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  • In a deleted scene, Bill Murray plays a bum that looks and acts just like his character in Caddyshack (1980).
  • A more ferocious version of the Librarian Puppet that was going to be used, but it was rejected. A year later, it appeared in Fright Night (1985).
  • The interiors for the hotel scene were mostly filmed at the famous Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, on the corner of 5th and Grand. This famous location has been used for hundreds of films, TV shows, and commercials, plus a few music videos. The three doors that the Ghostbusters walk through in the movie are actually located on the entrance on 5th St. The Grand Avenue entrance leads to the main lobby, which used to be the hotel ballroom. The room's formerly solid walls have been replaced by glass doors (at the entrance) and archways. The reception desk is where the long banquet table was located in the film. To the right would have been the bar that Egon blasts. The bar to the right of the main lobby has a picture of the old ballroom on one of the walls, giving a better perspective of what the room looked like in the early 1980s.
  • Though never referred to in the script, the green ghost the guys bust in the hotel was called "Onionhead" by the crew, because of its horrid smell. A scene where the ghost haunts two newlyweds showed the characteristic, but was cut. Since it was never referred to in the movie, the writers of The Real Ghostbusters (1986) came up for a different name, Slimer.
  • The terror dogs that come to life were actual statue designs on an old church in Philadelphia.
  • Chevy Chase turned down the role of Dr. Peter Venkman. He claimed that the script used in the movie wasn't the original script and the original script was very dark and scarier.
  • In 1982, Ivan Reitman, Joe Medjuck, and Michael C. Gross were planning to make a film of the sci-fi novel "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Douglas Adams wrote three drafts per his contract. Medjuck and Gross were considering Bill Murray or Dan Aykroyd to play Ford Prefect. Aykroyd sent them his idea for this movie, and they decided to do it instead.
  • Lindsey Buckingham was approached to write the theme song to after the successful collaboration for National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) ("Holiday Road"). He declined because he didn't want to get into the rut of being asked to write movie themes.
  • In the library, Venkman chides Ray by calling him "Francine" ("Come here Francine!"). Bill Murray was probably poking fun at Dan Aykroyd's real-life friendship with Fran Drescher.
  • On the set, Dan Aykroyd referred to the "Slimer" ghost as the ghost of John Belushi. Slimer's gluttonous eating was based on Belushi's cafeteria scene in Animal House (1978).
  • The phone number shown in the Ghostbusters ad Dana sees on television is 555-2368, a "fictitious number" originating from early Bell Telephone ad illustrations. The number 2368, familiar to numerologists and mystics, is the sum of 888 and 1480, which together denote "Jesus Christ" in Greek gematria, a coding system that assigns a specific numerical value to each letter of the Greek alphabet.
  • In the original draft for Bill Murray's character, sexual obscenities were written on Peter Venkman's door. Ivan Reitman wanted a more family friendly film, so the phrase "Venkman Burn in Hell" was added.
  • When Alice the librarian is asked whether anyone in her family had ever had any history of mental illness, she says she had an uncle who thought he was St. Jerome, the patron saint of librarians.
  • Bill Murray agreed to do this movie only if Columbia financed a remake of The Razor's Edge (1946) with him as the star. The remake was made and released the same year as this movie.
  • All the college scenes were filmed at Columbia University, including the fictional Weaver Hall office/lab interiors. Director Ivan Reitman decided to use an actual on-campus office instead of a soundstage so the film crew could film indoors if the weather turned bad. Columbia University agreed as long as the school was not mentioned by name on-camera.
  • In rehearsal, Bill Murray teased Yugoslav model Slavitza Jovan about her pronunciation of the line "Choose and Perish!" It sounded like "Jews and Berries" to him, and he'd say "There are no Jews and Berries here!"
  • Punk rocker Anne Carlisle was originally offered the role of Zuul, but turned it down.
  • According to an interview with Mix Magazine Online, Ray Parker Jr. tried to create a song for the movie for 2 days. At 4:30 am, he saw a commercial for a drain company that reminded him of a scene from the film. That commercial helped him coin the popular line "Who you gonna call?"
  • Michael Keaton turned down both the roles of Dr. Peter Venkman and Dr. Egon Spengler.
  • Dana's apartment building actually exists at 55 Central Park West in New York City. In real life, the building is 20 stories high. For the film, matte paintings and models were used to make the building look bigger and with more floors. According to the DVD commentary, the top of the building is modeled after the top of the Continental Life Building in St. Louis, MO.
  • When Venkman mentions the time Spengler tried to drill a hole in his head, Spengler's response ("That would have worked if you hadn't stopped me") was actually ad-libbed by Harold Ramis.
  • When Louis Tully mingles with his party guests (commenting on the price of the salmon, and so on), the scene is one continuous shot, and almost entirely improvised.
  • The movie's line "Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!" was voted as the #68 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.
  • Sigourney Weaver floating is an actual physical effect. The actress was put in a full body cast and attached to a post hidden in the curtains. According to the DVD commentary, the effect came from Ivan Reitman's Broadway experience.
  • Harold Ramis only intended to write the film. He decided to play Dr. Egon Spengler after he felt he was the best person suited for the role.
  • Ray Parker Jr. had trouble writing the film's theme song. When he saw the Ghostbusters TV commercial in the film, he decided to write the song like an advertising jingle. The song was a #1 hit for three weeks.
  • Early publicity for the film was a teaser campaign featuring just the "no ghosts" logo. As the campaign built, the Ecto-1 was also driven around the streets of Manhattan.
  • The firehouse is actually two different firehouses in two different cities. The exterior is in New York City, and the interior is in downtown Los Angeles. The Los Angeles firehouse has been used in many movies.
  • The music video for the song "Ghostbusters" featured numerous celebrities who didn't appear in the film, including: Chevy Chase, Irene Cara, John Candy, Melissa Gilbert, Ollie E. Brown, Jeffrey Tambor, George Wendt, Al Franken, Danny DeVito, Carly Simon, Peter Falk, and Teri Garr. The Ghostbusters themselves (in costume) danced down Times Square right behind Parker. Cindy Harrell played the girl in the haunted house.
  • In the middle of the film's initial release, to keep interest going, Ivan Reitman ran a trailer that was basically the commercial the Ghostbusters used in the movie, but the 555 number was replaced with a 1-800 number, allowing people to actually call in. Callers got a recorded message of Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd saying something to the effect of "Hi. We're out catching ghosts right now." They got 1,000 calls per hour, 24 hours a day, for six weeks.
  • The role of Peter Venkman was originally written for John Belushi. He died as Dan Aykroyd was writing the script.
  • The movie's line "Well, there's something you don't see every day." was voted as the #19 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.
  • Huey Lewis and the News turned down an offer to write and record a theme song for Ghostbusters. They later sued Ray Parker Jr. for plagiarism, citing the similarities between his theme song and their earlier hit "I Want a New Drug."
  • Flashbulbs were used on the end of the proton packs so the special effects creators could sync up the effects with the action.
  • This is Jean Kasem's feature film debut. Her real-life husband, Casey Kasem has a small voice-over role as himself.
  • Scenes in the montage of the Ghostbusters running and driving the Ectomobile around New York were done on the first day, largely without film permits. In one scene, someone who looks like a security guard begins chasing them, and Dan Aykroyd is driving the Ectomobile.
  • Voted number 28 in channel 4's (UK) "Greatest Family Films".
  • The Stay-Puft marshmallow man was originally supposed to come up out of the water right next to The Statue of Liberty, but the scene was too hard to shoot.
  • The eggs that fry themselves are sitting next to a package of "Stay-Puft" marshmallows. A large advertisement for "Stay-Puft" marshmallows (complete with the marshmallow man) is visible on the side of a building when the ghosts are freed during the "Magic" montage.
  • Christopher Walken, John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd, and Jeff Goldblum were all considered for the role of Dr. Egon Spengler.
  • Ray's dream sequence during the montage was originally a longer scene that actually took place. Ray and Winston visit a historic fort to investigate and Ray wears an old RCMP outfit. While the majority of the scene was cut, the dream sequence remained intact and production stills appear in the published version of the film script.
  • The demonic voice of Dana/Zuul was performed by director Ivan Reitman. Paddi Edwards provided the voice of Gozer.
  • Most of the deleted scenes are restored in the novelization.
  • The schedule for getting the movie into theaters for its release date in summer 1984 was so tight, director Ivan Reitman said that the final print included incomplete special effects shots and errors like visible wires but, "remarkably, people didn't care."
  • This was the highest-grossing comedy of all time until Home Alone (1990).
  • Dan Aykroyd's original version of the script began with the Ectomobile flying out of Ghostbusters HQ. Ivan Reitman suggested that it would be better to show how the team got started.
  • The firehouse set the Ghostbusters use as headquarters was used as the mechanic shop in The Mask (1994).
  • The Ectomobile was originally going to be painted black, until it was pointed out that most driving would be at night and the car would be difficult to see.
  • The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man suits cost approximately $20,000 each. Three were made, and all were destroyed during filming.
  • The probe Venkman uses in Dana's apartment is a United Technologies/ Bacharach 300 Series "Sniffer", normally used to locate utility gas leaks or low-oxygen hazards. The squeeze-bulb is standard. It could conceivably be modified to find other gases, perhaps even paranormal ones.
  • Sandra Bernhard was originally offered the role of Janine.
  • Scenes storyboarded but never shot included: Egon testing the proton pack, which is charged by being plugged in (the pack melts the plug) and a model's mink coat comes to life on a runway. The second scene happened in Ghostbusters II (1989) to a woman on the street.
  • Gozer was originally going to be played by Paul Reubens, who turned down the role. In the original script, Gozer took on the form of Ivo Shandor (the ghost building's architect, who started the original Gozer cult), who resembled a pale, slender, unremarkable man in a business suit. Gozer's final form was described as "David Bowie meets Grace Jones".
  • The original script had a budding romance between Janine and Egon, but most of it was edited out of the film. The special edition DVD features a deleted scene of Janine giving Egon a coin for luck before he goes off with the other Ghostbusters to fight Gozer. The relationship between Janine and Egon was explored more in The Real Ghostbusters (1986).
  • According to Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis in the DVD Commentary, in Dan Aykroyd's original rough draft of the movie, the story was going to take place in the future and teams of Ghostbusters would exist everywhere, like paramedics and firefighters (thus explaining basing the Ghostbusters HQ in a firehouse). According to Reitman, such a film would cost "at least $300 million in 1984 dollars." Harold Ramis was brought in to rewrite the script.
  • The shock-reinforced experiment Venkman conducts on the college students parodies the Rhine Experiments, which related to ESP. In the 1930s Duke psychologist J.B. Rhine used Zener Cards (a deck of 25 cards, with each card having one of five possible symbols) to see if test subjects could sense which card a test administrator was looking at without seeing it themselves. Rhine reported that one test subject correctly guessed all 25, but the results have never been duplicated. Though Venkman's experiment seems to be based on Rhine's work, the scene is also inspired by the famous Milgram experiment, in which subjects were required to give increasingly powerful shocks to strangers. Ostensibly a study on memory and learning, Milgram actually investigated how far people would submit to authority.
  • The lively chorus shouting "Ghostbusters!" during the film's theme song consisted of Ray Parker Jr.'s girlfriend and her friends, the only people Parker could find quickly enough to meet his deadline. In a 2015 interview, he said he got the idea when his son shouted "Ghostbusters!"
  • Exterior scenes of the Ghostbusters headquarters were filmed at the Hook and Ladder #8 Firehouse in the Tribeca section of New York City. Inside the firehouse are a Ghostbusters sign and photos taken with the cast and crew.
  • When the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man attacks, a stunned Ray recalls roasting Stay-Puft marshmallows "by the fire at Camp Wokanda". "Wokanda" (or "Waucanda") is an old Native American name that translates to "Spirit Water." Camp Wokanda was a real-life Boy Scout camp near Peoria, IL, recently acquired by the Peoria Park District. Another real-life Camp Wakonda exists near Sault st. Marie Ontario, on Lake McCarrell. Dan Aykroyd grew up in Ottawa.
  • Almost none of the scenes were filmed as scripted; most had at least one ad-lib. Most of Bill Murray's lines are ad-libs.
  • The jail scene was filmed in a prison reported to be haunted, and the dailies had scratches all over with no apparent physical cause. Ivan Reitman was concerned about returning there, and the crew was very relieved to find enough footage to complete the scene without returning.
  • Dan Aykroyd's original title for the film was "Ghost Smashers".
  • The character of Winston was meant to have joined the team much earlier, and would have been slimed at the hotel. When Eddie Murphy declined the role, the script was re-written to have Winston appear about halfway through the film.
  • CNN Host Larry King's film debut.
  • In the library scene, as an addition, there is a part where books are stacked, cover to cover, one on top of another. This is discovered with Ray calling it "symmetrical book stacking." The whole scene was thought up by director Ivan Reitman that very day as he was driving to the set.
  • In the storyboards (included in a gift booklet for the 2-DVD set), the guns for the proton packs were actually wands. They were long sticks with a ball on the end. The Ghostbusters fired them by flicking their wrists as a magician would and pointing the wands at the ghosts. The wands were changed to laser guns to fit the idea of the Ghostbusters creating their gear from practical equipment.
  • When Janine is interviewing Winston for the job, the scene originally began with Winston listing his qualifications. According to Ivan Reitman in the DVD commentary, Winston was an Army veteran, a former paramedic, and a construction worker. Janine's questioning was considered a funnier opening. In The Brooklyn Triangle (1988), the Ghostbusters fight spirits on a construction site run by Winston's father, who chides Winston for quitting the construction business to become a Ghostbuster.
  • John Candy turned down the role of Louis Tully because his ideas for the character were rejected. According to Ivan Reitman in the DVD commentary, among Candy's suggestions he wanted the character to have a German accent and have a pair of schnauzer dogs. No one felt the German accent was appropriate for the character and since there was "dog imagery" in the movie (i.e.: the Terror Dogs), they felt having Tully own dogs was "too much". Rick Moranis was then cast as Louis. Candy and Moranis are both veterans of SCTV (1976), along with Harold Ramis. Candy did, however work with each main Ghostbuster - Bill Murray and Harold Ramis in Stripes (1981), Dan Aykroyd in The Great Outdoors (1988), The Blues Brothers (1980) and Steven Spielberg's 1941 (1979), Annie Potts in Who's Harry Crumb? (1989), and Ernie Hudson in Going Berserk (1983). He was also featured in the Ghostbusters music video.
  • According to Harold Ramis, the name "Egon Spengler" was inspired by Egon Donsbach, a foreign exchange student at his high school, and historian Oswald Spengler.
  • After this film, William Atherton became reviled. People would try to fight him in bars. One day, shortly after the film's release, Atherton was walking down a stretch of 7th Avenue in New York City entirely crowded with school buses when he heard lots of children shouting at the tops of their lungs, "Hey, dickless!"
  • Gozer was also a name related to a documented haunting in England. The name Gozer appeared mysteriously throughout the house, written on walls and other things.
  • (Cameo) Ron Jeremy: an extra behind the barricade on the left when Ray and Winston drive up in Ecto-1 after the containment unit explodes. [widescreen version]
  • In an interview with The New 93Q radio station in Houston, Dan Aykroyd said the scene with Ray and the cigarette was planned, however no adhesive was used. The cigarette stuck to his lip with just his saliva.
  • Ivan Reitman didn't like the Deluxe Laserdisc Edition. The higher-density lighting made a lot of the matte work too obvious to ignore.
  • (Cameo) Debbie Gibson: an extra in the Tavern on the Green. She is sitting at a table adorned with balloons, with a pink ribbon in her hair (only the top of her head shows) while a terrified Louis screams "Let me in!" from the outside.
  • When interviewing Alice the Librarian, Peter asks her if she is currently menstruating. The shocked head librarian asks "What does that have to do with anything?", and Peter replies "Back off, man. I'm a scientist." In parapsychology, there is some correlation between menstrual cycles and latent telekinetic powers. From a psychological standpoint, Alice may have been going through menopause, which in very rare cases can cause psychotic breaks or blackouts. Peter was trying to determine if Alice might have actually caused the disturbance herself, either physically or through psychic powers.
  • Kymberly Herrin had to have a mold made of her body for the form-fitting rig that allowed her to "float." According to Herrin, the prop tech putting molding plaster on her was reluctant to apply the plaster to her breasts. She grabbed his plaster-filled hand, placed it on her breast, and told him to get over it.
  • The special effect for an early part in the movie, where the catalog drawers open and the cards flying out, was created by prop workers hidden behind a stage setting made to look like part of the library. The drawers were pushed open from the back, and the cards were blown out via copper piping.
  • The proton packs were much heavier than they looked. Some were heavier than others, depending on what a scene demanded. According to Ivan Reitman, none of the actors enjoyed wearing the packs, but Harold Ramis complained the least. Reitman wouldn't say which actor complained the most.
  • On Dinner for Five (2001), Ernie Hudson said that he was living in a small apartment in Los Angeles around the time of the film's release. After the movie came out, a neighborhood store owner gave out his address to fans. So many people came to visit him that he had to move.
  • The rooftop set for the final confrontation between Gozer and the Ghostbusters occupied an entire soundstage, and required 50,000 amps of electricity to be properly lit. Columbia Pictures had to shut down other stages while this scene was being filmed.
  • Character actors Reginald VelJohnson and William Atherton would later appear in the first two "Die Hard" films.
  • Peter Venkman insults Walter Peck by saying he has "no dick". Several years later William Atherton played "Dick Thornberg" in Die Hard (1988).
  • Sound designer Richard Beggs made the "Ectomobile" siren sound from a leopard snarl that was edited, pitched, and otherwise processed in analog. He used an Ampex AG-440 recorder, ¼ inch tape, VSO (Variable Speed Operation), a razor blade, and an Editall splicing block.
  • Dana Barrett's apartment is 2206.
  • The phrase "This chick is toast" was first coined by Bill Murray in this movie.
  • This is Columbia Pictures' highest grossing film of all time when adjusted for inflation.
  • Adjusted for inflation, this would be the 32nd highest-grossing movie of all time.
  • Just after they are thrown out of the University, Peter and Ray share a bottle of liquor while discussing the future. The liquor is Apricot Flavored Brandy by Hiram Walker.
  • After Harold Ramis passed away, fans of the movie paid tribute to him by visiting the New York City firehouse used in the exterior shots and created a makeshift memorial featuring Nestles Crunch Bars (in reference to Venkman giving Spengler a candy bar) and Twinkies (in reference to Spengler using the Twinkie to describe the ghost problem in New York City).
  • A no smoking sign is in the elevator during the Slimer battle. Ivan Reitman's son Jason Reitman lampooned the tobacco industry in Thank You for Smoking (2005).
  • Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
  • The line, "You're more like a game show host" was improvised by Sigourney Weaver. The original line was, "You're more like a used car salesman."
  • Before this film, Sigourney Weaver was known for serious movies. She had done a lot of comedy at Yale Drama School, and wanted to show that side of herself.
  • Ivan Reitman got the idea for the lights behind the door from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).
  • Harold Ramis made a choice to never smile as Egon.
  • As soon as he saw the pole in the firehouse, Dan Aykroyd said they had to use it for the movie.
  • The hallway scenes were shot on a set originally built for the movie Rich and Famous (1981).
  • The ectoplasm was made from methylcellulose ether, a thickening agent used in processed foods.
  • One device used by the Ghostbusters is just a colander with wires sticking out of it. According to Ivan Reitman: "We figured the sillier, the better."
  • Harold Ramis wanted Walter Peck to be a more understated villain. He thought the bad guys in Animal House (1978), which he also co-wrote, were too over-the-top.
  • Sigourney Weaver said kids would come up and ask her if she really turned into a dog.
  • According to Ernie Hudson, an earlier version of the script had Winston in a larger role with an elaborate backstory as an Air Force demolitions expert. Excited by the part, he agreed to the job for half his usual salary. The night before shooting began, he was given a new script with a greatly reduced role; Ivan Reitman told him the studio had wanted to expand Murray's role. In a 2015 article for Entertainment Weekly, Hudson wrote "I love the character and he's got some great lines, but I felt the guy was just kind of there. I love the movie, I love the guys. I'm very thankful to Ivan for casting me. I'm very thankful that fans appreciate the Winston character. But it's always been very frustrating-kind of a love/hate thing, I guess."
  • Dan Aykroyd described Mr. Stay Puft as a cross between the Michelin Man and the Pillsbury Doughboy. He wanted to create a fictional brand mascot that everyone would have grown up with.
  • Bill Murray compared the trapping process to "trying to get smoke into a coke bottle with a baseball bat."
  • Sigourney Weaver recalled: "I once had a fire in my apartment [after the movie], and the firemen came to put it out. One of them opened up my refrigerator and said, 'Whoa, you better call the Ghostbusters.'"
  • The crewmembers gathered a bunch of interesting props that could be used and let Bill Murray pick his favorite. He chose the sniffer and it got in the film.
  • Paddi Edwards dubbed over Gozer's lines because Slavitza Jovan's accent came across as comedic.
  • The red contacts that Slavitza Jovan had to wear were extremely uncomfortable.
  • Steve Guttenberg turned down the role of Peter Venkman to star in Police Academy (1984).
  • The producers were prepared to produce a different ending if test audiences didn't react positively to The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.
  • When test audiences saw the library ghost, they screamed and laughed at the same time.
  • Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ivan Reitman spent three weeks in Martha's Vineyard revising Aykroyd's original script.
  • The opening shot of the lion statue outside the New York City public library foreshadows the Terror Dogs.
  • Jay Leno read for the part of Louis Tully.
  • The Time magazine cover shown in the film includes a corner flap on "The New Poets". The picture on the flap is of the "no-ghost" logo designer Michael C. Gross.
  • The Globe magazine cover shown in the film promises a feature on "Glenny's innermost secrets". Glenny was the wife of associate producer Michael C. Gross.
  • This film was originally intended for an adult audience. The cast and crew were surprised to find that children loved the film as a fun fantasy adventure of scientists battling supernatural threats with cool backpack weapons. It led to a cartoon spin-off, The Real Ghostbusters (1986), and the sequel, Ghostbusters II (1989) played down the original film's adult elements, like smoking.
  • The film was originally meant to be set in Chicago. Bill Murray and Harold Ramis are both from Chicago. Dan Aykroyd starred in The Blues Brothers (1980), which was set there.
  • Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd appeared in Caddyshack movies and The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978).
  • Zuul and Vinz Clortho possesses Dana and Louis because of the location of their apartments. They fell in line with the original Architect's plan.
  • Venkman uses Zener Cards in his ESP experiment. Zener Cards use five simple symbols, and all appear in the scene: a star, a circle, a square, a cross, and a set of wavy lines. They do not include a figure-eight, which is one of Jennifer's guesses.
  • Venkman's meeting with Dana at Lincoln Center was the first scene filmed with Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray together. The fountain had to be turned off for some shots so the actors' lines could be heard; in others lines were dubbed in later. The U.S. and other flags flying at half mast in distant background are mourning the American and French soldiers killed October 23, 1983, in the barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon. President Reagan's nationwide order extended through the 31st.
  • This is the first of three movie collaborations for Rick Moranis and Harold Ramis. The other films are Club Paradise (1986), and Ghostbusters II (1989). The pair are also both alumni of SCTV (1976) and appear in The Best of SCTV (1988), The Earth Day Special (1990), and SCTV Network (1981).
  • The Terror Dog that possesses Dana is called Zuul. Zool (1992) was released 8 years later. The video game follows Zool, a gremlin ninja of the Nth Dimension who comes to Earth to gain a ninja ranking.
  • In May 2017, the Royal Society of Open Scientist dug up the preserved remains of a new species of dinosaurs called a crurivastator (translates to "destroyer of shins") in the US state of Montana. One of the scientists remarked that the skull of the crurivastator resembled Zuul the Terror Dog and the dinosaur's skeleton was put on display at the Royal Ontario Museum and the dinosaur was named after the Terror Dog.
  • Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.
  • In a 2015 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Reginald VelJohnson said that he was almost cast as Winston. When Ernie Hudson was ultimately cast, Ivan Reitman offered him the role of the prison guard instead.
  • In a 2016 interview, Paul Feig said that according to Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman, the white ghost in the iconic Ghostbusters logo is called Mooglie.
  • In the Philadelphia-based professional wrestling promotion CHIKARA, the character Archibald Peck, whose gimmick was of a wrestling time-traveling marching band leader with alternate personalities, was canonically the "son" of Walter Peck.
  • MAD Magazine published a parody, "Ghost Dusters," in issue #253. It featured the characters explaining the $10,000 charge for capturing the parody's equivalent of Slimer. The individual prices actually totaled $11,000. A reader wrote in and the magazine had to admit its error.
  • Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
  • John Ring also played a fire chief or commissioner in the Lean on Me (1989) and The Blues Brothers (1980).
  • Significant sections of Elmer Bernstein's music score were replaced with pop songs, most notably Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters," which replaced the original title theme. The complete score was eventually released on a limited-edition CD in 2006.
  • Casey Kasem who has a cameo as himself, hosting his radio broadcast during the montage, also provided the original voice of Shaggy in the Scooby Doo cartoons.
  • Mr. Stay Puft (a man from marshmallow) is the logo on a packet of Stay Puft Marshmallows. In the United Kingdom, there is a confectionery called Bassett's Liquorice Allsorts, which the logo on the boxes and packets is Bertie Bassett, a man made out of sweets.
  • Dan Aykroyd was inspired to write the script for the film after living in a house that was (allegedly) haunted by the ghost of Cass Elliot.
  • The pinball machine in The Ghostbusters' firehouse is Stern's 1980 title Star Gazer.
  • Many contemporary viewers have taken issue with Venkman's line that he gave Dana thorazine, as the drug has been used in cases of date rape. In the 1980s, the drug had a reputation as a safe and effective way of bringing people down from "bad trips." The intended implication is that Venkman is a recreational drug user.
  • After this film, Bill Murray took a lengthy break from acting and moved to Paris. Murray considered retiring altogether before he was cast in Scrooged (1988).
  • In the dubbed French version, Venkman mentions Joseph Stalin as the potential embodiment of evil, not J. Edgar Hoover. In the Italian version, it's Adolf Hitler, although he's called "Adolfo Hitler." In the Spanish dub, it's Zedong Mao.
  • When Venkman is listing the cost for trapping the ghost at the Sedegwick Hotel, Egon can be seen instructing him what to say by surreptitiously holding up four fingers near his face indicating four thousand dollars for the entrapment, then another finger to indicate the one thousand dollars for proton charging and storage.
  • Michael Ensign originally read for the part of Walter Peck. When he didn't get it, he took the 'consolation prize' of playing the manager at the Sedgewick Hotel.
  • Tom Hanks and Robin Williams were considered for the role of Dr. Peter Venkman.
  • When the guys agreed to cross the streams to defeat Gozer, Winston says "this job is definitely not worth eleven-five a year!" Adjusted for inflation, the yearly salary for a Ghostbuster in late 2018 would be $27,437.60.
  • The 4 actors playing the Ghostbusters were all at least 6 feet tall. William Atherton was also 6 feet tall, making Rick Moranis the odd man out in the principal male cast at 5 feet 4 inches.
  • Released the same day as Gremlins (1984).
  • Just after the New York Post front page picture, the Ectomobile speeds past Umberto's Clam House. On April 7, 1972, it was the site of the mafia hit on mobster Crazy Joe Gallo.
  • When Janine is introduced, she's reading the January 23 edition of People Magazine with Cher on the cover promoting her latest movie, Silkwood (1983).
  • On an episode of Patricia Heaton Parties (2015), Patricia Heaton revealed that she was an extra in the opening scene outside the library.
  • Harvey comics, creator of Casper, sued the producers , claiming the ghost in the logo was too close to Casper character "Fatso". The court ruled against them, stating there were only so many ways to draw a ghost.
  • In the original draft of the screenplay, when Venkman questions the Librarian about the library ghost, Venkman says to the Library Administrator "F**k off, man! I'm a scientist." It was changed to "Back off man, I'm a scientist." as seen in the movie.
  • The Terror Dogs Zuul and Vinz Clortho were played by two uncredited puppeteers Terri Hardin Jackson and Harrison Ray.
  • Sigourney Weaver suggested that she dress up as Zuul the Terror Dog, but the idea was rejected.
  • The title 'Ghostbusters' was already taken and a long legal battle ensued before the makers secured the rights. Initial shooting even had two takes of the sign being put up outside the fire house: one saying Ghostbusters and one saying Ghostbreakers. Ultimately the filmmakers saw this as too much work to shoot everything twice and settled on their first choice, hoping the title would be cleared in time.
  • The watch worn by the Ghostbusters is the Seiko M516, one of several novelty watches to come out of the technology boom of the 1980s. A digital model, the watch's unique feature was that it allowed wearers to record brief memos to themselves on a built-in microphone. Many viewers have speculated the reasoning behind the watch's selection is so that the Ghostbusters could use it to record EVP (electronic voice phenomenon), a supposed supernatural occurrence in which audio devices are able to record the voices of ghosts; Dan Aykroyd himself has expressed an interest in EVP, leading some credence to the theory. Despite its initial unpopularity, since the film's release, the M516 has become a highly sought-after collector's item, and well-maintained models regularly sell for several hundred dollars.
  • Julia Roberts auditioned for the role of Dana Barrett.
  • Eddie Deezen was considered for the role of Louis Tully.
  • The $4,800 that Dr. Raymond Stantz paid for the Ghostbuster car comes out to $11,809.49 in 2019.
  • [1:09:00]Right after the containment is shut off and the paranormal energy (cumulative ghosts or whatever they were called) are released into the sky, on the top corner of a building is a painted on ad for Stay Puft which is what the giant marshmallow man is from.
  • The Ecto-1 was a 1959 Cadillac chassis Miller-Meteor ambulance/hearse, rear-loading variety. Two vehicles were used in the movie, one for the pre-transformation car and one for the post-transformation version.
  • Working titles for the film during production included "Ghoststoppers" and "Ghostblasters".
  • Steve Johnson, who worked as visual effects on the film, was also the designer and sculptor of the librarian ghost, as well as Slimer.

Spoilers

  • After the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man is destroyed, and Walter Peck is deluged by a huge amount of marshmallow goo. His next line is garbled, due to the marshmallow, and many viewers don't realize that Peck screams "I HATE you, Venkman!". A cut scene (included on the DVD) took place a few moments before, at the same angle, where Peck tells the police to go up to the roof and arrest the Ghostbusters.
  • Many sequences were shot but removed from the film (a couple of the following were added as extras to the Criterion Collection CAV laserdisc release) : * Several shots in the sequence where Venkman, Stantz, and Spengler are thrown off campus were cut. * Several scenes throughout the film with Janine and Egon were cut. * The first time Venkman leaves Dana's apartment, he says to Louis "What a woman." * The "green slimer" ghost is discovered by two newlyweds at the Hotel Sedgewick. Also cut was a Ghostbuster inspection of the room. * A policeman tries to ticket the Ectomobile, but the car won't let him. * Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd play two bums that witness Louis being chased by the terror dog. This scene was removed because the filmmakers felt the audience would be confused by seeing Murray and Aykroyd in different roles in the same movie. * Ray and Winston inspect Fort Detmerring, where Ray dresses in an old General's coat and falls asleep. When he awakes, he sees a female ghost above his bed. This part of the sequence was kept and used in the montage in the middle of the film. * Louis encounters two muggers in Central Park during the ghost montage. * Venkman and Stantz discuss matters with the mayor outside City Hall. * The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man sequence ends with his large hat falling to the ground. Some deleted shots appear in the film's trailers.
  • In 2010, actor William Atherton recalled to "The A.V. Club" that the shaving cream that was used for the melted "marshmallow" was still quite heavy: "We had the eighth-grade science test. I went under the bag, and I asked, 'How much shaving cream is in there?' And they said, 'Not that much.' So I said, 'Well, how much does it weigh?' 'It's about 75 pounds, but it's shaving cream.' You know the whole thing about 75 pounds of feathers and 75 pounds of lead? It's about the same thing. [Laughs.] So can we figure out what's going to happen with this?" So they put some poor stunt guy underneath to show the sissy actor 'Okay, nothing's going to happen.' So they unleashed it, and it flattened him. So they took out half of the shaving cream, and I went in very happily and was slimed."
  • Louis, the future "Keymaster," gets locked out on three separate occasions.
  • During the Ghostbusters "Rise to Fame" montage, one newspaper shows a headliner above the main story proclaiming "Princess Di Expecting Again". In 1983, around the same time filming was underway, Princess Diana was confirmed to be pregnant with her second child. Diana gave birth to her second son, Prince Harry on September 15, 1984.
  • When Venkman first enters Dana's apartment, to check for ghosts, he flicks his fingers over the keys of a piano. The tune that plays (which doesn't match his finger movements) is the same refrain that plays in The Shining when Doc tries to sneak in to his parents bedroom and finds a rough-looking Jack sat on the bed in his robe
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