High Spirits (film)
|Directed by||Neil Jordan|
|Written by||Neil Jordan|
|Edited by||Michael Bradsell|
|Music by||George Fenton|
|Box office||$8,578,231 (US)|
High Spirits is a 1988 fantasy comedy film written and directed by Neil Jordan and starring Steve Guttenberg, Daryl Hannah, Beverly D'Angelo, Liam Neeson and Peter O'Toole. It is an Irish, British and American co-production.
Set in a remote Irish castle called Dromore Castle, Co. Limerick, High Spirits is a topsy-turvy comedy with thematic leanings towards Ireland's rich folklore regarding ghosts and spirits, where the castle starts to come to life with the help of such denizens.
Cash-strapped Peter Plunkett owns a dilapidated Irish castle that he has converted to a bed and breakfast. Owing money to an Irish-American businessman named Brogan, Plunkett attempts to turn the castle into "the most haunted castle in Europe" for the tourist trade. Inspired by his mother's stories about the castle being haunted, he and his wacky Irish staff set about creating ghostly costumes and effects for their first group of American guests.
Initially annoyed by the inept "hauntings", the American guests (including Steve Guttenberg, Beverly D'Angelo, Connie Booth, Peter Gallagher and Jennifer Tilly) soon discover that Castle Plunkett's real ghosts have taken umbrage at being cheaply exploited and have staged a full-scale paranormal event.
Two ghosts, Mary Plunkett and Martin Brogan (played by Daryl Hannah and Liam Neeson), become romantically entangled with Guttenberg's and D'Angelo's characters. This romantic twist becomes the main focus of the plot.
- Daryl Hannah – Mary Plunkett Brogan
- Peter O'Toole – Peter Plunkett
- Steve Guttenberg – Jack Crawford
- Beverly D'Angelo – Sharon Brogan Crawford
- Liam Neeson – Martin Brogan
- Jennifer Tilly – Miranda
- Peter Gallagher – Brother Tony
- Ray McAnally – Plunkett Senior
- Martin Ferrero – Malcolm Clay
- Connie Booth – Marge Clay
- Donal McCann – Eamon
- Liz Smith – Lavinia Plunkett
- Mary Coughlan – Katie
- Ruby Buchanan – Great Aunt Nan
- Isolde Cazelet – Julia
- Aimée Delamain – Great Granny Plunkett
- Tom Hickey – Sampson
- Krista Hornish – Wendy Clay
- Little John – Gateman
- Preston Lockwood – Great Uncle Peter
- Paul O'Sullivan – Graham Clay
- Hilary Reynolds – Patricia
- Tony Rohr – Christy
- Matthew Wright – Woody Clay
Director Neil Jordan has always maintained that the release version of this film is very different from the one he shot. He was more or less excluded from the editing process of the final cut. He insists that his version is still locked away in a vault.
Scream Factory released the film on Blu-ray Disc in 2015. It was packaged as a double feature with Vampire's Kiss on February 13, 2015. The film was released on Blu Ray from Final Cut on August 24, 2020 in the UK.