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While the role of Vigo was played by Wilhelm von Homburg, all his lines were dubbed by Max von Sydow. Wilhelm was unaware that he would be dubbed and left the premiere in anger when he found out.
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The cameo appearance of Slimer the green ghost of Ghostbusters (1984) was prompted by the fact that in the years in between the two films, the cartoon series The Real Ghostbusters (1986) introduced the idea that Slimer was living at the firehouse as the Ghostbusters' pet. Because the original film and the cartoon series were so popular with children, they put Slimer in the film.
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The kid who tells Ray that, according to his dad, the Ghostbusters are "full of crap" is played by Jason Reitman, the son of director Ivan Reitman, and future Oscar-nominated director of Juno (2007) and Up In the Air (2009). Reitman's daughter Catherine Reitman plays the girl with the puppy in Egon's lab.
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The pneumatic subway line that Ray finds when they lower him below the street was based on a pneumatic line built in 1870 by Alfred Beach. It operated using compressed air and was built as a demonstration of a pneumatic transit system. The one-block-long tunnel was built prior to any other subways in the area and without any City approval. It had a single beautifully appointed station adorned with frescoes, easy chairs, statues and a goldfish pond. The line was shut down in 1873 due to lack of official and financial support. The tunnel entrance was sealed and the station was reclaimed for other uses. In 1912, when digging for the modern subway system, workers found the original tunnel, still in good condition, and the remains of the passenger car. The tunnel was removed to make way for the contemporary subway lines and the passenger car has disappeared into history. Today there are no physical remains of Beach's experimental and ambitious subway project.
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The scene involving a woman's mink coat coming to life was originally written & storyboarded to be in Ghostbusters (1984) where it was set on a fashion show runway.
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Originally, the producers planned on having the crashed Hindenburg appear as a ghostly airship. They dumped this in favor of the apparitions coming off the Titanic.
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Janine's appearance was made significantly different than in the first Ghostbusters (1984) movie to conform to her animated counterpart in The Real Ghostbusters (1986).
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A scene featuring Ray driving Ecto-1A recklessly at speed, as a result of being possessed while examining Vigo's painting, was filmed but not used in the final edit of the movie. However, some shots of the sequence (Ray running a red light; Peter, sitting in the back, pulling a surprised face) were used in the montage as the Ghostbusters go back into business. (This continued a trend of unused scenes being used in a montage. In the first film, a scene of Ray and Winston investigating a haunted fort, where Ray encounters a beautiful ghost, was filmed and not used, but instead used as a 'dream' in that movie's montage sequence.)
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Bill Murray told Entertainment Weekly that he was very disappointed with the way that the film turned out. He commented that "Those special-effects guys took over. It was too much of the slime and not enough of us."
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Because of the wild popularity of The Real Ghostbusters (1986) among children, Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis made a conscious effort to tone down the adult innuendo and behaviors from the previous Ghostbusters (1984) movie. Between the two films, all the Ghostbusters gave up smoking (except for a few scenes where Ray is seen with a cigar either in his hand or in his mouth), and the ghosts took on appearances closer to those in the animated series rather than the more frightening effects of the first film.
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The main bad guy is named Vigo Von Homburg Deutschendorf. The actor who plays Vigo is Wilhelm von Homburg and the twins who play Oscar are William T. Deutschendorf and Henry J. Deutschendorf II. The twins are the nephews of singer John Denver whose real name was Henry J. Deutschendorf I.
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After the release of this film, Louis Tully, who has become the Ghostbusters' lawyer, was added into The Real Ghostbusters (1986) cartoon series. Also, there was an episode in which the "mood slime" was used.
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Dr. Venkman teases Dr. Spengler about his lab assistant and Dr. Spengler responds "I think she's more interested in my epididymis". The Epididymis are the small tubes that connect the vas deferens to the testes.
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The Vigo character was based on Vlad III The Impaler and Grigory Rasputin.
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In an interview in Starlog 148 (published November 1989), Peter MacNicol revealed that in first script he saw, the character of Janosz Poha was a rather lackluster villain called Jason. It was MacNicol who suggested to Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis to make the art restorer come from Carpathia, which is why he's an expert on the painting of Vigo. During filming, MacNicol spent a lot of time in his trailer, creating Janosz' origin and accent, as well as a mythology for Carpathia. He even came up with his own vision for a Carpathian flag, which featured a snake stepping on a man.
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During the montage sequence after the courthouse scene, when the Ghostbusters sign is being put up, the sign-maker's phone number, (516) 374-2340, is visible. This was and still is the phone number for Five Town Neon Service Inc., also known as "Johnny's Signs".
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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."
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On June 14th, 2017. Henry J. Deutschendorf II, one of the twins that played Baby Oscar in the film committed suicide. He was 29.
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A scene where patrons run out of a movie theater as slime oozes from the area has Cannibal Girls (1973) with Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin showing on the marquee. "Cannibal Girls" was one of Ivan Reitman's first films as a director.
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In the ending credits, Slimer is credited as playing himself.
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The joystick the team uses is an NES Advantage joystick with most of the body removed.
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The original VHS (and laserdisc) release of this movie (and The Karate Kid Part III (1989)) was in letterbox, causing complaints to video stores prompting them to call RCA/Columbia to find out if there was a problem in the printing. To make matters worse, it was not letterboxed in the film's original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, but rather letterboxed AND panned-and-scanned into a 1.66:1 frame. So viewers who liked 'full frame' movies had to put up with black bars at the top and bottom of the screen, and those who want films in their OAR had to deal with a picture that was cropped on the sides and panned-and-scanned in some shots. Neither type of viewer was satisfied with the original home video release. The DVD release in 1999 was the first time that the film was presented in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio on home video.
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When Peter arrives at Ray's Occult book-store, pretending to be a strange customer looking for a particular book, the gag was originally intended to be that Peter had previously made a prank phone call to Ray asking for the book, and Ray realizing it was Peter who made the call when he arrives at the store repeating the act. The prank call was not used in the final edit of the film, resulting in it seeming that Peter is just fooling around as he enters the shop.
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Ivan Reitman had to postpone his next film Kindergarten Cop (1990) because he had to complete work on this film for a summer release in 1989.
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In the courtroom scene, the prosecuting lawyer is carried out of the room upside-down by her leg by one of the ghosts. In the trailer, you see the prosecuting lawyer floating out of the room upside-down as the ghost SFX have not yet been added.
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This was Janet Margolin's final film before her death on December 17, 1993 at the age of 50.
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The Ghostbusters TV Commercial, in which Louis and Janine are in bed when a ghost attacks is a rehash of scene from the first movie that was filmed but not used. Originally, before the Ghostbusters go on their first call at the Sedgwick Hotel, there was a scene with a honeymooning couple in the hotel who encounter Slimer in their bedroom and call the manager, who in turn calls the Ghostbusters.
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Several pieces of material from the trailers did not appear in the film:
  • Egon uses a PKE meter to read a piece of floating crystal.
  • When someone says the Titanic just arrived, Venkman replies "Better late than never." In the film, this is said by Cheech Marin.
  • Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) telling the mayor if they don't do anything about the situation, the mayor (David Margulies) will go down in history as the man who let New York sink into the tenth level of hell. The final version the mayor says it in a meeting with his advisers.
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In Peter's apartment you can see the newspaper front pages from the first Ghostbusters (1984) movie, including the "USA Today" front page. Each one is framed on his wall. They are most visible when Dana (Sigourney Weaver) is still wrapped in a towel after getting out of the shower and Peter is telling her about finding slime residue in her apartment.
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Carpathia was also the name of the ship that rescued survivors from the Titanic, which appears in the film.
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A scene was filmed, but cut which as Ray and Egon detect the river of slime beneath the city, as they investigate the baby carriage incident. Dana asks Peter, Egon and Ray why is it happening to her again? and what it is about her that the ghosts and the supernatural forces like about her and Egon believes that it may be something genetic related, which Dana could be vulnerable to paranormal activity.
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200 visual effects shots were used in the entire film.
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Peter and Dana find Oscar in bed awake. Peter and Dana are about to go out to dinner, leaving Oscar with a babysitter. Peter says that he has "some Laura Antonelli tapes if you wanna watch 'em". Laura Antonelli was an Italian actress famous for soft-core movies during the '70s (obviously inappropriate for a baby).
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According to Ernie Hudson, after executives saw how popular the first movie was with kids, they forced some changes onto the second movie to make it more appealing to a younger audience.
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Bobby Brown, who performs the song "On Our Own" on the soundtrack, makes a cameo appearance as the doorman to City Hall when the Ghostbusters meet with the Mayor.
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While Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis were eager to move forward on a sequel, several factors led to the five-year gap between the sequel and the original. Bill Murray had been on an extended sabbatical from acting and was angered by new Columbia head David Puttnam calling him "an actor who makes millions off movies but gives nothing back to his art" at a British-American Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Further, Puttnam resented the blockbuster films, like the original, that his studio hit big with in the 1980's. When Puttnam was fired in the fall of 1987, his replacement, Dawn Steel made a Ghostbusters sequel a priority. Michael Ovitz, who represented Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis, and Ivan Reitman at Creative Artists Agency, arranged a meeting in early 1988 to smooth tensions and reservations that the four men had had in the ensuing years after the original's success. Ovitz's conflict resolution tactic worked, and production commenced shortly after the end of the 1988 Writer's Guild of America strike.
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The shot of the Ecto-1 on the verge of breaking down at the start of the film is fitting in that while filming the bridge scene that's seen in the montage, the car finally did break down.
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The scene where Louis Tully finds Slimer in the fire station apparently eating his lunch was originally intended to be a running gag in the film where Louis would try and trap the ghost and try and prove himself as a Ghostbuster. The idea was cut and this scene and the sequence at the end where Louis apparently removes the slime from outside the museum are the only remains of this joke.
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The building used for exterior shots of the "Manhattan Museum of Art" is actually the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House, at 1 Bowling Green next to Battery Park. As of 2010 the building houses the American Indian Museum and a U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
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A scene of Egon and Ray experimenting on the bowl of slime, with them wearing head devices with multiple wires connecting to the bowl (which would have gone before the scene with the 'dancing toaster'), was filmed but not used in the final edit, but a shot from the scene was a commonly used publicity still for the film.
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When Louis Tully (Rick Moranis) puts on the Ghostbusters boiler suit and equipment and runs out of the HQ he quips about the proton pack being heavy. This could be a reference to the complaints that the actors made themselves, throughout the filming of the first movie, that the proton pack props were too heavy.
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The Scoleri brothers are actually a parody of the Blues brothers, which Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi starred in.
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The mention of He-Man early on in the film is fact-based humor: Filmation, the animation studio responsible for Ghostbusters (1986) (the series with Jake Kong, Eddie Spencer, and Tracy the gorilla) as well as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983), went defunct in 1989, the same year this film was released.
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Peter Mosen appears as the date of the Slimed Restaurant Patron played by Judy Ovitz. Peter was a Ghostbusters superfan who used to do promotional work as a Ghostbuster, complete with his own Ecto-1 replica, for Columbia Pictures and NOW Comics back in the 1980s. He was profiled in The Real Ghostbusters Magazine, Fall 1990 issue.
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At the very beginning of the movie, there is an onscreen message that reads '5 years later.' The sequel really did come out 5 years after the original.
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To save money on building sets, the courtroom scene reused the set from another Ivan Reitman picture, Legal Eagles (1986). A glass partition was added so it could be blown up during the scene.
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In the first movie Dana said to Dr. Venkman that he acts like a game show host, and in the beginning of this movie he is a TV host.
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In the German dub, Oscar is renamed 'Donald'.
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A scene was filmed, but cut which Hardemeyer gets swallowed by the pink slime surrounding the museum.
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Dialogue including "There's always room for Jello" was re-recorded for the finished film.
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Peter MacNicol, who plays Janosz, the main villain's lubberly minion, who was forced into that role by the evil's supernatural powers, plays the same character, Renfield, in another comedy, Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)
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In the Spanish dub, "He-Man" is replaced by "Hulk", and "Laura Antonelli tapes" by "some Emmanuelle tapes".
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Dana removing her shirt, revealing a white bra underneath in the bathroom scene was not in the original script.
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In the bathroom scene. The shot of Dana running out of the bathroom with Oscar when they are attacked by the pink slime in the bathtub was filmed in front of a blue screen.
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A scene which was filmed, but cut which saw Lois making a failed attempt to zap Slimer with a Proton pack, which startles Janine.
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Around 54 minutes, Peter and Dana find Oscar in bed awake. Peter and Dana are about to go out to dinner, leaving Oscar with a babysitter. Peter says that he has "some Laura Antonelli tapes if you wanna watch 'em". Laura Antonelli was an Italian actress famous for soft-core movies during the '70s (obviously inappropriate for a baby).
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A scene was filmed, but cut in which Louis uses chicken drumsticks as bait for Slimer, so he can put Slimer in the ghost trap, which fails.
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The phone number on the side of Ecto-1 is JL5-2020. (555-2020)
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Vigo's name is Vigo Von Homburg Deutschendorf; Von Homburg is the last name of the actor playing Vigo, Deutschendorf is the last name of the twins playing Oscar.
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Oscar was born in April 1988.
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Slimer was given a new look for the sequel.
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The toaster used for the "dancing toaster" scene is a two-slice chrome Toastmaster B700 model. This style of toaster first appeared in 1978, and became America's most popular toaster.
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In one scene, Slimer is seen driving a bus and gives Louis a ride to the museum and Louis remarks that he didn't know that he had his license to drive. It's possible Slimer may had been a bus driver when he was a living human being and it could explain how Slimer knows how to drive a bus.
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A decade after this film's release, Arnold Schwarzenegger would star in the 1999 supernatural thriller End of Days (1999) which in that film, Satan arrives in NYC in human form and seeks to impregnate 20 year old Christine York and give birth to his child, which must happen between 11PM and midnight on New Year's Eve. In the film, Vigo seeks to possess the body of 8 month old Oscar Barrett and be reborn and rule the world, which must happen by midnight on New Year's Eve.
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Egon gives the atomic mass of cobalt as 58.9, and it actually is 58.933194 without rounding. It is one of the few metals that has only one stable isotope, so its average and monoisotopic masses are identical.
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Vigo is the name of a coast city northwest to Spain, located in the province of Pontevedra, autonomous community of Galicia.
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Mary Ellen Trainor later starred opposite Rick Moranis in Little Giants (1994).
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Peter playfully covering his face with baby Oscar and saying "HELP ME!" in the Oscar checkup scene is a nod to Sigourney Weaver's most famous film Alien (1979) in particular the scene which Kane (John Hurt) gets a face hugger attached to his face. Sigourney Weaver starred in that film and it's sequels as Ellen Ripley.
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The bathroom scene was partially shot in front of a blue screen. When Dana (Sigourney Weaver) runs out of the bathroom screaming with baby Oscar. If you look carefully, you can tell that it is blue screen and that shot with the background and the pink slime creature was added in by computer.
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Cameo 

Brian Doyle-Murray: The psychiatrist at the mental hospital is played by Bill Murray's brother.
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Cheech Marin: The Dock Attendant to who says the line, "Well, better late than never" when the Titanic Arrives.
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Ben Stein: One of the city officials who mentions the slime shell around the museum in the meeting at City Hall.
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Chloe Webb: guest on "World of the Psychic".
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

It was speculated by fans that Oscar's father is Louis Tully, due to Dana and Louis having sex when they were possessed by Zuul and Vinzo Clortho and that Oscar is the offspring of the Gatekeeper and the Keymaster. Oscar was born 8 months prior to this film and this film takes place 5 years after the original film. And in the film, Dana states that Oscar's father had moved to Europe following his divorce from Dana. If Oscar was Louis' son and had been conceived when Dana and Louis were possessed, he'd be 4 years old in this film.
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