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Ghostbusters II (1989)

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The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business.

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Ivan Reitman

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Dan Aykroyd (characters), Harold Ramis (characters) | 2 more credits »
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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
Ernie Hudson ... Winston Zeddemore
Annie Potts ... Janine Melnitz
Peter MacNicol ... Dr. Janosz Poha
Harris Yulin ... The Judge
David Margulies ... The Mayor of NY
Kurt Fuller ... Hardemeyer
Janet Margolin ... The Prosecutor
Wilhelm von Homburg ... Vigo
William T. Deutschendorf William T. Deutschendorf ... Baby Oscar (as Will Deutschendorf)
Henry J. Deutschendorf II ... Baby Oscar (as Hank Deutschendorf)
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Storyline

Having lost their status and credibility five years after covering New York City with marshmallow in Ghostbusters (1984), the once-famous band of spirit-hunters find themselves struggling to keep afloat, working odd jobs. However, when Dana Barrett and her baby, Oscar, have yet another terrifying encounter with the paranormal, it's up to Peter Venkman and his fearless team of supernatural crime-fighters to save the day. Now, once more, humanity is in danger, as rivers of slimy psycho-reactive ectoplasm, and the dreadful manifestation of the evil sixteenth-century tyrant, Vigo the Carpathian, threaten to plunge the entire city into darkness unless the selfless Ghostbusters take action. Can they save the world for the second time? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Superstars of the Supernatural are back. And this time, it's no marshmallow roast. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghostbusters II: River of Slime See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,472,894, 18 June 1989

Gross USA:

$112,494,738

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$215,394,738
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The phone number on the side of Ecto-1 is JL5-2020. (555-2020) See more »

Goofs

After Ray accidentally knocked out the power while exploring under the street, the wench pulling him back up should have also stopped working, leaving the others to have to bring him the rest of the way up manually. See more »

Quotes

Vigo: Death is but a doorway, time is but a window, I'll be back.
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Crazy Credits

Bathtub Wrangler ... Wim Van Thillo See more »

Alternate Versions

Two attempts by Louis to capture Slimer. The first involved several Kentucky Fried Chicken legs strung up to the fire house ceiling. Slimer comes out and grabs a leg, and Louis pushes the button for the trap. The light comes out, but Slimer floats out of the way and the ceiling collapses, falling on Louis' desk. The second attempt involves Louis carrying a proton pack and faking a pizza delivery (Oh, hello, Pizza Man! Oh, two larges! I only ordered one. Oh, pepperoni and pineapple. My absolute favorite. I guess I'll have to eat these both by myself.) Slimer floats down from the ceiling, and Louis tries to shoot him with the proton pack. Slimer flies away, and the beam flies towards Janine carrying a stack of files, who casually steps aside of the beam. See more »

Connections

References Rabid (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

On Our Own
Written by L.A. Reid, Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) & Daryl Simmons
Produced by L.A. Reid (as L.A.) & Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) for LA' Face, Inc.
Performed by Bobby Brown
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Followed the first one too much.
7 April 2003 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

This sequel to the successful movie Ghostbusters was itself, pretty successful. In the end though it did not do as well and just seemed a little flat. The story of the slime was pretty good and it was funny seeing them do kid's birthday parties (though I doubt a kid at that time would have watched He-man cartoons). In the end this movie suffers from the fact that it follows the basic structure of the first movie so there is nothing really different about it. You have them investigating something, you have them dispatching a ghost, then you have the musical interval, then you have them locked up (in a loony bin this time), then you have a building taken over by the head ghost, and finally you have a giant thing walking through New York. It just seems to me that with ghosts and other things, you could come up with a totally original and funny script without having to follow what worked in the previous chapter. It is a shame too, that another Ghostbusters will probably never be made. It would be interesting to see it, considering all the advancements in special effects.


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