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Ghostbusters (sometimes written Ghost Busters) is a 1984 sci-fi comedy film about three parapsychologists who are fired from a New York City University, and start up their own business investigating and excising ghosts.

Some of the filming took place on the campus of Columbia University; when the Ghostbusters fight the "Library Ghost", the external shots, and some of the internal shots, are of Columbia's Butler Library.

The screenplay was written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, and the film was directed by Ivan Reitman. It was released in the United States on June 8, 1984, and grossed over $290 million worldwide during its theatrical run.

A song composed for the movie, also called "Ghostbusters" was a hit for Ray Parker Jr., and is now a staple at "1980s retro" parties.

It was followed by the sequel Ghostbusters II (1989), and the animated television series The Real Ghostbusters (1986-1991) and Extreme Ghostbusters (1997). From 1988 to 1990, The Real Ghostbusters ran as a segment of the hour-long Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters. Because the name "Ghostbusters" had already been used for two earlier, unrelated television shows (see below), the animated series based on the 1984 movie had to have a different title, hence the name The Real Ghostbusters.

In 1985, game publisher West End Games produced a Ghostbusters roleplaying game which later spawned a second edition called Ghostbusters, International. The Ghostbusters game was a revolutionary design, influencing countless other designs including Risus and Over the Edge.


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The Ghost Busters was a live-action children's television series that ran from 1975 to 1976 and was not affiliated with the 1984 movie. It starred Forrest Tucker as Jake Kong, Larry Storch as Eddie Spenser, and Bob Burns as Tracy the Gorilla. Its characters were later incorporated in to a cartoon television series called Ghostbusters which ran from 1986 to 1987.

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