Final Film Transcript
original script by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis
transcribed by Adam Bertocci
Outside New York Public Library
Eerie music. Pigeons fly from the steps.
New York Public Library, reading room
ALICE pushes a cart of books.
New York Public Library, basement
ALICE brings some books down to the basement of library. As she walks along, a few books float to other shelves. When she turns around to investigate, nothing happens.
She makes some notes on a pad and passes a card catalog. The drawers slide open, spilling cards all over the place. She screams and runs.
She runs through the shelves.
Comes to what must be the ghost; she screams. Her hair blows back.
Ghostbusters logo dissolves onto screen. Music: Ghostbusters.
Main title pops up. Ghostbusters theme keeps playing. We see people going in and out of the building.
Corridor outside Paranormal Studies Laboratory
We hear DR. PETER VENKMAN giving the ESP test. On door: "Dr. Egon Spengler Dr. Raymond Stantz Dr. Peter Venkman Venkman burn in hell Maid please make up this room as soon as possible"
PETER gives ESP test to MALE STUDENT and JENNIFER. MALE STUDENT is hooked up to electrodes.
All right, I'm going to turn over the next card. I want you to concentrate. I want you to tell me what it is.
card is a star
showing him card and shocking him
Good guess, but wrong.
holds a circle card up in front of JENNIFER
Clear your head. All right, tell me what you think it is.
Is it a star?
It is a star! Very good. That's great.
holds up a square card for MALE STUDENT
All right. Think hard. What is it?
showing him square and shocking him
Ooh, close, but definitely wrong.
MALE STUDENT's gum shoots out of his mouth. He puts it back in and keeps chewing. PETER holds a plus sign card up for JENNIFER.
Okay. All right. Ready? What is it?
pretending to be astonished
Incredible. That's five for five. You can't see these, can you?
You're not cheating me, are you?
No, I swear, they're just coming to me.
to MALE STUDENT
Yes... I don't like this.
Don't worry, you only have seventy-five more to go.
holds up a card with three wavy lines
Okay, what's this one?
A couple of wavy lines.
who wants to zap him just for fun
Sorry! This isn't your lucky day!
I know. I -
PETER reaches for the little lever. JENNIFER seems amused, so PETER winks to her. MALE STUDENT stumbles over some words before PETER zaps him.
Hey! I'm getting a little tired of this!
You volunteered, didn't you? We're paying you, aren't we?
Yeah, but I didn't know you were giving me electric shocks! What are you trying to prove here anyway?
I'm studying the effect of negative reinforcement on ESP ability.
The effect?! I'll tell you what the effect is! It's pissing me off!
Well, then maybe my theory is correct!
ripping electrodes off hands
You can keep the five bucks, I've had it!
runs out of room and slams door
I will mister!
kindly, to JENNIFER
You may as well get used to that, that's the kind of resentment that your ability is going to provoke in some people.
Do you think I have it, Dr. Venkman?
You're no fluke, Jennifer.
DR. RAYMOND STANTZ enters the room, all in a flurry.
grabbing stuff off shelves
This is it! This is definitely it! Did those UV lenses come in for the video camera? And that blank tape? I need it. The one you erased yesterday.Rate this script:5.0 / 2 votes
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