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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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Did You Know?


(at around 57 mins) The term "proton pack", was never officially used on screen until the Ghostbusters are in the subway tunnel and Egon says, "Before we go any further, I think we should get our proton packs." See more »


People still don't believe the Ghostbusters that they found slime in the underground at the trial many days later. But in order for the real electricians to get the city lights working again, they would have to go underground to do all the repairs in the exact location where Ray caused the damage, and they would have discovered the river of slime for themselves. See more »


Peter Venkman: See you next week on "World of the Psychic." Until then, this is Peter Venkman, saying...
[points to his forehead and stares at the camera for a long beat]
Peter Venkman: Ha ha! See you then.
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Crazy Credits

There is a brief scene in the end credits of the Ghostbusters being honored at an apparently restored Statue of Liberty. See more »


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Written by Bobby Brown, Dennis Austin, Larry White and Kirk Crumpler
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Their Number Is Still In The Book
22 October 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

All the principal characters and then some have been reunited five years later for Ghostbusters II. If you still have an ectoplasmic problem in your home or place of work, who you going to call? Why Ghostbusters II of course.

New York City has a river of ectoplasmic slime running underneath it and its feeding the sick desires of a long dead Carpathian count with delusions of grandeur to come back and rule. But first to find a host body.

Poor Sigourney Weaver, there's something about her that the spirits just can't resist. In the first Ghostbusters she was the target, now it's her infant son. Her's and Bill Murray's that is. If the no account count can get his spirit into the infant, he will be reborn with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Or does someone else have those?

As usual Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson see the problem, but to convince the rest of New York that their general misanthropic behavior is what the nasty spirit feeds on.

Joining the gang is former victim Rick Moranis. In many ways Moranis is the funniest one in the film. He and Annie Potts make a delightful couple and great babysitters for poor Sigourney, especially since she can't get them to leave.

Ghostbusters II is every bit as funny as the original. And in addition the second film retains that famous and catchy theme that you won't get out of your head for weeks after seeing this film.

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