Ghosts Can't Do It

Ghosts Can't Do It is a 1989 American romantic crime fantasy comedy film written and directed by John Derek, and starring Bo Derek and Anthony Quinn.[1]

Ghosts Can't Do It
Release poster
Directed byJohn Derek
Produced byBo Derek
Chandran Rutnam
Written byJohn Derek
Music by
  • Junior Homrich
  • Randall Tico
CinematographyJohn Derek
Edited byJohn Derek
  • crackAjack Movie Company
  • Epic Productions
  • Sarliu/Diamant
Distributed byTriumph Releasing
Release date
  • October 17, 1989 (1989-10-17) (foreign video premiere)
  • June 1, 1990 (1990-06-01)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film was shot in 1989 and released on home video the same year in Australia. In the United States, the film received a theatrical release in 1990. It received negative reviews from critics, and won the 1990 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture, tying with The Adventures of Ford Fairlane.

In a cameo, it features future American president Donald Trump. He received a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor. He, along with Leo Damian, were also nominated for the Worst New Star category, but both were lost to Sofia Coppola in the hit crime film The Godfather Part III.


Scott and Kate are happily married, despite their 30-year age difference. After Scott suffers a heart attack and is unable to have sexual intercourse, he commits suicide and becomes a ghost that only Kate can see and speak with. To make it possible for Scott to return as a human, they conjure up a plan to have a young man drown, so that Scott can take his body.


Awards and nominations

Award Category Subject Result
Stinkers Bad Movie Award Worst Picture[2] Bo Derek Nominated
Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Picture Won
Worst Actress Won
Worst Director John Derek Won
Worst Screenplay Nominated
Worst Supporting Actress Julie Newmar Nominated
Worst Supporting Actor Donald Trump Won
Worst New Star Nominated
Leo Damian Nominated

Critical reception

The reception was extremely negative.[3]


  1. "Ghosts Can't Do It (1990)" Archived November 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. The New York Times. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  2. "1990 13th Hastings Bad Cinema Society Stinkers Awards". Stinkers Bad Movie Awards. Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 17, 2006. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  3. Corasaniti, Nick (May 5, 2016). "Donald Trump would be a nominee unlike anyone else, ever - The Boston Globe". Retrieved December 6, 2016.
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