Mo's word for Manic Monday is GHOST
Ghost was made in 1990, 18 years ago! It was a sexy, many-tissues film that I fell in love with. It was the first time I saw Tony Goldwyn the actor that played the bad guy, Carl Bruner. He has since gone on to directing episodes of well-know TV shows, Grey's Anatomy, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Dexter, and many others. He continues acting in film and TV.
Whoopi Goldberg played Oda Mae Brown, the person who talked to the ghost, Patrick Swayze. Whoopi won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar that year for the role. Oda Mae Brown was ranked 95 on the list of the best movie characters of all time by Premiere Magazine.
*Several actors including Tom Hanks, Al Pacino, Tom Cruise, Kevin Bacon, Bruce Willis (who, at the time, was married to already-cast star Demi Moore), Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin turned down the role of Sam. Paul Hogan was also among the long list of actors to decline the lead role. Paul Hogan instead made Almost an Angel.
Nicole Kidman and Madonna auditioned for the role of Molly but were both rejected. Molly Ringwald auditioned and won the role but turned it down at her agent's request, a decision she has since regretted. Meg Ryan also turned down the role. According to the "Remembering the Magic" featurette on the DVD, Tina Turner was originally cast in the role of Oda Mae.
Of course the film's most well-know iconic love scene, where Sam helps Molly on a potter's wheel and begins kissing her as "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers plays, has been parodied numerous times.
On the television program Siskel & Ebert, the film received a split review, Roger Ebert gave the film a "thumbs down" rating and said the film was "unintelligent and corny" while Gene Siskel said the film was "flawed but rich and romantic" and recommended it. The film grossed over $200 million in the US, and $500 million worldwide and currently has a score of 78% on Rotten Tomatoes.