The Ultimate 'Ghostbusters' Quiz

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

"Ghostbusters" was released in what year?

Any discerning Stuff You Should Know fan should know that it was released in 1984. Or as Josh likes to call it, "year zero."

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What was the original movie rated?

There is a little bad language and some mild violence, so the movie earned a solid PG rating.

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

Although it was a huge success, it came in second by a slight margain to a little movie called "Beverly Hills Cop."

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What is the running time for "Ghostbusters?"

Ever the efficient filmmaker, Ivan Reitman brought the movie in at a tidy 105 minutes.

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What major movie studio released "Ghostbusters?"

Pay attention to the beginning of the film and you'll know that it was a Columbia Pictures release.

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How much money did it cost to make the movie?

It was 1984, people. Thirty-two million dollars for a comedy was a lot of money back then, and it was the budget for "Ghostbusters."

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

True. The movie was nominated for best visual effects and best original song.

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Which two writers got an offical writing credit?

Yes, Harold Ramis was one of the writers. So was Dan Aykroyd.

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Who earned an uncredited nod as a contributing writer?

Did you guess Murray? You're wrong. It was Rick Moranis, eh.

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Bill Murray starred in what role?

If you've seen the movie just once, you probably know that Murray played Dr. Peter Venkman.

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

Sigourney Weaver was the romantic lead, and Mercedes Ruehl wasn't even near the movie. That leaves Annie Potts.

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

Dan Aykroid wrote the role of Venkman for his best friend, John Belushi, whose untimely death prevented him from playing the part.

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

A young Eddie Murphy was the first choice for the role that ultimately went to Ernie Hudson.

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Which legendary cinematographer shot "Ghostbusters"?

Any of these guys would have been great, but Ivan Reitman was lucky to have Laszlo Kovacs behind the lense.

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Which two media personalities made cameo appearances as themselves?

How about some of those names to take you back? The right answer, though, is Larry King and DJ Casey Kasem.

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What makes Ray Parker Jr. feel good?

If you missed this one, then turn in your movie fan credentials and go to sleep. Bustin' makes Ray Parker Jr. feel good.

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

Long before she was Deborah, little Debbie Gibson played the role of birthday girl.

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

It's a quick shot, but the face of adult film star Ron Jeremy is hard to miss.

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Which basketball star also had a cameo appearance as himself?

Fans of the Portland Trailblazers should recognize basketball legend and Deadhead Bill Walton, playing himself.

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

Close, but no ectoplasm for you. "Ghostbusters" narrowly missed the all-time adjusted gross top 30 at No. 32.

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

Although it's hard to imagine anyone besides Moranis, John Candy would have made a fine Tully.

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

Because of cost fears, the original script that set the movie in the future was abandoned. Aykroyd's original vision had a futuristic New York City with teams of Ghostbusters all over the city.

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

You're just dying to work Steve Martin into this movie aren't you? Sorry, it was Pee Wee Herman himself who turned down the role.

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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?

Check out a picture of the Continental Life Building sometime and you'll see that it was the obvious inspiration for Dana's apartment building.

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

Those were all nominees, but nobody puts Stevie Wonder in a corner. He just called to say he loves you.

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

The theme song went all the way to No. 1 and stayed there for three weeks.

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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?

Lewis alleged that Parker stole from his song "I Want a New Drug." The matter was settled out of court, and Lewis was sued years later by Parker after he made comments regarding the matter on VH1's "Behind the Music."

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

Shaving cream took the place of the marshmallow when the Stay-Puft man was blown to bits.

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Bill Murray's participation was contigent on what?

Murray has never been about the money. He wanted to get his pet project made -- "The Razor's Edge."

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

As cartoonish as it sounds, "Ghost Smashers" was the original title of the movie.

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