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Ghostbusters

User Rating: 74%
Language: English
Runtime: 107 min

About Movie

After losing their academic posts at a prestigious university, a team of parapsychologists goes into business as proton-pack-toting "ghostbusters" who exterminate ghouls, hobgoblins and supernatural pests of all stripes. An ad campaign pays off when a knockout cellist hires the squad to purge her swanky digs of demons that appear to be living in her refrigerator.

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Basic Details

Release Date:

08 June 1984

Genres:

Comedy, Fantasy

Production Country:

United States of America

Original Language:

English

Runtime:

107 min

Production Company:

Delphi Films, Black Rhino Productions, Columbia Pictures

Budget:

$30,000,000.00

Revenue:

$295,212,467.00

Tagline:

They ain't afraid of no ghost.

Movie Crew

Director:

Ivan Reitman

Screenplay:

Dan Aykroyd
, Harold Ramis

Producer:

Ivan Reitman

Producer:

Michael C. Gross

Producer:

Joe Medjuck

Movie Cast

Bill Murray
Bill Murray
Dr. Peter Venkman
Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd
Dr. Raymond Stantz
Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver
Dana Barrett
Harold Ramis
Harold Ramis
Dr. Egon Spengler
Rick Moranis
Rick Moranis
Louis Tully
Annie Potts
Annie Potts
Janine Melnitz
William Atherton
William Atherton
Walter Peck
Ernie Hudson
Ernie Hudson
Winston Zeddmore
David Margulies
David Margulies
Mayor
Jennifer Runyon
Jennifer Runyon
Female Student
Michael Ensign
Michael Ensign
Hotel Manager
Slavitza Jovan
Slavitza Jovan
Gozer
Steven Tash
Steven Tash
Male Student
Alice Drummond
Alice Drummond
Librarian
Jordan Charney
Jordan Charney
Dean Yager
Timothy Carhart
Timothy Carhart
Violinist
John Rothman
John Rothman
Library Administrator
Tom McDermott
Tom McDermott
Archbishop
John Ring
John Ring
Fire Commissioner
Norman Matlock
Norman Matlock
Police Commissioner
Joe Cirillo
Joe Cirillo
Police Captain
Joe Schmieg
Joe Schmieg
Police Seargeant
Roger Grimsby
Roger Grimsby
Himself
Larry King
Larry King
Himself
Joe Franklin
Joe Franklin
Himself
Casey Kasem
Casey Kasem
Himself
Reginald VelJohnson
Reginald VelJohnson
Jail Guard
Rhoda Gemignani
Rhoda Gemignani
Real Estate Woman
Murray Rubin
Murray Rubin
Man at Elevator
Larry Dilg
Larry Dilg
Con Edison Man
Danny Stone
Danny Stone
Coachman
Patty Dworkin
Patty Dworkin
Woman at Party
Jean Kasem
Jean Kasem
Tall Woman at Party
Lenny Del Genio
Lenny Del Genio
Doorman
Frances E. Nealy
Frances E. Nealy
Chambermaid
Sam Moses
Sam Moses
Hot Dog Vendor
Christopher Wynkoop
Christopher Wynkoop
TV Reporter
Winston May
Winston May
Businessman in Cab
Tommy Hollis
Tommy Hollis
Mayor's Aide
Eda Reiss Merin
Eda Reiss Merin
Louis's Neighbor
Ric Mancini
Ric Mancini
Policeman at Apartment
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Carol Ann Henry
Reporter
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James Hardie
Reporter
Frantz Turner
Frantz Turner
Reporter
Paul Trafas
Paul Trafas
Ted Fleming
Cheryl Birchenfield
Cheryl Birchenfield
Annette Fleming
Kymberly Herrin
Kymberly Herrin
Dream Ghost
Stanley Grover
Stanley Grover
Reporter
Ruth Oliver
Ruth Oliver
Library Ghost
Nancy Kelly
Nancy Kelly
Reporter
Ron Jeremy
Ron Jeremy

Movie Review

John Chard

They came, they saw, they briefly conquered the 80s.

A trio of misfit parapsychologists set up business as Ghostbusters. Ideal really because although slow at first, their business starts to boom as New York comes under threat from a supernatural force.

Dan Aykroyd had this idea about space Ghostbusters in the future and the plan was to have himself and fellow Blues Brother, John Belushi, star in it. Pitching it to producer and director Ivan Reitman saw the basic concept retained but eventually it became what we now know as Ghostbusters. Co-written with Harold Ramis (also a co-star), Aykroyd's genesis turned not only into a "monster" smash hit at the box office, but also into a pop-cultural "phenomenon". In fact it actually is nice to re-visit the film these days without the public euphoria that swamped the movie for what seemed like a decade. T-shirts with the Ghostbusters logo on were everywhere, a telephone number if you rang it would have the Busters on answer phone, whilst the title song from Ray Parker Jr could be heard on the hour every hour on the radio. Even the catch phrase of "who ya gonna call?" was being used by the young, the old and the restless. Marketing genius or cynical tactics covering a sub-standard film?

Well ultimately the film is really rather ace, it has some problems for sure (the effects were bad back then, never mind now and Ernie Hudson is a token addition to the team) but it's razor sharp with its wit and has a mass appeal to people of all ages. It's a basic odd ball's to the rescue plot, but the differing characterisations and comedy lift it considerably higher than similarly themed films that had come prior to it. That it boasts a bigger budget and Bill Murray of course helps the cause. Murray was brought in after Belushi had left the mortal coil, and promptly owns the film. His Dr. Venkman is a fusion of sarcasm, biting one liners and sees science as a way of getting girls. All of which blends mirthfully with the polar opposites that are Aykroyd's Stanz and Ramis' Spengler. Sigourney Weaver lights up the screen as the soon to be possessed, and chased by Venkmen, Dana Barrett and Rick Moranis does meek goof-ball supreme as Louis Tully. There's also value to be found in the script courtesy of some political nudging as the mayor is aware of vote power, while the human element badness and cynicism comes from William Atherton's (suitably weasel like) stiff suit Walter Peck.

Given its success (it made a worldwide profit of almost $262 million) a sequel was inevitable. Amiable enough as it was, it was a pale shadow of the first film and even recycled the ending. So stick with this bad boy then, a fun film for all that serves as a reminder of when the world went Ghostbusters barmy. 8/10

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