Ghostbusters (1984 Original) (1984)
Critic Consensus: An infectiously fun blend of special effects and comedy, with Bill Murray's hilarious deadpan performance leading a cast of great comic turns.
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as Dr. Peter Venkman
as Dr. Raymond Stantz
as Dr. Egon Spengler
as Dana Barrett
as Winston Zeddmore
as Louis Tully
as Walter Peck
as Janine Melnitz
as Hotel Manager
as Dean Yeager
as Library Administrator
as Fire Commissioner
as Police Captain
as Police Sergeant
as Jail Guard
as Real Estate Woman
as Man at Elevator
as Con Edison Man
as Woman at Party
as Tall Woman at Party
as Hot Dog Vendor
as TV Reporter
as Businessman in Cab
as Mayor's Aide
as Louis' Neighbor
as Cop at Apartment
as Mrs. Van Hoffman
as Ted Fleming
as Annette Fleming
as Library Ghost
as Dream Ghost
as Dream Ghost
as Fire Commissioner
as Gozer (uncredited)
as Birthday party kid
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Critic Reviews for Ghostbusters (1984 Original)
"Ghostbusters" is like romping through Disneyland's haunted house with Bill Murray.
Ghostbusters is primarily a showcase for Murray, who slinks through the movie muttering his lines in his usual cheeky fashion and getting off an occasionally hilarious crack that proves he's thoroughly enjoying himself.
The plotting may be primitive, but it's all carried off with far more style and finesse than one might expect from the creators of Animal House and Meatballs.
On balance, 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.
Whoever thought of having evil's final manifestation take the form of a 100-ft. marshmallow deserves the rational mind's eternal gratitude.
Audience Reviews for Ghostbusters (1984 Original)
I know a lot of Gen-Xers hold a nostalgic place in their hearts for the original "Ghostbusters," but I just couldn't really get into it. Bill Murray's lazy snark is just not my cuppa, and the demon hunting plot is just kinda whatever.
I think I will never really grasp what made this mildly entertaining movie so adored when it was released; it is funny and has great performances (especially Bill Murray, ad-libbing insanely), but it drags a bit and the special effects look awfully cheesy and dated today.
"Ghostbusters" stands as one of the best horror/comedies out there. It is hilarious in almost every sense of the word, even if not in the conventional way, and it never falls short with the cheesy scares. It can be genuinely shocking at times but that is taken away immediately throughout the film, especially due to the lack of seriousness. This all being said, "Ghostbusters" is an extremely unique film that will never be able to be touched by any filmmaker. It's smart, cool, slick, witty, scary, and intense. The only issue this film has is that the title is not explored to it's highest potential. It sets up a great premise but it takes just a tad too long to reach the climax in my opinion. Overall, I loved every minute of "Ghostbusters" and it deserves the fame that it has.
Ghostbusters (1984 Original) Quotes
|Dr. Peter Venkman:||Egon, this somehow reminds me of the time you tried to drill a hole in your head. Do you remember that?|
|Louis Tully:||Ok, who brought the dog?|
|Peter Venkman:||I'm right in the middle of something, Ray!|
|Egon Spengler:||Don't cross the streams!|
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