Ghostbusters

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Thirty years on, bustin’ still makes us feel good. In fact, few movies have the power to make us feel good-er. From pounding drum machine intro to marshmallow apocalypse finale, ‘Ghostbusters’ is a cavalcade of pure joy.

The reasons for this are manifold, but still bear repeating. Bill Murray’s sweetly sardonic performance is a treasure for the ages – that little plaza pirouette when he scores a date with Sigourney Weaver is a moment of transcendental bliss. The script is literally word-perfect, at once crude (‘this man has no dick’), weird (‘many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!’) and packed with timeless silly-smart one-liners (‘Listen... do you smell something?’). Ivan Reitman’s direction moves at a clip, the animated effects are unearthly and beautiful, and the soundtrack, stuffed with long-forgotten yacht rock also-rans, somehow manages to be awful and perfect at the same time.

We could go on – at length – but why bother? You know it’s great. Go remind yourself why.

Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Tuesday October 28 2014
Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ivan Reitman
Screenwriter: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
Cast: Bill Murray
Dan Aykroyd
Sigourney Weaver
Harold Ramis
Rick Moranis
Annie Potts
William Atherton

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John Higgins

I have fond memories of seeing the very first teaser trailer on ENTERTAINMENT USA back in the spring of 1984 and was one of the first in the queue to see it on December 1st at a cinema in Birmingham. I have seen it numerous times on DVD and TV and still marvel at the Richard Edlund effects and enjoy the Elmer Bernstein music. Even today, I wonder what the film would have been like if John Belushi had been in the role eventually played by Bill Murray.

John Higgins

I have fond memories of seeing the very first teaser trailer on ENTERTAINMENT USA back in the spring of 1984 and was one of the first in the queue to see it on December 1st at a cinema in Birmingham. I have seen it numerous times on DVD and TV and still marvel at the Richard Edlund effects and enjoy the Elmer Bernstein music. Even today, I wonder what the film would have been like if John Belushi had been in the role eventually played by Bill Murray.

Ian

Brilliant! Go see this. Just seen it and there were two groups of the films target audience 8 to 14 year old lads in the cinemas plus a few families where parents old enough to remember it first tiime out were taking their kids. Haven't seen a group of young lads come out of a film so hyper and loud for many many years. The review is bang on the button. Take your kids. They won't see a better written, acted and directed comedy aimed at kids of all ages for a long time. Go see it and see it now.

Ian

Brilliant! Go see this. Just seen it and there were two groups of the films target audience 8 to 14 year old lads in the cinemas plus a few families where parents old enough to remember it first tiime out were taking their kids. Haven't seen a group of young lads come out of a film so hyper and loud for many many years. The review is bang on the button. Take your kids. They won't see a better written, acted and directed comedy aimed at kids of all ages for a long time. Go see it and see it now.