• Ghostbusters (1984)


Release Date: June 8th, 1984

DVD Release Date: June 29th, 1999

PG |1 hr 47 min

Plot Summary

After the members of a team of scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become "ghostbusters" to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters must now save New York from complete destruction.

Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, William Atherton, Ernie Hudson

Director: Ivan Reitman

Genres: Adventure , Comedy , Fantasy

Production Co: Columbia Pictures, Black Rhino Productions

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Keywords: New York City, Quest, 1980s, Love interest, Rescue, Hilarious

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    Ghostbusters is a hoot. It's Murray's picture, and in a triumph of mind over matter, he blows away the film's boring special effects with his one-liners. Spotting a lusty, totally transformed, fire-breathing Slgourney Weaver, whose body has been overtaken by a spirit, Murray walks past her saying, "That's a new look for you, isn't it?" Thank you, Bill. And don't get outta here, you knucklehead. We like you in this kind of movie. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Although it reunites the comic talents of director Ivan Reitman, writer Harold Ramis and star Bill Murray, the team responsible for the Meatballs phenomenon, their style here is far more laid-back and relaxed. There are still plenty of laughs, but not of the frantic sledgehammer variety. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Ghostbusters is one of those rare movies where the original, fragile comic vision has survived a multimillion-dollar production. show more

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Nominated Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984)
Nominated Visual Effects
Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Winner Original Song Written for a Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Music (Original Song)