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Ghost Ship

A promotional film poster for Ghost Ship.
Directed by Steve Beck
Produced by Gilbert Adler
Steve Richards
Bruce Berman
Written by Mark Hanlon
John Pogue
Starring Gabriel Byrne
Julianna Margulies
Desmond Harrington
Ron Eldard
Karl Urban
Emily Browning
Music by John Frizzell
Chad Gray
Micha Liberman
Alec Wilder
Cinematography Alec Wilder
Editing by Roger Barton
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) October 25, 2002 (USA)
Running time 91 min
Language English
Budget $35,000,000 [est.]
Gross revenue $30,079,316 (USA)
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Ghost Ship (2002) is a horror movie, directed by Steve Beck. The fictional ship Antonia Graza featured in the movie is based on a real life Italian cruise ship, the SS Andrea Doria, which sank in 1956 after colliding with another liner near Nantucket, Massachusetts. The film grossed a total of $30,113,491 in the U.S. Box Office and stars Gabriel Byrne, Julianna Margulies and Emily Browning. Download high resolution version (476x711, 58 KB)Promotional poster for Ghost Ship, deemed This work is copyrighted. ... Steve Beck is a Director of Cinema Director: Thirteen Ghosts, 2001; Ghost Ship (film), 2002; The Making of Th13teen Ghosts, 2001 Category: ... Gilbert Adler is a US film producer, writer and director. ... Steve Richards (born in 1977 as Stephen Richards) is the vocalist for the Nu Metal Band Taproot Categories: Musician stubs ... Bruce Berman is the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at the Community College of Baltimore County Categories: Stub ... Mark Hanlon is an American film director and screenwriter, perhaps best known for directing the independent film Buddy Boy and writing the Warner Bros. ... Gabriel Byrne (born 12 May 1950) is an Irish actor. ... Julianna Margulies on the cover of Marie Claire Julianna Luisa Margulies is an actress whose role on the NBC drama ER brought her recognition and fame. ... Desmond Harrington (born October 19, 1976 in Savannah, Georgia) is an American actor, who gained fame through movies like The Hole, Wrong Turn and Ghost Ship. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Karl-Heinz Urban (born June 7, 1972) is a New Zealand actor. ... Emily Jane Browning (born December 7, 1988) is an Australian actress, probably best known for her role as Violet Baudelaire in Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Alec Wilder (born Alexander Lafayette Chew Wilder in Rochester, New York, February 16, 1907; d. ... Alec Wilder (born Alexander Lafayette Chew Wilder in Rochester, New York, February 16, 1907; d. ... Roger Barton is a film editor who began his career by editing television features. ... “WB” redirects here. ... is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... This article is about motion pictures. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Steve Beck is a Director of Cinema Director: Thirteen Ghosts, 2001; Ghost Ship (film), 2002; The Making of Th13teen Ghosts, 2001 Category: ... Pacific Sky sails under Sydney Harbour Bridge A cruise ship or a cruise liner is a passenger ship used for pleasure voyages, where the voyage itself and the ships amenities are considered an essential part of the experience. ... The SS Andrea Doria was an ocean liner for the Italian Line (Società di navigazione Italia) home ported in Genoa, Italy. ... A car from 1956 Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Nantucket County Settled 1641 Incorporated 1671 Government  - Type Open town meeting Area  - Town  105. ... Gabriel Byrne (born 12 May 1950) is an Irish actor. ... Julianna Margulies on the cover of Marie Claire Julianna Luisa Margulies is an actress whose role on the NBC drama ER brought her recognition and fame. ... Emily Jane Browning (born December 7, 1988) is an Australian actress, probably best known for her role as Violet Baudelaire in Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events. ...


Tagline: Sea Evil

Contents

Plot

Past - opening sequence

The film opens aboard an Italian ocean liner, the Antonia Graza, in the early '60s. A few hundred of the ship's wealthy passengers enjoy dancing in the ships large and luxurious Ballroom, as roughly fifty people dance on deck. An attractive Italian woman, Francesca, sings Senza Fine. Though away from the party in an outer room, a gloved hand pulls a switch that unravels a very thin wire cord from a hidden spool. The cord is aligned with the side of the deck. The dancers continue, completely oblivious to the existence of the cord.


Suddenly, the spool snaps and the wire slices across the deck like a blade. People and objects alike are bisected by the wire. A number of dancers remain alive for several seconds before grasping that they have been cut in half. Katie, a young girl dancing with the ship's Captain, is the only one spared, thanks to her being such a tiny child. Seeing the fate of the other dancers, she looks up at the Captain's face. He looks back at her sorrowfully, as his face splits open at mouth level and the top of his head falls off. Katie then screams, the view from the outside of the ship zooms down underwater, and the film cuts to the present day.


Present

A small team of salvage specialists are retrieving a sunken ship from the bottom of the ocean. They bring the ship into port and receive its salvage value from the authorities. While celebrating their success at a bar, Jack Ferriman, a Canadian Air Force pilot, approaches them and says he has spotted a mysterious vessel running adrift in the Bering Sea. Because the ship is in international waters, it can be claimed by whomever is able to bring it to a port. The crew soon set out on the Arctic Warrior, a small tugboat. While exploring the abandoned ship, they discover that it is the Antonia Graza, an Italian luxury liner that disappeared in May 1962 and was believed to be lost at sea. The ocean liner's disappearance was well known at the time. The RCAF Roundel is based on that of the British Royal Air Force with a maple leaf, a symbol of Canada in the centre. ... Satellite photo of the Bering Sea Bering Sea and the North Pacific Ocean Bearing Sea with Kamchatka Peninsula and Alaska The Bering (or Imarpik) Sea is a body of water north of, and separated from, the north Pacific Ocean by the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands. ... A tugboat shown turning a large RORO cargo ship. ...


When they board the ship and prepare to tow it to shore, strange things begin to happen. Maureen Epps claims to have seen a little girl on the stairwell while trying to save a crewmate from falling through the floor. Greer claims to have heard the singing of an unseen songstress in various places on the ship. The crew decide to leave the ship but take the large quantity of gold that they find on board. Their tugboat mysteriously explodes, killing a crew member who was trying to fix the boat, and leaving them stranded on the ghost ship in the Bering Sea. Satellite photo of the Bering Sea Bering Sea and the North Pacific Ocean Bearing Sea with Kamchatka Peninsula and Alaska The Bering (or Imarpik) Sea is a body of water north of, and separated from, the north Pacific Ocean by the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands. ...


As they decide to attempt to fix the Antonia Graza and sail it back to land, more and more crew members are killed. Maureen Epps meets a young girl named Katie — who was seen at the beginning of the movie dancing with the Captain — who reveals a dark secret: the crew turned on the passengers and each other in an attempt to get the gold that the ship carried.


Katie takes Maureen momentarily back to the past, where Epps finally sees what had happened. While the numerous dancers were sliced by the wire, the chefs in the kitchen were murdered and the crew began pouring rodent poison into the evening's food. The food was served, and it is obvious that people begin to succumb to the poison as their mouths dripped with foam. The crew begins taking the lives of the rest of the passengers, as well as lining some of them by the pool and shooting them (accounting for the shell casings and bullet holes.) As the crew begins to take the gold, one crew member walks out of the small compartment where the valuables are stored. He takes a look at Francesca, who is also standing there, turns around, and viciously murders his fellow crewmates out of greed with a machine gun. Francesca then shoots him in the head with a pistol. At last, a man walks up to Francesca and they embrace. As he walks away, the singer looks up and sees a large hook swing into her face, killing her. The man burns a mark into her hand, and it is revealed that he, the mastermind of the attack, was Jack Ferriman, an evil spirit. For the 2003 film, see Swimming Pool (film). ... A machine gun is a fully-automatic firearm that is capable of firing bullets in rapid succession. ... A Browning 9 millimeter Hi-Power Ordnance pistol of the French Navy, 19th century, using a Percussion cap mechanism Derringers were small and easily hidden. ...


After this enlightenment, Epps decides to blow up the ship, but is confronted by Ferriman, who has killed the last remaining of Epps' crew. They fight for a short amount of time before Epps manages to blow up the ship, "killing" Ferriman. She is left in the debris as the souls trapped on the ship ascend to heaven; Katie stops to thank her.


Epps is discovered by a larger ship and taken back to land. The last scene shows Epps in the back of an ambulance at the docks. She looks out the back of the vehicle from her stretcher and sees crewmembers from her salvage crew carrying crates of gold onto the ship, followed moments later by Ferriman. He glares at her, and carries on, her screams cut short by the ambulance doors closing and the fade to the end credits.


Production

The film began life as a spec script called The Chimera. Originally, the film, as written, was a relatively bloodless psychological thriller as opposed to a more blatantly supernaturally themed movie. Most notably, much of the film's gore is absent from the screenplay. The film would have focused on four salvage crew members who end up stranded aboard the ghost vessel they are scuttling (the titular Chimera); over the course of one night, each member-- whether it be from panic, cabin fever, or supernatural forces-- goes insane and plots to kill the other three members of the crew. Over time, the script underwent rewrites, and the psychological aspects of the script were all jettisoned in favor of making the film a slasher. A screenplay or script is a blueprint for producing a motion picture. ... Look up chimera, Chimaera in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the psychological condition. ... A self propelled Case Windrower. ...


Cast

Actor Role
Gabriel Byrne Captain Sean Murphy
Julianna Margulies Maureen Epps
Ron Eldard Dodge
Desmond Harrington Jack Ferriman
Isaiah Washington Greer
Alex Dimitriades Santos
Karl Urban Munder
Emily Browning Katie Harwood
Francesca Rettondini Francesca
Boris Brkic Chief Steward
Bob Ruggiero Captain (as Robert Ruggiero)
Iain Gardiner Purser
Adam Bieshaar First Officer
Cameron Watt Second Officer
Jamie Giddens Friendly Officer

Gabriel Byrne (born 12 May 1950) is an Irish actor. ... Julianna Margulies on the cover of Marie Claire Julianna Luisa Margulies is an actress whose role on the NBC drama ER brought her recognition and fame. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Desmond Harrington (born October 19, 1976 in Savannah, Georgia) is an American actor, who gained fame through movies like The Hole, Wrong Turn and Ghost Ship. ... Isaiah Washington IV (born August 3, 1963) is an American film and television actor. ... Alex Dimitriades as Nick from the opening credits of Heartbreak High Alex Dimitriades (born 28 December 1973 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian actor. ... Karl-Heinz Urban (born June 7, 1972) is a New Zealand actor. ... Emily Jane Browning (born December 7, 1988) is an Australian actress, probably best known for her role as Violet Baudelaire in Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events. ... Francesca Rettondini (born March 7, 1971 in Verona, Italy) is an Italian actress/ supermodel. ...

Trivia

  • The design for the "Antonia Graza" was modeled after the "SS Andrea Doria", a real-life Italian ocean liner that also met a deadly fate: it sank in the 1950s after colliding with the SS Stockholm. The photo that the captain shows Murphy of his ship rescuing the sinking ship, is actually a photo of the sinking "Andrea Doria", listing badly shortly before it went down.
  • The film's opening sequence in which everyone on the dance floor is sliced in half was originally conceived as a mass decapitation; the studio didn't like the idea.[citation needed]
  • Jack Ferriman's "Soul Collector" character is named for Charon the Ferryman, the Greek mythological spirit who collected souls from one side of the river Acheron and ferried them across to Hades.[citation needed]This links to the character's last name: Ferriman.
  • The dance scenes on the foredeck and in the ballroom recreate the traditional Captain's Balls that were given near the end of transatlantic voyages. These were usually held as the ship neared the coast of the destination.
  • The ghost captain tells Gabriel Byrne's character that the Antonia Graza rescued a ship called the Lorelei. Rescuing this ship is what eventually led to the destruction of the Antonia Graza and the death of all its passengers. "Die Lorelei" is a German poem about a siren-type woman who lures boats to ruin and sailors to their deaths.
  • During the underwater scene in the end, Emily Browning had to have weights on her skirt because her dress kept on floating over her head.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... The SS Andrea Doria was an ocean liner for the Italian Line (Società di navigazione Italia) home ported in Genoa, Italy. ... There have been three ocean liners named Stockholm. ... Michelangelos rendering of Charon. ... Gabriel Byrne (born 12 May 1950) is an Irish actor. ... This article is about the actor. ... Emily Jane Browning (born December 7, 1988) is an Australian actress, probably best known for her role as Violet Baudelaire in Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events. ...

See also

  • Ghost ship, for an article on real-life mysteriously deserted ships.

For other uses, see Ghost ship (disambiguation). ...

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