Ghosts Can't Do It

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Ghosts Can't Do It
Ghosts Can't Do It FilmPoster.jpeg
Release poster
Directed by John Derek
Produced by Bo Derek
Written by John Derek
Music by
  • Junior Homrich
  • Randall Tico
Cinematography John Derek
Edited by John Derek
  • crackAjack Movie Company
  • Epic Productions
  • Sarliu/Diamant
Distributed by Triumph Releasing
Release dates
  • October 17, 1989 (1989-10-17) (foreign video premiere)
  • June 1, 1990 (1990-06-01)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Ghosts Can't Do It is a 1989 American romantic crime fantasy comedy film written and directed by John Derek, and starring Bo Derek and Anthony Quinn.[1]

The film was shot in 1989 and released on home video the same year in Australia. In the United States, the film received a theatrical release in 1990. It was panned by critics and won the 1990 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture, tying with The Adventures of Ford Fairlane.


Scott and Kate are happily married despite their 30-year age difference. After Scott suffers a heart attack and is unable to make love, he commits suicide and becomes a ghost that only Kate can see and speak with. To make it possible for Scott to return as a human, they conjure up a plan to have a young man drown so that Scott can take his body.


Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Subject Result
Stinkers Bad Movie Award Worst Picture[2] Bo Derek Nominated
Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Picture Won
Worst Actress Won
Worst Director John Derek Won
Worst Screenplay Nominated
Worst Supporting Actress Julie Newmar Nominated
Worst Supporting Actor Donald Trump Won
Worst New Star Nominated
Leo Damian Nominated

Critical reception[edit]

The reception was extremely negative. It was universally panned.[3]


  1. ^ "Ghosts Can't Do It (1990)". The New York Times. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  2. ^ "1990 13th Hastings Bad Cinema Society Stinkers Awards". Stinkers Bad Movie Awards. Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 17, 2006. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ Corasaniti, Nick (May 5, 2016). "Donald Trump would be a nominee unlike anyone else, ever - The Boston Globe". Retrieved December 6, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture

(tied with The Adventures of Ford Fairlane)
11th Golden Raspberry Awards

Succeeded by
Hudson Hawk