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Rated PG · 107 minutes · 1984

Essentially a $30 million version of Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy but not at all a bad time, thanks mainly to Bill Murray's incredibly dry line readings and director Ivan Reitman's maintenance of a moderately coherent tone and plotline (1984). Murray is the leader of a team of parapsychologists (his partners are Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, both curiously underutilized) who hire themselves out to trap domestic spooks; their toughest client is Sigourney Weaver, who sees a vision of the apocalypse in her refrigerator. Reitman (Meatballs, Stripes) is adept at low-key improvisational comedy; unfortunately, the film gets away from him in the last half, when the ever-mounting special effects force him to adopt a stiffer approach. With William Atherton, Annie Potts, and Rick Moranis.

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Director: Ivan Reitman
Writer: Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis
Producer: Bernie Brillstein, Michael C. Gross, Joe Medjuck and Ivan Reitman
Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, William Atherton and Ernie Hudson

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