Taglines: He’s an American. She’s a ghost. Vacation romances are always a hassle.
When Peter Plunkett’s Irish castle turned hotel is about to be repossesed, he decides to spice up the attraction a bit for the ‘Yanks’ by having his staff pretend to haunt the castle. The trouble begins when a busload of American tourists arrive – along with some real ghosts.
Among the tourists are married couple Jack and Sharon. Sharon’s father holds the mortgage on Castle Plunkett, so she’s hoping to debunk the ghosts. Jack, on the other hand, after meeting pretty ghost Mary, is very eager to believe. Can there be love between a human and ghost? Jack and Mary are going to try and find out.
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. 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.
High Spirits (1988)
Directed by: Neil Jordan
Starring: Daryl Hannah, Peter O’Toole, Steve Guttenberg, Beverly D’Angelo, Jennifer Tilly, Peter Gallagher, Liam Neeson, Martin Ferrero, Isolde Cazelet, Liz Smith
Screenplay by: Neil Jordan, Michael McDowell
Production Design by: Anton Furst
Cinematography by: Alex Thomson
Film Editing by: Michael Bradsell
Costume Design by: Emma Porteous
Set Decoration by: Barbara Drake
Art Direction by: Nigel Phelps
Music by: George Fenton
Distributed by: TriStar Pictures
Release Date: November 18, 1988