Ghostbusters (1984)

USA,
107m, 2881 metres
35mm film, 70mm film (blow-up),”filmed in Panavision”, Metrocolor, 2.35:1
“recorded in Dolby Stereo” (on 35mm prints), 70mm 6-Track (on 70mm prints), English

An American comedy fantasy film directed by Ivan Reitman.

Plot Summary

When they're fired from their job at Columbia University, Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler become ghost-hunters-for-hire, Ghostbusters. Quickly achieving fame and fortune as they hunt and trap and spirits in New York City, they eventually take on the case of cellist Dana Barrett who has a Sumerian demon, Gozer, in her refrigerator. As Gozer and other Sumerian prepare to cross over to our world, the Ghostbusters must face their sternest test and save New York… and the world.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
© 1984 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
From Columbia-Delphi Productions. A Columbia Pictures presentation. A Black Rhino/Bernie Brillstein production. An Ivan Reitman film
Executive Producer: Bernie Brillstein
Produced by: Ivan Reitman
Associate Producers: Joe Medjuck and Michael C. Gross
Written by: Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis; Rick Moranis *
Director of Photography: Laszlo Kovacs
Film Edited by: Sheldon Kahn with David Blewitt
Music by: Elmer Bernstein
Production Sound Mixer: Gene Cantamessa
Costumes by: Theoni V. Aldredge
Make-up Artist: Leonard Engelman
Hair Stylist: Dione Taylor
Special Effects Supervisor: Chuck Gaspar
Visual Effects by: Richard Edlund
Visual Effects: Entertainment Effects Group
Production Design by: John De Cuir

Cast
Bill Murray (Dr Peter Venkman)
Dan Aykroyd (Dr Raymond Stantz)
Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett[/Zuul])
Harold Ramis (Dr Egon Spengler)
Rick Moranis (Louis Tully[/Vinz Clortho])
Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz)
William Atherton (Walter Peck)
Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore)
David Margulies (mayor)
Steven Tash (male student)
Jennifer Runyon (Jennifer)
Slavitza Jovan (Gozer)
Michael Ensign (hotel manager)
Alice Drummond (librarian)
Jordan Charney (Dean Yeager)
Timothy Carhart (violinist)
John Rothman (library adminstrator)
Tom McDermott (Archbishop)
Roger Grimsby (himself)
Larry King (himself)
Joe Franklin (himself)

Alternative Titles

Os Caça-Fantasmas – Portugal
Los cazafantasmas – Spain
Ghostbusters – Acchiappafantasmi – Italy
Ghostbusters – Die Geisterjäger – Germany
Ghostbusters – haamujengi – Finland
Krotitelé duchu – Czechoslovakia
Pogromcy duchów – Poland
S.O.S. fantômes – France
Spökligan – Sweden
Szellemirtók – Hungary

Sequels
Ghostbusters II (1989)
The Real Ghostbusters (1986)
Extreme Ghostbusters (1997)
Ghostbusters (2016)
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024)

See also
Daffy Duck's Quackbusters (1988)

Extracts included in
100 Years at the Movies (1994)
AFI's 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies (2000)
Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019)
Ghostbusters' SFX Team Featurette (1999)
Precious Images (1986)
Screen Test: 13 December 1984

Production Notes

At around 68 minutes, just after the firehouse has exploded, porn actor Ron Jeremy is visible among the watching crowd, appearing as an uncredited extra.

References

Periodicals

  • L'Écran Fantastique no.52 (January 1985) p.10 note (Cineflash: Echos de tournage by Glles Polinien)
  • Entertainment Weekly no.544 (9 June 2000) p.84 – article (High spirits by Joshua Rich)
  • New Musical Express 8 December 1984 pp.24-25 – illustrated review (by Andy Gill)
  • Première December 1984 p.11 – review (by Stella Molitor)

Books

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.393
  • The Best 80s Movies by Helen O'Hara pp.68-69 – illustrated review
  • Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.127-131 – illustrated review
  • Film Review 1985-1986 by F. Maurice Speed pp.66-67 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The Films of the Eighties by Douglas Brode pp.117-118 – illustrated credits, review
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.218
  • Ghosts and Angels in Hollywood Films by James Robert Parish pp.139-141 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.200
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.149-150 – illustrated credits, review
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.98
  • Sci-Fi Now's 80s Sci-fi Almanac: Complete Movie Guide 1980-1989 pp.116-123 – illustrated article
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.232-234
  • The Stop-motion Filmography by Neil Pettigrew pp.274-278
  • Terror Tracks: Music, Sound and Horror Cinema by Philip Hayward (ed) p.254
  • Trick Cinematography by R.M. Hayes pp.283-286
  • The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy by David Pringle (general ed.) p.76 – credits, review

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide December 2019 p.4 – illustrated listing