High Spirits (film)
Original theatrical poster
|Directed by||Neil Jordan|
|Produced by||David Saunders|
|Written by||Neil Jordan|
|Music by||George Fenton|
|Edited by||Michael Bradsell|
|Distributed by||Palace Pictures (UK and Ireland)|
TriStar Pictures (North America)
|18 November 1988|
|Box office||$8,578,231 (USA)|
High Spirits is a 1988 fantasy comedy film 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 man focus of the plot.
- Daryl Hannah – Mary Plunkett Brogan
- Peter O'Toole – Peter Plunkett
- Steve Guttenberg – Jack
- Beverly D'Angelo – Sharon
- Liam Neeson – Martin Brogan
- Jennifer Tilly – Miranda
- Peter Gallagher – Brother Tony
- Ray McAnally – Plunkett Senior
- Martin Ferrero – Malcolm
- Connie Booth – Marge
- Donal McCann – Eamon
- Liz Smith – Mrs. Plunkett
- Mary Coughlan – Katie
- Ruby Buchanan – Great Aunt Nan
- Isolde Cazelet – Julia
- Aimée Delamain – Great Granny Plunkett
- Tom Hickey – Sampson
- Krista Hornish – Wendy
- Little John – Gateman
- Preston Lockwood – Great Uncle Peter
- Paul O'Sullivan – Graham
- Hilary Reynolds – Patricia
- Tony Rohr – Christy
- Matthew Wright – Woody
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 24th 2020 in the UK.