Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1984. Columbia Pictures Corporation, Producers Sales Organization, Delphi Films, Black Rhino Productions. Screenplay by Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis. Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs. Produced by Ivan Reitman. Music by Elmer Bernstein. Production Design by John DeCuir. Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge. Film Editing by David E. Blewitt, Sheldon Kahn. Academy Awards 1984. Golden Globe Awards 1984.
After three scientists (Bill Murray, who is terrific, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis) investigating supernatural phenomena are fired from their university and have their grants taken away, they set up shop in an old fire hall and sell themselves as ‘ghost busters’. New York City, as it turns out, is a giant epicentre of paranormal activity, and these guys (who eventually add a fourth member to the team, played by Ernie Hudson) are out to clear the city of bad ghosts and make it safe for humans once again. This incredibly successful film is a wonderful combination of comedy and science-fiction, with elements of both to satisfy all audiences. Sigourney Weaver is wonderful as a dancer who is invaded by weird creatures in her fridge and ends up looking to lovestruck Murray for help, while the rest of the cast includes a delightful Annie Potts as secretary and Rick Moranis as Weaver’s inept neighbour.