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Ghostbusters (1984)
"Ghost Busters" (original title)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy  |  8 June 1984 (USA)
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Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

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Storyline

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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Comedy | Fantasy

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Box Office

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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Trivia

The part where the bookcase falls over and Venkman asks Ray "Has this ever happened to you before?" was not part of the original script. The bookcase actually fell over of its own accord (possibly from been disturbed by various crew members) and the subsequent lines were ad-libbed. It was decided to leave this material in as it added an extra element of mystery to the atmosphere as to whether it was a natural occurrence, or a malicious act on the part of the ghost that the soon-to-be ghost busters were looking for. See more »

Goofs

In versions before the digitally remastered release, light can be seen reflecting off the camera lens when Venkman stops everybody so he can try to pull the tablecloth out from under the dishes. 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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GHOSTBUSTERS
Written and Performed by Ray Parker Jr.
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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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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