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Ghostbusters (1984)

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Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

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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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Let's Get Slimed One More Time. [re-release] See more »


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8 June 1984 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,612,564 (USA) (8 June 1984)

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$229,242,989 (USA) (12 September 2014)
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2.40 : 1
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Trivia

The original premise had three main characters: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. They fought ghosts in S.W.A.T. like suits using wands instead of guns. The ghost named Slimer was known as 'Onionhead', and at the end of the movie, Ghostbusters businesses were all over the United States. John Candy also was slated to play Louis. However, with Belushi's death and actors backing out, the script was rewritten and new actors cast. See more »

Goofs

When the Ghostbusters team victoriously exits the hotel at the end after defeating Gozer, Dana and Louis both have marshmallow smeared in their hair, which did not exist in the earlier scene where they were pulled out of the corpses of the Terror Dogs. Also, being inside the Terror Dogs at the time of the destruction of the Marshmallow Man, they wouldn't have been covered in ANY marshmallow cream, since they are shown later being fully, physically inside the Terror Dogs. See more »

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[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

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CLEANIN' UP THE TOWN
Written by Kevin O'Neal and Brian O'Neal
Produced by Kevin O'Neal, Brian O'Neal and John Leslie Hug (as John Hug)
Performed by The Bus Boys
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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A severely underrated film
16 September 2002 | by (london) – See 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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