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Ghostbusters (1984)

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Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

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Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Egon work at the University where they delve into the paranormal and fiddle with many unethical experiments on the students. As they are kicked out of the University do they really understand their knowledge of the paranormal and go into business for themselves. Under the new snazzy business name of 'Ghostbusters', and living in the old firehouse building they work out of, they are called to rid New York City of paranormal phenomenon at everyone's whim.... for a price. They make national press as the media thinks and pressures everybody the Ghostbusters are the cause of it all. Thrown in jail by the EPA, the mayor takes a chance and calls on them to help save the city. Unbeknownst to all, a long dead Gozer worshiper (Evo Shandor) erected downtown apartment building is the cause of all the paranormal activity. They find out the building could resurrect the ancient Hittite god, Gozer, and bring an end to all of humanity. Who are you gonna call to stop this ... Written by Chad Grill

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8 June 1984 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

Venkman's meeting with Dana at Lincoln Center was the first scene filmed with Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray together. The fountain had to be turned off for some shots so the actors' lines could be heard; in others lines were dubbed in later (crowd and traffic noise was a problem too). The U.S. and other flags flying half mast in distant background are in mourning of American and French soldiers killed October 23, 1983 in the barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, President Reagan's nationwide order extending through the 31st. See more »

Goofs

(at around 29 mins) The Ghostbusters firehouse has "Entrance around corner" stenciled on the front with an arrow pointing toward a door on the side. However, there is no corresponding door inside. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

Opening titles give the name of the movie as "Ghost Busters" (two words). But in nearly all media/ads and even packaging/casing for home video releases, it is spelled as "Ghostbusters" (one word). See more »

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I CAN WAIT FOREVER
Written by Graham Russell, David Foster and Jay Graydon
Produced by David Foster and Jay Graydon
Performed by Air Supply
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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Horrendously overrated
26 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ghostbusters is nothing more than an inconsistent mess of a wannabee comedy. I am indeed a fan of Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver, but honestly, this is one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

Sure, the effects were state-of-the-art for 1984, with all of those hideous monsters, but that was simply just a way to cover up the absolutely awful screenplay.

I'm not sure where all of this acclaim comes from. Just like Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the story jumps all over the place. Yes, they stayed true to one aspect, the line with the wicked Zuul, but the rest just seemed out of place.


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