PG | | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.
Venkman's meeting with Dana at Lincoln Center was the first scene filmed with Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray together. The fountain had to be turned off for some shots so the actors' lines could be heard; in others lines were dubbed in later (crowd and traffic noise was a problem too). The U.S. and other flags flying half mast in distant background are in mourning of American and French soldiers killed October 23, 1983 in the barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, President Reagan's nationwide order extending through the 31st.
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.
(at around 1h 30 mins) In a ground level shot of Mr. Stay Puft as he approaches Dana's apartment house, the lower section of the building shakes from the ground vibrations, but the upper sections do not.
Opening titles give the name of the movie as "Ghost Busters" (two words). But in nearly all media/ads and even packaging/casing for home video releases, it is spelled as "Ghostbusters" (one word).
In addition to the legendary change from Stantz calling Walter Peck "dickless" to "Wally Wick," numerous other scenes were shot in alternate, broadcast-friendly versions for television. 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 "sh*t" that'll turn you white, and Egon's later outburst of "sh*t" at the Keymaster's disappearance was changed to a milder "oh, no!"
AUD 1,093,045 (Australia) (21 November 1984)