The Ultimate 'Ghostbusters' Quiz
by Staff
You asked for it, you got it. 'Ghostbusters' was one of the most popular movies of the 1980s, and its release date is used as a means for charting time for the Stuff You Should Know podcast. You ain't afraid of no quiz.

"Ghostbusters" was released in what year?

  • 1985
  • 1983
  • 1984

What was the original movie rated?

  • G
  • PG-13
  • PG

True or False: "Ghostbusters" was the highest grossing film of 1984.

  • TRUE

What is the running time for "Ghostbusters?"

  • 95 minutes
  • 105 minutes
  • 125 minutes

What major movie studio released "Ghostbusters?"

  • Columbia Pictures
  • Paramount Pictures
  • 20th Century Fox

How much money did it cost to make the movie?

  • $76 million
  • $50 million
  • $32 million

True or False: "Ghostbusters" was nominated for more than one Academy Award.

  • TRUE

Which two writers got an offical writing credit?

  • Bill Murray and Harold Ramis
  • Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis
  • Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis

Who earned an uncredited nod as a contributing writer?

  • Rick Moranis
  • Bill Murray
  • Ivan Reitman

Bill Murray starred in what role?

  • Dr. Peter Venkman
  • Dr. Raymond Stantz
  • Dr. Egon Spengler

In her first major film role, which actress gave a breakout performance as the Ghostbusters secretary Janine?

  • Mercedes Ruehl
  • Sigourney Weaver
  • Annie Potts

Aykroyd and Ramis originally wrote Bill Murray's role for which actor?

  • Steve Martin
  • John Belushi
  • John Candy

The role of Winston, the fourth Ghostbuster, was orignally written for which actor?

  • Billy Crystal
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Richard Pryor

Which legendary cinematographer shot "Ghostbusters"?

  • Conad Hall
  • Gordon Willis
  • Laszlo Kovacs

Which two media personalities made cameo appearances as themselves?

  • Dr. Ruth and Morely Safer
  • Phil Donahue and Dan Rather
  • Larry King and Casey Kasem

What makes Ray Parker Jr. feel good?

  • Getting slimed
  • Bustin'
  • A nice massage

Which future pop star had an uncredited role as "birthday girl" at the young age of 13?

  • Debbie Gibson
  • Tiffany
  • Alanis Morissette

Which adult film star made a brief appearance as "man behind barricade?"

  • John Holmes
  • Ron Jeremy
  • Rocco Siffredi

Which basketball star also had a cameo appearance as himself?

  • Wilt Chamberlain
  • Dr. J
  • Bill Walton

True or False: "Ghostbusters" is an all-time top 30 grossing movie when you adjust for inflation.

  • TRUE

The role of Louis Tully, played by Rick Moranis, was orginally written for which actor?

  • John Candy
  • Steve Martin
  • Randy Quaid

What was the original setting of "Ghostbusters" before Harold Ramis changed it?

  • Turn of the Century New York City
  • San Francisco
  • New York City in the future

In the original script, Gozer was a normal man in a business suit and was almost played by which actor?

  • Paul Reubens
  • Steve Martin
  • Michael Keaton

Although the lower half of the building really exists, which noteworthy real-life building inspired the model for the re-worked top half of Dana's apartment?

  • The New York Public Library
  • Transamerica Building in San Francisco
  • Continental Life Building in St. Louis

Which song did Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" lose to at the Oscar Awards?

  • Stevie Wonder -- "I Just called to Say I Love You"
  • Kenny Loggins -- "Footloose"
  • Phil Collins -- "Against All Odds"

Ray Parker Jr.'s hit song peaked at which top 10 position?

  • No. 2
  • No. 1
  • No. 5

Which singer has gone to battle with Ray Paker Jr. over the years in multiple lawsuits, starting with an accusation that Parker stole the main "Ghostbusters" riff?

  • Hall and Oates
  • Lionel Richie
  • Huey Lewis

At the end of the movie, more than 50 pounds of what was dumped on character Walter Peck?

  • Marshmallow cream
  • Shaving cream
  • Whipped cream

Bill Murray's participation was contigent on what?

  • That he would be the highest paid actor on the movie
  • That his salary would include a percentage of the profits
  • That Columbia Pictures would finance the movie "The Razor's Edge" for him to star in

What was the original name of the movie in Dan Aykroyd's first version of the script?

  • "Ghost Smashers"
  • "Ghostbusters Incorporated"
  • "Ghost Exterminators Incorporated"