Ghostbusters


Ghostbusters

Overview:

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.

Votes 2338 (7.3/10)

Runtime: 107 minutes

Release Date 1984-06-07

Budget: $30,000,000.00

Revenue: $295,212,467.00

Website: Link

Tagline: They ain't afraid of no ghost.

Production company:

  • Columbia Pictures Corporation
  • Delphi Films
  • Black Rhino Productions

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Comedy
  • Fantasy

Trailer

Further Information

Dr. Peter Venkman
Bill Murray
Bill Murray
Dr. Raymond Stantz
Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd
Dana Barrett
Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver
Dr. Egon Spengler
Harold Ramis
Harold Ramis
Louis Tully
Rick Moranis
Rick Moranis
Janine Melnitz
Annie Potts
Annie Potts
Walter Peck
William Atherton
William Atherton
Winston Zeddmore
Ernie Hudson
Ernie Hudson
Mayor
David Margulies
David Margulies
Female Student
Jennifer Runyon
Jennifer Runyon
Hotel Manager
Michael Ensign
Michael Ensign
Gozer
Slavitza Jovan
Slavitza Jovan
Male Student
Steven Tash
Steven Tash
Librarian
Alice Drummond
Alice Drummond
Dean Yager
Jordan Charney
Jordan Charney
Violinist
Timothy Carhart
Timothy Carhart
Library Administrator
John Rothman
John Rothman
Archbishop
Tom McDermott
Tom McDermott
Fire Commissioner
John Ring
John Ring
Police Commissioner
Norman Matlock
Norman Matlock
Police Captain
Joe Cirillo
Joe Cirillo
Police Seargeant
Joe Schmieg
Joe Schmieg
Himself
Roger Grimsby
Roger Grimsby
Himself
Larry King
Larry King
Himself
Joe Franklin
Joe Franklin
Himself
Casey Kasem
Casey Kasem
Jail Guard
Reginald VelJohnson
Reginald VelJohnson
Real Estate Woman
Rhoda Gemignani
Rhoda Gemignani
Man at Elevator
Murray Rubin
Murray Rubin
Con Edison Man
Larry Dilg
Larry Dilg
Coachman
Danny Stone
Danny Stone
Woman at Party
Patty Dworkin
Patty Dworkin
Tall Woman at Party
Jean Kasem
Jean Kasem
Doorman
Lenny Del Genio
Lenny Del Genio
Chambermaid
Frances E. Nealy
Frances E. Nealy
Hot Dog Vendor
Sam Moses
Sam Moses
TV Reporter
Christopher Wynkoop
Christopher Wynkoop
Businessman in Cab
Winston May
Winston May
Mayor's Aide
Tommy Hollis
Tommy Hollis
Louis's Neighbor
Eda Reiss Merin
Eda Reiss Merin
Policeman at Apartment
Ric Mancini
Ric Mancini
Reporter
Carol Ann Henry
Carol Ann Henry
Reporter
James Hardie
James Hardie
Reporter
Frantz Turner
Frantz Turner
Ted Fleming
Paul Trafas
Paul Trafas
Annette Fleming
Cheryl Birchenfield
Cheryl Birchenfield
Dream Ghost
Kymberly Herrin
Kymberly Herrin
Reporter
Stanley Grover
Stanley Grover
Library Ghost
Ruth Oliver
Ruth Oliver
Reporter
Nancy Kelly
Nancy Kelly
Director
Ivan Reitman
Ivan Reitman
Screenplay
Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd
Screenplay
Harold Ramis
Harold Ramis
Producer
Ivan Reitman
Ivan Reitman
Executive Producer
Bernie Brillstein
Bernie Brillstein
Producer
Michael C. Gross
Michael C. Gross
Original Music Composer
Elmer Bernstein
Elmer Bernstein
Director of Photography
László Kovács
László Kovács
Editor
David E. Blewitt
David E. Blewitt
Editor
Sheldon Kahn
Sheldon Kahn
Casting
Karen Rea
Karen Rea
Set Decoration
Marvin March
Marvin March
Costume Design
Theoni V. Aldredge
Theoni V. Aldredge
Costume Design
Suzy Benzinger
Suzy Benzinger
Makeup Artist
Leonard Engelman
Leonard Engelman
Production Manager
John G. Wilson
John G. Wilson
Other
Toto
Toto
Producer
Joe Medjuck
Joe Medjuck
Art Direction
John DeCuir Jr.
John DeCuir Jr.
Visual Effects
Richard Edlund
Richard Edlund
Gaffer
Richmond L. Aguilar
Richmond L. Aguilar
Production Design
John DeCuir
John DeCuir
Visual Effects Art Director
John Bruno
John Bruno

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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