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Ghostbusters (1984)

Ghost Busters (original title)
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Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Peter Venkman
... Dr. Raymond Stantz
... Dana Barrett
... Dr. Egon Spengler
... Louis Tully
... Janine Melnitz
... Walter Peck
... Winston Zeddmore
... Mayor
... Male Student
... Female Student
Slavitza Jovan ... Gozer
... Hotel Manager
... Librarian
... Dean Yeager
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Storyline

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 Chad Grill

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The supernatural spectacular. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 June 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ghostbusters  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,612,564, 10 June 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$238,632,124

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$291,632,124
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Metrocolor)

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2.40 : 1
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Trivia

Dan Aykroyd described Mr. Stay Puft as a cross between the Michelin Man and the Pillsbury Doughboy. He wanted to create a fictional brand mascot that everyone would have grown up with. See more »

Goofs

(at around 4 mins) Near the beginning of the film Venkman is conducting an experiment, in which he says he is using Negative Reinforcement. Two test subjects guess the symbol on the back of the card. Venkman administers electric shock for wrong answers, and gives praise for correct answers. (Of course, he's cheating, but on with the content critique.) Psychologically and Scientifically speaking, Negative Reinforcement is the subtraction of a variable in order to reinforce/increase the frequency of a desired behavior. Venkman is actually engaging in Positive Punishment, the addition of a variable/stimulus (in this case the electric shock) designed to decrease the frequency of a behavior (wrong answers). In Behavioral Psychology, Negative and Positive do not refer to traditional ideas of good or bad but rather the addition or subtraction of a variable in order to enhance or discourage a given behavior. 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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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits for this film, other than the title. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Muppet Babies: Dental Hyjinks (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can Wait Forever
Written by Graham Russell, David Foster and Jay Graydon
Produced by David Foster and Jay Graydon
Performed by Air Supply
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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A Comedy Classic!
25 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Unlike the last person to comment, who found this film unfunny and less than memorable, I submit an opinion completely opposite to that. The one-liners and sarcasm throughout this movie are both extremely funny AND extremely memorable. 20 years later, the jokes still hold up, and people of all ages still quote it in everyday conversation. Even though I've seen it a hundred times, I still laugh out loud every time. Every actor is superb in his/her role, and the comic timing is brilliant. Plus, this is one of those movies with tons of nuances and silly little things that you have to watch dozens of times to catch.

Needless to say, this movie comes highly recommended.


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