DVD Patrol: Our favorite Whoopi movies

Over the years, the DVD Patrol has featured a lot of movies and one actress who has always stood out is Whoopi Goldberg. She is one terrific actress and comedian who has proven she has an amazing range from her movie debut in “The Color Purple” to her many appearances on stage right up to her role as one of the ladies who tells it like it is on “The View.” Recently, an article had featured black actors who won Oscars, but Whoopi’s name was strangely absent. I thought that was a little weird for someone that everyone knows. So in honor of giving someone credit where credit is due, I assembled the team and said let’s do our favorite Whoopi Goldberg movies. This was one we couldn’t pass up. See if any of these appeal to you.



TYLER MURPHY

“Ghost” (1990)

One thing I always liked about the movie “Ghost” was the demonic shadows that suddenly appeared to take a sinful dead man’s soul back to hell. The creepy wraiths quickly rush forth and claim their prize before scattering back to hell.

 The movie’s plot is about the kind-hearted Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) and his lover Molly Jensen (Demi Moore). Sam is killed in a mugging, but his longing for the love of his life – and justice – ties his soul to the earth. He wonders to and fro frustrated by his inability to contact Molly... that is until he meets Whoopi Goldberg’s character Oda Mae Brown, the cheap street psychic who turns out to be the real deal. 

I’ve always kind of considered Whoopi to be an actor who often plays unique (freak) roles. So maybe that’s why I found her performance of the crazed and ruffled psychic, a natural one.

The movie moves forward with Sam convincing Oda Mae to try and contact his lost love. An interesting idea, a strange black woman showing up on a doorstep to tell a woman her lover says “hello” from the great beyond. 

The movie realizes this and pokes fun at the idea before finding a dramatic way to prove she’s on the level. The movie evolves more as the man responsible for killing Sam targets Molly. Eventually though, the three overcome.

“Ghost” is a heart-breaking movie complete with high caliber actors and some iconic cinematic moments of romance. It’s definitely worth watching at least once before shuffling down the mortal coil.

BRIAN GOLDEN

“Sister Act” (1992)

As a longtime fan of actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg, I’ll admit I was a bit more excited for this latest Toddster Team-Up than some. The woman is such a talent and I’ve always been just as impressed by her dramatic acting skills as I have her comedic timing. As for my all-time favorite Goldberg film, well, that was easy.


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