Ghostbusters (1984)

PG   |    |  Action, Comedy, Fantasy


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


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25 February 2004 | eamon-hennedy
My favorite film as a child and still brilliant today!
I have special affection for this film. When I was a youngster, growing up between the ages of four and ten, this was my favorite film. I loved the whole Ghostbusters thing. I loved the sequel, the cartoon series, I had to have the toys and merchandise every Christmas, you name it. Strangely, as I have gotten older, I find myself appreciating the film more and more. When I was a child I loved it for the special effects, the gadgets and the ghostbusting especially. Nowadays I love it for the same reasons, but now that I'm older I find myself appreciating the dialog which is some of the funniest committed to a film, the oddball humor, like Venkman's line about dogs and cats living together and the in jokes, like Slimer being the ghost of John Belushi and Venkman rubbing his hand at glee at the thought of the money to be made from the merchandising of the ghostbusters brand. Not only that, but some 80's hairstyles aside, the film as aged remarkably well. My cousin who is five years old has developed a love for the whole Ghostbusters thing, showing that this is truly worthy of being branded one of the most successful films ever made.

Unlike many of today's blockbusters which are humorless and pompous thinking that they are serious films and forgetting about any sense of fun along with the complicated visual effects, Ghostbusters is funny and a fun paranormal movie. The set pieces are superb as we see the Ghostbusters going up against Slimer, Gozer and, undeniably the classic movie moment of the 80's, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. For a film made in 1984 the climax is very well done and looks exceedingly realistic, without any hint of clues as to the fact that it is a special effect. This is what going to the cinema should be all about. Fun with a capital F. All the actors get into it with great comedic aplomb. Bill Murray, one of the finest comedy actors to grace the screen, is superb as Peter Venkmen who gets the best lines in the film as well as the funniest moments. Just check out the "there is no Dana, only Zool" moment. Murray's priceless reaction to Dana Barrett's possession is one of the most side splitting moments I have ever seen. In fact, the casting is pretty much spot on. As well as Murray, we have co writers Dan Akyroyd and Harold Ramis sharing the spotlight as the fellow Ghostbusters, Sigourney Weaver making a wonderful damsel in distress, Rick Moranis is almost scene stealing as her nerd of a neighbor who becomes possessed himself, while Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts both put in wonderfully sardonic supporting roles who get their chances to shine.

Add to this one of the best theme tunes and a truly apocalyptic finale, it is no surprising that this was the biggest film of 1984. A summer blockbuster with humor, trills, spills and some of the best special effects money could buy at the time, this is truly a genuine classic and is one of the best Hollywood blockbusters ever made.

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Trivia

The proton packs were much heavier than they looked. Some were heavier than others, depending on what a scene demanded. According to Ivan Reitman, none of the actors enjoyed wearing the packs, but Harold Ramis complained the least. Reitman wouldn't say which actor complained the most.


Quotes

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.


Goofs

The scene with Peter meeting Dana after her recital and arranging their date is cut between two scenes of Winston being hired and trained. In the other two scenes, all characters are wearing the same clothes, implying they occurred at the same time. However, Peter is present in all three scenes, and could not travel between the two locations in so little time. The scenes occurred after a montage of different scenes, so they could have taken place over several days.


Crazy Credits

During the end credits, as the Ghostbusters are leaving in Ecto-1, three priests can be seen giving the last rites to a chunk of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man


Alternate Versions

The version that aired on ABC-TV in 1987 (and later) featured several alternate takes for broadcast television. During the scene in mayor's office, Ray's "dickless" line was changed to "Wally Wick". As the Ghostbusters emerge from the Sedgewick ballroom after catching the green ghost (Slimer) Venkman's "We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!" line was changed to "What a knockabout of pure fun that was!" Venkman's claim in the mayor's office that Walter Peck "has no dick" was changed to call him "some kind of rodent, I don't know which," Zeddmore's claim to have seen "stuff" rather than "shit" that'll turn you white, and Egon's later outburst of "shit" at the Keymaster's disappearance was changed to a milder "oh, no!"


Soundtracks

In the Name of Love
Written by
Tom Bailey (as T. Bailey)
Produced by Steve Lillywhite
Performed by Thompson Twins
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.

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Genres

Action | Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,578,151 10 June 1984

Gross USA:

$243,187,079

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$296,187,079

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