: "I'm here, Mol"; she sensed his presence and asked: "Sam?"
  • the scene in which spiritualist Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) convinced a bereaved Molly that her dead lover Sam was trying to contact her by speaking: "Molly, you in danger girl," and using Sam's favorite expression: "Ditto"
  • in the finale's bittersweet, tear-jerking farewell scene, Sam became visible to the grieving Molly; he explicitly told her about his love and gave her his last goodbye - within the light, before he passed on into the light of heaven: Molly: "Sam?" Sam: "Molly." Molly: "I can hear you. Oh, God." (They kissed. He bid goodbye to spiritualist Oda Mae (Whoopi Goldberg).) Sam: "I love you, Molly. I've always loved you." Molly (tearfully): "Ditto." Sam: "It's amazing, Molly. The love inside, you take it with you. See ya." Molly: (responding likewise) "See ya. Bye"

Sam's Shocking Murder

Sensing Sam at Pottery Wheel

A Bittersweet Farewell


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