Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical
Mayor: What do you mean, "biblical"?
Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor,
real wrath of God type stuff.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.
Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies!
Rivers and seas boiling!
Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together...
Mayor: All right, all right! I get the point!
you gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS!"
"We're ready to believe you!"
"WE GOT ONE!!"
Zeddemore: Ray. If someone asks if you are a god, you say,
at Elevator: What are you supposed to be, some kind of a cosmonaut?
Dr. Peter Venkman: No, we're exterminators.
Egon Spengler: "Don't cross the streams."
Peter Venkman: "We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!"
Dana, as Zuul: Are you the Keymaster?
Dr. Peter Venkman: [to the librarian ghost] I'm Peter Venkman.
Where are you from... originally?
"BUSTIN MAKES ME FEEL GOOD"
However popular the movie has been, the theme song is also
just as well-known in terms of pop culture notoriety. Ray
Parker Jr's song, "Ghostbusters," features two of
the main catchphrases that came from the movie: "Who
ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!" and "I ain't afraid
of no ghost." The song won an Oscar for "Best Original
Cast of Ghostbusters 2
The History of Ghostbusters
I Ain't Afraid of No Ghost!
June 7th, 1984, America learned the
answer to one of the most important
questions in pop culture history: "Who
you gonna call?" Both the answer
and the movie, of course, is Ghostbusters.
Since its release 27 years ago, the
movie has been referenced, quoted, remade
into two cartoons and over a dozen video
games, and added to best movie lists
countless times. Ghostbusters was the
perfect mix of comedy, science-fiction,
and scares, which has made it the classic
it is today.
Ghostbusters grossed $13.6 million on
its opening weekend in 1984. It also
broke a box office record by making
$23 million during the first week of
its release. It was the number one movie
for seven weeks straight, until Purple
Rain took over. However, it became the
second highest grossing film of the
year, with $229.2 million. Ghostbusters
has received rave reviews from top critics
and movie fans alike; Roger Erbert,
TIME, and Newsweek magazine all gave
the film good critiques and scores,
and movie-fan website, Rotten Tomatoes,
has the movie at a 93% fresh (or positive)
The film spawned a sequel, aptly titled
Ghostbusters II, in 1989. This film
follows the Ghostbusters, along with
Dana and her baby son, as they try to
defeat Vigo the Carpathian, an evil
spirit trapped inside of a painting.
Vigo possesses Dana's son and the Ghostbusters
have to save the baby, dealing with
other ghosts along the way.
There have long been talks of a third
feature film in the Ghostbusters franchise,
but has been delayed in trying to get
all four of the original actors to agree
to make an appearance. The new movie
is said to be about a new group of guys,
and is being written by the writers
of The Office and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Most recently, Ghostbusters saw a resurgence
of interest, due to the rerelease of
the original film in movie theaters
during the 2011 Halloween season.
Bill Murray as Dr. Peter Venkman
Dan Aykroyd as Dr. Raymond Stantz
Sigourney Weaver as Dana Barrett
Harold Ramis as Dr. Egon Spengler
Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore
Rick Moranis as Louis Tully
Annie Potts as Janine Melnitz
William Atherton as Walter Peck
David Margulies as Mayor Lenny
Slavitza Jovan as Gozer
Paddi Edwards as Gozer (voice)
Ivan Reitman as Zuul (voice)/Slimer
Richard Foster as Stay-Puft Marshmallow
Alice Drummond as Librarian at the New
York Public Library
Jennifer Runyon as Female ESP volunteer
Ghostbusters is the story of three recently-unemployed
parasychologists who start their own
business in NYC, catching ghosts. Think
of them like a dog-catching business,
but for undead spirits. After a slow,
rocky start, the Ghostbusters finally
find fame and success. Eventually, the
busters are hired by Dana, a woman who
has an apartment haunted. However, this
is no ordinary ghost. Dana's house is
haunted by Zuul, a demigod who soon
possesses Dana. The Ghostbusters must
find a way to stop Zuul, and its master
Gozer, a god of destruction, from demolishing
New York City and the world. All this,
a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and
more make up the legend of Ghostbusters!
Did You Know???
found on IMDB.com)
-The role of Louis Tully was originally
written for John Candy.
-The role of Peter Venkman was originally
written for John Belushi.
-The role of Winston was originally
written for Eddie Murphy.
-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.
-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:
-When Alice the librarian is queried
as to whether anyone in her family
had ever had any history of mental
illness, she replies she had an uncle
who thought he was St. Jerome. Jerome
is the patron saint of librarians.
-The original script had a budding
romance between the cynical receptionist
Janine and the blissfully out of it
Egon, but most of it was edited out
of the film. The special edition DVD
features a deleted scene of Janine
giving Egon a coin for luck before
he goes off with the other Ghostbusters
to fight Gozer; they are interrupted
by Venkman. The relationship between
Janine and Egon was explored more
in the animated series that followed.
-Early publicity for the film was
a teaser campaign featuring just the
"no ghosts" logo. As the
campaign built, the Ectomobile was
also driven around the streets of
-The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man suits
cost approximately $20,000 apiece.
Three were made and all were destroyed
-The character of Winston was initially
written to be a guard at the Ghostbusters
firehouse. Also, in earlier drafts
of the script, Winston was the one
who conjured up the Stay-Puft Marshmallow
-The lively chorus shouting the words
"Ghostbusters" through the
song were made up of the only people
Ray Parker Jr. could find quickly
enough to help him meet his deadline:
his young girlfriend and her friends.
-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.
-CNN Host Larry King's film debut.
-Dan Aykroyd's original title for
the film was "Ghost Smashers".
KNEW SOMETHING WAS WEIRD!
GoOfS aNd bLUndErS
cover, dated Oct. 8, 1984 lists an obituary
for The Thin Man actor William Powell, who
actually died on March 5, 1984. The designer
of the faux covers, Mike McWillie, probably
used the actual March 6th USA Today cover
as the basis for his mock-up. (The text
on the cover is only readable on the high-definition
Blu-Ray version of the film.)
the Ghostbusters get hit by Gozer's finger
lightning, as they are shot back you can
see a boom mic getting pulled out of frame
in lower/upper left side.
declares the phenomena they are witnessing
may be as important an event as "the
Tunguska blast of 1909" in Siberian
Russia. This occurred on June 30, 1908,
quotes a Bible verse, which he says is Revelation
7:12. In fact, it is Revelation 6:12. Also,
Ray forgets some words, while Winston adds
words that aren't present in the verses.
the Marshmallow explosion, Louis gets a
smear of marshmallow goo on his shirt; in
the next scene, it's gone.
the "montage" there is a shot
of the guys carrying their loaded traps
out of a building and crossing the street.
Just before the next clip comes in, the
shot reverses and runs backwards for a few
number and position of splattered eggs on
counter as camera angles change.
the Ghost Busters first encounter Slimer
on the 12th floor, the proton beam burns
on the wall appear before the proton blast
has even reached them.
When Dr. Peter Venkman is with Dana Barrett
when she is possessed by the Gate Keeper
in her bedroom. The window that faces the
city changes from nighttime to daytime to
the Marshmallow Man is walking down the
street (seen from the Ghostbusters perspective,
before the tiny hydrant explodes) the cables
used to maneuver the characters face can
be seen by his right foot.
chair is dragged into the kitchen. After
the door has shut, the track used to drag
the chair along is visible on the floor.
after the Library Ghost scares them out
of the library, you can see the tape recorder
around Ray's neck. It has no tape inside,
meaning they've been videotaping nothing
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