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Ghoststoppers / Ghostbreakers / S.O.S Fantômes

USA 1984
produced by
Ivan Reitman, Bernie Brillstein (executive) for Delphi Films, Black Rhino Productions/Columbia
directed by Ivan Reitman
starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, William Atherton, Ernie Hudson, David Margulies, Steven Tash, Jennifer Runyon, Slavitza Jovan, Michael Ensign, Alice Drummond, Jordan Charney, Timothy Carhart, John Rothman, Tom McDermott, Roger Grimsby, Larry King, Joe Franklin, Casey Kasem (voice), John Ring, Norman Matlock, Joe Cirillo, Joe Schmieg, Reginald VelJohnson, Rhoda Gemignani, Murray Rubin, Larry Dilg, Danny Stone, Patty Freedman, Jean Kasem, Lenny Del Genio, Frances E. Nealy, Sam Moses, Christopher Wynkoop, Winston May, Tommy Hollis, Eda Reiss Merin, Ric Mancini, Kathryn Janssen, Stanley Grover, Carol Ann Henry, James Hardie, Frantz Turner, Nancy Kelly, Paul Trafas, Cheryl Birchenfield, Ruth Oliver, Kymberly Herrin
written by Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, music by Elmer Bernstein, title song by Ray Parker jr, special makeup effects by Etsuko Egawa, visual effects by Entertainment Effects Group


review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Venkman (Bill Murray), Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Spengler (Harold Ramis) are a trio of parapsychologists (with various degrees of professionalism) who live a comfortable life holding a seat at NYU but nobody holding them accountable ... until they are held accountable for and are evicted by the university's dean. Fresh out of a job, they decide to take their paranormal researches to business level and become the Ghostbusters. Soon enough, they've got headquarters, a car ... but no assignments until Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) shows up claiming her apartment is haunted. Venkman is immediately charmed by the lady, so he takes up the investigation himself but finds no traces of paranormal presence in her place - but since he desparately wants to date her, he packs it into nice words. What he doesn't realize though is Dana's apartment building is one of the gates to the netherworld, and a bunch of demons want to make it to our dimension from theirs, soon possessing Dana and her nerdy neighbour (Rick Moranis) to ultimately open the gate.

The Ghostbusters know little of that yet, but they do capture their first actual ghost (the soon-to-be-popular Slimer), and are so happy about it they even hire a fourth man, blue collar Winston (Ernie Hudson). Soon enough, they become celebrities and manage to capture ghost after ghost around town - before almost being shut down by an overly ambitious EPA delegate (William Atherton), but saved by the mayor (David Margulies) himself, who tasks them with putting an end to the ghostly invasion and save New York City. This leads them back to Dana's apartment building, where super demon Gozer is just finding passage into our world - and probing the mind of the Ghostbusters, he manifests himself - as a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, starting to crush the city under his feet. With this new and unexpected threat, will the Ghostbusters come up with a counter-strategy?


Ghostbusters sure is an iconic 1980s flick - but frankly, taken as a whole, it's not all that good: It's script is formulaic and meandering at the same time and features plotholes and leaps of reason, the ending is all too predictable, many of the supporting characters are little more than cardboard cut-outs who really seem to announce their character arcs from square one, and even the characterizations of the leads is hazy at times.

At the same time, it's not all that surprising that the movie's as liked as it is, it contains many iconic images (from the Ghostbusters logo to their car and outfits to Slimer, to name a few), its theme song by Ray Parker jr is one of the catchiest 80s mainstream tunes, Bill Murray doing his shtick is great as ever, and he leads a very solid cast, and the special effects hold their own even today. And on top of everything, this is just a fun movie. Nothing great, really, but good popcorn entertainment.


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