Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters (1984)

130 mistakes - chronological order

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Revealing mistake: In the earthquake scene where the road is cracked, you can see the cloth on the side of one of the cracks flapping in the wind. (01:20:35)

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Suggested correction: I think I see it, but I am not sure I follow; why can't a cloth flap in the wind during an earthquake?

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Revealing mistake: When the police car falls into the hole, if you watch the ground that's rising up in front of it, when it finally comes to a stop, you can see how light it is because it bounces, and you can tell that the pieces of the pavement are moved by hydraulics. (01:20:45)

Continuity mistake: After the pavement cracks and swallows a police car, the chunks of broken pavement next to the car differ between shots. From a back view there are smaller pieces, but from a front view they are a couple of big and long chunks. (01:21:00)

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Revealing mistake: Towards the end, when the ground is shaking and breaking up, a police car falls halfway into a hole in the road. When the smoke clears a little you can clearly see two white poles, one on either side of the back left wheel, holding the car in place. (01:21:04)

Revealing mistake: There's a scene where Dana's building is falling apart and stones and stuff are falling to the street below. One of the huge boulders bounces off a wooden police barricade in the bottom left hand corner of the screen, and then off a person. (01:29:14)

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Continuity mistake: The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man has a red bow tie on as he walks down the streets of New York, which disappears in one shot as the Ghostbusters fire at him. (01:30:45 - 01:32:05)

Continuity mistake: When the Stay Puft monster appears and all the cars crash, a driver goes out of a grey car through the window. In a closer angle he is back inside and repeating the movement. (01:31:15)

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Revealing mistake: When the guys are looking down at Stay Puft, as he is about to crush the church, Stay Puft approaches Dana's apartment and you can see a support structure to the right of Stay Puft's right leg. (01:32:00)

Revealing mistake: When the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man is walking through the city, in several shots you can see outlines of people and buildings through the marshmallow man, who was added in optically. (01:32:05)

Continuity mistake: When Stay Puft is walking towards the church, an aerial shot shows the (miniature scale model) streets totally empty; however, a floor-level angle shows hundreds of (green screened) people who have appeared from nowhere. (01:32:05)

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Revealing mistake: Near the end of the film when the Ghostbusters take cover in a small corner and come up with the "cross the streams" plan, look closely at Peter's proton pack, you can see that it is a foam "stunt" pack as there is a small sticking out part that keeps squashing against the wall behind him. (01:32:25)

Continuity mistake: In the scene when they are emerging after the Stay-Puft explosion, we see Ray with marshmallow on his face and a small amount on his chest. He wipes his face, but in the shot following his apology for the burnt dog hair comment, his front side is completely covered in the stuff. (01:35:50)

Factual error: At the very end of the movie, Ray is telling Louis about the Tunguska Blast of 1909, but the famous blast actually occurred in 1908. Given his oft-demonstrated levels of knowledge, he'd know better. (01:37:38)

Other mistake: Winston Zeddemore's surname is spelled as "Zeddmore" in the closing credits. (01:43:50)

Continuity mistake: In the beginning when Ray is approaching the ghost in the library, when he says get her he's making his scared face before the ghost freaks out.

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Suggested correction: He's about to lunge at a ghost, and doesn't know what is going to happen. There's no reason why he can't be showing his fear and trepidation in this moment.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene when the Ghostbusters have a police escort, as they arrive at the condo building, in the wider angle of the police convoy with Ecto-1 approaching the building, the lights appear to be off, only to be on again in the next shot.

Tom Craft

Revealing mistake: In almost all the aerial shots of Dana's apartment block, the traffic on the ground is stationary (NB - this is explained in the SFX documentary on the Special Edition DVD/video - matte paintings were used for those shots)

Continuity mistake: When they're all fighting in the Mayor's office, the mug on the desk changes its position between shots.

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Revealing mistake: As Dana's apartment crumbles apart to present the temple of Gozer, there is a tight shot of a gargoyle falling off an exterior corner. Carefully lined up with features on the gargoyle's face - but still readily visible - are the black strings that pull the gargoyle face off its mount.

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Continuity mistake: Louis/Vinz Clortho is dropped at Ghostbusters office at night at the same time Venkman is drugging Dana/Zuul at her apartment. When Venkman calls from her apartment it is night, Janine is in the same grey striped blouse, black skirt and tights outfit during that call she was wearing when Louis was dropped off by the police, at this time Venkman says he is on his way back to the office. Venkman does not arrive until the next morning, during the EPA raid, he is still wearing his same brown date night jacket and blue shirt but it's daylight now and Janine has changed into a new outfit, red blouse, grey vest, grey skirt and red tights and does not look like she slept at the office, Egon has also changed at least his tie and put on a suit jacket.

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Trivia: The brief dream-scene in which Ray appears to receive oral sex from an attractive female spirit was originally part of a much larger sequence, but it was removed for both time and ratings reasons.

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Question: Why does Ray drop his trap on the altar? It can be seen all through the 'choose' conversation and when Staypuft first appears.

Answer: He places it on the altar just after they believe they have vaporized Gozer with the proton packs. At this point, thinking the ghost to have been destroyed, he sets it down as he believes the job is done and he will not need it.

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Answer: Ray realised Gozer was too powerful to be caught in the trap, so why carry the extra weight?

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