Ghost

Question: When Sam meets the subway ghost, he is told that the subway ghost got pushed onto the tracks. As Sam leaves, he stops in front of a subway billboard for some kind of huge company. After he looks at it, he turns to where the subway ghost was with a shocked look on his face. What was on the billboard that made Sam react that way?

Chosen answer: The poster is an ad for Market Security Bank & Trust, the bank that Sam (and Carl, who had him killed) worked for. Seeing the poster gave Sam an idea how to use Oda Mae and his knowledge of the bank to expose Carl's criminal activities.

Sierra1 Premium member

But how is the subway ghost connected to the billboard?

New this month Question: Why did the angels only come for Sam after Carl dies?

New this month Answer: If the question is why did they wait to take Sam, we can only speculate. But as angels, they may have wanted to give him time to say goodbye.

Jason Hoffman

Question: Did the subway ghost commit suicide or did someone push him on the train tracks?

Joey221995

Answer: He tells Sam he was pushed and takes exception to Sam's incredulous response, adding that he didn't jump nor did he fall.

Phaneron Premium member

Question: Why was Carl laundering $4 million into the account? Was he in debt when he says to Willie "I'm dead if the account closes", which it does?

Joey221995

Answer: Carl is laundering money for drug dealers. If the account is closed and he can't get the money back then it would be lost. The drug dealers would then most assuredly murder him in retribution.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: After the subway ghost shows Sam how to move things, he gets angry at Sam's question about his death, making him kick a cigarette dispenser. After kicking the dispenser, why does the subway ghost suddenly not recognize Sam?

Answer: The subway ghost was a paranoid schizophrenic who committed suicide by throwing himself in front of the train. As a ghost, he still has extreme mood swings that range from denial to grief to anger and even violence, and he apparently suffers short-term memory loss, as well.

Charles Austin Miller

The subway ghost told Sam that somebody had pushed him.

As I said, the subway ghost was a paranoid schizophrenic who is in denial. He insists that he was pushed; but his odd insistence implies that he actually committed suicide.

Charles Austin Miller

Answer: The ghost is mentally unhinged with periodic lucid periods before lapsing back into unstable rants.

raywest Premium member

Question: How did the hospital ghost, cemetery ghost and Subway ghost know that Sam was a ghost too?

Answer: New ghosts (such as Sam) apparently go through a learning process, exploring their abilities. Sam had to learn how to pass through solid objects, move solid objects, enter another human's body, etc. Obviously, the older ghosts had additionally learned to distinguish between the living and the dead.

Charles Austin Miller

Question: After Willy takes Sam's wallet, why did Sam attack him? The scene happened so fast I can't figure out why.

Answer: Willy struck Molly (knocking her to the ground) when she tried to intervene, thus making Sam attack him in response. This fight led to Sam getting shot.

Question: What did the old man ghost mean when he said to Sam that he's waiting for his wife in the cardiac wing and "she's fighting it."

Joey221995

Answer: I believe he is trying to say she's trying to stay alive (like the way people try to beat cancer to stay alive longer). He's most likely missing her though and is hoping she will die so they can be together soon. Makes the most sense.

Question: Why is there the statue in bed with Sam when he seems to have woken up from a dream and why do you see the statue falling apart?

zxcvbnm

Answer: The wooden angel is a symbol of foreboding. At the beginning, when Sam and Molly are furnishing their loft apartment, they try bringing the large, decorative angel through a window on the second floor, but the rope slips with almost disastrous results. This was an implied warning that something catastrophic was about to happen in their idyllic life (Sam is killed shortly thereafter). When he has the vision of the angel in bed with him, Sam realises the nature of that warning, but it was too late; and, when he sees the angel falling to pieces, it symbolizes Sam's failure to ascend to the afterlife when he was given the chance.

Charles Austin Miller

Answer: Surely it is just a nightmare. After all he has just been shot and is dying. Perhaps the statue falling apart is a metaphor for his life - which has just fallen apart.

Alan Keddie

Question: What was the real plan to begin with? Did Carl want Willy to murder Sam and take his wallet, or was Willy supposed to just mug him and let him go?

dan coakley..

Chosen answer: Mug him and let him go. There's a whole scene where Carl is very distraught to find out Sam was killed.

Phixius Premium member

Question: At the end where Carl gets dragged off to hell, a cable line is attached to him. I have watched this scene a few times on a full screen DVD and have had trouble seeing it. Can anyone tell me where the wire is located and if I need a different DVD copy to see it. Thanks in advance.

Chosen answer: The wire may have been digitally removed for the DVD release. I'd check a VHS copy.

Phixius Premium member

Question: Who is the lady who looks at Sam during the funeral scene? They meet eyes like they know each other, then she turns around, and walks through a grave stone.

Chosen answer: She is another ghost who recognizes him for what he is and empathizes with his loneliness. They don't know each other.

Phoenix

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