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'Ghost' Turns 25: How That Sexy Pottery Scene Became One of the Most Romantic Movie Moments Ever
Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze make some pottery (Everett)
In the middle of the night, a woman sits alone at a pottery wheel. A vintage jukebox in her apartment switches records, and “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers pours into the room. Her boyfriend, shirtless, approaches, sits behind her, and reaches out his hand, accidentally ruining her pot. No matter — they begin a new one together, his hands interlaced with hers, stroking the wet clay. He begins kissing her, and she leaps into his arms, the pottery wheel abandoned in the heat of passion.
Sure, it sounds ridiculous on the page — but on the big screen in 1990, with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze as the clay-spattered couple, it was pure magic. This is the scene everyone thinks of when they think of Ghost, the supernatural romance that opened in theaters 25 years ago this week. The film starred Moore as artist Molly and Swayze as her banker boyfriend Sam, who dies at the hands of a mugger and must find a way to communicate with Molly from beyond the grave. The pottery scene takes place early in the film, before his death, and it shows the audience everything we need to know about the passion between these two people. Like most great movie moments, the scene came about through a combination of hard work and happy accidents. “We had no idea that was going to turn into the most famous love scene in history,” Patrick Swayze said in a Ghost DVD featurette. “We were just actors trying to do the best job in the world.“ Here’s a brief history of the scene that made millions of people consider, just for a moment, taking up pottery as a hobby.
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When screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin first conceived of the character of Molly, he wrote her as a wood sculptor in the vein of ‘60s artist Marisol . “I envisioned her with these big blocks of wood and with big hammers and really going at it and really powerful,” Rubin recalled in a DVD featurette about the scene. But director Jerry Zucker worried that the idea was “a cliché.” During a scoring session for his 1988 comedy The Naked Gun, Zucker noticed one of the sound editors reading a pottery magazine and had the revelation that Molly should work with clay. Rubin liked the idea, and since his wife was a potter, he had no trouble with the rewrite. (Little did he suspect, however, that he was bringing a lifetime’s worth of dirty jokes on himself. “Now when people come over to my house and see the pottery studio, they wink at me, ‘Oh, now we know what you do at night,’” Rubin told the Chicago Tribune in 1991.) Molly became a clay artist, and the pottery scene emerged.
To prepare for her role, Moore took a few pot-throwing lessons. “I just didn’t want my pot to wobble,” she said in a Ghost featurette. “It was like a sure-fire sign that I was no good, and I was faking it.” Swayze didn’t receive any formal training, but he did sit at the wheel to rehearse the scene with Moore — which was when Zucker got his first inkling of how hot the finished scene could be.
“When we did the rehearsal, I just remember that it was sexy enough that it embarrassed Patrick and Demi a little bit when they were doing it,” Zucker said on the Ghost DVD commentary. “They both had all their clothes on… but it was still… even then, there was something about it that was sensual.”
On the day of shooting, the two actors and a small crew filmed on a closed set. Professional potters were on hand, and they started some of the pots in the scene, which Moore then completed on camera. But working with the pottery wheel proved challenging from a technical standpoint. “There’s a lot of footage of things flopping and spattering,” Zucker admitted. Production designer Jane Musky recalled the challenge of achieving “that wetness, so it was sensual, but not that it splattered all over their faces.”
Swayze claimed that he didn’t mind the mess. In Wendy Leigh’s biography Patrick Swayze: One Last Dance, he’s quoted as saying, “Getting all that mud stuff all over my arms — that was pretty sexy. Definitely got my juices going.”
At the same time, Swayze has admitted that he finds shooting love scenes extremely nerve-wracking. “I always felt extra pressure, since I was supposed to be Mr. Sexy, if you believed all the magazines,” Swayze wrote in his autobiography Time of My Life . “Of all the scenes I ever shot, I probably felt least confident about the love scenes. So it’s ironic that the clip of Demi and me at the pottery wheel is one of the best known of my whole career.” In Leigh’s biography, she reveals that Swayze rehearsed the Ghost scene with his wife Lisa Niemi in order to get past his embarrassment. Even so, Demi Moore claimed that "Patrick’s face turned bright red when we would even talk about the [love] scene.”
Moore, too, felt awkward during filming — particularly when the pottery scene transitioned into a full-on make-out session. In a 1991 People interview , she said that doing the scene with Swayze "felt like we were in high school on a first date. And here we had to act like we had known each other and were comfortable with each other. We were all arms. His face was so beet red! I would say, ‘Please don’t let my breast be exposed.’ And he would say, ‘Okay.’ If he noticed my shirt coming up over my rear, he would pull it down. We finally just said, 'I’m really nervous and I hate this.’ Then it was okay.”
And yet, it was clear to everyone present that Swayze and Moore were magic onscreen. One of the scene’s most endearing moments — when Swayze reaches over to help with the pot and accidentally collapses it — was unplanned.
“Nobody expected [the pot] to fall,” said Rubin. “Demi recovered so quickly…. She wasn’t angry, she wasn’t disappointed. In a way, the whole nature of their relationship was shown in that moment.”
The heat of the make-out scene was also more intense than anyone anticipated. “It was one of those times in both of our careers when something happened and both of us came alive,” said Swayze. Wrote the star in his autobiography: “Demi was really good in these situations. She was very warm — much warmer than she’d been in the other scenes we shot together. She showed a vulnerability that was very attractive, and that really came through onscreen.” The footage was so sensuous that, after seeing the dailies, Zucker decided not to shoot a more explicit sex scene that was in the script. (During the same sequence, Molly and Sam were supposed to make love under a sheet that covered one of Molly’s sculptures.)
This decision to cut the extended scene led to a continuity error that fans point out to this day: Between the pottery wheel and the groping session, the couple’s clay-covered hands become magically clean. On the DVD commentary, Zucker is unapologetic. “I just assumed that it was a time cut, that they didn’t get up right from the machine and go right to this,” he said. Then he added, “Actually, I just didn’t assume anything. I just wanted their hands to be not all full of clay.”
The other key element to the pottery scene, of course, is the song — a contribution from producer Lisa Weinstein, who brought Zucker a cassette tape of “Unchained Melody” during filming. “The longing of that music, the pain of the music is wonderful,” said Zucker. Coincidentally, Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley also sang “Time of My Life,” the theme song from Swayze’s biggest hit before Ghost , 1987’s Dirty Dancing. “I think we’re gonna have to do a duet soon or something,” Swayze joked in a 1990 interview .
Medley himself received a major career boost from Ghost. Written for the forgotten 1955 prison film Unchained (hence the title) and recorded by the Righteous Brothers in 1965, “Unchained Melody” became a resurgent hit in 1990, climbing to No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. Even more impressive: It made Medley cool again. “My kids were about nine and ten at the time, and all of a sudden I became the hero of the neighborhood,” he told Rolling Stone in 2003 .
Ghost was a massive hit — the highest-grossing film globally of 1990, besting Home Alone and Pretty Woman — and the pottery scene became instantly iconic. Pop culture has since become cluttered with parodies and homages; faux-sensuous pot-throwing scenes have been featured in the film Naked Gun 2 ½ (directed by Jerry Zucker’s brother David), and on Family Guy , Glee , Two and a Half Men , Community , and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon , to name a few. An Iowa reporter made headlines two years ago when he spoofed the scene during a live interview at a Cedar Rapids ceramics studio. Swayze and Moore’s scene is frequently cited as one of the sexiest , most romantic film moments of all time.
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Before his death from pancreatic cancer in 2009, Patrick Swayze spoke proudly of the pottery scene. “I was happy — and relieved — with how it turned out,” he wrote in his autobiography. “Demi and I had managed to capture a moment between these two people that made everything that happened later in the story feel that much more wrenching and emotional.”
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What song is playing in the famous pottery wheel scene in the movie Ghost?
The iconic love scene in Ghost is where Sam helps Molly on a potter's wheel and begins kissing her as " Unchained Melody " by The Righteous Brothers plays.
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It takes place after. It's not really a 'love' scene persay, more an 'erotic' one. Demi Moore's character is using a pottery wheel, and Patrick Swayze as a ghost guides her hands from behind. >> It actually takes part before Sam dies, at the begining of the movie. It's after he dies that he entered the Mediums body and we saw them kiss.
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Channing tatum's ghost remake has an impossible original movie challenge to overcome.
Channing Tatum is set to star in an upcoming remake of 1990's Ghost, but the movie has a very difficult decision to make regarding a key scene.
- Channing Tatum's Ghost remake faces the challenge of replacing Patrick Swayze and finding the right balance between honoring the original and making its mark.
- Remaking a classic movie like Ghost requires decisions on which key scenes to recreate or change, with the iconic pottery scene being a particularly difficult task.
- If the remake includes the pottery scene, it must also include the original song "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers to maintain the emotional impact of the original film.
The upcoming Ghost remake with Channing Tatum doesn't just have the challenge of replacing Patrick Swayze, there's another tough call they'll have to make during the production process. Tatum already has some big shoes to fill by replacing Swayze in the movie's lead role, but that's only one of the challenges that needs to be overcome. Channing Tatum's Ghost remake needs to make its mark while honoring the original's legacy. However, that level of balance may be difficult to find with such a classic and beloved movie.
Ghost is one of the most iconic movies from 1990 , with one scene in particular sticking out above the rest. Swayze shared the screen with other 90s legends in the original movie, including Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg. Currently, there is no release date for the Ghost remake . As such, the creative team behind the endeavor has plenty of time to decide which parts of the original need tweaking.
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The ghost remake will need to decide whether to recreate the iconic pottery scene, it's a very famous movie moment that may be difficult to reproduce.
One of the more intimidating aspects of remaking a classic movie is deciding how faithfully to recreate its key scenes. There's also the argument that they shouldn't be addressed at all in subsequent versions of the original. Channing Tatum's Ghost has already acknowledged that certain aspects of the movie will be changed , but the elements to which the actor was referring remain unclear. Speaking with Vanity Fair , Tatum mentioned his production company, Free Association, has the rights to Ghost , and that the movie will " change a little bit " in their hands.
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At some point, a decision will need to be made regarding whether the inclusion of the Ghost pottery scene is among the "changes" in question. The sequence is a legendary cinematic moment, as well as the very heart of the movie itself. Recreating or adapting the scene for a remake is therefore a giant task, but Channing's team may need to attempt it to keep the fabric of the movie intact.
1984's Karate Kid underwent a similar overhaul for its 2010 remake with Jackie Chan. The famous "Wax on, wax off" scene was replaced by "Jacket on, jacket off." In addition, the setting of the movie changed, as did the name of all its characters.
Why The Ghost Remake Should Still Include The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody"
The song is very closely associated with the original ghost movie.
If the Tatum remake retains the pottery scene, the song that helped make the original Ghost so special also needs to remain in place . If the on-screen events were to take place without the Righteous Brothers' track, it would feel hollow and incomplete. It's possible that a fresh take on the pottery scene could feature a newer version of "Unchained Melody." However, the original is so intrinsically tied in with the story that it may be jarring to hear a different artist performing the song in the context of the movie. In short, Channing Tatum and his Free Association colleagues have a tough decision to make.
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Ranking All The Songs from the Ghost Soundtrack
“Ghost” is a film that is well remembered by a lot of individuals, despite the fact that it came out in 1990. The film stars the likes of Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg. Serving as both a heartwarming and tear-jerking love story as well as a story about survival, passion and being open-minded enough to believe beyond what you can see with the naked eye, it’s a story that resonates well with a lot of individuals for different reasons. In addition, an original score was composed for the film. The film’s soundtrack consisted of 11 different tracks, provided you got the version that had the two bonus songs as well as the interview with the composer, Maurice Jarre. Here are all of those tracks, ranked from worst to best. They all have YouTube links, so if you haven’t heard them before, now is your chance.
11. Molly (Maurice Jarre)
The notes in this song reflect the gentleness of the character, Molly. As such, all of the notes in the music are somewhat soft. They reflect the personality of the female lead character, someone who is both soft and extremely resilient. Even in the softness of the notes, there is a certain strength throughout the song, as it must reflect that side of the character as well.
10. Carl (Maurice Jarre)
Many of the songs in the film were written to reflect certain character traits about the specific individual named in the song. As such, the music in this particular song is somewhat off-putting. There are a number of minor notes which are designed to make you feel ill-at-ease . Even if you’ve never seen the movie, you know right away that something is going on with this character just by listening to the music.
9. Oda Mae & Carl (Maurice Jarre) (bonus track)
Since this is a bonus track, it was not included on the original soundtrack. However, it quickly became a track that many people fell in love with. It’s quite suspenseful, putting you on the edge of your seat. There is a great deal at stake in the scene that is accompanied by this song, and those emotions are easily reflected in the tempo and sound of the track.
8. Maurice Jarre Interview (Maurice Jarre) (bonus track)
Just as the title of the track implies, this is not music, but an interview with the composer. It isn’t terribly lengthy, but there are several minutes of information available here. Anyone who genuinely enjoys the instrumental music on this soundtrack will undoubtedly enjoy the interview as well. It doesn’t appear on the original soundtrack, but is instead included as a special bonus track.
7. Sam (Maurice Jarre)
Just as you might have imagined, the song here reflects the character traits of the main male character. There are elements of strength, as the character is quite protective of those he loves. However, there are also some elements of sadness. As a result, many parts of the song are rather melancholy before the song resolves with a brighter sound toward the end.
6. Fire Escape (Maurice Jarre) (bonus track)
Here is another song that wasn’t featured on the original soundtrack. However, it is included on later releases as a bonus track. It may not be a fan favorite in most cases, but it still serves as an interesting piece of music in its own right.
5. Ghost (Maurice Jarre)
This is the main title theme. Jarre was tasked with creating something that would convey all of the main theories of the film while simultaneously reflecting the archetypes of the three main characters. The song starts out rather softly and then builds gradually, culminating in a crescendo of music that tends to evoke a number of emotions.
4. End Credits (Maurice Jarre)
At this point, you’ve seen the film in its entirety. You’ve probably experienced a roller coaster of emotions . That is precisely what this song reflects. It captures the joy and the sorrow experienced throughout the film, as well as the suspense that runs right the way through it.
3. Ditto (Maurice Jarre)
This song has one of the simplest titles you’re ever likely to see. That said, it is one of the most powerful selections in the entire soundtrack. It’s designed to take you on a journey by building in intensity as your emotions do the same.
2. Unchained Melody (Maurice Jarre) (orchestral version)
Here, you have the orchestral version of the only licensed song in the film. It’s used to drive home certain elements of the story and also serves nicely as the piece of beautifully elegant music that it is.
1. Unchained Melody (The Righteous Brothers )
As far as the single licensed song in the bunch is concerned, it moves the plot forward at a particular point where anything less would have been a mistake. For the few people who haven’t seen the film, it’s important not to give anything away. Suffice it to say that this is a song that stands out from everything else on the soundtrack because it was meant to stand out in the film. There’s a reason that this is the only song that you recognize the moment you hear it. There’s also a reason this is the only song with lyrics. It’s because the moment in the film is so important that it warrants these differences so that you are pulled into the story even more. In short, they’re asking you to pay closer attention without doing so in so many words. In fact, the music pulls you into the story so naturally that you don’t even realize what’s happening until it’s already over.
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