Trivia: Two points in the movie where you can see Staypuft Marshmallows: the first is next to the eggs on Dana's worktop when the eggs start to cook, and the second is when the beam of light is coming out of the Ghostbuster's house, there is a wide shot of it and on the left of the screen there is a billboard advertising Staypuft Marshmallows.
Trivia: After the librarian signs out in the downstairs section of the New York Public Library, she passes the card catalogue shelves which open behind her and suddenly hurl their contents into the air. To achieve this effect, technicians were standing behind the shelves to push them out and then used a copper pipe to blow out the contents.
Trivia: Harold Ramis states in the DVD commentary that the "experiment" that Venkman conducts at the beginning of the film is inspired in part by the Milgram Experiment. In the Milgram Experiment, people were told that they would be giving a person increasingly powerful electric shock whenever the person incorrectly answered a question from a list that was read off. (The reality was that the person being "shocked" was an actor and that the generator was fake; the experiment was a test of whether the subject would give a person lethal shocks just because an experimenter was telling them to do so.)
Trivia: When Spengler, Venkman and Stantz are in the basement of the New York Public Library, the bookcase falls over, prompting Venkman to ask Stantz if this has ever happened before. The whole exchange, including the bookcase falling over, was not scripted. It is thought that the bookcase fell because some crewmen accidentally bumped into it, and Bill Murray ad-libbed his lines. Producer/director Ivan Reitman decided to leave it in the movie because it added to the supernatural qualities of the film.
Trivia: The original script by Dan Aykroyd took place in the future, and revolved around just one of many different "Ghost Smasher" teams operating throughout the galaxy. (As the original title was "Ghost Smashers.") The "Stay-Puft" Marshmallow-Man appeared by the 30-minute mark of the script and was just one of numerous giant threats the team would face. The budget was projected at nearly $300 million (in 1984 dollars, unadjusted for inflation), so Harold Ramis was brought in to help rewrite the script to make it more manageable for studios. (Hence, it was relocated to modern times, and the large set-pieces were scaled back).
Trivia: The Ghostbusters theme, "composed" by Ray Parker Jr., was directly ripped off from the song "I Want A New Drug" by Huey Lewis and the News. In fact, Huey Lewis sued Ray Parker for intellectual property theft (settled out of court). Premiere Magazine later featured an article in which the film makers admitted to using the song "I Want a New Drug" as temporary background music in many scenes. They said that they made an offer to Huey Lewis to write the main theme for the movie, but Huey Lewis declined. The filmmakers then provided Ray Parker Jr. with finished film footage (including the Huey Lewis song in the background) to aid Ray Parker in writing an original theme song, which apparently he couldn't do.
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