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Ghostbusters II (1989)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
William T. Deutschendorf ...
Baby Oscar (as Will Deutschendorf)
Henry J. Deutschendorf II ...
Baby Oscar (as Hank Deutschendorf)


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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Release Date:

16 June 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ghostbusters 2  »

Box Office


$37,000,000 (estimated)


$112,494,738 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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(at around 54 mins) Peter and Dana find Oscar in bed awake. Peter and Dana are about to go out to dinner, leaving Oscar with a babysitter. Peter says that he has "some Laura Antonelli tapes if you wanna watch 'em". Laura Antonelli was an Italian actress famous for soft-core movies during the '70s (obviously inappropriate for a baby). See more »


During the "We're Back" montage, as Ecto-1 pulls out of the firehouse with Louis Tully running behind, there are clearly piles of wood and metal leaning against the back wall. During the rest of the movie and in the first Ghostbusters movie when Ecto-1 is parked in the main level of the firehouse, Janine's desk and Peter Venkman's office are at the back of the building. But, given that we know there was probably a space of time between the initial movie, where there was a huge hole punched in the floor, and this one, it's likely they had those materials to rebuild the firehouse and expand it. See more »


[two ten foot high, full-torso apparitions strapped into electric chairs with sparking electrical wires still attached, burst out of a specimen jar and hover in the air in the middle of a courtroom, sparks flying, before suddenly diving towards the judge and exploding]
Ray: Wow!
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Kickin' It Old Skool (2007) See more »


Written by Ray Parker Jr.
Produced by Run-D.M.C. (as RUN - D.M.C.)
Performed & Rap by Run-D.M.C. (as RUN - D.M.C.)
Courtesy of Profile Records Inc.
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This film shouldn't be panned
9 October 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I say that one line summary not in the meaning you should watch this film in widescreen, but in that this film isn't as bad as some people say. Sure it might not have the ultimate originality of the 1st (of course), but it is still entertaining, one of the best of 1989. This time, we see 5 years later where the Ghostbusters parted ways (Venkman to a Talk show, Spengler to a child psychologist and Stanz as a book store owner) but are put back together because of new activity in the paranormal that could end the world (courtesy of a painting named Vigo). Then, comedy ensues with great visual effects to match. Still pretty funny (the talk show scene with Chloe Webb is utterly hilarious), but maybe just a tad lesser than the first. A-

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