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Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, [[Performer~P107494~Harold Ramis~haroldramis]] and [[Performer~P33733~Ernie Hudson~erniehudson]] star as a quartet of Manhattan-based "paranormal investigators". When their government grants run out, the former three go into business as The Ghostbusters, later hiring Hudson on. Armed with electronic paraphernalia, the team is spectacularly successful, ridding The Big Apple of dozens of ghoulies, ghosties and long-legged beasties. Tight-lipped bureaucrat [[Performer~P2687~William Atherton~williamatherton]] regards the Ghostbusters as a bunch of charlatans, but is forced to eat his words when New York is besieged by an army of unfriendly spirits, conjured up by a long-dead Babylonian demon and "channelled" through beautiful cellist [[Performer~P75144~Sigourney Weaver~sigourneyweaver]] and nerdish Rick Moranis. The climax is a glorious sendup of every [[Feature~V162465~Godzilla~godzilla]] movie ever made-and we daresay it cost more than a year's worth of Japanese monster flicks combined. Who'd ever dream that the chubby, cheery Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man would turn out to be the most malevolent threat ever faced by New York City? When the script for Ghostbusters was forged by Dan Aykroyd and [[Performer~P107494~Harold Ramis~haroldramis]], John Belushi was slated to play the Bill Murray role; Belushi's death in 1982 not only necessitated the hiring of Murray, but also an extensive rewrite. The most expensive comedy made up to 1984, Ghostbusters made money hand over fist, spawning not only a 1989 sequel but also two animated TV series (one of them partially based on an earlier live-action TV weekly, titled The Ghost Busters. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:June 8, 1984


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mark Vargo Best Visual Effects 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Edlund Best Visual Effects 1984 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Bill Murray Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1984 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ray Parker, Jr. Best Original Song 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ray Parker, Jr. Best Song 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Chuck Gaspar Best Visual Effects 1984 Nominee


Bill Murray
as Peter Venkman
Dan Aykroyd
as Raymond Stantz
Sigourney Weaver
as Dana Barrett
Harold Ramis
as Egon Spengler
Ernie Hudson
as Winston Zeddmore
Rick Moranis
as Louis Tully/The Key Master
Annie Potts
as Janine Melnitz
William Atherton
as Walter Peck
David Margulies
as Mayor
Steven Tash
as Student
Slavitza Jovan
as Gozer
Michael Ensign
as Hotel Manager
Alice Drummond
as Librarian
Tommy Hollis
as Mayor's Aide
Casey Kasem
as Himself
Joe Cirillo
as Police Captain
Rhoda Gemignani
as Real Estate Woman
Sam Moses
as Hot Dog Vendor
Christopher Wynkoop
as TV Reporter
Jennifer Runyon
as Jennifer
Jean Kasem
as Tall Woman at Party
Patty Dworkin
as Woman at Party
John Ring
as Fire Commissioner
Kymberly Herrin
as Dream Ghost
Paddi Edwards
as Gozer (uncredited)
Ruth Oliver
as Library Ghost
Tom McDermott
as Archbishop
Stanley Grover
as Reporter
Larry King
as Himself
John Rothman
as Library Administrator
Ric Mancini
as Cop at Apartment
Timothy Carhart
as Violinist
Eda Reiss Merin
as Louis' Neighbor
Jordan Charney
as Dean Yeager
Murray Rubin
as Man at Elevator
Jason Reitman
as Birthday party kid
Larry Dilg
as Con Edison Man
Joe Franklin
as Himself
Norman Matlock
as Fire Commissioner
Frantz Turner
as Reporter
Reginald VelJohnson
as Jail Guard
Roger Grimsby
as Himself


Ivan Reitman
Ivan Reitman
Dan Aykroyd
Harold Ramis
Peter Torokvei
Laszlo Kovacs
Herb Wagreitch
Elmer Bernstein
Composer (Music Score)
Sheldon Kahn
John F. de Cuir, Jr.
Art Director
Joe Medjuck
Associate Producer
Bernie Brillstein
Executive Producer
Richard Beggs
Set Designer
Marvin March
Set Designer
Mark Vargo
Special Effects
Charles Gaspar
Special Effects
Richard Edlund
Special Effects
Peter Giuliano
First Assistant Director
Gary Daigler
First Assistant Director
Ted Churchill
Camera Operator
Patrick McCormick
Production Manager
Karen Rea
John G. Wilson
Production Manager
Ray Parker, Jr.
Musical Performer
Philip Barberio
Visual Effects
Leonard Engelman