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June 8 1984 Ghostbusters released


On June 8th 1984, the now-classic comedy Ghostbusters was released in theatres across the United States. Produced and directed by Ivan Reitman, Ghostbusters starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis as disgraced parapsychology professors in New York City who turn to “paranormal investigation”–hunting down and capturing ghosts—to make money after Columbia University yanks their research grants.

Suddenly overwhelmed by the demand for their services, they hire a fourth team member (Ernie Hudson) who predicts that the increased supernatural activity is building to a catastrophic Judgement Day-like scenario. His fears turn out to be right on target, and all hell breaks loose after a sceptical government official (William Atherton) pulls the plug on the ghostbusters’ containment system. Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis co-starred as Manhattan apartment dwellers possessed by followers of a long-dead deity, Gozer, with whom the ghostbusters must wage a climactic battle.

Aykroyd and Ramis co-wrote the script for the film, which Aykroyd had originally conceived as a vehicle for himself and John Belushi, his co-star in TV’s Saturday Night Live and The Blues Brothers (1980). Belushi died of a drug overdose in 1982, however, and the part was later rewritten extensively to accommodate the unique talents of Bill Murray, another SNL alum known for his work in Meatballs (1979), Caddyshack (1980) and Stripes (1980).

Despite its hefty $30 million production budget–an unprecedented amount for a comedy–Ghostbusters was a box-office hit by any standards, beating out Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom to become the second-highest-grossing movie of the year with $229 million, behind only Beverly Hills Cop ($235 million).

It was equally well-received by critics; Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, for one, called it “an exception to the general rule that big special effects can wreck a comedy…one of those rare movies where the original, fragile comic vision has survived a multimillion-dollar production.”

Ghostbusters spawned a hit 1989 sequel, Ghostbusters II, also co-written by Aykroyd and Ramis, and two animated television series. In the fall of 2008, Variety reported that Columbia Pictures had hired writers to produce a script for a long-awaited third Ghostbusters instalment.

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9 thoughts on “June 8 1984 Ghostbusters released

  1. – – – – – and?

    Posted by Waldo "Wally" Tomosky | June 8, 2012, 06:31
  2. Reblogged this on emmageraln.

    Posted by emmageraln | June 8, 2012, 11:28
  3. Didn’t like the film … love the music !!!! Not really my type of film – but it was a MUST see film. Thanks for all the great facts around it. Great to have this side of you knowledge and inspiration back.

    Posted by viveka | June 8, 2012, 20:59
  4. It really was a masterpiece!

    Posted by Naomi Baltuck | June 9, 2012, 02:12
  5. The first one was the best. Totally hillarious.

    Posted by swabby429 | June 9, 2012, 04:39
  6. Hi,
    I enjoyed the Ghostbuster movies, I thought they were a lot of fun, and of course I loved the music. 😀

    Posted by magsx2 | June 9, 2012, 06:17
  7. Due to my pop culture addiction, I had to visit the fire house in Manhattan and was happy to see the Ghostbuster sign prominently placed inside!!

    Posted by facelikeafryingpan | June 11, 2012, 23:02
  8. I always admire Dan Aykroyd because he has a very funny way of doing comedy. He is also a very talented actor. ;.::” Warm regards
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  9. Aykroyd was raised in the Catholic Church, and intended to become a priest until the age of seventeen.[7] He attended St Pius X and St Patrick’s. He went on to study criminology and sociology at Carleton University, but he eventually dropped out before completing his degree. He worked as a comedian in various Canadian nightclubs and ran an after-hours speakeasy, Club 505, in Toronto for several years..

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