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][2]

Ghosts Can't Do It
Ghosts Can't Do It FilmPoster.jpeg
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) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

Then-future United States President Donald Trump appears as himself and received a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor. Trump, along with Leo Damian, was also nominated for the Worst New Star category, but both lost to Sofia Coppola in the The Godfather Part III.[3]


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.[4]


Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Category Subject Result
Stinkers Bad Movie Award Worst Picture[5] Bo Derek Nominated
Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Picture Won[6]
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 receptionEdit

The critical reception was extremely negative as it was criticized for the nonsensical dialogue and Trump's mannerisms.[7][8][9]

Home mediaEdit

It was released on Blu-ray by Shout Factory alongside (as the double feature) the 1984 Razzie-winning Bolero.[10]


  1. ^ "Ghosts Can't Do It (1990)" Archived November 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. The New York Times. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  2. ^ Ghosts Can't Do It - The Cinema Snob on YouTube
  3. ^ "Razzie Awards (1991)". IMDb. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  4. ^ Inside Donald Trump's 'Atrocious', Razzie-Winning Ghost Sex Rom-Com - The Daily Beast
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ Following Home Alone 2 Controversy, Star Wars' Mark Hamill Remembers Donald Trump's Razzie-Winning Role in Ghosts Can't Do It - Comic Book
  7. ^ Corasaniti, Nick (May 5, 2016). "Donald Trump would be a nominee unlike anyone else, ever - The Boston Globe". Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  8. ^ TV Guide
  9. ^ Read This: Never forget Donald Trump's Razzie-winning role in Ghosts Can't Do It|AV Club
  10. ^ Bolero/Ghosts Can't Do It Blu-ray: DVD Talk Review of the Blu-ray

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