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Memorable Quotes from Ghost Busters (1984):
I wanna know more about what you do here! Frankly, I've heard alot of wild stories in the media and we want to assess any possibility of dangerous and possibly hazardous waste chemicals in your basement.

Ghostbusters (fuck IMDB - it's one word, dammit) is on cable right now; I've seen it a zillion times but I can't look away. I'm sure we can all agree that it's one of the funniest comedies ever made, and that Bill Murray needs to receive some sort of Lifetime Achievement award for his performance.

So that's obviously not what concerns me.

What concerns me is that Walter Peck, the EPA representative, gets too much of a bad break here. All he's trying to do is make sure that lower Manhattan doesn't get contaminated with "dangerous and possibly hazardous waste chemicals". And the thing is, he's right, and the Ghostbusters themselves know it - they're all too aware of their storage problems. When all hell breaks loose, it's not totally unexpected - Egon himself predicted as much with the giant Twinkie analogy.

I'm just sayin' - Walter Peck might be an asshole, but he's looking out for the common man. And if this movie were to be remade today (and you know that anything's possible, especially since Dan Akroyd hasn't starred in a watchable movie since... well, what, 1987's Dragnet?), I'm not so sure you could make the asshole character a representative from an environmental organization and expect to get away with it.
Let's show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown. THROW IT!
I think that on the DVD commentary, it was mentioned that William Atherton would get a lot of grief from people on the streets because they hated his character in Ghostbusters so much.
And I'm sure his followup as the asshole in Die Hard didn't help matters any. The poor man - he was so good! As the asshole, I mean.
If it was Bush's government, I suppose. But Al Gore wouldn't stand for it!
I think he was a jerk in the movie more because he was a government bureaucrat than an environment guy. And because he had no dick.
He didn't know to use the magic word. If you were in that situation and you got pissed on like that, you'd be pretty goddamned uptight, too.
Actually, he was a jerk in that movie because he was played by William Atherton. When you need a character to be reviled for no good reason, he's who you call. He gives good douchebag.
what 'just popped in there'?
honest to god, if anyone EVER tries to remake Ghostbusters, I will personally head up a protest organization and we will picket that studio every day until they SHUT IT DOWN. The wretched Willy Wonka remake already tainted my childhood memories enough.
From my journal in 2004, Lines From Ghostbusters That Would Make Great Don Caballero Song Titles

There Is No Dana, Only Zool
This Magnificent Feast Represents The Last Of The Petty Cash
You Are A Poor Scientist
There's A Bear In My Apartment
Someone Tell Me When We Get To Twenty, I'm Going To Throw Up

Also, Dan Aykroyd movies I have seen since Dragnet (watchable ones starred)
The Great Outdoors*
Caddyshack II
My Stepmother is an Alien
Ghostbusters II*
Nothing But Trouble
Tommy Boy*
Canadian Bacon*
Sgt. Bilko
My Fellow Americans