Today’s Classic 80s Movie guest post comes from Dean Scott.
Movie Title: Ghostbusters
Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis (uncredited)
Lead Actors: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis.
Director: Ivan Reitman
Plot Summary: Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.
Why I Think This Is A Classic 80s Movies: Whenever I think of 80s films the first that come to mind are the decades comedies – and at the top of the list, for me at least, is Ghostbusters. It is a film that has stood the test of time and has become a cult classic having spawned a sequel, video games, animated TV series, comic books, music albums, and HOPEFULLY a forthcoming sequel. Appearing at number 28 on the ‘AFI’s 100 years… 100 laughs’ list, Ghostbusters is a high concept film that can be summed up in the magic three words; guys hunting ghosts. Also starring some of the greatest comedy actors of the era in arguably their greatest comedy roles, an overview of 80s movies wouldn’t be complete without Ghostbusters.
My Favorite Moment In The Movie: The boys first meeting with the paranormal -
My Favorite Dialogue In the Movie: The film is full of great dialogue – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx73vTi5aFo However, Bill Murry’s witty lines are one of the things I love most about Ghostbusters -
Dana Barrett: That’s the bedroom, but nothing ever happened in there.
Dr. Peter Venkman: What a crime.
Key Things You Should Look For When Watching This Movie: As the stars of the film are comedians in their own right, from a screenwriting perspective it is useful to watch Ghostbusters along with reading the script to study how the dialogue changed from script to screen. Other than that, Ghostbusters is a great film to study for character, structure, and of course great comedy writing.
Thanks, Dean! To show our gratitude for your guest post, here’s a dash of creative juju for you. Whoosh!
Tomorrow: Another Classic 80s Movie!
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Writers (both screenwriters and any authors whose books were used as the basis for adaptation)
Lead Actors (Just the main ones)
IMDB Plot Summary (You can find that directly under the Your Rating box. If you don’t feel the summary does the story justice, feel free to write up a logline of your own.)
Why I Think This Is A Classic 80s Movies (Feel free to write as much as you’d like up to a half-page or so.)
My Favorite Moment In The Movie
My Favorite Dialogue In the Movie (IMDB has a Quotes section for almost every movie, so you can find key dialogue in your movie’s site.)
Key Things You Should Look For When Watching This Movie
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