Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters (1984)

130 mistakes - chronological order

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Continuity mistake: When Venkman is in Dana's bedroom the quantity and quality of light coming through the window changes between shots; look at the side of the window when he is counting down, for instance. (00:58:30)

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Continuity mistake: When the terror dog ruins Louis' house party, a man cowers behind a dining chair. In the shot immediately following his closeup, the chair has magically sprouted armrests. (00:59:35)

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Continuity mistake: Dealing with Tully, Annie Potts says one rather oddly foreshadowing line to Harold Ramis about his death, and then clings to him. Ramis puts a hand on her shoulder, and the position is different in the next shot. (01:02:00)

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Character mistake: Peter tells Egon over the phone that he gave Dana "300 cc of Thorazine." Besides the funny implications the movie ignores on how and why he was in possession of it, Venkman says "cc", but the drug is dosed in mg, so at the very least Venkman misspoke (that'd be 1/3 liters!). The line is not in the shooting script and other sources like the novelization just say that Dana had some valium lying around. (01:02:30)

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Continuity mistake: When Ray and Winston are driving back to the Ghostbusters' office, Winston (who is driving) is wearing coveralls; when they arrive and get out of the car, he is wearing just a shirt and trousers. (01:04:00 - 01:08:20)

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Suggested correction: But they also switched place; Winston is not driving anymore, Ray is the one at the wheel. So it is technically possible that they stopped the car at one point past Manhattan Bridge and Winston took off the uncomfortable suit.

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Factual error: When Mr. Peck comes to the Ghostbusters' building with the police and Con Ed, the NYPD captain is wearing a light blue shirt. All NYPD officers Lieutenant and above wear white shirts. Only patrolmen and sergeants wore the light blue shirt. (01:05:10)

Continuity mistake: When Egon tries to prevent Walter Peck from shutting down the protection grid, he has Janine and Vinz (Louis) behind him. You can see that Vinz is raising his right arm, but in the next shot his right arm is now lowered down. (01:06:15)

Continuity mistake: The silly bureaucrats cut power to the containment grid, which is about to blow up. Everyone runs away from the building; there are two main camera angles on the exterior, but they are obviously not in continuity - in the closer angle, natural light shines on the street to the right, while in the wider/higher angle that side of the building is in the shade. (01:07:50)

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Revealing mistake: The Ghostbusters' containment unit explodes with a sinister beam that blasts through the rooftop. In the shot with the camera at street level showing New Yorkers running scared, you can see a blatant light 'halo' around one of them as by-product from the optical effect. (01:08:00)

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Revealing mistake: When the ghosts are released from the storage unit, there's a shot of the light beam followed by a wide panoramic view of New York where the ghost lights depart as strings and orbs of energy. If you look at the Empire State Building, you can see that the first orb supposedly passes behind it, but its outline can be in fact seen through it. (01:09:05)

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Continuity mistake: When Winston says "I wanna make a phone call" to the guard in the jail, the guard closes the door of the cell twice. (01:10:45)

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Suggested correction: In fairness, you do hear two noises, the second more subtle. I took it as the door taking an extra pull to properly close. You can argue that in the first shot we don't see the door touching the strike plate or frame, and in the second shot you don't actually see anyone locking it, but I am pretty sure that there are many doors that behave in a similar way in real life.

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Continuity mistake: When the Ghostbusters are heading for the building, there's a wide view of New York bathed in a sunset light with a red and blue sky. In further close-up shots, there is a clear sunny light everywhere. (01:15:20)

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Suggested correction: Most likely the result of the supernatural clouds forming around the building.

If such were the reason it would be the other way around: it should be dark near the building where the ghost-clouds are, but it's not. Therefore it's a continuity mistake due to the scenes being shot in different days.

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Audio problem: When the Archbishop says "How are you, Lenny?" to the Mayor in his office, his lips don't match what he is saying. (01:15:55)

Continuity mistake: When the mayor orders Walter Peck out of his office, you can see that he is pointing his finger at Peck, but when the camera angle changes his hand is nowhere to be seen. (01:17:45)

Revealing mistake: While the Ghostbusters ride to the building, there's a view of New York from the park under a red sky. Watch the buildings on the far left: They have a thick white outline around where the real sky was cut-out to allow for the new one to be put in. (01:18:35)

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Continuity mistake: When the Ghostbusters arrive at the skyscraper, a guy with a bulky walkie-talkie appears/disappears between shots. (01:19:25)

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Continuity mistake: When the heros arrive at Dana's building, they're saluted by a crowd. If you pay close attention, you'll see the same extra in two different positions (he's the young - and very "happy" - guy wearing a grey suit and a purple tie). (01:19:30)

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Continuity mistake: As the earthquake happens and the ghostbusters fall in the crack, the close-up shot shows Ray holding his gloves, yet in the immediate cut away he is wearing them. (01:20:30)

Continuity mistake: In the scene where the earthquake begins, the Ghostbusters fall into a hole. They're in two rows - in the first row are Venkman and Ray and in the second row are Egon and Winston. In the following shot, it is now Ray and Winston on the first row and Venkman and Egon on the back row. (01:20:30)

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Ray Stantz: Everything was fine with our system until the power grid was shut off by dickless here.
Walter Peck: They caused an explosion!
Mayor: Is this true?
Peter Venkman: Yes, it's true. This man has no dick.

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Question: I heard that Ron Jeremy had a walk on part in this film, does anyone know in which scene he is in?

Answer: Ron Jeremy can be seen in the crowd outside the firehouse right after the containment unit is shut off.

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