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DELETED SCENES

Here are some deleted scenes from Ghostbusters along with script excerpts of the scenes. The written scenes below were taken from the final shooting script. What is written may vary from what is spoken by the actors. In some cases the scene still appears in the film, but I have some still photos of shots that were not used. In other cases, footage from the scene was used in the film in a completely different way (such as during the end credits). The list of scenes below is in order of how they would have appeared in the movie. Following that are some odds and ends that aren't full scenes, but were deleted from the film nonetheless.

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Egon working on a Ghost Trap and other equipment; Janine comes over to talk.

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(source: The Complete SFX Guide To GB)
(pic also found in GB1 Storybook)

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(source: GB1 Storybook)

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An unused photo of the Ghostbusters busting the
Chinatown ghost for use on the New York Post front page.
(source: Making Ghostbusters) (click to enlarge)

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Peter flaps his arms outside of Lincoln Center
(source: GB1 Teaser on Criterion Laserdisc)

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Peter has Dana up against a wall as he talks to her outside Lincoln Center
(source: GB1 Novel by Richard Mueller)

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As she's being interviewed by the Ghostbusters, Dana illustrates the size of something
(source: GB1 Novel by Richard Mueller)

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Ray sitting by text display equipment that *barely* appears in the film.

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(from Official Ghostbusters website, click for original size)

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(from Official Ghostbusters website, click for original size)

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Peter
(to the crowd outside Shandor Building)
"How are ya? We're the Ghostbusters!"
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(original source: Theatrical Teaser on Criterion Collection laserdisc)

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"Ghostbusters" by Pat Thrall and Glenn Hughes

This is the original theme song that never made it into the film, as heard in the Teaser Trailer. Sony included the Ghostbusters Teaser Trailer on the original Stripes DVD released in 1999 (the one with the green "I Want You poster" cover; not the later Extended Cut DVD), but excluded it from the Ghostbusters DVD that was also released in 1999. It should be noted that the teaser on the Stripes DVD is incomplete, though presented in 4:3 Letterbox and encoded as a menu. The end is cut off, leaving out the "Coming This Summer To A Theatre Near You" card and abruptly cutting off the end of the song.

The launching pad for Hughes/Thrall part II was, surprisingly enough, 'Ghostbusters'. The two had been asked to write some songs for the film and took the opportunity to apply themselves to something not directly related to the Hughes/Thrall band in order to get some momentum going. It worked, and although the material was turned down at the last minute in favour of Ray Parker's more 'poppy' offer, Glenn and Pat threw themselves into each other's musical arms with relish, writing and rehearsing some incredibly strong material which would form the basis of their long-awaited vinyl return. With a new, more efficient management secured and all sorts of tour proposals being considered (even a spot on 1984's Donington bill looked likely) it seemed, once again, as if Glenn's sparkling talent would be unleashed. - Kerrang magazine, Feb. 1985

Plans were made recently for a reformed Trapeze consisting of Mel Galley, Don Airey, Ted McKenna and of course Glenn . So what happened? Back in 1983 Glenn and Pat Thrall renewed their partnership to work on some material for a movie called Ghostbusters (the title given at the time was 'Ghost Business'). The stuff was rejected at the last minute in favour of something more commercial (I suppose nobody can argue with that given the title song's success!), but Hughes/Thrall decided to take up the threads of their group and began work on a second album early in 1984. - Darker Than Blue: The Deep Purple Appreciation Society Magazine, Issue 31, June 1985

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Alternate Footage
Alternate Version (A), then Original Version (B)
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01a - No Pissing, New Shot
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01b - It's Pissing Me Off
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02a - Knockabout Of Pure Fun
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02b - Kicked Its Ass!
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03a - I'll Sue Your Funny Face
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03b - I'll Sue Your Ass
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04a - Oh No!
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04b - Oh Shit!
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05a - I Want You
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05b - I Want You Inside Me
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06a - Two Lines Omit, New Shot
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06b - Oh Shit! & Your Mother!
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07a - Wally Wick
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07b - Mr. Pecker
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08a - I Have Seen Stuff
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08b - I Have Seen Shit
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09a - Biblical, alternate
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09b - Biblical, original
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10a - Ten Hut!
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10b - Make 'Em Hard!
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11a - No Shit
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11b - Oh Shit
   

All alternate footage comes from the January 29, 1989 ABC broadcast, except for the Biblical Proportion clip which comes from the Theatrical Teaser. The original versions come from the DVD, but have been cropped by me to fill as much of a 4:3 ratio as possible, so as to better compare to the 4:3 alternate footage.

Here are two screen captures of the new shot that was inserted to cover up the removal of the "It's pissing me off!" line:
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