Ghost Busters

  • PG
  • Ivan Reitman (1984)
  • US
  • 105 min
Ghost Busters
Film Review
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4 out of 5

The often dazzling, special effects-driven slapstick tends to overshadow the fact that there are some slyer, more sophisticated laughs on offer in this blockbusting family comedy. Bill Murray is terrifically deadpan and sleazy as the dubious leader of a company of ghost busters (that includes the film's co-writers, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, plus Ernie Hudson) who are called into action when ancient spirits are let loose in New York. Sigourney Weaver shows an admirably light touch as a possessed cellist, and Rick Moranis also scores in his breakthrough movie. Director Ivan Reitman stages some spectacular set pieces, including an enjoyably daft finale with a giant marshmallow man. The concept was so successful that the film spawned a cartoon series, and almost the entire team reunited for a sequel.

Plot Summary

Supernatural comedy starring Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver and Dan Aykroyd. Three university professors researching parapsychology set up in business for themselves when their grant is withdrawn, and soon realise there's a burgeoning market for "ghost busters" in New York City.

Cast and crew


Dr Peter Venkman
Bill Murray
Dr Raymond Stantz
Dan Aykroyd
Dana Barrett
Sigourney Weaver
Dr Egon Spengler
Harold Ramis
Louis Tully
Rick Moranis
Janine Melnitz
Annie Potts
Winston Zeddemore
Ernie Hudson
Walter Peck
William Atherton
David Margulies
Dean Yeager
Jordan Charney
Hotel manager
Michael Ensign
Slavitza Jovan
Alice Drummond
Library ghost
Ruth Oliver
Mrs Van Hoffman
Kathryn Janssen
Cheryl Birchfield


Ivan Reitman

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Park Circus
Edited for violence and language
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 24 Oct 2014
Certificate PG

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