Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.
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
When Venkman mentions the time Spengler tried to drill a hole in his head, Spengler's response ("That would have worked if you hadn't stopped me") was actually ad-libbed by Harold Ramis. See more »
(at around 43 mins) Venkman says that Gozer was worshiped by the Hittites, Babylonians, and Sumerians in 6000 BC, which is long before any of those countries are generally accepted as having existed. The Sumerians first come into history around 4000 BC, the two Babylonian Empires lasted 1900 to 1600 BC and 626 to 539 BC, and the Hittite empire lasted 1600 to 717 BC. However, 4000 BC is only the earliest date *known* regarding the Sumerians, as no history was recorded before then, so they could have been around for millennia earlier. Those other groups existed in the same general region and grew out of earlier cultures, so there could be, in the context of the movie, a set of Gozer cults in 6000 BC in the cultures that the Hittites and Babylonians came from. (A simpler explanation, of course, is that Venkman is an idiot with no idea of what he's talking about, which is repeatedly shown to be the case throughout the movie.) See more »
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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There are no opening credits for this film, other than the title. See more »
One of the most genuinely hilarious comedies out there. The dialogue in itself makes me laugh every time I watch this movie, and on the DVD if you turn on the extras you will see how many things are adlibbed right then and there by the actors.
Bill Murray undoubtedly delivers his stellar performance as Venkman, and Harold Ramis is perfect as Egon. They both have a wonderful deadpan manner, especially in a library scene very early on in the film.
Dan Akyroyd is the naive mistake maker Ray Stanz, as his thoughts bring on the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and Ernie Hudson rounds out the cast as Winston Zedmore, who is the last Ghostbuster to join up but is necessary.
With Sigourney Weaver as Venkman's gorgeous love interest and Rick Moranis as her yuppie neighbor, this movie is a classic for anyone and definitely one of the best comedies EVER filmed!
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