At first, the clients are few and far between, and the Ghostbusters must depend on their individual talents to keep the business alive: Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) is a scientific genius, Raymond "Ray" Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) is an expert on paranormal history, and Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), although in some ways a scientific charlatan, has charm and business savvy. Soon, business starts to pick up, due not only to the Ghostbusters building a reputation for themselves, but also due to increased supernatural activity, which turns out to be a direct result of the rise of Gozer, the ghost of a possibly demonic ruler from ancient times. The Ghostbusters add a fourth member to their team -- the blue-collar Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) to deal with the rapidly increasing workload, but it soon becomes apparent to the Ghostbusters that they are headed toward a climactic confrontation with Gozer. Although he initially comes off as a bit of a goof and sleaze, Venkman eventually finds a (subtly) heroic side to himself when he learns that Gozer and his minions are haunting the apartment of Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver), a client who has become the object of Venkman's lustful (and possibly deeper) intentions.

This was taken from the May 2005 version of the original Wikipedia article.


Character's name Portrayed by
Egon Spengler Harold Ramis
Raymond "Ray" Stantz Dan Aykroyd
Peter Venkman Bill Murray
Winston Zeddemore Ernie Hudson
Dana Barrett Sigourney Weaver

In Other Languages

Production timeline

Release timeline

Format Country of origin Date
Original theatrical USA June 8, 1984
VHS USA October 31, 1985
VHS South Korea December 1, 1988
VHS (re-release) USA December 7, 1992
DVD USA June 29, 1999
DVD South Korea January 2000
DVD (2-Pack) USA August 2, 2005
Blu-ray Disc USA June 16, 2009
Blu-ray Disc (re-release) USA September 16, 2014

Home video timeline

Main article: Home video timeline for the Ghostbusters series



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