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Ghostbusters (1984)

Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, more...
Director: Ivan Reitman
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Comedies, SNL Alums, Fantasy
Running Time: 107 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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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 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. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

And don't forget... by larbeck August 30, 2003 - 9:18 AM PDT
1 out of 4 members found this review helpful
...after Sigourney Weaver was turned into a Hound from Hell, that Bill Murray said, "Okay, I'm still go ahead and say it. My girlfriend is a bitch".

Sooo many great one liners! And Harold Ramis at his best!

When someone asks if you're a god, you say YES!!! by ColonelKong August 27, 2003 - 8:49 PM PDT
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful
This is one of the rare movies I loved as a kid that still holds up well today. It has some very funny dialog ("Let's show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown!" is probably my second favorite line in the movie), enjoyable performances all around, immaculate widescreen cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs, somewhat cheesy special effects (but that's part of the movie's charm), and an impressive score by Elmer Bernstien (which tends to be overshadowed by the popular Ghostbusters theme song). Also, there's plenty of subtext about toxic waste that can be read into it.

I think that Ghostbusters is a really fun movie and kind of a minor classic of 80s cinema. You really have to be a curmudgeon to not be the least bit amused by a giant marshmellow man lumbering around Manhattan like Godzilla.

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(Average 7.17)
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