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Crossing Streams is the twentieth-eighth and last chapter on the DVDs of Ghostbusters. In this chapter the Ghostbusters Cross the Streams. The credits start at timestamp 1:37:26 standard black credits start at timestamp 1:40:05.

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Egon Spengler told everyone to hurry. Peter Venkman told Ray Stantz he would see him on the other side. Peter opened fire on the Temple of Gozer, past its open doors. Ray told Peter it was nice working with him. Ray fired, too, and they crossed their streams just as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man's head appeared behind them. Ray cued Egon. Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore fired. Ray implored Egon to cross the streams. The crossed streams made an odd sound. Stay Puft saw what was going on and a horrified look came on its face. The four proton streams combined into one big one, blasting right into the temple. An explosion was triggered. The Ghostbusters ceased fire and ran off screaming. Stay Puft was caught in the blast wave and blew up. Marshmallow residue shot out everywhere. Civilians ran for it as the residue rained down on them. A firefighter tried to put out some residue on fire with an extinguisher. Walter Peck stood near Ecto-1. He looked up and shielded himself. A large glob of residue fell on him. He screamed and cursed. The sky cleared. The roof was in ruins. The other dimension was gone. The other side of the building was visible through the structure. The Terror Dogs were statues again. Ray came to in a corner. He was covered in marshmallow residue. He saw Winston next to him and asked him if he was all right. Winston chuckled and confirmed he was. Winston was also covered in residue. Ray called out to Peter and Egon. Egon groaned. He, too, was covered in residue and stood up from the other side from Ray and Winston. Ray asked Egon if he was okay. Egon remarked he felt like the floor of a taxi cab. Peter went over to them. He had very little marshmallow residue on him. Winston chuckled. Ray double checked that everyone was all right.

They surveyed the damage and saw a charred Terror Dog statue. Ray blurted out that it smelled like barbecued dog hair. He realized his grievous error and apologized to Peter. Peter was melancholy. He turned and looked at Ray then walked away. Part of the statue's arm chipped off and fingers reached out. The claw fell off. Peter turned around. Dana groaned. Ray got everyone's attention. The Ghostbusters broke open the statue with their hands. Peter chopped at the arm. Egon and Winston broke off the top part, Ray pulled at the body, and Peter lifted Dana out. Louis, with a Terror Dog statue head on his head, walked around helplessly asking if somebody turned out the lights. Peter told the others to check on him. Ray, Egon, and Winston ran over to help them. Ray removed the Terror Dog head. Louis asked what happened. Dana came to. She was in a daze and asked where she was. Dana noticed Peter. Egon and Ray helped Louis out. Louis looked around and guessed the superintendent was going to be pissed. They helped him down. Ray asked him if he was okay. Louis looked at them and asked who they were. Ray answered they were the Ghostbusters. Louis looked at them again then asked who did their taxes. Peter led Dana away. Ray, Egon, and Louis started to walk off. Ray told Louis was a most fortunate individual. Louis agreed. Ray explained he was a participant in the biggest interdimensional crossrip since the Tunguska blast of 1909. Louis commented it "felt great." Egon added they would like to get a sample of his brain tissue. Louis unwittingly agreed to it. Winston threw up his hands and cheered. He declared, "I love this town!" and laughed.

A snippet of "Ghostbusters" played. Day had returned. The crowds cheered for the Ghostbusters. Credits started to roll. Dana, in a robe with a floral print, was a little embarrassed. Peter and Dana kissed on the lips. Peter mimicked being overwhelmed. Dana shook the hand of a civilian then walked back to Peter amazed. He gestured her to Ecto-1. Ray smoked a cigarette, now wearing the Ecto-Goggles, and he waved at the crowd. Peter escorted Dana into Ecto-1. A priest blessed Peter. Egon exited the Shandor Building. Janine Melnitz ran into his arms. They hugged. She patted his cheeks. They walked to Ecto-1. Louis came outside next, covered in a brown blanket, and waved. He asked if anybody wanted to interview him. He added he was an eyewitness. Two Red Cross employees tried to guide him to their station but Louis calmly protested. He wanted to leave with the Ghostbusters. He pointed. They escorted him away. The doorman opened the driver side doors of Ecto-1. Egon helped Winston take off his pack then he placed it on Ecto-1's gurney in the back. Ray shook the doorman's hand. The doorman got the driver door for Ray and saluted him. The priests performed the sign of the cross. The agents directed them. A reporter and camera man backed away as the former spoke into his microphone. Ecto-1 reversed. The reporter tried to get a comment. The crowd parted to let them through. Agents in trench coats spoke into their walkie-talkies. A hare krishna man danced. People held up blue T-shirts with their logo on it. Ray checked the back then turned the wheel as he went forward slowly. The siren wailed. Peter high-fived a few from the front passenger seat. As Ecto-1 drove off, the crowd chased after it. Slimer flew above the crowd in the opposite direction, screaming, and right into the camera. Fade to black. The final credits rolled.

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Trivia

Ghostbusters

  • The Temple of Gozer set was on Stage 16 in Burbank Studios in Los Angeles.
  • The shot of the Ghostbusters crossing the streams was used as a photograph in the New York Post newspaper in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard.
  • In the August 5, 1983 draft, on page 133, the Ghostbusters simply shoot at the temple and destroy it. In the maelstrom to follow, Stay Puft is blown up and Louis and Dana are turned back into humans. This remains in the September 30 draft, too.
  • The marshmallows that rained down on Central Park West were two hundred pounds of shaving cream released by Chuck Gaspar's physical effects team from a giant plastic bag attached to a crane. It was mixed in 500 gallon batches.[1][2]
  • In preparation for the detonation of the temple, Thaine Morris had Mark Stetson and this team wield up a frame of steel that was a quarter inch thick on the temple. Deflector aprons were also discussed to deflect the blast out the sides and help simulate the explosion described in the original illustration. [3] [4]
  • The explosion was reshot several times. Each time, the explosion was toned down. The final explosion was still big enough that no one should have survived it in realistic terms (but that was part of the joke).[5]
  • Virgil Mirano, a still photographer for Entertainment Effects Group, had the "unique privilege" of being hit in the head by an errant bench when Thaine Morris detonated the Temple of Gozer set for the ending of the first movie.[6]
  • There was an unscripted addition to the aftermath of Stay Puft's destruction. His hat was to fall down onto the street.[7] A giant aluminum-reinforced sailor's hat, 18 feet in diameter, was lowered by a giant crane. For time purposes the gag was cut from the final version of the movie.[8]
  • Once the preliminary shooting was completed, the main unit went to other sets while DeCuir's team redressed the set as the demolished version for the final scenes in the movie.[9]
  • When the Ghostbusters emerge covered in marshmallow, they are wearing the stunt packs.
  • In the October 7, 1983 draft, on page 92, the sequence of Ghostbusters digging Dana and Louis out of the charred Terror Dog remains appears for the first time.
  • Louis asks the Ghostbusters who does their taxes. Five years later, he becomes their accountant in Ghostbusters II.
  • In the September 30, 1983 draft, on page 133, Dana notes the wreckage and says next time she wants to break a lease she'll know who to call. Louis bets he could write off all damage as an Act of God.
  • Ray mentions Tunguska Blast of 1909. In real world history, the Tunguska event took place on June 30, 1908. It is generally attributed to the air burst of a stony meteoroid about 330 feet in size even though an impact crater was never found.
  • The "Ghostbusters" song plays after Winston declared, "I love this town!"
  • The last scenes were filmed in front of the 55 Central Park West building in New York.
  • Dana's rooftop costume at the end of the movie wasn't assigned during early location shooting so Sigourney Weaver was simply given a floral robe, leaving the audience to assume she picked it up on the way downstairs.[10]
  • In the final scene, Ray is now inexplicably wearing his Ecto Goggles.
  • Ray unplugs his leg hose as he gets in Ecto-1 and the doorman shakes his hand.
  • Bill Walton, during his time with San Diego Clippers, appeared among part of the crowd outside the Shandor Building near the Ecto-1 as the end credits began playing.
  • As an afterthought in post-production, Ivan Reitman came up with the idea to include Slimer in the last shot.[11]
  • When the final credits rolled. "Cleanin' Up The Town" played, then the "Ghostbusters Theme" from the score starting at around Assistant Production Coordinator. Then "Magic" played at around the New York Crew. "Savin' The Day" started at around Effects Man Robert Spurlock. At the end of the soundtrack credits, more from the score played.
  • In the July 6, 1983 draft, Ghostbusters became Ghostbusters International, a high rolling multinational corporation. Egon and Janine married in Las Vegas with Louis as their witness, Ray paid another visit to Fort Detmerring, Winston arrived at headquarters in a limo, and Peter and Dana hung out at her apartment as a baby chick hatched out of an egg in the kitchen.[12]
  • In the August 5, September 30, and October 7, 1983 drafts, the ending changes to the Bums, later known as Robert Learned Coombs and Harlan Bojay, examine the marshmallow residue and conclude there is a very large cup of hot chocolate near by somewhere. The movie ends with the Ghostbusters driving off in the Ectomobile with the people cheering them on wildly.

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  • On page 6 of Ghostbusters: Legion Issue #1, Peter notes Winston shaved his mustache but in the previous newspaper clip, the photo of the post-Gozer battle mistakenly shows Winston already without a mustache.

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Ghostbusters: Answer The Call

  • Ray's "barbecued dog hair" line is used by Patty Tolan in the Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) alternate extended scene Soups & Salad to described the smell coming off Rowan North, who electrocuted himself to death.
  • Near the end, one of the movie theater displays is for "Welcome to the Other Side," a possible nod to when Peter remarks, "See ya on the other side, Ray" in the first movie.

References

  1. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 195 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "To achieve this gag, two hundred pounds of shaving cream - employed by physical effects supervisor Chuck Gaspar to simulate melted marshmallows - was released from a giant plastic bag attached to a crane."
  2. Neil Krepela (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) "SFX Team Featurette" (1999) (DVD ts. 11:33-11:39). Columbia Pictures. Neil Krepela says: "All that marshmallow is basically shaving cream. We had to mix it in 500 gallon batches."
  3. Thaine Morris (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) "SFX Team Featurette" (1999) (DVD ts. 12:50-12:56). Columbia Pictures. Thaine Morris says: "Mark [Stetson] came to me and said, "How strong do you want me to make this building?" and I said, "Stronger than you can."."
  4. Mark Stetson (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) "SFX Team Featurette" (1999) (DVD ts. 12:57-13:09). Columbia Pictures. Mark Stetson says: "We wielded up a frame of quarter inch steel on the old temple and I just couldn't believe you needed it that strong and we started talking about deflector aprons to get the blast to shoot out the sides in the original illustration."
  5. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 197 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Michael Gross says: "We reshot the final explosion several times, toning it down each time because it was just too big. It's still too big, actually. In reality, nothing on the rooftop could have survived that explosion. But I guess if an audience can believe a hundred-foot marshmallow man, they can accept an oversized explosion."
  6. Virgil Mirano (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) "SFX Team Featurette" (1999) (DVD ts. 13:19-13:38). Columbia Pictures. Virgil Mirano says: "I had the unique privilege of being hit in the head by one of the best pyromen. One of the errant benches on top of the temple went flying through the air, hit the plexiglass, careened off it, and creased me in the skull. Never been the same."
  7. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 196. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "An unscripted addition to the sequence involved a shot of the marshmallow man's hat plummeting to the street after its wearer has been vaporized."
  8. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 196. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "To achieve the shot, an aluminum-reinforced sailor's hat - eighteen feet in diameter - was attached to a giant crane and then lowered into the crowd. Though successfully executed, editorial pacing resulted in the elaborate gag's being cut from the final release."
  9. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 199 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Once preliminary shooting on the temple set was completed, the main unit transitioned to other sets and other stages while John DeCuir and his team moved in and redressed the now-demolished structure for its final scenes in the film."
  10. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 201 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Since Dana's rooftop costume had not yet been determined at the time of the New York location shooting, Sigourney Weaver was outfitted with a robe - leaving audiences to assume, had the thought ever occurred, that she had simply picked one up somewhere en route to the ground floor."
  11. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 201 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "As an afterthought during postproduction, Ivan Reitman decided to add a last-minute reprise by the Onionhead ghost - a final audience zinger misinterpreted by many as implying a sequel."
  12. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 203 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Alternate endings in earlier drafts included scenes within the towering glass and chrome headquarters of Ghostbusters International - now a high-rolling multinational corporation "recognized everywhere as the first line of defense against interdimensional trespassers." The July draft even attempted to wrap up the romantic loose ends. Venkman and Dana set up housekeeping, Spengler and Janine are married, and Stantz returns to Fort Detmerring for spiritual renewal."
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  14. Peter Venkman (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "The Boogieman Cometh" (1986) (DVD ts. 15:37-15:38). Time Life Entertainment. Peter says: "See you on the other side, Egon."
  15. Boyette, Pat (2009). The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection Volume One Disc Five, "Citizen Ghost" Storyboard p. 24. CPT Holdings, Inc. Line reads: "We see photo of the high-rise building used in GHOSTBUSTERS movie -- in its post-battle, marshmallowed, shattered state -- PAN OVER."
  16. "Citizen Ghost" Storyboard showing Shandor Building ruins
  17. Peter Venkman (2009).The Real Ghostbusters- "A Fright at the Opera" (1986) (DVD ts. 13:20-13:21). Time Life Entertainment. Peter says: "Did I tell you about the time I saved the world?"
  18. Walter Peck (2009).The Real Ghostbusters- "Big Trouble With Little Slimer " (1987) (DVD ts. 04:08-04:11). Time Life Entertainment. Peck says: "Did I tell you how they made me look like a fool and cost me my job?"
  19. Eatock, James & Mangels, Andy (2008). The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection booklet, p. 27. CPT Holdings, Inc.

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