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Plot, Details & Awards

Ghostbusters

PG In Theaters 06/8/1984 , 107min.
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Plot & Details

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson 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 William Atherton 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 Sigourney Weaver and nerdish Rick Moranis. The climax is a glorious sendup of every 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 Harold Ramis, 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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Mark Vargo Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Chuck Gaspar Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects John Bruno Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Ray Parker, Jr. Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Richard Edlund Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1984 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy Nominated
1984 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Bill Murray Nominated
1984 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song Ray Parker, Jr. Nominated
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