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Ghostbusters II (1989)

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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.

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Ivan Reitman

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Dan Aykroyd (characters), Harold Ramis (characters) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ... The Judge
David Margulies ... The Mayor of NY
Kurt Fuller ... Hardemeyer
Janet Margolin ... The Prosecutor
Wilhelm von Homburg ... Vigo
William T. Deutschendorf William T. Deutschendorf ... Baby Oscar (as Will Deutschendorf)
Henry J. Deutschendorf II ... Baby Oscar (as Hank Deutschendorf)
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Storyline

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. But when Dana has ghost problems again, the boys come out of retirement and are 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 reborn. Can the Ghostbusters quell the negative emotions feeding the otherworldly threat and stop the world from being slimed? Written by David Thiel <d-thiel@uiuc.edu>

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PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghostbusters 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,472,894, 16 June 1989

Gross USA:

$112,494,738

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$215,394,738
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At around 53 minutes, the newspaper and magazine articles from the first film can be seen framed, on the wall of Venkman's apartment. See more »

Goofs

When Louis is being outfitted with a Ghostbusters jumpsuit, the name tag says "Spengler" and it is the correct size, even though Egon is about a foot taller than Louis. See more »

Quotes

[as the city falls into chaos, the police station is flooded with countless calls from frightened citizens]
Detective #2: [on the phone] Was it a big dinosaur or a little dinosaur? Oh, just the skeleton, huh? Which way was it headed?
Detective #3: [on the phone] Wait a second. What was chasing you in the park? The park bench was chasing you? I see...
Police Sergeant: [on the phone] What? Wait a second. Lieutenant, I think you'd better talk to this guy.
Police Lieutenant: [impatiently] I'm busy here!
Police Sergeant: It's some dock supervisor down at Pier 34.
Police Lieutenant: What's the problem?
Police Sergeant: ...
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Crazy Credits

There is a brief scene in the end credits of the Ghostbusters being honored at an apparently restored Statue of Liberty. See more »

Alternate Versions

Aside from several minor dialog changes because of translation issues, the German-dubbed version changed the baby's name from Oscar to Donald. See more »

Connections

Referenced in À toute épreuve (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Higher and Higher
Written by Gary Jackson, Carl Smith & Raynard Miner
Produced by A.Z. Groove & Cornelius Mims
for Groove Specialist Productions, Inc.
Performed by Howard Huntsberry
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Good sequel
6 July 1999 | by bat-5See all my reviews

Ghostbusters 2 is a fair sequel that finds the boys in grey five years later, not doing too good. Of course, it's not long before evil spirits pop up again in Manhattan and they're back doing what they do best. What makes this one work as well as the first is the relationship between the main characters. Bill Murray gets the great one liners again, and his scenes with Sigourney Weaver are just as goods as the first film. Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis provide enough silly techno jargon and odd references to slime and ghosts to keep you smiling. Still, you can't beat a 100 foot marshmallow man in Manhattan.


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