Ghost is a 1990 romantic thriller film that stars Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg as the lead characters. Directed by Jerry Zucker, with the screenplay written by Bruce Joel Rubin, the film’s premise is centered on the ghost of a murdered investment banker killed (Swayze) who uses a charlatan (Goldberg) to communicate with his lover (Moore) and save her life from the same people who killed him. The movie also features Tony Goldwyn and Rick Aviles in supporting roles. Ghost premiered on July 13, 1990 and was a success both commercially and critically. In fact, it became the highest-grossing movie in 1990, earning more than $505 million against a $22 million budget. It also collected a number of nominations during the 63rd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Goldberg.
Ghost Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
In the 1990 fantasy film Ghost, the main character referred to in the title is Sam Wheat, a murdered banker whose ghost remains on Earth in order to solve his murder and save his lover from impending danger. The character is one of Patrick Swayze’s most recognizable roles and helped catapult him into stardom. The name “Sam” also happens to be a top choice for dogs.
One of the most popular dogs named “Sam” is the pooch from the Lethal Weapon film series. He is the dog owned by Martin Riggs, the film’s main protagonist. The Shetland Sheepdog has appeared in all four of the films from the franchise. While his backstory is not that clear, it is implied that Riggs chose to keep Sam around to serve as his companion after losing his wife, Victoria.
Sam had notable appearances in the first two installments of the film series. In Lethal Weapon, Sam is seen running toward the trailer owned by Riggs, which is located in a beach. During a scene where Riggs is about to commit suicide because of his depression, Sam stays by his side until he eventually decides against it. He appears to be very loyal to his owner and spends as much time as he can with him. When Riggs brings home women to the trailer, Sam becomes seemingly uncomfortable. Towards the end of the first film, Sam is shown to spend the holidays with Riggs and the Murtaughs.
In Lethal Weapon 2, Sam is once again seen on the beach where the trailer is located. This time, he is with Riggs; they go inside the trailer to watch their favorite film The Three Stooges. Sometime later, Riggs comes home with a woman named Rika Van Den Haas; Riggs asks Sam to leave so the two can be alone. During this time, they are ambushed by men who are after Riggs and Sam does his duty as a watchdog by barking loudly to alert his master. They manage to escape before they can get harmed by the attackers. Later on in the film, Sam is seen with Riggs again, this time comforting him as he mourns Rika’s dead body.
In the last two films of the franchise, Sam is still featured, albeit in smaller roles. In Lethal Weapon 3, he is only seen briefly with Riggs and his new dog, a Rottweiler, as they all watch The Three Stooges. In Lethal Weapon 4, the series’ final installment, Sam is again seen with the Rottweiler in their trailer while Riggs feeds them with biscuits.
Ghost Inspired Dog Name Considerations
Over the years, the process of naming your dog has become more and more complex. The days of giving your dog common names such as Spot, Fido or Fluffy are long gone. Instead, dog owners love to put a lot of effort into their choices. They also take into consideration a number of aspects, which help them with the naming process. As a furparent, you should also put great thought into your decision.
The easiest way to pick a name for your dog is to choose a famous reference. This could include anything from movies, television shows, literary works and the like. A favorite among dog owners are fictional characters; you can practice calling your dog a certain character from pop culture and see if it sticks.You can also pay homage to your own favorites by basing your name choice on them. For example, the critically-acclaimed 1990 film Ghost has gained a cult following since its premiere. Even decades later, the film is still a relevant movie and considered one of the greats. You can choose a character from Ghost and name your dog after them. You can also give your dog a name based on the artists, cast and crew involved with the film.