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Ghostbusters Movie a Great Hit of the 80s
I remember Ghostbusters when it first came out in 1984 very well indeed. This film has a very special place in my heart, and now, as if by magic, it is already celebrating its 30th anniversary!
Ghostbusters was very useful in my work!
I was teaching in a secondary school in the East End of London, and my classes were entirely made up of boys from Bangladesh. Believe me my days were never dull. I was their drama teacher.
This was many years ago, and I must admit I struggled for many months to get these guys to do any meaningful drama work. The behavior in the school generally was often shocking to me, I was a rather young teacher and my glasses were rose tinted! What made our job even harder was that many of the boys hardly spoke a word of English! Everyday brought it's own challenges and rewards.
This was the year that the Ghostbusters movie came to town and it was a sensation! So, as an end of term treat I squeezed about 100 boys in my drama studio, set up a TV and we watched the film together.
The boys had already seen the film at the cinema and so were very familiar with the story. They really enjoyed it and sat glued to the screen. But when the theme tune of the film played they all stood up and sang together and shouted ‘GHOST-BUSTERS!” in unison while dancing a funny little dance. They really made me laugh - and now when I hear this fantastic theme tune I remember my amazing boys - what very special memories!
Here's the official trailer and the opening scene to give you a taste of this great film.
Did you see this film back in the 80s?
Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary
For anyone who hasn't seen this film yet, it is as funny as anything and action packed, mixing comedy with paranormal terror!
It was produced and directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.
It stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson, who play Manhattan-based "paranormal investigators" out to bust all manner of ghosts by using all sorts of eccentric high tech electronic gadgets that are designed to capture ghosts.
The film is a full of one-liners, but it also has some very scary moments – the climax is so well done that you can very easily forget that they used lots of special effects, and the finale is spectacular! I did worry that some of the younger boys would be too scared to sleep peacefully after seeing it at school!
There was a whole thing around this wonderful film for years, you could buy all sorts of toys and merchandise based on the film and they even made a cartoon series of it.
But is it still popular? To my delight my 14 year old son bought himself a t-shirt with the Ghostbusters logo printed on the front just last week! There's a link for one below!
This film doesn’t take itself too seriously and I think that’s refreshing. It made millions of dollars in the box office and has become a classic. It received two Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song (shouting and dancing) GHOST-BUSTERS and Best Visual Effects.
It has stood the test of time and in 2011the film was re-released in 500 theaters in the US. This film still delights kids of any age!
If you haven’t already seen it, then you’re in for a real treat. Get out the popcorn and lower the lights – tonight it’s GHOST- BUSTERS! (Shouting and dancing!)
The first scene sets the tone and believe me the only way is up!
Here are some items I picked out from Amazon.com but if you click on any of them you'll be taken directly to Amazon where you'll find lots of other Ghostbusters stuff.
This is a 2 DVD set included Ghostbusters 1 and 2 widescreen and extras like a scrapbook. It would make a great gift for Halloween.
What's your favorite scene or moment in Ghostbusters? Please leave a comment. Thank you for visiting.
© 2013 Giovanna Sanguinetti