Yesterday, Hollywood veteran Harold Ramis died at the age of 69. He was widely known for his work in comedy films. 1984's "Ghostbusters," which he co-wrote and acted in, was one of his first blockbusters and still packs a considerable laugh.
In "Ghostbusters," Ramis, Bill Murray, and Dan Aykroyd play unconventional college professors in New York City. They lose their jobs and start a business at an old firehouse. Their new business is trapping ghosts and spirits that haunt various places. The first person who calls them for services is Dana Barrett (played by Sigourney Weaver), a beautiful cello player confronting paranormal activity in her apartment. Murray's character, Peter, finds his first client very alluring.
"Ghostbusters" is hilarious. Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd are both very funny. But Bill Murray steals the movie as the sarcastic Peter. Sigourney Weaver is also good as Dana, who is annoyed by him at first, but slowly reciprocates his affection. Their cleverly-decorated firehouse, funky trade vehicle, and outlandish ghost-fighting weapons all contribute to the fun. And the title song, which earned an Oscar nomination, is still quite catchy.
There are many great supporting roles in the film. Among them is Winston (played by Ernie Hudson), who joins the Ghostbusters when they start to become popular. Another good character is Janine (played by Annie Potts), their cynical secretary.
For a film of the mid-1980s, the special effects are impressive. One of the most memorable scenes in the movie is the climax, where the Ghostbusters battle the Stay-Puft marshmallow man.
Watching "Ghostbusters" is a good way to remember Harold Ramis.