Casper

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Released 1995

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Director:
Brad Silberling
Released:
1995
Rating:
PG

Casper is a 1995 family film based on the comic book series Casper The Friendly Ghost. The movie was directed by Brad Silberling, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and stars Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty and Eric Idle. Casper takes place in Friendship, Maine, where the neurotic and spoiled Carrigan Crittenden (Cathy Moriarty) has inherited Whipstaff Manor. Crittenden is eager to take control of the Manor because she believes it contains a hidden treasure. While searching the Manor, she encounters a lonely, friendly young ghost named Casper and his three crude and obnoxious Uncles: Stretch, Stinkie and Fatso. Terrified by the ghosts, Crittenden hires a therapist named James Harvey (Bill Pullman) to communicate with the ghosts and help them enter the next world. James Harvey and his daughter Kat (Christina Ricci) move into Whipstaff Manor and become friends with Casper. Almost immediately, Casper finds himself captivated with Kat and begins falling in love with her.

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Like The Flintstones and The Addams Family, Casper is an attempt to bring cartoons to life while incorporating them with real actors and sets. As a technical achievement, it's impr...

  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    The film is an epic treatment of a childhood curio. It's also the kind of elaborate movie stunt you can't imagine someone really pulling off. [26 May 1995, p.C]

  • 63

    Philadelphia Inquirer Desmond Ryan

    Ricci makes all this far more palatable than it should be. She is surely helped by the dismal level shared by most allegedly more adult afterlife fantasies. The kids will enjoy the...

Brad Garrett

Brad Garrett

Fatso (voice)

Eric Idle

Eric Idle

Paul 'Dibbs' Plutzker

Bill Pullman

Bill Pullman

Dr. James Harvey

Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci

Kathleen 'Kat' Harvey

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Mr. Rugg

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Family Comedies, Tweens, Pre-Teens