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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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Ivan Reitman
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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

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No spook, specter, or haunt will ever be safe again. See more »


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Trivia

According to Ivan Reitman, there was a lot of discussion in the writing sessions about the vibe between the three leads. Ramis was the brains of the group. Dan Aykroyd was the heart. Bill Murray was the mouth. See more »

Goofs

When the Ghost Busters first encounter Slimer on the 12th floor, the proton beam burns on the wall appear before the proton blast reaches them. 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

On the 70mm prints, the shot featuring the cover of The Atlantic, during the montage, is composited differently: the shot opens 'clean', then the cover slides in from the right, holds and then wipes to the left. On 35mm prints, the shot opens with the cover already in place. See more »

Connections

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Ghostbusters
Written and Performed by Ray Parker Jr.
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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Still Very Funny & Entertaining
10 June 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

There is no set definition of the word "classic" but I'm sure this film qualifies as such or will in the near future, since it was so unique and popular....and remains so today, over 20 years old later. It's just one of those films that you remember seeing when it came out at the theaters. I doubt if anyone has forgotten the catchy theme song, either.

Despite numerous viewings, I still find this very funny as I suspect many people do, because it entertains so well. I know the story is ludicrous and I don't believe for one second in ghosts so I ignore the "theology" and just laugh at Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts and Ernie Hudson.

Murray, as he tends to do, grabs the spotlight more than the rest and delivers more laughs than any of the cast but my favorite was Moranis as the nerdy "Louis Tully." I wish his role had been bigger. All the guys, however, plus Sigourney Weaver, the love interest of the always-horny Murray, are fun. I even liked the sequel because most of this cast was included.


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Official Sites:

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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:

$13,578,151, 10 June 1984

Gross USA:

$243,187,079

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$295,212,467
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray release)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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