Ghostbusters II

June 16th, 1989


Ghostbusters II

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The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business.

Release Year: 1989

Rating: 6.2/10 (62,917 voted)

Critic's Score: 56/100

Director: Ivan Reitman

Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver

Five years after the events of the first film, the Ghostbusters have been plagued by lawsuits and court orders, and their once-lucrative business is bankrupt. However, when Dana begins to have ghost problems again, the boys come out of retirement only to be promptly arrested. The Ghostbusters discover that New York is once again headed for supernatural doom, with a river of ectoplasmic slime bubbling beneath the city and an ancient sorcerer attempting to possess Dana's baby and be born anew. Can the Ghostbusters quell the negative emotions feeding the otherworldly threat and stop the world from being slimed?

Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis

Bill Murray - Dr. Peter Venkman
Dan Aykroyd - Dr. Raymond Stantz
Sigourney Weaver - Dana Barrett
Harold Ramis - Dr. Egon Spengler
Rick Moranis - Louis Tully
Ernie Hudson - Winston Zeddemore
Annie Potts - Janine Melnitz
Peter MacNicol - Dr. Janosz Poha
Harris Yulin - Judge Stephen 'The Hammer' Wexler
David Margulies - Mayor Lenny
Kurt Fuller - Jack Hardemeyer
Janet Margolin - The Prosecutor
Wilhelm von Homburg - Vigo
William T. Deutschendorf - Baby Oscar (as Will Deutschendorf)
Henry J. Deutschendorf II - Baby Oscar (as Hank Deutschendorf)

Taglines: We're back!

Release Date: 16 June 1989

Filming Locations: Columbia University - Broadway & 116th Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $29,472,894 (USA) (16 June 1989)

Gross: $112,494,738 (USA)

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Did You Know?

In the German dub of the movie Dana's child Oscar is renamed to 'Donald'.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When asked if she (Lady Liberty) can go faster, Ray denies it because the vibrations could damage her. Presumably, she got off the pedestal on Liberty Island very slowly and carefully, using all four limbs.

Janosz: [on waking after being freed from his possession, singing] They will come from behind... Ah, ah... why am I drippings with goo?
Egon: You had a violent prolonged transformative psychic episode.

User Review

No, It's Not The Original, But It's Still Very Funny

Rating: 8/10

This was another sequel that was fashionable to knock when it came out. It got panned because it couldn't live up to the first Ghostbusters. Well, what could? The first one was so original, so enormously popular than any sequel was bound to fail as far as matching it.

This second Ghostbusters was just fine, very entertaining and it was nice to see all the main characters back. It had a little nicer feel to it and was more family-friendly language-wise, so it even had some things going for it the first one didn't have.

The other major different in this sequel was watching Peter MacNichol, who reprized his "Renfield"-type character from Mel Brooks' "Dead: And Loving It" comedy with Leslie Nielsen. Here, MacNichol plays "Janosz Poha," another wacko with a thick Eastern European accent. He is hilarious, and elevates the enjoyment of this film. Otherwise, the rest of the cast plays and acts just as they did in the first film, which means you'll get a lot of laughs out of them The story just isn't as intense, that's all. No, it can't equal the original, but.....

The bottom line is this: Don't try to compare the two films. If you enjoyed the first, you'll like this.....period.


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