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Ghost Rider

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mark Steven Johnson
Produced by Avi Arad
Stan Lee
David S. Goyer
Michael DeLuca
Gary Foster
Written by Mark Steven Johnson
Narrated by Sam Elliott
Starring Nicolas Cage
Eva Mendes
Wes Bentley
Sam Elliott
Donal Logue
Matt Long
Peter Fonda
Music by Christopher Young
Cinematography Russell Boyd
Editing by Richard Francis-Bruce
Studio Crystal Sky Pictures
Relativity Media
Marvel Enterprises
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) February 16, 2007
Running time Theatrical Cut:
114 minutes
Extended Cut:
123 minutes
Country United States
Australia
Language English
Budget $110 million
Gross revenue $228,738,393

Ghost Rider is a 2007 superhero film written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson. Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, the film stars Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze, a stunt motorcyclist who morphs into the demon vigilante Ghost Rider.

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Plot

In the American Old West, Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda) sends his bounty hunter of the damned, the Ghost Rider, to retrieve a contract for a thousand corrupt souls from the town of San Venganza. Because such a large amount of souls would cause Hell on Earth, the Rider refuses to give the contract and escapes Mephistopheles, later to hide the contract and himself.

A century and a half later, Mephistopheles reaches out to seventeen-year-old stunt motorcycle rider Johnny Blaze (Matt Long/Nicolas Cage), offering to cure his father's lung cancer in exchange for Johnny's soul. Johnny inadvertently 'signs' the contract when a drop of his blood lands on it after it was pricked by Mephistopheles before Johnny could refuse. The next morning Johnny awakes to discover that his father's cancer is cured, but his father dies that same day in a motorcycle crash. Johnny accuses Mephistopheles of causing his father's death, but Mephistopheles considers their contract fulfilled. Years later, Johnny has become a stunt rider famous for surviving disastrous feats.

Before a particularly dangerous new stunt, Johnny meets his childhood sweetheart Roxanne (Raquel Alessi/Eva Mendes), now a journalist, and makes a dinner date with her that evening. During the same time, Blackheart (Wes Bentley), Mephistopheles' son, comes to Earth to find the lost contract and use its power to overcome his father. To ensure himself allies, he enlists the fallen angels known as the Hidden, a trio of demon spirits who represent three of the four elements — the water-demon Wallow (Daniel Frederiksen), the earth-demon Gressil (Laurence Breuls), and the air-demon Abigor (Mathew Wilkinson). In response, Mephistopheles makes Johnny the new Ghost Rider, and revealing that it was his power that kept Johnny safe during all his stunts, offering Johnny his soul in return for defeating Blackheart. His powers as Ghost Rider reveals, Johnny is spirited off by his bike at high speed to where the contract was once buried where Blackheart arrived to find a railroad station built in its place and the graves moved to another location. Assuming his Ghost Rider form, Johnny kills Gressil while the others escape. On his way out of the station he uses his Penance Stare on a mugger, leaving the man catatonic; the mugger's victim gets away.

The next day, Johnny wakes in a cemetery chapel, where he meets a man called the Caretaker (Sam Elliott), who seems to know all the history of the Ghost Rider. When he arrives home, Johnny finds Roxanne and tries to explain his situation, but she doesn't believe him. The police arrive and take Johnny into custody for his connection to the damage done to the city and the deaths caused by Blackheart, who by that time made his way to a church to find the location of the contract. After transforming in the midst of being mugged by the criminals in the cell he was placed in, Ghost Rider breaks out to track down Blackheart. He fights and kills Abigor, in full view of Roxanne and much of the police force. Observing the scene after obtaining the location of the contract, Blackheart realizes that Roxanne is Johnny's weakness.

Johnny goes for advice to the Caretaker, who tells him of his predecessor, Carter Slade, a Texas Ranger known as a man of honor before his greed became a reason for him to be sentenced to death. Slade made a deal with Mephistopheles to break free; in return, Slade became the Ghost Rider who hid the contract of San Venganza. The Caretaker then warns Johnny to stay away from those whom Blackheart and the fallen angels can use against him. Johnny then returns home to find that Blackheart already has Roxanne. During their resulting fight, Johnny finds that his Penance Stare has no effect on Blackheart, who has no (human) soul. Blackheart threatens to kill Roxanne if Johnny does not deliver the contract to him.

Johnny returns to the Caretaker to obtain the contract. Johnny guesses that the contract is buried in one of the graves. He picks up a shovel and starts to dig. The Caretaker snatches the shovel and breaks it, revealing the contract hidden in its hollow handle. Though reminded of the consequences, Johnny asks the Caretaker to trust him. The Caretaker then reveals that he is Carter Slade, having held on to his last bit of power in expectation of this moment. He speculates that Johnny has God on his side because he made his deal with Mephistopheles because of love rather than greed or desperation, and shows Johnny the way to San Venganza. They ride together into the desert, both in Ghost Rider form; Slade is riding a supernatural horse which can keep up with Johnny's motorcycle. They stop a short distance from the town, where Slade gives Johnny his pump-action shotgun and the warning to "stick to the shadows" before fading away.

After killing Wallow, who was sent to stall for time, Johnny gives the contract to Blackheart. He quickly transforms into Ghost Rider in an effort to subdue Blackheart, but dawn comes and he is rendered powerless. Blackheart uses the contract to absorb the thousand souls into his body, taking the name "Legion". He attempts to kill Johnny, but is distracted when Roxanne uses Johnny's discarded shotgun to separate them. After she fails to destroy Legion, Johnny takes the gun and moves into shadows to turn the shotgun into a supernatural weapon and uses it to blast Legion apart. Legion re-forms, but Johnny moves in and uses his Penance Stare, made effective by the thousand souls inhabiting Legion's body, to render him catatonic. Johnny turns away from Roxanne, ashamed of his monstrous appearance; but she approaches him. As Roxanne strokes Johnny's bare skull, he reverts to human form and the flesh and skin and hair of his head reappears.

Mephistopheles appears and gives Johnny back his soul, offering to relive him the burden of Ghost Rider. Johnny refuses, saying that he will use his power against Mephistopheles, against all harm that comes to the innocent and avenge for his father. Infuriated of being robbed of the power, Mephistopheles vows to make Johnny pay, to which Johnny in response recites his favorite saying: "You can't live in fear". Mephistopheles then disappears, and Blackheart's body dissipates with him. Johnny and Roxanne share words and a kiss at a tree marked to symbolize their relationship, whereupon Johnny rides into the sunset. Slade's voice then acts as narrator to close the film.

Cast

Actor Role
Nicolas Cage Johnny Blaze / Ghost Rider
Eva Mendes Roxanne Simpson
Brett Cullen Barton Blaze
Wes Bentley Blackheart / Legion
Sam Elliott Carter Slade / Phantom Rider
Peter Fonda Mephistopheles
Donal Logue Mack
Matt Long Young Johnny Blaze
Raquel Alessi Young Roxanne Simpson
Daniel Frederiksen Wallow
Laurence Breuls Gressil
Mathew Wilkinson Abigor

Production

In May 2000 at the Cannes Film Festival, Marvel Comics announced an agreement with Crystal Sky Entertainment to film Ghost Rider with actor Jon Voight attached as a producer. Production was scheduled to start in early 2001 with a budget of $75 million, with actor Johnny Depp expressing interest in the lead role.[1]

In July 2000 Stax of IGN reviewed a draft script for Ghost Rider written by David Goyer. The script version is set in Louisiana. Stax felt that the revision was convoluted; he suggested that Goyer rewrite the plot and develop the characters.[2]

The following August, Dimension Films joined Crystal Sky to co-finance the film, which would be written by David S. Goyer and directed by Stephen Norrington.[3] In June 2001, actor Nicolas Cage entered talks to be cast into the lead role for Ghost Rider,[4] and by July, had closed a deal with the studio. According to producer Steven Paul, Cage had found out about Depp being a possibility for the role and contacted the director to express his own interest, being an avid Ghost Rider fan.[5]

In the following August, Norrington abandoned the project due to a scheduling conflict, leaving to film the action flick Tick Tock starring Jennifer Lopez.[6] Cage eventually left the project as well. By May 2002, the studio Columbia Pictures sought to acquire rights to the film in turnaround from Dimension Films following the success of Spider-Man.[7] In April 2003, under Columbia Pictures, director Mark Steven Johnson took over the helm for Ghost Rider with Cage returning for the lead role. Both had been drawn by a script written by screenwriter Shane Salerno. Johnson, rewriting Salerno's script, was set to begin production of Ghost Rider in late 2003 or early 2004.[8] With production delayed into October 2003, Cage took a temporary leave of absence to film The Weather Man. Ghost Rider production was slated to tentatively begin in May or June 2004.[9]

Ghost Rider had again been delayed to begin in late 2004, but the lack of a workable script continued to delay production.[10] In January 2005, actor Wes Bentley was cast as the villain Blackheart, having been introduced to Johnson by Colin Farrell, who had worked with the director in Daredevil.[11] Actress Eva Mendes was also cast opposite Cage as Roxanne Simpson.[12] On February 14, 2005, Ghost Rider commenced filming in Australia at the Melbourne Docklands film studios.[13] Then in March 2005, actor Peter Fonda (who starred in Easy Rider) was cast as the villain Mephistopheles.[14] Johnson originally planned to film before an audience at the Telstra Dome, but instead opted to create a crowd using computer-generated imagery.[15] The director also chose to film in the motorcycle district of Melbourne.[16] By June 2005, principal photography had been completed for Ghost Rider,[17] which was set for a summer 2006 release.[18] In April 2006, the cast and crew performed last-minute reshoots in Vancouver.[19] Ghost Rider was originally scheduled to release on August 4, 2006,[20] but the date was moved three weeks earlier to July 14, 2006.[21] Sony changed the film's release date once more to February 16, 2007 to help relieve the studio's crowded 2006 calendar.[22]

Character portrayal

Ghost Rider's motorcycle, in its supernatural transformed shape.

Instead of a "hard drinking and smoking bad ass" Johnny Blaze, Nicolas Cage decided to give him more depth. "I'm playing him more as someone who... made this deal and he's trying to avoid confronting it, anything he can do to keep it away from him". Cage also explained that Blaze's stunt riding was a form of escape and a way to keep him connected to his deceased father, who taught him to ride. Cage rode a Buell motorcycle for Blaze's stunt cycle, and a heavily customized hardtail chopper named "Grace" which transforms into the "Hell Cycle".[23] The Hell Cycle's wheels, made of pure flames in the comics, were changed to be solid tires covered in flames in order to give the motorcycle more weight onscreen.[24]

Ghost Rider's skull flames were designed to become smaller and blue to display any emotion other than rage.[24] The film's visual effects supervisor, Kevin Mack, and the visual effects team at Sony Pictures Imageworks handled the difficult task of creating computer-generated fire on a shot-by-shot basis.[25] Ghost Rider's voice was manipulated by sound designer Dane Davis, who won an Academy Award for Sound Editing for The Matrix. Davis filtered Cage's line readings through three different kinds of animal growls that were played backwards and covered separate frequencies. Davis then amplified the dialogue through a mechanical volumizer. Director Johnson described the sound as a "deep, demonic, mechanical lion's roar".[26]

Music

Ghost Rider Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Film score by Christopher Young
Released February 13, 2007
Recorded 2006
Genre Orchestral
Film score
Length 55:96
Label Varèse Sarabande
Christopher Young chronology
The Grudge 2
(2006)
Ghost Rider
(2007)
Spider-Man 3
(2007)

In December 2005, musical composer Christopher Young was announced to score Ghost Rider. In addition, Spiderbait, a band that Johnson befriended during filming in Australia,[25] performed a cover of "Ghost Riders in the Sky" for the end credits.[27]

All songs written and composed by Christopher Young.

Track Title Length
1. "Ghost Rider"   3:16
2. "Blackheart Beat"   3:06
3. "Artistry in Death"   4:13
4. "A Thing for Karen Carpenter"   2:01
5. "Cemetery Dance"   5:31
6. "More Sinister Than Popcorn"   5:40
7. "No Way to Wisdom"   2:15
8. "Chain Chariot"   6:18
9. "Santa Sardonicus"   3:36
10. "Penance Stare"   5:26
11. "San Venganza"   3:22
12. "Blood Signature"   2:08
13. "Serenade to a Daredevil's Devil"   1:53
14. "Nebuchadnezzar Phase"   5:52
15. "The West Was Built on Legends"   3:59
55:96

Release

Promotion

In May 2005, Sony Pictures launched the official website for Ghost Rider.[28]

The following July, the studio presented a Ghost Rider panel at Comic-Con International and screened a teaser for the audience.[24] The teaser, which did not have finalized footage of the film, eventually leaked online.[29] In the same month, Majesco Entertainment Company announced its deal with Marvel to acquire worldwide rights to produce the video game Ghost Rider for the PS2, PSP, and Game Boy Advance consoles.[30]

In December 2005, the studio presented a first glimpse of Ghost Rider in a ten-second footage piece on the official site.[31]

In April 2006, Sideshow Collectibles announced the sale of a Ghost Rider maquette based on the concept art of the film.[32]

The following May, domestic and international teaser trailers for Ghost Rider were launched at Apple.[33]

The Ghost Rider was also featured in a commercial for Jackson Hewitt Tax Services in which the character presented his income tax forms to a clerk for processing to receive a quick refund check.

On April 19, 2007, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment confirmed that in America the film will be issued on June 12, 2007 as a single-disc Theatrical Cut DVD, two-disc Extended Cut DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and UMD. Special features on the Extended Cut DVD include two commentary tracks, a comic book history feature, and a making of the film featurette.[34]

Extended Cut version was also release on HD DVD in France on September 7, 2007.

Reception

Ghost Rider was commercially released in the United States on February 16, 2007. The film grossed $15,420,123 on its opening day,[35] while earning $45,388,836 for its opening weekend. The film earned $52,022,908 over the four-day President's Day weekend, with a per-theater average of $14,374 in 3,619 theaters.[36] The film's total earnings were $115,802,596 domestically, and a worldwide total of $228,738,393.[37]

Ghost Rider received generally poor reviews from film critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, Ghost Rider has a 27% overall approval out of 122 reviews from critics.[38] The results were mirrored in Metacritic reviews as well, displaying a ranking of 35 out of 100 based on 20 critical reviews.[39] Additionally, Michael Ordoña of the Los Angeles Times[40] and Jeannette Catsoulis of the New York Times[41] expressed disappointment in the movie, with Ordoña citing the "satanic references" and "judgemental" elements of Cage's character, and Catsoulis denoting how Johnny Blaze is "more funny than frightening". Although Eric Alt of the Chicago Tribune praises the computer-generated effects of the film, he also criticizes it, calling it a "clumsy, lifeless outing".[42]

Sequel

On February 9, 2007, Marvel producer Avi Arad announced the development of Ghost Rider 2 at a press event.[43] Peter Fonda has also expressed a desire to return as Mephistopheles.[44] In early December, 2007, Nicolas Cage also has expressed interest to return in the lead role as Ghost Rider.[45] Shortly after, in another interview he went on further to mention that he would enjoy seeing a darker story, adding, "He's not eating jelly beans anymore; he's getting drunk". He also suggested that the film could do with newly created villains.[46]

In a September 2008 interview, Nicolas Cage informed IGN that Columbia have taken meetings to start a sequel[47]. Cage noted conversations about the story, where Ghost Rider may end up in Europe on behalf of the church, having story elements "very much in the zeitgeist, like Da Vinci Code."[48] In February 2009, an online source stated Columbia Pictures had greenlit a sequel to Ghost Rider. Nicolas Cage will reprise the lead role, whilst the studio are in search of writers.[49] On September 23, 2009, it was reported that David S. Goyer signed on to write the script for the sequel[50]. Goyer spoke to MTV about the sequel, stating that the story will pick up eight years after the events of the first film and that he hopes to start filming by 2010[51].[52] The sequel is entitled Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance will be produced by Mike De Luca[53] and will screen in PG-13.[54]

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Ghost Rider is a Marvel film. It is about a motorcycle stunt rider becoming the devil's bounty hunter to kill escaping demons.

Contents

Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider

  • Back to Hell.
  • Sorry, all out of mercy.
  • (to the mugger) You, guilty!
  • Look into my eyes. Your soul is stained by the blood of the innocent. Feel their pain!
  • Nice jacket.
  • (to the boy) You, innocent!
  • Let's ride.
  • I'm the only one who can walk in both worlds. I'm Ghost Rider.
  • How does it feel to have all that evil inside of you? All their power, all their souls. A thousand souls to burn. Look into my eyes. Your souls are stained by the blood of the innocent. Feel their pain!
  • My daddy said once "If you don't make a choice, the choice makes you".
  • [To Roxanne, after stopping her on the freeway] I want to talk to you. I haven't seen you in 56,000 years.
  • Yeah I'm good, feels like my skull on fire, but I'm good.
  • {said to abogor} time to clear the air

Blackheart

  • Go ahead. Send the rider. I'll bury him, and I'll bury you...Father.
  • (Told that "[he] shouldn't be here") That's what they keep telling me.
  • Looking for someone?
  • Now we know his weakness.
  • Your penance stare doesn't work on me. I have no soul to burn. The Caretaker forget to mention about that, huh? Surprise. He said you're going to bring me back. I'm not going back, I like it here!
  • My name is Legion. For we are...many.
  • All of your world, all of your souls will be mine now.
  • You have his heart, now i'm gonna break it.
  • They say raise no more devils than you can lay down, my father raised one too many
  • Forgive me Father, for I have sinned... I have sinned a lot.

Mephisto

  • Forget about friends, family, love.
  • I know why your here. I know what you're after. It's my contract. They're my souls.
  • You will suffer for this. Now, deal with my rider.

Dialogue

Johnny Blaze: You.
Mephisto: Hello, Johnny.
Johnny Blaze: Stay away from me.
Mephisto: A little late for that. Nice bike.
Johnny Blaze: Why are you here?
Mephisto: Oh, I've always been here Johnny. All along. Phoenix, Denver, Houston.
Johnny Blaze: It was you... keeping me alive.
Mephisto: No, no, Johnny - it's all you. You're the best. And I'm your greatest fan. The posters, the video games, the crowds screaming, chanting, "Johnny, Johnny, Johnny." It makes me so proud. It's like watching an investment that keeps growing and growing until the day you cash it in. That day is today, Johnny. Find the one known as Blackheart, and destroy him.
Johnny Blaze: Find him yourself. [Gets on bike]
Mephisto: It doesn't work like that. [Johnny finds that he's stuck to his bike] You're under contract, remember? If you succeed, I'll return your soul.
Johnny Blaze: I'm not doing it.
Mephisto: You don't have any choice.
[stamps cane, sending the bike (and Johnny) after Blackheart]

Prisoner: You look like that Johnny Blaze.
Johnny Blaze: Yeah, yeah, I hear that a lot.
Prisoner: Nah, that is you. That's him. I saw you jumping at the State Fair a few years ago. I paid ten bucks to watch you splatter - but you didn't.
Prisoner 2: Looks like somebody's tripping out. Might be a big shot out there, Blaze, but in here you're nothing but a monkey in a cage!
Johnny Blaze: I don't want any trouble.
Prisoner 2: It looks like trouble's found you.
[punches Johnny]
Prisoner: Nice jacket.
(They toss Johnny Blaze to the floor)
Young Prisoner: Come on, man, leave him alone.
Prisoner: Get lost! (slaps the Young Prisoner)
(The prisoners pummel Johnny Blaze until he transforms into the Ghost Rider)
Ghost Rider: Hell...
[Ghost Rider walks up to the prisoner who punched him, and lifts him by his collar]
Ghost Rider: Nice jacket...
[Shown zipping up his "new" jacket]
Ghost Rider: Very nice. You. (pointing to Young Prisoner) innocent.

[Grabs helicopter with his chain]
Ghost Rider: You're pissing me off.
Helicopter Pilot: Okay, okay, sorry.

[Roxanne approaches Johnny/Ghost Rider, but he turns away]
Ghost Rider: Monster...
Roxanne Simpson: I'm not afraid.

Johhny Blaze: I'm gonna own this curse, and I'm gonna use it against you. Whenever innocent blood is spilled, it'll be my father's blood. And you'll find me there, a spirit of vengeance fighting fire with fire.
Mephisto: I will make you pay for this.
Johhny Blaze: You can't live in fear.

Carter Slade/ Phantom Rider/ The Care Taker

  • Good morning, Bone-head...
  • Congratulations.The chances just went from none to slim.
  • Figured you'd be back, bone-head..
  • I've got one last ride left in me.
  • Stick to the shadows.
  • This is the end of the trail for me.Got nothing left..I could only change one more time and I was saving it for this.
  • God knows I've made my share of mistakes and i've been trying to make them right ever since.
  • Guess all ive to do now is hope he sees fit to give me another chance.

Taglines

  • His Curse Will Become His Power

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