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In Ghostbusters the Deleted Scene: Ectomobile Rejects A Parking Ticket a New York policeman makes a nervous attempt to ticket the illegally parked Ecto-1 - which although unoccupied, keeps him under close surveillance.[1]

Summary

After Roger Grimsby's report, the Ghostbusters had a case during the day at Tudor City, an apartment complex located on the East Side of Manhattan. They pulled up the Gothic apartment building and quickly ran into the lobby. A policeman noticed Ecto-1 was illegally parked and walked over. A set of double antennae on the roof automatically activated and rotated to tilt toward the policeman. He tried to walk around Ecto-1 but the antennae followed him. He quickly wrote a parking ticket and stuck it under the windshield wiper. As he withdrew his hand, the ticket heated up and burst into flames. The policeman looked at the ashes and slowly backed away. Some time later, at night, Ray Stantz drove. The others were asleep. Everyone looked exhausted.[2]

Trivia

  • In the October 7, 1983 draft, on pages 43-44 after Roger Grimsby, the bust took place at the Tudor City apartment complex in the southern edge of Turtle Bay on the East Side of Manhattan.
  • The scene was filmed at the Truffles Cafe at 696 Madison Avenue in New York.
    • Photos of the Ghostbusters seen on the Time magazine and Globe magazine covers in the first montage were taken during filming of the deleted scene at 696 Madison.
  • The encounter between the policeman and Ecto-1 is the only scene in the final shooting script to suggest Ecto-1 had extranormal powers, a carryover from Dan Aykroyd's initial draft where the Ectomobile was equipped with an advanced dematerializing capability that allowed its operators, functioning somewhat outside the law, to readily elude police pursuit. Though the ticketing sequence was shot and cut into the film, it was ultimately removed because it slowed down the break neck place of the montage and Ivan Reitman felt it was asking too much for the audience to accept along with the concept having already been done on "The Blues Brothers."[3]
  • On page 16 of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #1, Ectronymous vaporizes the parking ticket, a nod to the deleted scene.

References

  1. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 94. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "In a scene deleted from the film, a New York policeman makes a nervous attempt to ticket the illegally parked Ectomobile -- which although unoccupied, keeps him under close surveillance."
  2. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 93-95. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0590336843.
  3. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 95. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "The encounter between the policeman and the Ectomobile is the only scene in the final shooting script which suggested that the vehicle itself had some extranormal powers -- a carryover from Dan Aykroyd's initial draft in which the Ectomobile was equipped with an advanced dematerializing capability that allowed its operators, functioning somewhat outside the law, to readily elude police pursuit. Though the ticketing sequence was shot and cut into the film, it was ultimately removed because it slowed down the breakneck pace of the montage"

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