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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

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The Superstars of the Supernatural are back! 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

200 visual effects shots were used in the entire film. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) Michael P. Moran is credited as playing "Frank the Doorman" even though the character specifically tells Dana, "I'm not the doorman, Miss Barrett. I'm the building superintendent." But this is simply a joke put in to acknowledge what the character of Frank had said at the beginning. See more »

Quotes

Dana: So what do you think?
Peter Venkman: Well, he's ugly. I mean, he's not Elephant Man ugly, but he's not attractive. Was his father ugly?
Dana: [to Oscar] Don't listen.
Peter Venkman: And he stinks! You're ripe, Senor! Did his father stink? Yeah, I bet Daddy was smelly, wasn't he?
Dana: But seriously, there's nothing... unusual about him, is there?
Peter Venkman: Well, I don't have a lot of experience with babies... but you're excited now, because Mama's here to get your stool sample!
Dana: Stool sample?
Peter Venkman: Yeah...
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits, other than the title - which is represented by an animation of the movie's logo - The ghost bursting out of the first movie's barred circle logo and holding up two fingers. The title proper doesn't appear until the very end of the closing credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The ghost of the jogger that gets captured during the music montage was actually a separate scene entirely where the Ghostbusters sit in the park watching him run laps. As he is about to finish, Stanz "zaps" him into the trap and then runs to pick it up. Venkman walks up to him holding a stopwatch.... Venkman: He finished that last lap in six minutes! Stanz: If he weren't dead he'd be an Olympic prospect. See more »

Connections

References Bassmasters (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Ghostbusters
Written and Performed by Ray Parker Jr.
Produced by Ray Parker Jr.
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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No, It's Not The Original, But It's Still Very Funny
11 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was another sequel that was fashionable to knock when it came out. It got panned because it couldn't live up to the first Ghostbusters. Well, what could? The first one was so original, so enormously popular than any sequel was bound to fail as far as matching it.

This second Ghostbusters was just fine, very entertaining and it was nice to see all the main characters back. It had a little nicer feel to it and was more family-friendly language-wise, so it even had some things going for it the first one didn't have.

The other major different in this sequel was watching Peter MacNichol, who reprized his "Renfield"-type character from Mel Brooks' "Dead: And Loving It" comedy with Leslie Nielsen. Here, MacNichol plays "Janosz Poha," another wacko with a thick Eastern European accent. He is hilarious, and elevates the enjoyment of this film. Otherwise, the rest of the cast plays and acts just as they did in the first film, which means you'll get a lot of laughs out of them The story just isn't as intense, that's all. No, it can't equal the original, but.....

The bottom line is this: Don't try to compare the two films. If you enjoyed the first, you'll like this.....period.


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