Ghostbusters

Corrected entry: When Peter and Dana meet at the fountain, there is a shot of Nerd-boy sitting on the fountain. Next, Peter tells Dana, "Sigourney, but I like you as an artist." Peter mentions the actress's name, not the character name.

Correction: He doesn't say "Sigourney". He says "It's corny".

Greg Dwyer
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Corrected entry: The Ghostbusters cross their proton pack streams which results in a tremendous explosion. The next scene shows the blast pushing Mr. Sta-Puft away from the building. A second later another scene shows the explosion radiating outward from the roof. The only part of him shown over the edge of the building is his head and his right hand. To get all over the Ghostbusters, marshmallow would have to be blown in the opposite direction against the force of the blast. It makes sense that there was marshmallow all over the street, but how did it land on the Ghostbusters?

Grumpy Scot

Correction: That is part of the joke. Just like part of the joke is that all of the Ghostbusters are covered in marshmallow except for Venkman, and that the explosion should have killed all of the Ghostbusters, along with Dana and Lewis in the first place. It doesn't make sense because it is not supposed to.

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Corrected entry: Why did the Gatekeeper and Keymaster (the dogs) have to possess Dana and Louis? From everything we see, the dog statues are at the top of the building, and the demon dogs break through. Then they go and destroy half the building to find people to possess. They wait a while, Louis gets taken to the Ghostbusters, and Dana stays in her apartment. Then even later they go back to the top of the building, and stand exactly where they were standing after changing from the statues where the lightning changes them back into the demon dogs. What was the point of them leaving, possessing people, then coming back?

Correction: This is a question, not a mistake. Just because the whole scenario seems pointless to you, it doesn't make it a plot hole.

Phaneron Premium member
4

Corrected entry: At the end when they cross the streams, Stay Puft is looking at them at their level. He was nowhere near that tall.

Correction: He was climbing the building.

Phaneron Premium member
4

Corrected entry: Near the end when the Ghostbusters are talking with the mayor, Ray's hair is flat on his head. In the next scene when they get to Dana's building his hair is full and wavy. Would he have washed and blow dried between scenes?

Correction: Of course he washed and blow dried his hair between scenes. After speaking with the mayor, the Ghostbusters obviously had to go back to the firehouse (which isn't very far from city hall) to get Ecto 1, along with their uniforms and proton packs. While there, he did his hair. The Ghostbusters then drove Ecto 1 back to city hall to meet their escort and head to Dana's building.

4

Corrected entry: After the Staypuft Marshmallow has been blown up we see everyone covered with marshmallow (except for Bill Murray). When we see them leaving the building, everyone has suddenly been cleaned up.

Correction: Submitted and corrected before. The Ghostbusters have had plenty of time to clean up on their way down the building, especially since they were covered in marshmallow at night, and when they reach the street, it's morning.

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Corrected entry: When Gozar, or the voice of that lady character is telling the Ghostbusters to "choose" the form of their destructor, Peter tells them the example about J. Edgar Hoover and that they need to clear their minds. Well if he was thinking of J. Edgar Hoover at the time, shouldn't he have came out instead? (01:29:41)

Correction: No, because Gozer probably would give the Ghostbusters some time to reach a decision.

4

Disagree. It's Gozer the Destroyer. Not Gozer the Magnanimous... Choosing is all the break they get. But I can't prove that. Of course neither can you, so I find it a weak argument to stand behind. Luckily, whether or not Gozer the Destroyer would give them time is irrelevant. The choice was not made by the first person/character/being that pops into any of the GB's heads. Their choice is made the first time any of the GB team chooses a p/b/c "as their Destroyer." The line about J. Edgar Hoover was for illustrative purposes only. Peter didn't say, "if it were up to me, I'd choose J Edgar Hoover to be our Destroyer. And then that's who Gozer will appear as to Destroyer us. Does that answer your question, Ray?" (I can't remember who he was explaining to.) No, he's just explaining concept. Ray even says when asked what he did; (paraphrasing here,) I'm sorry. It just came to me. Something from my childhood. Something that could Never Ever Hurt Us... And I remembered Saturday mornings and Mr. Staypuft..." Ray thought of the spmm *in terms of selecting him as a Destroyer* in an attempt to trump the devil's bargain presented by Gozer. That or he went to La-La land and made a dumb choice. That's really the key word there; choice. Or "choose," rather. When you choose something, you don't just act on the first thought it idea that pops into your head. No, you consider a few options, maybe run an informal cost/benefit analysis. Then you pick your course of action, or in this case, Destroyer Avatar. If she had said maybe, "Think of a Destroyer." I could see the argument for the beskirted Director. At least that's always been my understanding.

It doesn't matter if Gozer would give them time or not; Gozer doesn't say "the first thing you mention is what I will assume is your choice." We so not understand how Gozer interprets choice, so we can't say it's done wrong. No mistake.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Dana gets out of her car with the bag of groceries (just before you see the statue on the roof crumble) all of the cars are driving on the left side of the road. The story, however, takes place in NYC.

Correction: Its a one way street, so all lanes are in the same direction.

Ral0618
4

Corrected entry: When Ray and Winston were driving across the Brooklyn Bridge around midnight in the Ectomobile, Ray quoted a verse of Scripture claiming to be "Revelation 7:12". Although in actuality the verse that contains "...opened the sixth seal...and the sun became as black as sackcloth, and the moon became as blood..." Actually was Revelation 6:12. The writers were one chapter off. (01:03:38)

Correction: Ray also states that it's the only verse he can remember, if he has such a limited grasp of the bible it's not much of a stretch to think he could have got the number wrong.

4

Corrected entry: Who takes 300 cc's of Thorazine with them on a date?

Gavin Jackson

Correction: The same person who would unethically and unnecessarily administer electric shocks to a test subject in an attempt to impress a girl and make her think she is psychic.

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I think what the person who submitted this mistake is saying is why would he need it or carry it at all. Peter was going on a date with Dana Barrett so he would have no need to take it with him at all.

I think what the person who submitted the correction was saying is he's a weirdo and a creep; that's why he brings drugs on a date.

Corrected entry: When the Staypuft marshmallow man is melting, we see lots of melted marshmallow cover the rear left side of ECTO 1. When the Ghostbusters get in and drive off at the end of the film, the vehicle is clean.

Bunglebus

Correction: There are several hours between the time Ecto 1 is covered in marshmallow until the Ghostbusters drive off in it, plenty of time for a good Samaritan in the crowd to clean it off.

3

Corrected entry: When Ray is sleeping, he dreams he sees a beautiful woman ghost. The ghost is actually Dan Aykroyd's real-life wife, Donna Dixon.

Correction: The dream ghost was Kymberly Herrin - Playboy playmate of the month for March 1981.

Thomas Norris
3

Corrected entry: In the scene after Dana's orchestra rehearsal, when Dana sees Venkman skipping by, she asks the "stiff" to wait there a moment. The "stiff" replies with "What? Oh, sure", however his lips do not move.

Correction: He indeed does say the words. What he says doesnt actually need much mouth motion at all (try it yourself) but watch his throat/adam's apple to see the motion that matches his words.

3

Corrected entry: In the sequence where the ghosts go berserk in New York, one ghost shoots itself into a taxi cab through the muffler. Right after that a man goes into the taxi, and we see the ghost at the wheel, in the form of a live corpse. The taxi then proceeds to drive off. However, it is now being driven by a regular guy, easily visible in the shot for a second or two.

Correction: We have no idea if this is an actual ghost driving the car (if so, this is the only instance in the film where a ghost manifests itself in a solid form), or if it's a possession, giving the driver the momentary appearance of a corpse.

JC Fernandez
3

Corrected entry: Scene where Venkman gives Egon the candy bar and says, "You've earned it": in the original film version, Venkman gives Egon a Nestlé Crunch bar; in the VHS/DVD versions, the candy bar is a Payday. I'm guessing there was a contract dispute with Nestlé sometime between the film release and the video release of the movie

Correction: It's always been a Nestle Crunch bar. In the theater and on DVD. It was too small to see on VHS.

3

Corrected entry: In the scene when the Ghostbusters have a police escort, as they arrive at the condo building, in one shot the emergency lights on the Ghostbuster car aren't one, in the next shot they are on.

Tom Craft

Correction: They turned the lights on.

3

Corrected entry: In the ballroom scene, when Egon shoots the cake, it explodes seconds before the proton beam touches it. (00:36:10)

Correction: There's no telling what the physical properties of the proton beam are or how it affects objects around it.

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Corrected entry: In the scene in the hallway at the hotel with the green ghost, the ghost goes through a wall right above a vase of ferns, and about a second later, a cart crashes into the table with the ferns on it. The ferns go up into the air and out of the shot, but they never come back down. (00:33:14)

Correction: This scene is in slow motion, which is why they don't come back down.

3

Corrected entry: After Ray's dream sequence, when we see all three 'busters lying in bed: after he finishes tossing and turning Bill Murray appears to sit up, as if expecting the end of the take.

Correction: Actually, this whole scene was meant to be 'real'. It was, however, edited because it was too long, and turned in to a 'dream' sequence. As a result they filmed extra shots of Ray sleeping (and dreaming), and the joke was that Ray was groaning with pleasure while dreaming of the ghost/oral sex, and his moaning and falling off the bed woke the others. If you look carefully, Bill Murray (Peter) is actually looking at Ray, having just been woken up by him....

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Corrected entry: When Dana returns from dog form she has no foam in her hair. When she emerges from the building at the bottom with Bill Murray she does.

Correction: She had to walk down the stairs through the entire building with a group of people covered in marshmallow. It wouldn't be hard to get some on her on the way down.

Jason Hoffman
3

Correction: Both shots take place during different time frames: When she becomes human she has no foam, and much later on she walks down the building with foam on her. There's plenty of time for her to get covered in foam for whatever the reasons.

Sacha Premium member

Correction: It is an ellipsis, many minutes in between have gone by. It is not a mistake that takes place in a matter of seconds. She could have hugged any ghostbusters and get covered in foam, for example.

Sacha Premium member

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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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: The music video for Ray Parker Jr's hit song features several celebrities who lip-sync to the word "Ghostbusters". Is there a complete list of all the celebrities in the video?

Answer: Chevy Chase, John Candy, Danny DeVito, Peter Falk, Mellisa Gilbert, Carly Simon, Teri Gar, and George Wendt, along with the four major stars of Ghostbusters themselves.

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