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The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business.

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Five years after the events of the first film, the Ghostbusters have been plagued by lawsuits and court orders, and their once-lucrative business is bankrupt. However, when Dana begins to have ghost problems again, the boys come out of retirement only to be promptly arrested. The Ghostbusters discover that New York is once again headed for supernatural doom, with a river of ectoplasmic slime bubbling beneath the city and an ancient sorcerer attempting to possess Dana's baby and be born anew. Can the Ghostbusters quell the negative emotions feeding the otherworldly threat and stop the world from being slimed? Written by David Thiel <d-thiel@uiuc.edu>

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$37,000,000 (estimated)

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$112,494,738 (USA)
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Trivia

Several pieces of material from the trailers did not appear in the film:
  • Egon uses a PKE meter to read a piece of floating crystal.


  • When someone says the Titanic just arrived, Venkman replies "Better late than never." In the film, this is said by Cheech Marin.


  • Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) telling the mayor if they don't do anything about the situation, the mayor (David Margulies) will go down in history as the man who let New York sink into the tenth level of hell. The final version the mayor says it in a meeting with his advisers.


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Where upon arriving at Peter's rendezvous with Dana, Raymond and Egon proceed to inform Peter of their intentions of going underground. During this dialogue and an over the shoulder shot of Egon, we can clearly hear Ray speak to Peter while the only mouth that is moving in the shot is Egon's. See more »

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Dana: Hello, Peter.
Peter Venkman: [whips around Melodramatically, and speaks in a soap opera-esque deep tone] Hello, Dana.
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There are no opening credits, other than the title - which is represented by an animation of the movie's logo - The ghost bursting out of the first movie's barred circle logo and holding up two fingers. See more »

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Higher And Higher
Written by Gary Jackson, Carl Smith & Raynard Miner
Performed by Jackie Wilson
Courtesy of Sounds of Film, Ltd. / Brunswick Records, Inc.
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No, It's Not The Original, But It's Still Very Funny
11 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was another sequel that was fashionable to knock when it came out. It got panned because it couldn't live up to the first Ghostbusters. Well, what could? The first one was so original, so enormously popular than any sequel was bound to fail as far as matching it.

This second Ghostbusters was just fine, very entertaining and it was nice to see all the main characters back. It had a little nicer feel to it and was more family-friendly language-wise, so it even had some things going for it the first one didn't have.

The other major different in this sequel was watching Peter MacNichol, who reprized his "Renfield"-type character from Mel Brooks' "Dead: And Loving It" comedy with Leslie Nielsen. Here, MacNichol plays "Janosz Poha," another wacko with a thick Eastern European accent. He is hilarious, and elevates the enjoyment of this film. Otherwise, the rest of the cast plays and acts just as they did in the first film, which means you'll get a lot of laughs out of them The story just isn't as intense, that's all. No, it can't equal the original, but.....

The bottom line is this: Don't try to compare the two films. If you enjoyed the first, you'll like this.....period.


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