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Ghostbusters [1984] (1 disc)

Director:Ivan Reitman
Writer:Dan Aykroyd
Harold Ramis
Composer:Elmer Bernstein
Length:107 minutes
(1 hour 47 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Comedy
Sorting Tub:Charlie
IMDB Rating:7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:93%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: When paranormal activity in New York increases, only one team is prepared to handle it.

Reaction: This is a classic '80s comedy, though a bit dark and scary for the very young.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Ivan Reitman => Director / Slimer (voice) (uncredited) / Zuul
Dan Aykroyd => Writer / Dr. Raymond Stantz
Harold Ramis => Writer / Dr. Egon Spengler
Elmer Bernstein => Composer
Annie Potts => Janine Melnitz
Bill Murray => Dr. Peter Venkman
Casey Kasem => Himself
David Margulies => Mayor
Ernie Hudson => Winston Zeddmore
Jennifer Runyon => Female Student
Larry King => Himself
Michael Ensign => Hotel Manager
Paddi Edwards => Gozer (voice) (uncredited)
Reginald VelJohnson => Jail Guard (as Reggie Vel Johnson)
Rick Moranis => Louis Tully
Sigourney Weaver => Dana Barrett
Slavitza Jovan => Gozer
Steven Tash => Male Student
Timothy Carhart => Violinist
William Atherton => Walter Peck

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Before the release of Home Alone, this was the highest-grossing comedy of all time.
  • The music video for the song {Ghostbusters} by [?] Ray Parker Jr., directed by Ivan Reitman, featured a number of celebrities who did not appear in the film. This included Chevy Chase, John Candy, Danny DeVito, Peter Falk, [?] Melissa Gilbert, [?] Carly Simon, Teri Garr, [?] Irene Cara and George Wendt. In addition, the Ghostbusters themselves danced down Times Square right behind Parker Jr.
  • The term 'proton pack' was never actually used until the middle of Ghostbusters II when Spengler, in the subway tunnel said "before we go any further I think we should get our proton packs."
  • There was a even more ferocious version of the Librarian Puppet that was going to be used, but it was rejected. However, it was recycled and used in another successful Columbia Pictures film released one year after this one, Fright Night.
  • Michael Keaton turned down both the roles of Dr. Peter Venkman and Dr. Egon Spengler.
  • The bum that Bill Murray played in a deleted scene looks and acts just like his character on Caddyshack (and also sports a golfing cap).
  • The Stay-Puft marshmallow man was originally supposed to come up out of the water right next to The Statue of Liberty, to get a contrast of size, but the scene was too hard to shoot.
  • Though never referred to in the script, the green ghost the guys bust in the hotel was dubbed "Onionhead" by the crew, because of its horrid smell. A scene where the ghost haunts two newlyweds showed this characteristic, but it was cut. Since it was never referred to in the movie, the writers of the animated show came up for a different name for the green ghost: Slimer.
  • Dan Aykroyd's original version of the script began with the Ecto-mobile flying out of Ghostbusters HQ, but director Ivan Reitman suggested that it would be better to show how the team got started.
  • According to Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis in the DVD Commentary, in Dan Aykroyd's original rough draft of the movie, the story was going to take place in the future and that there would be teams of Ghostbusters like there are paramedics and firefighters (thus explaining basing the Ghostbusters HQ in a firehouse). According to Reitman, such a film would cost "at least $300 million in 1984 dollars". So Harold Ramis was brought in to rewrite the script and bring it into modern times.