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Ghostbusters (1984)
Title: Ghostbusters
Genres: Comedy
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
Written by: Dan Aykroyd; Harold Ramis; Rick Moranis
Produced by: Bernie Brillstein; Michael C. Gross; Joe Medjuck; Ivan Reitman
Music by: Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography: Laszlo Kovacs
Edited by: David E. Blewitt; Sheldon Kahn
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures (United States)
Warner Bros. (United Kingdom)
Released: June 8th, 1984
Rating: PG
Running time: 105 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Budget: $32,000,000
Gross: $238,632,124 (US)
$280,549,539 (Worldwide
Next: Ghostbusters II (1989)

Ghostbusters is an American feature film of the comedy and supernatural fantasy genres. It was directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, who also star in the picture. Another actor, Rick Moranis, was also a contributing writer, but was uncredited in this capacity. The film was theatrically released by Columbia Pictures in the United States on June 8th, 1984, and Warner Bros. in the United Kingdom on December 7th, 1984.

Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis as Doctors Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler (respectively, three parapsychology students who suddenly have their funding pulled and now seek a way to garner further income. Through their experiences and skill sets, they open up their own business as professional ghost hunters. They are joined by Winston Zeddmore (played by Ernie Hudson) and a secretary named Janine Melnitz (played by Annie Potts). Their first client is a woman named Dana Barrett, whom Doctor Venkman develops an attachment for. Though initially dismissive of Miss Barrett's ghostly troubles, the team must pull together to prevent the Sumerian God of Destruction, Gozer the Gozerian, from entering the world and ruining everyone's day.

Ghostbusters was an instant runaway hit and smash success, earning several Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. It is considered a pinnacle of 1980s comedic cinema and has been immortalized through it's memorable title soundtrack score, "Ghostbusters", by Ray Parker, Jr., which introduced the world to now-iconic phrases such as "Who you gonna call?", and, "I ain't afraid of no ghosts".




  • Peter Venkman
  • Raymond Stantz
  • Dana Barrett
  • Egon Spengler
  • Louis Tully
  • Winston Zeddemore
  • Janine Melnitz
  • Walter Peck
  • Mayor
  • Gozer
  • Zuul
  • Vinz Clortho
  • Librarian
  • Library Administor
  • Hotel Manager
  • Roger Grimsby
  • Jail Guard
  • Real Estate Woman
  • Man at Elevator
  • Coachman
  • Woman at Party
  • Mayor's Aide
  • Louis' Neighbor
  • Reporter #1
  • Reporter #2
  • Annette Fleming
  • Male Student
  • Female Student
  • Violinist
  • Dean Yeager
  • Archbishop
  • Larry King
  • Casey Kasem
  • Joe Franklin
  • Police Captain
  • Fire Commissioner
  • Police Commissioner
  • Con Edison Man
  • Tall Woman at Party
  • Hot Dog Vendor
  • TV Reporter
  • Businessman at Cab
  • Police Officer at Apartment
  • Police Seargent
  • Doorman
  • Chambermaid
  • Mrs. Van Hoffman
  • Ted Fleming
  • Library Ghost
  • Slimer (Ghost of John Belushi)
  • Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
  • Dream Ghost
  • Reporter #3
  • Reporter #4
  • Reporter #5






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Fun Facts[]

  • Ghostbusters opened theatrically exactly one year to the day after the premiere of Trading Places. Both films star Dan Aykroyd.


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