Corrected entry: When Dana is tested if she's telling the truth, right after she says "Who would make up story like that?", we can see her saying "yeah I know" silently, as if she had messed up that line. (00:23:00)

Correction: She says "make up a story like that". She didn't mess up the line. Why she made the facial expression is therefore moot.

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.


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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Corrected entry: At the beginning of Ghostbusters, Peter Venkman says that he studies the effects of negative reinforcement on ESP ability, when, in fact, he actually studies the effects of positive punishment on ESP ability. This can be seen in the fact that he adds an aversive stimulus to the subject when the subject "gets it wrong" in order to decrease that behavior, which is positive punishment. If he was studying negative reinforcement, he would have to make the shock occur at all times unless the subject guessed the right card, at which point, the shock would be removed. Of course, Peter's methods were shown to be less than sound.

Correction: The "negative reinforcement" occurs with the female subject. She sees that the punishment for getting a wrong answer is electric shock. When she gets the right answer (or so Venkman tells her) she escapes that aversive stimulus. *That* is negative reinforcement. The experiment is bunk anyway, because Venkman is lying to them both.

Phixius Premium member

Correction: The shock isn't the only stimulus. He's is also either being overtly obvious that he's helping the woman OR could be that the stimulus is the woman getting all the right answers.

Or that Venkman is a hack and doesn't know the difference between negative reinforcement and positive punishment.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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....

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.

Corrected entry: When Peter and Dana are looking in her refrigerator after the Gozer incident, notice the Coke can on the top shelf. In the wide shot, it has "Coca-Cola" written in small cursive letters, but in the close-ups, it just says "Coke" and the letters are large, and in print.


Correction: If you look closely, there are actually two cans of Coke in the refrigerator. The on nearest Peter is the one with the cursive writing, and the one on Dana's side is the one with the big bold lettering. Although if you watch the can with the cursive writing, the can turns to the left just a bit from when the refrigerator was first opened.


Corrected entry: After the battle with Gozer and the Stay-Puft Marshmallow man, if you pay close attention, you can see that the marshmallow goo covering Ray varies in amount, especially after he apologises for the barbecued dog hair comment.

Correction: Just before the barbequed dog hair comment, watch Ray in the lower right section of the screen. He is clearly seen to be wiping marshmallow off of his face, which accounts for the change in amount.

Continuity mistake: After the library scene, while the three scientists are walking and talking, a woman in a striped blue and yellow sweater passes by Egon, but disappears in the immediate next angle.

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