Synopsis: Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Egon work at the University where they delve into the paranormal and fiddle with many unethical experiments on the students. As they are kicked out of the University do they really understand their knowledge of the paranormal and go into business for themselves. Under the new snazzy business name of 'Ghostbusters', and living in the old firehouse building they work out of, they are called to rid New York City of paranormal phenomenon at everyone's whim.... for a price. They make national press as the media thinks and pressures everybody the Ghostbusters are the cause of it all. Thrown in jail by the EPA, the mayor takes a chance and calls on them to help save the city. Unbeknownst to all, a long dead Gozer worshiper (Evo Shandor) erected downtown apartment building is the cause of all the paranormal activity. They find out the building could resurrect the ancient Hittite god, Gozer, and bring an end to all of humanity. Who are you gonna call to stop this t
Director(s): Ivan Reitman
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min


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.

Columbia University

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"

Inside lab

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?

no answer

Come on.


Figure eight.


pretending to be astonished

Incredible. That's five for five. You can't see these, can you?


No, no.


You're not cheating me, are you?


No, I swear, they're just coming to me.



Okay. Nervous?


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.

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Dan Aykroyd

Daniel Edward Aykroyd (born July 1, 1952) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, musician, businessman and filmmaker. He was an original member of the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" on Saturday Night Live (1975–79). A musical sketch he performed with John Belushi on SNL, The Blues Brothers, turned into an actual performing band and then the 1980 film The Blues Brothers. He conceived and starred in Ghostbusters (1984), which spawned a sequel and eventually an entire media franchise. In 1990, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy. He starred in his own sitcom, Soul Man (1997–98). Aykroyd is also a businessman, having co-founded the House of Blues chain of music venues and the Crystal Head Vodka brand. more…

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