Release year: 1984
Director: Ivan Reitman
Screenwriter; Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Rick Moranis, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, Ernie Hudson, William Atherton
Ratings: 2 Oscar nominations: Best Song, Best Special Effects
Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) and Dr. Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), three unemployed parapsychology professor, start a ghost removal service, calling themselves the ghostbusters. When Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) suddenly experiences paranormal activities in her home she contacts them, and soon they are dealing with much bigger ghosts than they ever expected.
Written by two of the ”ghostbusters” (Ramis and Aykroyd) this cult comedy is directed by Ivan Reitman (No Strings Attached, 2011) Though some of the special effects look unconvincing compaired with today’s high class computer effects, several of them have survived time surprisingly well. Even if this was not the case, the pure charm of the characters, the excellence of the dialogue, and the entertaining story would still have made this one of the most loved comedies in time. Ramis (Stripes 1981) made the wise decision to cast himself as Spengler, an extremely well fitted part for him, and Aykroyd (Blues Brothers, 1980), Murray (Groundhog Day 1993), and Hudson (Miss Congeniality, 2000)(as the fourth Ghostbuster Winston Zeddmore who joins the team later in the movie) continues the brilliant casting making a team that sparks with chemistry. Weaver is great as Dana, and Moranis perfect as the nerdy and annoying, but loveable, neighbour. With Spengler, Stantz, and Venkman, Ramis and Aykroyd has created an iconic team that, together with the comedic talents combined among the three, has made people all around the world fall in love with the three professors dealing with ghosts and paranormal experiences each in their own way: the professionel approach from Spengler, the cynical from Venkman and the childish joy and awe from Stantz. The three diffrent approaches make it possible for almost anyone to find a bit of themselves in the team, and who didn’t dream of becoming a Ghostbuster as a child? Hell, I even dream of becoming one now!
As a marketing stunt for the movie, Ivan Retiman ran a trailer consisting of the Ghostbusters commercial shown in the movie, but with the movie phone number changed to a working number. When people called the number they got a recorded message of Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. The number got 1000 calls per hour, 24 hours a day, for six weeks.
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