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1980s, Comedy, Ghosts

Ghostbusters (1984)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) PG
Source of story An original screenplay
Writers/Script Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
Additional Info This had been in development for a while and was intended to star John Belushi. When he died things were temporarily chaotic before others were cast.
Director Ivan Reitman
Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, William Atherton, David Margulies
Elevator Pitch When three professors investigating the paranormal have their grant withdrawn they set themselves up in business as “Ghostbusters” and are called by a number of organisations who are suffering from hauntings, and also by a young musician who has seen an alternative, and threatening reality when she opened her fridge. When they are investigated by the local authorities things start to unravel. Can they save the city from the evil entities?
Content Scenes in the firehouse which becomes the Ghostbuster headquarters and in the streets of the city as the former ambulance is dashing about. A number of set pieces as ghosts are confronted and, in most cases, zapped with the guys’ laser type weapons.  Scenes in the musician’s flat, increasingly sexy as she is inhabited by a being from an alternative reality, and one implied ghostly blowjob but no actual nudity, drinking or drug taking.
A View This movie made a shedload of money for a moderate investment and for a while was the highest grossing comedy ever. It was nominated for an Oscar for the Best Special Effects in 1985, but today, because of the development of CGI, we have come to expect more (Check out Ghostbusters 2016) However, it is still fun and well worth your time, particularly if you are a fan of any of the stars.

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