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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:
Bill Murray ... Dr. Peter Venkman
Dan Aykroyd ... Dr. Raymond Stantz
Sigourney Weaver ... Dana Barrett
Harold Ramis ... Dr. Egon Spengler
Rick Moranis ... Louis Tully
Annie Potts ... Janine Melnitz
William Atherton ... Walter Peck
Ernie Hudson ... Winston Zeddemore
David Margulies ... Mayor
Steven Tash ... Male Student
Jennifer Runyon ... Female Student
Slavitza Jovan Slavitza Jovan ... Gozer
Michael Ensign ... Hotel Manager
Alice Drummond ... Librarian
Jordan Charney ... Dean Yeager
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Storyline

Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler work at Columbia University. where they delve into the paranormal and fiddle with many unethical experiments on their students. As they are kicked out of the University, they really understand 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 reports 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 a downtown apartment building which 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 terrible ... Written by Chad Grill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Let's get slimed one more time. [re-release] See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Columbia Pictures | MySpace.com | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghostbusters See more »

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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Eddie Murphy was to have originally played Winston but did Beverly Hills Cop (1984) instead. That movie ended up beating this one as the year's highest grossing film. Had Murphy been cast, the role would have been bigger - Winston would have joined the group earlier and would have been slimed at the hotel. See more »

Goofs

Based on editing and dialogue, Ray buys the Ecto-1 car earlier the same day as the Sedgewick job. Given Ray's list of repairs the car needs and its initial appearance, it would take more than one day to get Ecto-1 to the painted-and-equipped state seen at the Sedgewick that night. 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 »

Alternate Versions

In addition to the legendary change from Stantz calling Walter Peck "dickless" to "Wally Wick," numerous other scenes were shot in alternate, broadcast-friendly versions for television. As the Ghostbusters emerge from the Sedgewick ballroom after catching the green ghost (Slimer) Venkman's "We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!" line was changed to "What a knockabout of pure fun that was!" Venkman's claim in the mayor's office that Walter Peck "has no dick" was changed to call him "some kind of rodent, I don't know which," Zeddmore's claim to have seen "stuff" rather than "sh*t" that'll turn you white, and Egon's later outburst of "sh*t" at the Keymaster's disappearance was changed to a milder "oh, no!" See more »

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Soundtracks

Disco Inferno
Written by Leroy Green and Ron Kersey
Produced by Ron Kersey
Performed by The Trammps
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp. by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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My favorite film as a child and still brilliant today!
25 February 2004 | by eamon-hennedySee all my reviews

I have special affection for this film. When I was a youngster, growing up between the ages of four and ten, this was my favorite film. I loved the whole Ghostbusters thing. I loved the sequel, the cartoon series, I had to have the toys and merchandise every Christmas, you name it. Strangely, as I have gotten older, I find myself appreciating the film more and more. When I was a child I loved it for the special effects, the gadgets and the ghostbusting especially. Nowadays I love it for the same reasons, but now that I'm older I find myself appreciating the dialog which is some of the funniest committed to a film, the oddball humor, like Venkman's line about dogs and cats living together and the in jokes, like Slimer being the ghost of John Belushi and Venkman rubbing his hand at glee at the thought of the money to be made from the merchandising of the ghostbusters brand. Not only that, but some 80's hairstyles aside, the film as aged remarkably well. My cousin who is five years old has developed a love for the whole Ghostbusters thing, showing that this is truly worthy of being branded one of the most successful films ever made.

Unlike many of today's blockbusters which are humorless and pompous thinking that they are serious films and forgetting about any sense of fun along with the complicated visual effects, Ghostbusters is funny and a fun paranormal movie. The set pieces are superb as we see the Ghostbusters going up against Slimer, Gozer and, undeniably the classic movie moment of the 80's, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. For a film made in 1984 the climax is very well done and looks exceedingly realistic, without any hint of clues as to the fact that it is a special effect. This is what going to the cinema should be all about. Fun with a capital F. All the actors get into it with great comedic aplomb. Bill Murray, one of the finest comedy actors to grace the screen, is superb as Peter Venkmen who gets the best lines in the film as well as the funniest moments. Just check out the "there is no Dana, only Zool" moment. Murray's priceless reaction to Dana Barrett's possession is one of the most side splitting moments I have ever seen. In fact, the casting is pretty much spot on. As well as Murray, we have co writers Dan Akyroyd and Harold Ramis sharing the spotlight as the fellow Ghostbusters, Sigourney Weaver making a wonderful damsel in distress, Rick Moranis is almost scene stealing as her nerd of a neighbor who becomes possessed himself, while Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts both put in wonderfully sardonic supporting roles who get their chances to shine.

Add to this one of the best theme tunes and a truly apocalyptic finale, it is no surprising that this was the biggest film of 1984. A summer blockbuster with humor, trills, spills and some of the best special effects money could buy at the time, this is truly a genuine classic and is one of the best Hollywood blockbusters ever made.


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