Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters

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Director: Ivan Reitman

Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver

     
 

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Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson star as a quartet of Manhattan-based "paranormal investigators." When their government grants run out, the former three go into business as The Ghostbusters, later hiring Hudson on. Armed withSee more details below

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Overview

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson star as a quartet of Manhattan-based "paranormal investigators." When their government grants run out, the former three go into business as The Ghostbusters, later hiring Hudson on. Armed with electronic paraphernalia, the team is spectacularly successful, ridding The Big Apple of dozens of ghoulies, ghosties and long-legged beasties. Tight-lipped bureaucrat William Atherton regards the Ghostbusters as a bunch of charlatans, but is forced to eat his words when New York is besieged by an army of unfriendly spirits, conjured up by a long-dead Babylonian demon and "channelled" through beautiful cellist Sigourney Weaver and nerdish Rick Moranis. The climax is a glorious sendup of every Godzilla movie ever made-and we daresay it cost more than a year's worth of Japanese monster flicks combined. Who'd ever dream that the chubby, cheery Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man would turn out to be the most malevolent threat ever faced by New York City? When the script for Ghostbusters was forged by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, John Belushi was slated to play the Bill Murray role; Belushi's death in 1982 not only necessitated the hiring of Murray, but also an extensive rewrite. The most expensive comedy made up to 1984, Ghostbusters made money hand over fist, spawning not only a 1989 sequel but also two animated TV series (one of them partially based on an earlier live-action TV weekly, titled The Ghost Busters.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Ghostbusters is an exuberant, fully realized blockbuster packed with plenty of choice moments for repeat viewing. The cast is pitch-perfect: Bill Murray's easygoing comic gifts are at their sarcastic best; Rick Moranis is hilariously pathetic; and Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis do a wonderful job as the dorky, science-minded members of the crew. Aykroyd and Ramis also wrote the one-liner-packed script; the wacky, scary subject matter made the film understandably popular with children, but there's also sophisticated humor which can only be appreciated by adults. Providing a blueprint for the many copycat summer hits to come, director Ivan Reitman impressively balances the laughs with action and horror. The special effects have held up well with time, though the soundtrack and its catch-phrase theme song may feel a little dated.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/2006
UPC:
0043396141223
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
4,001

Special Features

Closed Caption; Filmmaker's commentary; Deleted scenes; Making-of-featurettes; Storyboards

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Murray Peter Venkman
Dan Aykroyd Raymond Stantz
Sigourney Weaver Dana Barrett
Harold Ramis Egon Spengler
Ernie Hudson Winston Zeddmore
Rick Moranis Louis Tully/The Key Master
Annie Potts Janine Melnitz
William Atherton Walter Peck
David Margulies Mayor
Steven Tash Student
Slavitza Jovan Gozer
Michael Ensign Hotel Manager
Alice Drummond Librarian
Rhoda Gemignani Real Estate Woman
Ric Mancini Cop at Apartment
Frantz Turner Reporter
Larry Dilg Con Edison Man
Winston May Businessman Vendor
Jennifer Runyon Jennifer
Jordan Charney Dean Yeager
Timothy Carhart Violinist
John Rothman Library Administrator
Tom McDermott Archbishop
Roger Grimsby Himself
Larry King Himself
Joe Franklin Himself
Casey Kasem Himself
Murray Rubin Man at Elevator
Danny Stone Coachman
Patty Dworkin Woman at Party
Jean Kasem Tall Woman at Party
Frances E. Nealy Chambermaid
Sam Moses Hot Dog Vendor
Christopher Wynkoop TV Reporter
Tommy Hollis Mayor's Aide
Stanley Grover Reporter
James Hardie Reporter
Nancy Kelly Reporter
Carol Henry Reporter
Eda Reiss Merin Louis' Neighbor
Ruth Oliver Library Ghost
Joe Cirillo Police Captain
Kymberly Herrin Dream Ghost
Norman Matlock Fire Commissioner
John Ring Fire Commissioner
Paddi Edwards Gozer (uncredited)
Jason Reitman Birthday party kid
Reginald VelJohnson Jail Guard
Bill Couch Stunt Coordinator

Technical Credits
Ivan Reitman Director,Producer
Theoni V. Aldredge Costumes/Costume Designer
Dan Aykroyd Screenwriter
Richard Beggs Set Decoration/Design
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
David Blewitt Editor
Bernie Brillstein Executive Producer
John Bruno Special Effects
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound Mixer
Ted Churchill Camera Operator
Gary Daigler Asst. Director
John De Cuir Production Designer
John F. de Cuir Art Director
Robert Drumheller Set Decoration/Design
Richard Edlund Special Effects
Leonard Engelman Makeup
Charles Gaspar Special Effects
Peter Giuliano Asst. Director
Michael J. Gross Associate Producer
Sheldon Kahn Editor
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Patrick McCormick Production Manager
Joe Medjuck Associate Producer
John J. Moore Art Director
Kevin O'Neal Songwriter
Harold Ramis Screenwriter
Karen Rea Casting
Peter Torokvei Screenwriter
Mark Vargo Special Effects
Herb Wagreitch Cinematographer
John G. Wilson Production Manager

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ghostbusters
1. Start [2:20]
2. Shock the Nerd [3:55]
3. "Get Her!" [6:34]
4. Terminated [2:32]
5. Fixer-Upper [:58]
6. Spook Central [1:50]
7. Fried Eggs & Zuul [2:17]
8. "Bug-Eyes Thing" [2:09]
9. The 1st Customer [4:35]
10. Checking Out Dana [3:55]
11. "We Got One!" [2:20]
12. "He Slimed Me" [4:14]
13. "Nice Shootin', Tex" [7:00]
14. Welcome Aboard [2:38]
15. E.P.A. Man [3:29]
16. Dogs Drag Dana [1:37]
17. "Who Brought the Dog?" [1:10]
18. Terror on the Tavern [4:08]
19. Peter's Date With Zuul [5:19]
20. Keymaster [6:08]
21. Out of Biz [2:53]
22. Holding Cell [1:06]
23. Keeper Meets Master [2:26]
24. Biblical [1:50]
25. Working the Crowd [6:18]
26. Gozer [5:26]
27. Stay Puft Man [3:05]
28. Crossing Streams [11:18]

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