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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

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 Zeddmore
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 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

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

Runtime:

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

In the storyboards for the film (included in a gift booklet for the Ghostbusters two disc set), the guns for the proton packs were actually wands, like magic wands. They were long sticks with a ball on the end. They fired by the Ghostbusters flicking their wrists as a magician would and pointing the wands at the ghosts. The wands were changed to laser guns to fit the idea that the Ghostbusters created their gear from practical equipment. See more »

Goofs

(at around 39 mins) The USA Today cover, dated Oct. 8, 1984 lists an obituary for The Thin Man actor William Powell, who actually died on March 5, 1984. The designer of the faux covers, Michael McWillie, probably used the actual March 6th USA Today cover as the basis for his mock-up. (The text on the cover is only readable on the high-definition Blu-Ray version of the film.) 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

Referenced in The Game (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Magic
Written by Mick Smiley
Produced by Keith Forsey
Performed by Mick Smiley
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A severely underrated film
16 September 2002 | by magic_markerSee all my reviews

What's that you say? Ghostbusters, one of the most financially successful and over-hyped comedies of the eighties, underrated? Yes. Precicely because it was so over-hyped and made so much money, there has been a stigma attached to this film identifying it as a childish FX piece, when it is nothing of the sort. Most of the lines people remember("He slimed me," "OK. So? She's a dog," "When someone asks you if you're a god, you say YES!") are not its funniest or wittiest lines, which often are missed on first or even second viewing. I laugh every time I observe a gag or a quip that I somehow missed the other 20 times I viewed a scene; "Egon, this reminds me of the time you tried to drill a hole through your head, remember that?" "That would have worked if you hadn't stopped me", or, to the driver of a van from a loony bin, "Dropping off or picking up?" Brilliant.

Not only is Ghostbusters funny, it manages to include some truly scary scenes. And not just lose-your-popcorn moments like the fridge from Hell, but also scenes of quiet, thoughtful chill, like Egon's retelling of how the possessed apartment building came into being, or Winston recalling the Book of Revelation. Which other film has managed to combine the Marx Brothers with HP Lovecraft?

The special effects hold up well, besides some obvious studio sets and models, but what really creates this film's world is the stunning cinematography. Manhattan, perhaps the pinnacle of Gothic architectural evolution, is brilliantly utilised here to create a sense of menacing grandeur. After watching "Ghostbusters" I couldn't imagine the realm of the Old Gods opening into our world from anywhere else. The soundtrack is great, not the overrated theme (Which was in fact lifted from Huey Lewis' "I Need a New Drug"), but the wonderfully blusey "Cleaning Up the Town," the creepy proto-techno chiller "Magic" and also the wonderful score by the late and much lamented Elmer Bernstein.


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