The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days ( DAY 73):
8. “Ghostbusters” (1984)
Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.
Bill Murray—Dr. Peter Venkman
Dan Aykroyd—D. Raymond
Sigourney Weaver—Dana Barrett
Harold Ramis—Dr.Egon Spengler
Rick Moranis—Louis Tully
Annie Potts—Janine Melnitz
William Atherton—Walter Peck
Ernie Hudson—Winston Zeddmore
Facts about the this movie:
*Budget: $32,000,000 (estimated)
*Opening Weekend: $13,612,564 (USA) (1339 Screens)
*Gross: $280,549,539 (Worldwide)
*The schedule for getting the movie into theatres for its scheduled release date in summer 1984 was so tight, director Ivan Reitman said that the final print included incomplete special effects shots and errors like "wires showing" but, "remarkably, people didn't care".
*The role of Louis Tully was originally written for John Candy. He quit the role of Louis Tully because his ideas for the character were being rejected. According to Ivan Reitman in the DVD commentary, among Candy's suggestions he wanted the character to have a German accent and have a pair of schnauzer dogs. No one felt the German accent was appropriate for the character and since there was "dog imagery" in the movie (i.e.: the Terror Dogs), they felt having Tully own dogs was "too much". So John Candy quit early in production and Rick Moranis was cast at the last minute; Candy and Moranis are both veterans of SCTV, along with Harold Ramis.
*The role of Peter Venkman was originally written for John Belushi.
*According to Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis in the DVD Commentary, in Dan Aykroyd's original rough draft of the movie, the story was going to take place in the future and that there would be teams of Ghostbusters like there are paramedics and firefighters (thus explaining basing the Ghostbusters HQ in a firehouse). According to Reitman, such a film would cost "at least $300 million in 1984 dollars". So Harold Ramis was brought in to rewrite the script and bring it into modern times.
*Gozer was originally going to be played by Paul Reubens, who turned down the role. In the original script, Gozer took on the form of Ivo Shandor (the ghost building's architect, who started the original Gozer cult), who resembled a pale, slender, unremarkable man in a business suit.
*Punk rocker Anne Carlisle was originally offered the role of Zuul, but turned it down.
*Sandra Bernhard was originally offered the role of Janine.
*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. According to the commentary on the DVD, the top of the building is modeled after the top of the Continental Life Building in St. Louis, MO.
*The Stay-Puft marshmallow man was originally supposed to come up out of the water right next to The Statue of Liberty, to get a contrast of size, but the scene was too hard to shoot.
The eggs which fry themselves are sitting next to a package of "Sta-Puft" marshmallows. There is also a large advertisement for "Sta-Puft" marshmallows (complete with the marshmallow man) visible on the side of a building.
*Many sequences were shot but removed from the film (a couple of the following were added as extras to the Criterion Collection CAV laserdisc release) :
*Several shots in the sequence where Venkman, Stantz, and Spengler are thrown off campus were cut.
*Several scenes throughout the film with Janine and Egon were cut.
*The first time Venkman leaves Dana's apartment, he says to Louis "What a woman."
*The "green slimer" ghost is discovered by two newlyweds at the Hotel Sedgewick. Also cut was a Ghostbuster inspection of the room.
*A policeman tries to ticket the Ectomobile, but the car won't let him.
*Ray and Winston inspect Fort Detmerring, where Ray dresses in an old General's coat and falls asleep. When he awakes, he sees a female ghost above his bed.
*This part of the sequence was kept and used in the montage in the middle of the film.
*Louis encounters two muggers in Central Park during the ghost montage.
*Venkman and Stantz discuss matters with the mayor outside City Hall.
*The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man sequence ends with his large hat falling to the ground. Some deleted shots appear in the film's trailers.
*In the middle of the film's initial release, to keep interest going, Ivan Reitman had a trailer run, which was basically the commercial the Ghostbusters' use in the movie, but with the 555 number replaced with a 1-800 number, allowing people to call. They got a recorded message of Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd saying something to the effect of "Hi. We're out catching ghosts right now." They got 1,000 calls per hour, 24 hours a day, for six weeks
*When Alice the librarian is queried as to whether anyone in her family had ever had any history of mental illness, she replies she had an uncle who thought he was St. Jerome. Jerome is the patron saint of librarians.
*Michael Keaton turned down both the roles of Dr. Peter Venkman and Dr. Egon Spengler
*Chevy Chase turned down the role of Dr. Peter Venkman, he claimed that the script used in the movie wasn't the original script and in the original script was very dark and even more scarier.
*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 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.
*At their first brush with a ghost, Peter (Bill Murray) chides Ray (Dan Aykroyd) by calling him "Francine" ("Come here Francine."). This may have been Murray poking ad-lib fun - or a jibe by the writers, including Aykroyd himself - at Aykroyd's real-life friendship with Fran Drescher (see her bio).
*Dan Aykroyd's original title for the film was "Ghost Smashers".
*Ron Jeremy, who appears as an extra (seen behind the barricade on the left of the full widescreen image when Ray and Winston drive up in Ecto-1 after the containment unit explodes), played the librarian in the porn parody This Ain't Ghostbusters XXX.
*Almost none of the scenes were filmed as scripted and, in fact, almost all of the scenes had at least one or two ad-libs.
*The character of Winston was initially written to be a guard at the Ghostbusters firehouse. Also, in earlier drafts of the script, Winston was the one who conjured up the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.
*Until the release of Home Alone, this was the highest-grossing comedy of all time.
*Lindsey Buckingham was approached to write the theme song to after the successful collaboration for Vacation ("Holiday Road"). He declined because he didn't want to get into the rut of being asked to write movie themes.
*Huey Lewis and the News turned down an offer to write and record a theme song for Ghostbusters. They later sued Ray Parker Jr. for plagiarism, citing the similarities between his theme song and their earlier hit "I Want a New Drug."
*The party scene where Louis Tully (Rick Moranis) mingles with his party guests (commenting on the price of the salmon, and so on) is not only taken in one continuous shot, but is almost entirely improvised.
*The Ectomobile was originally painted black until it was pointed out that most driving would be at night and the car would be difficult to see. It was then repainted white.
*The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man suits cost Approximately $20,000 apiece. Three were made and all were destroyed during filming.
*When Venkman mentions the time Spengler tried to drill a hole in his head, Spengler's response ("That would have worked if you hadn't stopped me") was actually ad-libbed by Harold Ramis.
*The "marshmallow" goo was actually shaving cream. More than fifty gallons was dumped on Walter Peck (William Atherton), almost knocking him to the ground.
Early publicity for the film was a teaser campaign featuring just the "no ghosts" logo. As the campaign built, the Ectomobile was also driven around the streets of Manhattan.
*The original premise of Ghostbusters had three main characters: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. They fought ghosts in S.W.A.T. like suits using wands instead of guns. The ghost named Slimer was known as 'Onionhead', and at the end of the movie the Ghostbusters franchise was all over the United States. John Candy also was slated to play Louis. However, with Belushi's death and characters backing out, the script was rewritten and new actors cast.
Why I Picked this movie #8:
1. It is timeless movie
2. The second best Si-fy/comedy movies ever made, for surreally the for the 1980’s.
3. Brilliant chemistry with the whole cast.
4. Bill Murry from 1980’s.
5. Non-stop laughing from beginning to conclude.
6. Bill Murry, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis played great off each other.
7. Has some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
8. Bill Murry and Sigourney Weaver played great off each other.
9. Has some of the most memorable quotes / dialog in film history.
10. Brilliant ending.
11. Brilliant beginning.
12. Some great spook moments.
13. Still hold up.
14. It is one of top 10 funniest movie made in the 1980’s.
15. Brilliant comedy acting.
16. Brilliant script
17. Brilliant story
18. Brilliant special effects.
19. It has Bill Murray and Ivan Reitman from the 80’s.
20. Brilliant cast.
21. Awesome action moments.
First time seeing it:
At the theater with neighbor.