Ghostbusters (1984)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Alternate title:  Ghost Busters

USA, 1984.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Producers Sales Organization, Delphi Films, Black Rhino Productions.  Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

After three scientists (Bill Murray, who is terrific, Dan Aykroyd, ) 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 ) 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  as secretary and as Weaver’s inept neighbour.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Visual Effects; Best Original Song (“Ghostbusters”)

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Bill Murray); Best Original Song (“Ghostbusters”)

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