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Ghostbusters (1984)

Ghost Busters (original title)
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Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

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Three odd-ball scientists get kicked out of their cushy positions at a university in New York City where they studied the occult. They decide to set up shop in an old firehouse and become Ghostbusters, trapping pesky ghosts, spirits, haunts, and poltergeists for money. They wise-crack their way through the city, and stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, one which will release untold evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters are called on to save the Big Apple. Written by Greg Bole <bole@life.bio.sunysb.edu>

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8 June 1984 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,612,564 (USA) (8 June 1984)

Gross:

$229,242,989 (USA) (12 September 2014)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Alice the librarian is queried as to whether anyone in her family had ever had any history of mental illness, she replies she had an uncle who thought he was St. Jerome, the patron saint of librarians. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Venkman goes to Dana's apartment to test for supernatural activity, he checks the refrigerator which Dana said had a building with flames coming out of it and creatures riding around. When he opened the refrigerator, on the top shelf, there is a Coca-Cola can with Coca-Cola written in cursive on the side. When the shot changes an angle, there is a different can with Coke written on the side in block lettering. At the end of the refrigerator shot, it changes back to the can with the cursive Coca-Cola on the side. See more »

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[first lines]
Dr. Peter Venkman: All right, I'm gonna turn over the next card. Concentrate... I want you to tell me what you think it is.
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Referenced in Films to Keep You Awake: The Christmas Tale (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

HOT NIGHT
Written by Diane Warren and The Doctor
Produced by Jack White and Robbie Buchanan
Performed by Laura Branigan
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp. by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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The Natural Artificial
5 May 2008 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

Some movies come with a surrounding story that makes it a richer experience.

This one's enriching story is that it is largely accidental. They had a different movie in mind, then changed it in a rush, making changes and inventing every day while shooting. Usually this results in an incoherent mess, but in this case it became ever so MORE coherent.

The reason is that all the principles are strongest at improvisational comedy. And they had worked together intensively and knew how to make each other look good. Its a funny thing about acting, especially comedic acting in the long form : you almost never can actually make yourself a success. You have to trust your partners to make you a success.

I always enjoy this movie. Like "Holy Grail" its charm is in referencing a mature world of slightly twisted forces, keeping some constant. Its a familiar place, naturally found. Its that natural access that makes it so endearing. Nothing is forced; no one is trying very hard. They go there easily and we do as well.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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