Continuity mistake: When Peter arrives at the library, the blue book he later slams is on the far left of the table. A frame later it's on the far right.

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Continuity mistake: When the rooftop explodes, freeing the ghosts, an aerial view shows the people running away and a police car on the left of the main entrance. A closer angle shows a second police car on the right and a crowd next to the main entrance.

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Continuity mistake: Stay Puft walks behind a church, which appears or disappears depending on the angle.

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Continuity mistake: When the movie is about to end, the Ghostbusters are in front of the building and the pavement starts to crack open. A group of men by the door stumble off-screen to the left. Half a second later, a close-up shows the people repeating all the previous movements.

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Continuity mistake: When Venkamn walks down to the library's basement, his tie changes from skewed to straight.

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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.

Continuity mistake: When Dana comes to the station for the first time, Ray is working on Ecto1 and it's primer gray, no light bars or equipment. In one of the following scenes they are eating dinner and cheering to their first customer. Then the alarm sounds for their first call to the Sedgwick hotel and they get in the Ecto1 that is all tuned up, painted with lights and equipment mounted. The events all appear to happen in the same day. It wouldn't be possible to do all that work to Ecto1 in the perceived span of time.

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Suggested correction: The key word is, "appear." Even if there are just a few days between the events, it makes sense for Ecto-1 to look as it does.

Continuity mistake: After Louis asks if anybody wants to play Parcheesi at his party, there is a lady sporting a red vest behind him, standing in front of a wall with framed photos. Two shots later, she's standing in front of the kitchen next to a bespectacled man. The very next shot, she's teleported back to where she was initially, in front of the wall. (00:53:25)


Continuity mistake: When Dana opens the door of her refrigerator and sees the temple with a terror dog, the shelf has a bottle with a green cap and a jar with a white lid at the end of it, but when Dana slams the refrigerator after the dog says "Zuul!", both items have disappeared.

Continuity mistake: When the road cracks and swallows the police car, the distance between the ambulance behind increases and decreases between shots.

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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.

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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.

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Continuity mistake: When Venkman and Stantz arrive at the public library, the group of people on the first wide angle differs from the one on the second. Check out the couple with the flower bouquets, who have suddenly appeared.

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Continuity mistake: When the Ghostbusters run out of the library, an old woman in a blue coat is seen on the left side by the bottom of the steps. A second later she is all the way up and coming from the right side instead.

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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.

Continuity mistake: Distance between the guys when they find the ghost librarian decreases significantly between shots.

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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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Continuity mistake: At the end of the movie when everyone is waving to the Ghostbusters and Ray is backing up the car, on the light bar on Ecto 1, the outer lens is a solid blue light bar. When the car goes to drive away, it's a clear light bar with blue lens covers over each individual rotator.

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Suggested correction: The light bars on the front and back of the roof of Ecto-1 are blue but have a solid white colored portion in the center, and nothing about them changes in between shots.

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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Peter Venkman: They go up.

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Trivia: Director Ivan Reitman performed the demonic voice of Dana/Zuul in the bedroom scene with Peter Venkman.

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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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