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Ghostbusters
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Directed by Ivan Reitman
Produced by Bernie Brillstein, Ivan Reitman
Written by Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, William Atherton
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography László Kovács
Editing by David E. Blewitt, Sheldon Kahn
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) June 8, 1984
Running time 105 minutes

Ghostbusters (aka: "Ghost Busters", the original title[1][2]) was a 1984 sci-fi/comedy film. The film was released in the United States on June 8, 1984. It was produced and directed by Ivan Reitman and stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, and Ernie Hudson. It is the first Ghostbusters related material that fits in both the Ghostbusters Wiki: Ghostbusters Movie Canon, and the Ghostbusters Wiki: Ghostbusters Animated Canon and is the starting of the Ghostbusters Franchise.

The movie is most known for its No-Ghost Sign, the quote "Who you gonna Call?", which is a lyric to the Ghostbusters Theme Song, and the Ecto-1 vehicle.

CharactersEdit

All Characters are listed as they first appear in the film

Main CharactersEdit

Minor CharactersEdit

GhostsEdit

Deleted Scenes CharactersEdit

Equipment/VehicleEdit

ItemsEdit

Places/LocationsEdit

Plot SynopsisEdit

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The Ghostbusters at the New York City Public Library.
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Three misfit parapsychology research professors that specialize in ghosts, Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), are kicked out of a New York City University after their research grants are terminated.

Before they are kicked out of the University, their first investigation is a haunting at the New York City Public Library and after seeing some symmetrical book stacking they encounter a ghost (the Gray Lady) that runs them out of the Library. Before they can share news of their discovery, they were terminated from conducting any research at the New York City University. 

They decided they would take matters into they own hands and they start an business named "Ghostbusters", a "professional paranormal investigation and elimination service", out of an old firehouse, using a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Ambulance dubbed "Ecto-1" to get about the city and hiring Janine Melnitz (Annie Potts) to handle the phones and clerical work. Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) of 55 Central Park West, comes to the Ghostbusters and asks for their help after she experiences some horror in the kitchen of her own home. The Ghostbusters do a few tests to determine that she isn't crazy as she recounts a paranormal experience in her kitchen centering around the name "Zuul". Peter seizes the opportunity to get romantically closer to Dana, and goes with her to the apartment. Using the Ghost Sniffer he checks out the place, finds nothing in the main room, and bedroom. Dana then directs him toward the kitchen where he finds eggs that cooked themselves on the counter, but gets no readings on the Ghost Sniffer despite using it correctly.

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The boys make their first bust
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Meanwhile, their funds are nearly dried up eating a Chinese food dinner, which they ate slowly. Janine gets a call with a serious client, and she rings the alarm bell. The Ghostbusters run and get dressed, then leave in the Ecto-1. They show up at Sedgewick Hotel and the Hotel manager tells them that they are having problems with a resident ghost. Following a successful test of the equipment, they split up to search the hotel for the ghost. Peter finds the ghost which then slimes him. Egon calls Ray to tell him that the ghost is now in a ballroom. They enter the ballroom and as they attempt to capture it, they destroy the room and make a lot of noise. The first capture is a success, and they find themselves an overnight success across both New York City and the nation. As the amount of calls grows, the team is required to hire a fourth member, Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson). An unwanted side effect of their new found popularity produces Walter Peck (William Atherton) from the Environmental Protection Agency. He comes to the firehouse trying to inspect the Storage facility which Peter refuses to let him do.

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Zuul attacks and possesses Dana
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One night, Dana enters her apartment and is talking on the phone to her mother; after the call she gets grabbed by claws that burst out of her chair. She is taken in to the kitchen where she becomes possessed by Zuul. Meanwhile, Louis Tully (Rick Moranis), another resident of the apartments, is hosting a party for the fourth anniversary of him becoming an accountant, when a dog (also described as a bear and a cougar - but really a Terror Dog) attacks, and chases him out of the building and to a restaurant where it possesses him.

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Dana, possessed by Zuul, floats above her bed
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Peter makes a visit to Dana's apartment. He quickly realizes that she has been possessed by Zuul, The Gatekeeper of Gozer. Changed radically by her possession, Dana aggressively tries to seduce him but ends up growling fiercely and levitating above her bed in frustration after he repeatedly rejects her advances.

Louis, similarly possessed by Vinz Clortho, The Keymaster of Gozer, stumbles around Central Park. He harasses locals until finding a carriage horse and confusing it with The Gatekeeper. When the coachman questions him, Louis responds by angrily flaring his eyes red and growling at the man. Later, the cops bring Louis to the Firehouse and ask Egon if he'd take him, as he is exhibiting strange behavior. Egon recognizes that Louis is possessed by Vinz Clortho, aka the "Keymaster". Peter later calls Egon to tell him about Dana being possessed by Zuul, aka the "Gatekeeper".

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Louis, possessed by The Keymaster, growls at the coachman
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The next day, Walter Peck accompanied with an officer and laborer, obtains an court order to shut the containment grid down, and unable to stop him, the team flees the firehouse as the grid collapses and hundreds of freed ghosts flood the city. In the chaos, Zuul awakes in her bed and Vinz Clortho escapes and makes his way back to 55 Central Park West where they unite with a passionate kiss. Peck orders the Ghostbusters arrested while the ghosts create panic across the city. While waiting in jail, the team recognizes that Dana's apartment building was a huge super-conductive antenna, designed and built expressly for the purpose of pulling in and concentrating spiritual turbulence. The mayor (David Margulies) orders the release of the Ghostbusters from jail. He has a conversation with the Ghostbusters about the events while Peck tries to counter-attack their story. In the end of the discussion, Peter wins over the mayor's judgment allowing them to get to work to prevent the potential catastrophe overriding Peck's demands.

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The Ghostbusters confronting Gozer
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Assisted by the police and Army, the Ghostbusters make their way to the top of 55 Central Park West. They are too late to prevent the possessed Dana and Louis from completing the ritual for the coming of Gozer. When the Ghostbusters reach the hidden part of the building, the possessed Dana and Louis open a dimensional gate on the top of the building, they are transformed into the Terror Dog forms of their possessors then take their positions beside Gozer's Temple. When Gozer (Slavitza Jovan) emerges in a female humanoid form, the team tries to shoot her with their packs, but fail to harm her. Gozer disappears and tells them to select the next form it will take, and though the team tries to empty their minds, Ray is unable to. Ray thinks about the most innocent thing he could imagine: the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. The team finds that a giant version of the marshmallow mascot has begun to lay waste to the city as it makes its way to the apartments and starts climbing the building. Egon realizes that the only way to end the destruction is to reverse the particle flow through the gate by crossing the streams, resulting in "total protonic reversal" which would destroy Gozer and the interdimensional gate. The plan is risky at best, but there is definitely a very slim chance of their survival. As the giant creature reaches the top of the building, the team executes Egon's plan, causing the gate to seal itself, creating an explosion and burning the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man away into large amounts of liquid marshmallow fluff. The Ghostbusters find that they have all survived, and that Dana and Louis have returned to their normal, unpossessed, human forms. The team is cheered on by the vast population of New York City as they leave the building and drive away.

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Ghostbusters taking out Gozer
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DevelopmentEdit

The concept was inspired by Aykroyd's own fascination with the paranormal, and it was conceived by Aykroyd as a vehicle for himself and for his friend and fellow Saturday Night Live alumnus John Belushi. The original story as written by Aykroyd "Ghost Smashers" was very different than what would be eventually filmed. In that version a group of Ghostbusters would travel through time, space and other dimensions taking on huge ghosts.

Aykroyd pitched his story to director/producer Ivan Reitman, who liked the basic idea but immediately saw the budgetary impossibilities demanded by Aykroyd's first draft. At Reitman's suggestion, the story was given a major overhaul, eventually evolving into the final screenplay which Aykroyd and Ramis hammered out over the course of three weeks in a Martha's Vineyard bomb shelter. Aykroyd and Ramis initially wrote the script with roles written especially for Belushi, Eddie Murphy and John Candy. However, Belushi died of a drug overdose during the writing of the screenplay, and neither Murphy nor Candy could commit to the movie due to prior engagements.

  • Scripts- for more information on scripts for Ghostbusters


During filming Ghostbusters, they found out the name of the property was already in use by Filmations called "The Ghost Busters" (a 1975 kids live action comedy show). The producers ended up insisting that the studio buy the rights to the name.

ScenesEdit

Scene names taken from 2005 DVD version. These Articles are image intensive.

Deleted ScenesEdit

TriviaEdit

January DraftEdit

  • The Particle Throwers were wand-like and attached via black flex cords to a back-mounted proton power source. The wands were strapped in place at the wrist - one in each arm - and extended out along the palm to a point 6 inches beyond the fingertips. When fired by means of an elbow toggle switch on the back pack - phosphorescent beams of red and green light issued forth. [3]
  • The Containment Unit was in a deserted Sunoco gas station in northern New Jersey taken over and converted by the Ghostbusters. [4]
  • Zuul was a generic term for the other-dimensional creature that would later evolve into the Terror Dogs. [5]
  • Gozer was absoulte ruler of the sixth dimension. [6]
  • The "Stays Puft, Even When Toasted" slogan for Stay Puft Marshmallows originated in the original script. [7]
  • One of the manifestations in the original script was a skeletal biker terrorizing residents of a small town. This entity became the skeletal cab driver in the final script. [8]
  • Ivo Shandor was the interdimensional employer of the Ghostbusters. [9]
  • When ghosts were released from the Containment Unit in Jersey, a 25 acre sinkhole is created which disrupts a long inactive fault line which somehow transforms most of northern New Jersey into an inferno. [10]

June DraftEdit

  • The Ghostbusters were tossed out of a small New England college and then go to New York. It was realized there was something vital to the story taking place in New York. The opening sequence was set in a nice, converted farmhouse where a family was bothered by incessant knocking they couldn't trace. The theme of mundanity in supernatural phenomena was preserved when the scene was rewritten to take place in the New York City Public Library. [11]
  • The Slimer scene was originally drafted as a call from the Greenville Guest House's kitchen about a gluttonous yellow mist of grotesquely altered form. [12] The fee was to be $500. [13]
  • In a deleted scene in the June (and July) drafts, Zuul feels sorry for a horse in a bridle and harness and kissed it. [14]
  • Peter's love interest was an interdimensional woman posing as a beautiful woman. [15]

July DraftEdit

  • In the July draft, Peter Venkman appeared before a university funding committee. Dean Yaeger was up for a Nobel in Stockholm the previous week but didn't win. [16]
  • In the July (and August) draft, Egon Spengler plugged the Proton Pack prototype into an AC outlet. The pack heated up to 550 degrees and the resulting surge melted the outlet then caused a downtown blackout. [17]
    • The widescale blackout idea was seemingly reused in Ghostbusters II.
  • Louis Tully was a visiting conventioneer. [18]
  • Peter's love interest was a beautiful woman possessed by an interdimensional alien. [19]
  • Ghostbusters became Ghostbusters International, a high rolling multinational corporation. Egon and Janine married in Las Vegas with Louis as their witness, Ray paid another visit to Fort Detmerring, Winston arrived at HQ in a limo, and Peter and Dana hung out at her apartment as a baby chick hatched out of an egg in the kitchen. [20]

August DraftEdit

  • Louis' party portrayed John Candy's Louis and his earthier interests. [21]
  • While running out of the apartment, Louis jumped into a cab first. [22]
  • Ivo Shandor was electrocuted at Sing Sing after his attempted abduction of a teenage girl led police to his penthouse apartment, furnished impeccably with stacks of human bones. [23]

ProductionEdit

  • Dan Aykroyd originally wrote a 40 page treatment featuring himself and John Belushi. [24]
  • After reading the treatment, Ivan Reitman met with Dan Akykroyd at a deli about the concept of Ghostbusters and suggested bringing in Harold Ramis and Bill Murray. [25]
  • With no script and no special effects team, Ivan Reitman managed to get Ghostbusters greenlit for a $30 million budget but only had one year to make it starting on June 8th, 1983. [26]
  • Harold Ramis and Ivan Reitman suggested the idea of focusing the story on how the Ghostbusters started out. [27] [28]
  • Ivan Reitman did three days of shooting in New York in October 1983 without the main cast before principal photography started in November. [29]
  • According to Ivan Reitman, the hardest aspect of developing the story was what was going on in the apartment. The Keymaster-Gatekeeper idea came very late in the process. [30]
  • During principal photography, flying books in the library scene was deemed too obvious a concept and Dan Aykroyd suggested several volumes to be made to float mysteriously across aisles. [31]
  • After the film came out in theaters, Ivan Reitman got an idea to help keep the phenomenon going. Taking a 'junk buy' cross-country on late-night TV and running the commercial just as it appeared in the film only with the superimposed phone number changed to an 800 number. People could call in and get an answering machine with message from Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray. [32]
  • Ivan Reitman knew the movie was a hit when he saw knock off merchandise for sale during the second weekend of release. [33]
  • According to Ivan Reitman, there was plans to do a second commercial as an elaborate MTV music video with the Ghostbusters singing the Ghostbusters song (that could actually be played on MTV) but the song wasn't just right until too late in post-production. [34]
  • According to Michael Gross, at one point a Stay Puft Marshmallows spot was considered for either the ending or beginning of the Ghostbusters commercial. A cartoon Stay Puft Marshmallow Man would be dancing around like the Pillsbury Doughboy. It was deemed overkill and discarded. [35]
  • According to Joe Medjuck, it was only 4 weeks into shooting before the name Ghostbusters could be legally used. As a contingency, three different signs were also made up but the only other serious alternate was Ghoststoppers. [36]
  • The slime was derived from methylcellulose ether - a powdered thickening agent used in pharmaceuticals and food products. [37]
  • The P.K.E. levels analogy started out as "the universe as an expanding four dimensional balloon" but it was later changed to the Twinkie, according to Harold Ramis. [38]
  • Originally, the three arms that grab Dana were different - one human, one hook, and one green frog-like sucker arm. Ivan Reitman thought the sucker arm was too cartoonish and it was discarded. [39]
  • There was some debate over the costly $250,000 sinkhole effect. Ivan Reitman felt it should stay because it showed what the Ghostbusters were getting into. [40] The scene shifted between the actual Central Park West and the Columbia back lot, where John De Cuir recreated Central Park West and the first three floors. Half a police car was placed into the hole. [41] [42] [43]
  • The movie went a little over budget at around $31 million. [44]

LocationsEdit

  • Although permission was granted for the production unit to shoot on the Columbia University campus, it was with the understanding that the school not be identified as such in the film. [45]
  • There is no actual Weaver Hall at Columbia University. [46]
  • The Paranormal lab scenes were also filmed at Columbia. [47] [48]
  • The electric shocks were inspired by the Milgram experiment. [49] [50] Ivan Reitman commented the shocks scene spoke volumes about Peter Venkman and set him up as the skeptic of the group. [51]
  • It was discussed at length when Scott would spit out his gum. [52]
  • The scaffolding seen at the New York Public Library were part of an ongoing cleaning project at the time of filming. [53]
  • Joe Medjuck crosses the screen just before the one minute mark. [54]
  • The room Alice and later Peter, Ray, and Egon check out were filmed in the Los Angeles Public Library. [55]
  • The floating book effect cost $250,000. [56]
  • Filming at the library had to be done before 10 am. [57]
  • Footage from the library scenes were part of the first screening. The Library ghost's transformation was one of the only special effects done so far. [58]
  • Some of the library shoots were done on the first day of principal photography. [59]
  • The Irving Trust Bank on Avenue of the Americas eventually became the fictional Manhattan City Bank with the sequence being filmed directly across from the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue. [60]
  • The bank scene was shot at the end of the day when the library scenes were filmed. [61]
  • Production designer John DeCuir made a foam core mockup of the Firehouse to establish a feel for the set before construction and renovation of the shooting location and for Ivan Reitman to determine blocking action and camera angles. [62]
  • The Firehouse was used, essentially as found, in the sequence where Egon, Ray, and Peter look around the hall. Once the initial scenes were shot, John DeCuir and his staff moved in and made the necessary modifications for later sequences. [63]
  • Both the Los Angeles and New York Firehouses were built in the same year, 1912. [64] [65]
  • Dan Aykroyd really wanted to use the fire pole. It wasn't just a line for Ray. [66]
  • The "We Got One!" scene was filmed in the Los Angeles Firehouse. [67]
  • When Egon and Janine interview possessed Louis, they simply had Louis duck out and used a one of the rubber heads of a Terror Dog during the parts where the screen shows Vinz Clortho. [68]
  • The first choice for the Shandor building was 1 Fifth Avenue because it was felt the Washington Square Arch would have been a suitable landmark for the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man to walk past. Plans were dropped when the co-op committee for the building voted against its use in the film, according to Michael Gross. [69]
  • At least one of the gargoyles was added in optically to the Shandor building. [70]
  • Most of Vinz' pursuit of Louis to Central Park was filmed before principal photography. [71] [72]
  • When Peter shows up at the Shandor building for his date, the exterior was filmed in a back lot of Columbia Studios. [73]
  • The filming of the Ghostbusters arrival at the Shandor building caused major traffic in Manhattan, effectively shutting down most the area. [74] Dan Aykroyd got to meet science fiction writer Isaac Asimov during this shoot, but Asimov was angry about the traffic. [75] Police had to arrest an obnoxious motorist during the shoot. [76]
  • The hotel scene was planned to be shot in New York's Waldorf Astoria but the lobby was too small and would have cost too much, according to Joe Medjuck. [77]
  • Ivan Reitman also used the Biltmore lobby for filming in "Dave" [78]
  • Slimer flying around the chandilier in the hotel ballroom is one of Reitman's least favorite effects. [79]
  • The ballroom sequence took about three to four days to film. [80]
  • The staff didn't really have any permits to shoot in places like Chinatown, Rockefeller, 42nd, Saks Fifth, and the United Nations. They made quick shots and left. The crowds on 42nd were real ones. A person is actually chasing the Ghostbusters from the Rockefeller for real. [81]
  • The Lincoln center scene was the first scene shot between Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver. For long shots, the crew had to loop the dialogue because the fountain created too much noise. For close ups, it was okay for the fountain to be shut off. [82] [83]
  • While scouting locations and emulating Louis Tully's movements, he saw the Tavern on the Green and decided to use it. [84]
  • The scene in Central Park where possessed Louis talks to the horse is near 6th Avenue and was really done in the middle of the night. [85]
  • The incarceration scene was shot on location at an actual New York prison facility that was out of commission and essentially abandoned. Scratches were discovered in the film used for the shot but Sheldon Kahn was able to work around them in editing and a reshoot wasn't necessary. [86] [87] [88]
  • The prison is somewhere in Lower Manhattan somewhere in the middle of 14th Street. [89] [90]
  • Ivan Reitman fired an extra during the prison filming. [91] [92] [93]
  • Filming was done at the actual New York City Hall. [94] [95]
  • The Mayor's office scene was shot in Elizabeth Holtzman's office on the other side of the building where the actual Mayor's office was. Both were identical in design. [96]
  • In a variation of the Mayor's office scene, Ray called Walter Peck 'wee wienie winkie' and Bill Murray broke up completely - a rare occurrence he almost never does. [97]
  • There were only two flights of stairs at the Biltmore Hotel. The rest were added in post-production. [98] [99] [100]
  • The Temple of Gozer was in part inspired by the book "Rooftops of New York" [101]
  • The whole rooftop sequence took a few weeks to film on a stage. [102]

PropsEdit

  • Only Harold Ramis knew how to use the P.K.E. Meter. [103]
  • Dan Aykroyd primarily drove Ecto-1. [104] [105]
  • Ecto-1 died in the Chapter 20 "Keymaster" scene where Ray and Winston drove across a bridge. [106]

CharactersEdit

  • Dan Aykroyd insisted on the haircut done for Ray Stantz. [107]
  • Harold Ramis credits Peggy Semtob for Egon's hairstyle. [108]
  • Egon Spengler's name was combined from the names of Egon Donsbach and Oswald Spengler. [109]
  • Winston Zeddemore was originally named Ramsey [110]
  • Harold Ramis wrote the line about Egon trying to drill a hole in his head. It was inspired by a thwarted experiment by John Lilly, a prominent researcher in dolphin communication who proposed drilling a hole in his head to test some higher brain function. [111]
  • Until the final shooting drafts, Winston had been seen in the script as a security man for the company. [112]
  • The original concept for Winston was younger and hipper. Gregory Hines and Eddie Murphy were considered for the role. [113]
  • In all drafts but the final, Stay Puft was conjured up by Winston. [114] [115]
  • Dana Barrett was originally a model but Sigourney Weaver suggested it would be more interesting if she were a musician. According to Harold Ramis, Weaver's suggestions really grew and strengthened the character. [116]
  • John Candy was originally going to portray Louis Tully and thus, molded to match his persona. Louis first appeared in the June draft as a fellow refugee of the creature which was to become Peter Venkman's interdimensional love interest. With a diet cola commercial, one creature turns into a beautiful woman while the other turns into a heavy-set man. Joe Medjuck notes Louis would have been similar to Candy's Johnny LaRue character from SCTV. Rick Moranis took on the role and added to the character, even improvising lines during the party scene. [117] [118] [119]
  • Sigourney Weaver auditioned for the role of Dana by acting like a dog. [120]
  • Sigourney Weaver suggested the 'game show host' line, which was deemed more amusing and apropos of Peter Venkman's persona. [121]
  • Sandra Bernhard was offered the role of Janine Melnitz. [122]
  • Dan Aykroyd described Slimer as a vapor - a kind of confluence of stored up psychic energy, an accumulation of spirits that haunt the hotel who doesn't want to leave. [123]
  • Dan Aykroyd's original Ecto-1 was an all-black, rather sinister-looking machine with flashing white and purple strobe lights that gave it a strange, ultraviolet aura. While going through the script, the cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs first pointed out the black design would be a problem since part of the movie would be shot at night. [124]
  • Thelma Moss, of the Parapsychology department at UCLA, told Harold Ramis Slimer was similar to a classic type of haunting known as 'hungry ghosts' - a ghost who just ears and drinks. Ramis admitted they didn't know about that when they wrote the script. [125]
  • During pre-production, Ivan Reitman remarked Slimer was sort of like Bluto in the film "Animal House" like the ghost of John Belushi. Dan Aykroyd never argued with that point. [126]
  • Several national newscasters were approached but turned down the offer cold. It appeared newscasters were very sensitive about doing anything other than "real news." [127]
  • Casey Kasem was included at the very last minute during post-production. Kasem was called up, a deal made, and he appeared the next day to rad his bit. Kasem's lines were cut into the film all in 24 hours. [128]
  • William Atherton was heckled a lot after the movie came out in theaters. [129] [130]
  • According to Dan Aykroyd, Gozer was based on several things - a Gozer Chevrolet dealership in upstate New York and was a name related to a documented haunting in England, the one "Poltergeist" was based on. During the haunting, the name Gozer appeared on walls and things. [131]
  • Gozer was originally supposed to look like Bert Parks then in later Aykroyd-Ramis collaborations, a Richard Young-type. Ivan Reitman thought it might be more interesting if Gozer was rather androgynous-looking, someone like David Bowie or Grace Jones. [132]
  • Anna Carlisle, a punk rock singer, was offered the role of Gozer but she declined. [133]
  • In earlier drafts, the Terror Dogs were sympathetic creatures from another dimension trying to escape from Gozer. They sought help from the Ghostbusters. [134]
  • Ivan Reitman provided all of the unearthly voices, such as Dana's demonic Zuul voice and Slimer, except for Gozer's. [135] [136]
  • The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man was originally an intermediate form of Gozer. [137]
  • The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man originally rose up by the Statue of Liberty. [138]
  • One faction in the production unit argued for a 100 foot tall Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, another argued for 125 feet but Ivan Reitman ultimately declared 112.5 feet.
  • The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man was originally a throw away character in the midway point and didn't become the final encounter until the July draft. [139]

Montage ScenesEdit

  • In the first montage, the part where Peter, Ray, and Egon run down Madison in full gear was the first thing they shot for the movie. [140]
  • During the montage, the USA Today is dated Tuesday, October 8, 1984. The date was actually a Monday in reality. [141]
  • Ivan Reitman kept some of the magazines and newspapers from that montage. [142]
  • When the Omni Magazine cover appears, Joe Medjuck makes his second cameo. He is behind Egon. [143]
  • In the second montage, when the escaped ghosts shoot towards the Shandor building, film crews shot from the apartment next door. [144]
  • The scene with the Subway Ghost was shot in October 1983 before principal photography. [145]
  • The scene with the Zombie Taxi Driver was also done during the first week of shooting on Madison Avenue. [146]
  • The scene where possessed Louis walks and just before Slimer appears in the hot dog stand was shot in Broadway. It was also one of the very first things shot. [147] [148]

Deleted and Discarded ScenesEdit

  • Ivan Reitman thought the bride and groom scene was one of the funniest sequences but ended up cutting it because it stopped the movie cold. It was one of the tougher decisions Reitman made. [149]
  • The bride and groom were played by Charles Levin and Wendy Goldman. [150]
  • During the Sedgewick case, Egon ran into a woman in a towel. Mary Woronov was cast but the scene was never shot. [151]
  • Ivan Reitman rejected an airbrush rendering of the Chinese ghost to be used during the montage. [152]
  • The encounter between a policeman and the Ecto-1 was the only scene in the final shooting script that suggested the vehicle had some extranormal powers carried over from Aykroyd's initial draft. It was removed because it slowed down the montage. [153]
  • Ivan Reitman came up with the idea of treating the Fort Detmerring deleted scene as dream in the montage sequence. [154]
  • The mugging scene involving the possessed Louis was cut because there was simply no time left in the production process and Richard Edlund had no time to do effects. [155]
  • The tip of Roosevelt Island was to be used for a scene but it was discarded and never filmed. [156]

Theatrical ReleasesEdit

Statistics without references are from The Numbers[157], which was found first on Proton Charging (Fan Site)[158].


Known USA Runs:

RunStart DateLast Known Date
First RunJune 08, 1984January 17, 1985[159]
Second RunAugust 23, 1985[160]October 31, 1985[161]
Third RunOctober 13, 2011[162]October 27, 2011[162]
DateRankGrossTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
June 08, 19841$13,612,5641,339$10,166$13,612,56403 (Week 1)
June 15, 19841$15,287,0301,479$10,336$38,302,27610 (Week 2)
June 22, 19841$13,353,5831,506$8,867$61,639,05617 (Week 3)
June 29, 19841$11,200,5461,464$7,651$80,459,15824 (Week 4)
July 06, 19841$11,255,2241,469$7,662$99,770,33531 (Week 5)
July 13, 19841$10,021,9321,470$6,818$115,684,64038 (Week 6)
July 20, 19841$8,734,2781,468$5,950$130,017,03645 (Week 7)
July 27, 19842$7,687,2821,460$5,265$142,693,95552 (Week 8)
August 03, 19841$6,529,3051,439$4,537$152,974,57459 (Week 9)
August 10, 19842$5,929,6511,423$4,167$162,725,58666 (Week 10)
August 17, 19843$5,581,7941,400$3,987$171,667,22473 (Week 11)
August 24, 19842$4,875,0441,391$3,505$179,403,68380 (Week 12)
August 31, 19842$6,824,5621,368$4,989$188,550,04187 (Week 13)
September 07, 19842$3,862,0691,435$2,691$192,977,67594 (Week 14)
September 14, 19842$3,268,8761,437$2,275$196,967,948101 (Week 15)
September 21, 19843$2,872,0521,389$2,068$200,931,851108 (Week 16)
September 28, 19845$2,402,1311,263$1,902$204,108,761115 (Week 17)
October 05, 19845$2,282,7671,183$1,930$206,935,954122 (Week 18)
October 12, 19845$1,746,1351,107$1,577$208,994,111129 (Week 19)
October 19, 19848$1,513,820890$1,701$211,073,728136 (Week 20)
October 26, 198413$1,026,018753$1,363$212,543,273143 (Week 21)
November 02, 198411$1,189,173780$1,525$214,109,334150 (Week 22)
November 09, 198413$1,075,979375$2,869$215,596,868157 (Week 23)
November 16, 198414$736,591566$1,301$216,643,458164 (Week 24)
November 23, 198413$884,918609$1,453$217,831,940171 (Week 25)
November 30, 198412$686,433510$1,346$218,872,755178 (Week 26)
December 07, 198414$336,049431$780$219,339,232185 (Week 27)
December 14, 198417$223,221329$678$219,638,740192 (Week 28)
December 21, 198419$285,952229$1,249$220,095,070199 (Week 29)
December 28, 198416$636,153217$2,932$220,855,498206 (Week 30)
January 04, 1985-----213 (Week 31)
January 11, 1985[163]-----220 (Week 32)
August 23, 1985[160]-----444 (Week 64)
August 30, 19859$1,942,457888$2,187$4,997,948451 (Week 65)
September 06, 198510$1,145,353864$1,326$6,329,963458 (Week 66)
September 13, 1985[164]-----465 (Week 67)
September 20, 1985-----472 (Week 68)
September 27, 1985-----479 (Week 69)
October 04, 1985-----486 (Week 70)
October 11, 1985-----493 (Week 71)
October 18, 1985-----500 (Week 72)
October 25, 1985[165]-----507 (Week 73)
October 13, 2011[162]-----
October 20, 2011[162]-----
October 27, 2011[162]-----

Versions and Releases of GhostbustersEdit

Home Movie ReleasesEdit

The DVD version of the movie was released and became one of the fastest selling units ever on Reel.com. Sony had announced at Comic-Con 2008 that the Blu-Ray version of the film was to be released on October 21, 2008, the Blu-Ray was released on June 16, 2009 to coincide with the release of Ghostbusters: The Video Game.

To read more on Home movie releases of the film go to Ghostbusters Home Video Releases

Ghostbusters edited for televisionEdit

When Ghostbusters was televised, a creative solution was employed by the network to edit the film. In many cases they used alternate takes done on-set when the movie was in production.

For more information to the Ghostbusters edited for television version click here.


Foreign Markets‎‎Edit

The Ghostbusters Movie was released all over the world. However, many aspects of the movie had to be localized.

Movie TitleLanguage/Territory
S.O.S. FantômesFrench
Ghostbusters – Die GeisterjägerGerman
Os Caça-FantasmasPortuguese
Los CazafantasmasSpanish

ReferencesEdit

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  2. IMDb- Ghostbusters / release info
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  24. Ivan Reitman, Joe Medjuck, Harold Ramis (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 06:21-06:55). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "We uh we all went up to um, where was it?"/Joe Medjuck says: "Martha's Vineyard."/Ivan Reitman says: "Martha's Vineyard! The story of the making of this movie actually uh has... it all happened very quickly. Danny Aykroyd wrote a 40 page treatment. That happened over years and years which I was fortunate to get sent to me and uh... I think he originally wrote it for he and..."/Joe Medjuck says: "John Belushi."/Ivan Reitman says: "That's right, he and Belushi and unfortunately John Belushi passed away before they could make that one. When I read it, it took place in the future with tons of..."
  25. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 12:43-13:37). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "When I read the very first sort of treatment it took place in the future. There were many groups of Ghostbusters, the Marshmallow Man came out on page 20 and was one of 50 large scale monsters. Frankly, if I was going t make that particular script, it would have cost $300 million in 1984 and...but there was this one fantastically brilliant idea which there was a group of men who much like firefighters who could catch ghosts and I remember sitting down at a deli with uh Danny and said "Look this is a great idea but we should work on it some more and why don't you get Harold Ramis involved because he outta be a Ghostbuster as well. He's great , he's got just the right sort of brilliance to him and let's bring Billy into it" and he went with it and about a month later we were making this picture. "
  26. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 13:44-14:21). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "I went into Frank Price's, who was the head of Columbia Pictures, office and uh I said "Okay, we're going to do this movie, it's called Ghostbusters. This is sorta what the story is about..." because we of course didn't have a script at the time, and um he said uh "What will it cost?" and I said "$30 million." It was just a number off the top of my head because that was more money, three times as much I spent on my last movie and he uh he said "Fine, have it out by June." and that was exactly 12 months from that moment. We had no script, no special effects team but we had three willing actors. "
  27. Harold Ramis (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 15:27-15:43). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "I should probably point out also in Dan's original script, there was no development of the Ghostbusters as parapsychologists working in the university, starting up the company... all this stuff. Ivan and I both had the idea we wanted to see how the Ghostbusters got to be Ghostbusters. "
  28. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 15:43-15:59). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "Yeah, I always thought the movie should be a going into business story. Really smart guys that go into business. Just a very unusual business. I like the idea of them going to a bank, getting a place, dealing with a realtor, fixing the place up... I thought these were all things an audience could relate to. "
  29. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 54:07-54:31). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "I remember because of the amazing schedule we were under which was that we started writing in May or June of '83 then the movie the movie was going to be out in June of '84 and that I decided arbitrarily to do three days of shooting without the main cast in October when we actually did principal photography in November. "
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  33. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 08:15-08:30). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "I knew we had a hit actually when... the second weekend of release when I was walking through Manhattan there were sort of... kiosks at every corner with guys selling illegal black market T-shirts with sayings from the movie and the logo on it. "
  34. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 47. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685.
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  41. Harold Ramis (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:20:20-1:20:25). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "Here's a great switch from the real Central Park West to the back lot. This is all the back lot now. "
  42. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:20:26-1:20:45). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "All these effects John De Cuir recreated the street and [first two floors] actually three so I could get wide enough for the shot and these are all on hydraulics underneath so we could redo it over and over and there's... "
  43. Harold Ramis (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:20:45-1:20:55). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "Then in New York, the police car slid into the street. They took a police car and just literally cut the front half off the car and laid it in the hole in the street, the fake hole in the street. "
  44. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 50:31-50:39). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "Amazingly enough, the budget as I said earlier was $30 million and I think we finally made the film for $31 million. We went slightly over budget. "
  45. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 35. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685.
  46. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 02:40-02:44). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "There's no Weaver Hall but this is Columbia University. "
  47. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 02:45-02:47). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "Even this was at Columbia, wasn't it? "
  48. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 03:39-03:54). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "And t his was actually a room at Columbia University, we should have--we were planning to shoot this on the set but were moving so fast in New York that we went to our cover sets that John De Cuir aged it but otherwise it's in the basement somewhere in Columbia. "
  49. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 02:57-03:00). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "And this was based on a real experiment, wasn't it, Harold? "
  50. Harold Ramis (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 03:01-03:17). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "We based it on the Milgram Experiment which was to psych--subjects in a psychological study were instructed to give electrical shocks to people trying to learn a list of words but what they were really testing were the peoples' willingness to give electrical shocks to other people. "
  51. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 20. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685.
  52. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 04:47-04:58). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "There was a lot of conversation I remember about when the spitting of the gum moment should occur. Should it be on the first? The second? The third? We used it as a climax moment. "
  53. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 00:25-00:41). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "Now we actually shot this in New York at the Public Library. But unfortunately there was scaffolding everywhere because they were cleaning the building... "
  54. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 00:56-00:59). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "And this handsome young man is me 15 years ago crossing the screen. "
  55. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 00:59-01:07). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "And through the magic of cinema, as she [Alice] walks down the stairs we are now shooting in the Los Angeles Public Library. "
  56. Harold Ramis (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 01:27-01:29). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "$250,000. "
  57. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 07:45-07:46). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "All before 10:00. "
  58. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 10:24-11:05). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "But he um this first moment of seeing the Librarian and the Librarian shift... I remember our first screening. Our first test screening was only three weeks after we finished shooting. We edited the movie very quickly. It came together nicely and we didn't have much of our special effects but we had this one here, not so much this one but the one that's coming up - the transformation and when we screened it for this audience for people at Columbia Studios they just freaked out... both screamed and laughed at the same time. It was a sense of how the movie was going to work, both truly scary and really funny. "
  59. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 12:25-12:27). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "No, this was the first day of principal photography. "
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  61. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 15:17-15:27). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "I remember because we finished in the library at 10 am then we went outside, took a break, went outside of the library, and shot this same scene at the end of the day. "
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  64. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 16:00-16:10). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "More creative geography. This is an actual old Firehouse in Los Angeles but the interior is an actual in-use Firehouse in New York. "
  65. Harold Ramis (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 16:10-16:13). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "Coincidentally built in the same year, 1912. "
  66. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 16:17-16:24). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "And it's true, as soon as we did see this pole, Danny said we gotta use it. It wasn't just a moment in the movie. "
  67. Harold Ramis (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 28:32-28:36). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "This really was fun. This was also back in LA. We got to slide down the pole. "
  68. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:01:24-1:01:44). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "We used that same um machinery we saw on Sigourney and as the camera moves across Rick ducked out and we put the head of one of those rubber dummies of the Terror Dog in so it would appear like that's what was inside of him. "
  69. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 41. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685.
  70. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 16:52-16:54). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "This was added optically, this gargoyle. "
  71. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 54:01-54:02). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "Yeah, this was in October when... "
  72. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 54:02-54:06). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "This was when we went a week early. Shot for five days. Most of this. "
  73. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 55:05-55:14). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "And this was the street we created in the back lot of Columbia... Columbia Studios. "
  74. Harold Ramis (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:18:44-1:19:19). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "So this is 65th and Central Park West so what happens there's the East-West crossing through the park on 65th and 66th. Columbus Circle is just off the street so when we were shooting this scene for three days, we stopped traffic here which shut down Columbus, 8th, Broadway, 7th, and 59th Street. Shot the East-West pass through the park, traffic started backing up to Times Square then Herald Square, Eastside, all the way to the river and they told us at one point we shut down 60% of Manhattan. "
  75. Harold Ramis (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:19:24-1:19:50). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "Ah right, so we're taking a break one day, Danny and I are standing on 65th and Central Park West, Danny sees Isaac Asimov, who lives in the neighborhood. Danny was so excited, he was one of the great science fiction writers of our age, 'Mr. Asimov, Dan Aykroyd, we're shooting the Ghostbusters movie'... he says 'Are you the ones responsible for this?'... and he walks away. He couldn't get home. "
  76. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:20:05-1:20:19). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "I remember there was a guy trying to get through, a really obnoxious guy in a car in the area and he started giving the policemen who were working on the film some real grief so they just pulled him out of the car and arrested him. "
  77. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 67. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685.
  78. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 29:52-29:59). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "I used this moment in "Dave" when he exits as the supposed President of the United States. "
  79. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 35:05-35:10). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "One of my least favorite special effects. "
  80. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 35:32-35:37). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "We ended up shooting I guess in the hotel for three or four days on this sequence. "
  81. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 91. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685.
  82. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 96. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685.
  83. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 40:02-40:14). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "The guy chasing here is not an actor, he was really chasing...The guy chasing was really someone from Rockefeller Center because it was illegal to shoot there. "
  84. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 123. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685.
  85. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 59:15-59:17). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "This is uh 6th Avenue I think. This is the middle of the night near Central Park I remember. "
  86. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 151. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685.
  87. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:11:01-1:11:05). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "Yes, this was a real jail, deserted I believe. "
  88. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:11:13-1:11:17). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "Danny claimed it was haunted and the film got scratched, we had to cut around it. "
  89. Harold Ramis (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:10:44-1:10:46). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "This is a jail in Lower Manhattan. "
  90. Harold Ramis (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:11:07-1:11:12). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "No, it was in the middle of 14th Street or something. "
  91. Harold Ramis (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:13:12-1:11:15). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "Ivan, you fired an extra on this day, do you remember that? "
  92. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:13:16-1:13:19). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "Some guy mouthing off... 'You, out and never come back'. "
  93. Harold Ramis (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:13:20-1:13:23). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "And he thought you were kidding and you said 'No, get out'. "
  94. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:14:28-1:14:32). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "This is actually the City Hall yes. "
  95. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:14:37-1:14:44). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "We were given amazing access actually by the filming group in New York. "
  96. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:14:54-1:15:02). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "This was I believe Elizabeth Holtzman's office if my memory serves me. It's a twin to it on the other side of the building. "
  97. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 156. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685.
  98. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 165. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685.
  99. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:22:02-1:22:07). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "This is one or two stairs then everything up is a matte painting. "
  100. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:22:08-1:22:16). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "I think this was shot at the Biltmore. "
  101. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 24:04-24:38). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "Let me say about the rooftop. We were thinking about where, what would be the center of the disturbance. And different kinds of buildings and places all over the city and we...I don't know if this this is how it occurred to everyone but I remembered a rooftop in St. Louis which was a replica of a temple and we started looking at the rooftops of New York and someone produced a coffee table book called 'Rooftops of New York' and we saw all these interesting temples on rooftops of buildings and all these strange Gothic structures and they went with that as a design concept."
  102. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:23:34-1:23:49). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "The whole rooftop sequence took us a few weeks to film. It was all on this stage. The Ghostbusters are actually in there in that shot in the hole, closer you can see the guys walking around. "
  103. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 08:31-08:40). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "This piece of equipment, only Harold got to learn how to use it. He had sort of had a secret way to use the three buttons that were on it that made the little wings rise and fall. "
  104. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 39:54-40:01). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "Danny Aykroyd is actually driving the car in most of these shots. We shot it all in one day after we been up late the night before. We went off with just the car... "
  105. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 40:50-41:03). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "Yeah and Dan, we used that as part of the pre-publicity for the movie. "
  106. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:03:21-1:03:23). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "This is when the car died at the end. "
  107. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 06:08-06:12). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "Danny insisted on the spectacular haircut of his, as well. "
  108. Harold Ramis (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 07:08-07:15). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "Nah. The French hair... the French-Moroccan hair dresser you found. Peggy Semtob!"
  109. Harold Ramis (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 21:46-21:56). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "Egon Spengler. Egon came from Egon Donsbach. I went to school with a Hungarian refuge and Spengler was from Oswald Spengler. "
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  118. Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis, Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 17:44-18:33). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "Now the part was originally written for John Candy. Do you remember that? We called up John and said 'John, you got to be in this, Harold is in it... Harold and John had worked together in SCTV up in Canada and all of us worked in Stripes and only naturally he should be in this film. And John didn't understand this part. He kept coming back and saying well maybe I'll play him in German. He'll have a German accent and he'll have Rottweilers. I said you can't have dogs, we already have too much dog imagery in the movie. And he finally passed on the film. Rick Moranis, who had been sent the script by his agent, was waiting patiently in the wings and was very happy when John passed..."/Joe Medjuck says: "But we changed the character a lot. Rick really helped create this character."/Harold Ramis says: "He brought some fine speeches to this character."/Ivan Reitman says: "And I think he chose the wardrobe."
  119. Harold Ramis (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 35:32-35:37). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "Now he improvised most of this party dialogue which I think is brilliant. "
  120. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 17:18-17:37). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "And um actually agreed to audition. She came into my office and not like I'm giving anything away saying she turned into a dog at some point in this film and uh I remember her getting up on the couch and actually auditioning like a dog and I knew at that point she had to be in the film. "
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  122. Harold Ramis (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:27:01-1:27:04). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "Remember you offered Sandra Bernhard Annie Potts' role? "
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  129. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 46:23-). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "I ran into Atherton about a year after this film had come out and was expecting him to greet me with open arms because of the success of the film and he had become quite famous from the movie and he was genuinely pissed. He came up to me and said 'You know I can't walk into a bar without people lining up to pick a fight with me. Kids scream at me and make fun of me wherever I go'. "
  130. Harold Ramis (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. -47:05). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Harold Ramis says: "The worse is... I'll tell it. Later in the movie, Danny calls him 'Dickless.' Atherton told me he was walking down the street in New York and a bus load of tourists yelled at him and he turned, smiled and waived and they all went 'Yo, Dickless!'. "
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  135. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 56:49-57:02). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "I actually do the voice, the deep voice of...that's me. I did Slimer and the voice that comes out of her here. "
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  142. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 39:33-39:38). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "I remember getting permission, I still have a few of these these uh magazine and newspaper covers. "
  143. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 40:07-40:08). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "There's me again! "
  144. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:09:01-1:09:13). Columbia TriStar Home Video. 'Joe Medjuck says: "I love this shot. This was taken next door from 55. I remember Ivan, we went up to the apartment building next door to 55 Central Park West and shot as high as we could to photograph this view. "
  145. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:09:26-1:09:30). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "This is all part of that very early shooting we did back in October as I remember. "
  146. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:09:40-1:09:45). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "Also from the first week of shooting on Madison Avenue. "
  147. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 1:09:53-1:09:54). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "This is Broadway, I think. "
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