Ghostbusters

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An infectiously fun blend of special effects and comedy, with Bill Murray's hilarious deadpan performance leading a cast of great comic turns.

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After the members of a team of scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become "ghostbusters" to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters must now save New York from complete destruction.

Cast & Crew

Bill Murray
Doctor Peter Venkman
Dan Aykroyd
Doctor Raymond Stantz
Harold Ramis
Doctor Egon Spengler
Sigourney Weaver
Dana Barrett, Zuul, The Gate Keeper
Rick Moranis
Louis Tully, Vinz Clortho, The Key Master
Annie Potts
Janine Melnitz
Ernie Hudson
Winston Zeddemore
Bernie Brillstein
Executive Producer
Michael C. Gross
Associate Producer
Joe Medjuck
Associate Producer
Elmer Bernstein
Original Music
Ray Parker Jr.
Original Songs
László Kovács
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Critic Reviews for Ghostbusters (1984 Original)

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  • Ghostbusters is like romping through Disneyland's haunted house with Bill Murray.

    June 8, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Joseph Gelmis

    Newsday
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  • Ghostbusters is primarily a showcase for Murray, who slinks through the movie muttering his lines in his usual cheeky fashion and getting off an occasionally hilarious crack that proves he's thoroughly enjoying himself.

    June 16, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The plotting may be primitive, but it's all carried off with far more style and finesse than one might expect from the creators of Animal House and Meatballs.

    June 16, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Part of the sheer joy of this movie -- aside from the comic timing of Bill Murray -- is the cartoonish crapness of its apparitions and their placid acceptance by the Ghostbusters team.

    October 31, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • On balance, Ghostbusters is a hoot. It's Murray's picture, and in a triumph of mind over matter, he blows away the film's boring special effects with his one-liners.

    August 19, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A fantasy, but with no touches of reality at all, to be enjoyed for its zany humour typical of the "National Lampoon" school from which several of its contributors are drawn.

    June 12, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ghostbusters (1984 Original)

  • Aug 21, 2016
    I know a lot of Gen-Xers hold a nostalgic place in their hearts for the original "Ghostbusters," but I just couldn't really get into it. Bill Murray's lazy snark is just not my cuppa, and the demon hunting plot is just kinda whatever.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2016
    Ghostbusters is an absolute classic! Awesome nostalgic fun as well as having likable characters with cool special effects!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2015
    "Ghostbusters" is an amazing Sci-FI/Action film. "Ghostbusters" has got great acting from "Bill Murray" and "Ernie Hudson". "Ghostbusters" has got an exciting plot to it, to make it even better it has funny dialogue. The special effects in this movie are good, but some scenes could be improved. The soundtrack in this movie is just incredible, with the classic "Who ya gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS" other than that the sound makes the scenes better and better. I recommend watching the movie that will always remain a classic "Ghostbusters". I give "Ghostbusters" a 9/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2014
    A riotously funny inter-dimensional channeling of high concept sci-fi and low concept comedy, Ghostbusters scares up just as much adulation today for the same reasons it did back then: Bill Murray's deadpan delivery and Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis's hilariously fun script. Aside from the scarily poor special effects, the climax still ranks as Ghostbusters' chief sticking point. The 3rd act lead-up drags and the rooftop showdown is never as out-and-out funny as anything in the first two acts. When this is all you have to complain about, then - ahem - Boo Hoo. The arrival of the skyscraper-height Stay Puft Marshmallow Man more than fills the final act's joke quotient and, frankly, the dodgy SFX weren't paraded around as the best of the best back then either. In the 30th anniversary re-release of this PG-rated modern classic comedy, three unemployed parapsychology professors (Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis) set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. From the get-go, this is Murray's vehicle--we're just riding in it. Sure, he's often more readily identified with Groundhog Day than this ensemble piece, but the actor's perfectly played performance as a dubious scientist - one who rarely takes anything seriously - never lets up with laughs. Seriously, root through the now-iconic scenes and dialogue to re-discover the rich wealth of one-liners he delivers at an almost machine gun clip. Reveling in showing audiences both oddball actors at the top of their game and literally otherworldly situations, Ivan Reitman's direction points up the academia and modern science-skewing humor in the script while making you wonder how this often biting flick could've ever only be rated PG. Bottom line: Who Ya Still Gonna Call?
    Jeff B Super Reviewer

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