June 8th, 1984

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

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 7.8/10 (119,075 voted)

Director: Ivan Reitman

Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver

Three odd-ball scientists get kicked out of their cushy positions at a university in New York City where they studied the occult. They decide to set up shop in an old firehouse and become Ghostbusters, trapping pesky ghosts, spirits, haunts, and poltergeists for money. They wise-crack their way through the city, and stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, one which will release untold evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters are called on to save the Big Apple.

Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis

Bill Murray - Dr. Peter Venkman
Dan Aykroyd - Dr. Raymond Stantz
Sigourney Weaver - Dana Barrett
Harold Ramis - Dr. Egon Spengler
Rick Moranis - Louis Tully
Annie Potts - Janine Melnitz
William Atherton - Walter Peck
Ernie Hudson - Winston Zeddmore
David Margulies - Mayor
Steven Tash - Male Student
Jennifer Runyon - Female Student
Slavitza Jovan - Gozer
Michael Ensign - Hotel Manager
Alice Drummond - Librarian
Jordan Charney - Dean Yager

Taglines: Here To Save The World Again [re-release]


Official Website: Columbia Pictures | |

Release Date: 8 June 1984

Filming Locations: 489 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $13,612,564 (USA) (10 June 1984) (1339 Screens)

Gross: $280,549,539 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The floating Sigourney Weaver special effect is an actual physical effect, not an optical effect. The actress was put in a full body cast and attached to a post that was hidden in the curtains. According to the commentary, this effect came from director Ivan Reitman's Broadway experience.

Plot holes: When Peter Venkman goes to Dana's for their date and finds her possessed by Zuul, he talks to Egon over the phone and tell him he shot her up with Thorzine. Why would he bring Thorzine for a date with Dana?

[first lines]
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.

User Review

A severely underrated film

Rating: 9/10

What's that you say? Ghostbusters, one of the most financially successful and over-hyped comedies of the eighties, underrated? Yes. Precicely because it was so over-hyped and made so much money, there has been a stigma attached to this film identifying it as a childish FX piece, when it is nothing of the sort. Most of the lines people remember("He slimed me," "OK. So? She's a dog," "When someone asks you if you're a god, you say YES!") are not its funniest or wittiest lines, which often are missed on first or even second viewing. I laugh every time I observe a gag or a quip that I somehow missed the other 20 times I viewed a scene; "Egon, this reminds me of the time you tried to drill a hole through your head, remember that?" "That would have worked if you hadn't stopped me", or, to the driver of a van from a loony bin, "Dropping off or picking up?" Brilliant.

Not only is Ghostbusters funny, it manages to include some truly scary scenes. And not just lose-your-popcorn moments like the fridge from Hell, but also scenes of quiet, thoughtful chill, like Egon's retelling of how the possessed apartment building came into being, or Winston recalling the Book of Revelation. Which other film has managed to combine the Marx Brothers with HP Lovecraft?

The special effects hold up well, besides some obvious studio sets and models, but what really creates this film's world is the stunning cinematography. Manhattan, perhaps the pinnacle of Gothic architectural evolution, is brilliantly utilised here to create a sense of menacing grandeur. After watching "Ghostbusters" I couldn't imagine the realm of the Old Gods opening into our world from anywhere else. The soundtrack is great, not the overrated theme (Which was in fact lifted from Huey Lewis' "I Need a New Drug"), but the wonderfully blusey "Cleaning Up the Town," the creepy proto-techno chiller "Magic" and also the wonderful score by the late and much lamented Elmer Bernstein.

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