Ghostbusters a 1984 comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis turns thirty years old this Sunday.
Staring Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as three eccentric parapsychologists in New York City who start a ghost-catching business. Business begins booming after initial skepticism, but when an high-rise apartment building becomes the focal point of spirit activity linked to the ancient god Gozer, it threatens to overwhelm the entire world.
The original draft had them traveling through time and dimensions to fight large ghosts. The characters in the film were originally meant for Belushi, John Candy and Eddie Murphy. After Candy and Murphy turned down the roles and Belushi died before finale completion, the script was changed. Bill Murray’s character of Peter Venkman, was initially intended for Belush himself.
Ghostbusters was released on June 8, 1984. It grossed $23 million on its opening week, setting studio records at the time. The film was number one at the box office for five consecutive weeks, taking in $99.8 million. It was finally knocked out of the number-one position by Prince’s film Purple Rain. It would go on to gross $229.2 million, making it the second highest-grossing film of 1984, behind only Beverly Hills Cop.
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis
University parapsychologists Dr. Peter Venkman , Dr. Raymond Stanz, and Dr. Egon Spengler lose a research grant when their experiment methodology is proven to be bogus. The team decides to go into business for themselves and open ‘Ghostbusters,’ a ghost removal service. After struggling to get on their feet, they are summoned to investigate the strange happenings in Dana Barrett’s Central Park West apartment. What they discover is that all Manhattan is being besieged by ghosts and other worldly demons through a portal in her building.
Did You Know:
Harold Ramis really had no intention of starring in the film, only writing it. But he decided to star in this film as Dr. Egon Spengler after he felt he was the best person suited for the role.
Eddie Murphy was to have originally played Winston but did Beverly Hills Cop (1984) instead. That movie ended up beating this one as the year’s highest grossing film.
Had Eddie Murphy accepted the role of Winston, the character was actually meant to appear in more of the film. He was to have joined the team much earlier, and it would have been he who was slimed at the hotel. When Murphy declined the role, the script was re-written to have him appear about half-way through the film.
The firehouse used is actually two different firehouses that are in two different cities. The exterior is in NY, while the interior is in downtown Los Angeles.
Dana’s apartment building actually exists at 55 Central Park West in New York City. The building is actually only 20 stories high. For the film, matte paintings and models were used to make the building look bigger and with more floors.