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Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse is a courthouse located in Lower Manhattan.

History

Primary Canon

In late 1989, Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman, and Egon Spengler stood trial at Thurgood Marshall for digging a giant hole in First Avenue and causing a city-wide blackout. During the reading of the verdict, Judge Stephen Wexler's negative emotions set off the sample of Psychomagnotheric Slime and triggered the manifestation of the Scoleri Brothers. The spectator's gallery immediately cleared out into the hallway. Wexler was convinced the drop all charges and the judicial restraining order on the Ghostbusters in exchange for the ghosts being dealt with. The trio donned Proton Packs and engaged the ghosts in the courtroom. The Ghostbusters and Louis Tully marched into the hall and triumphantly declared they were back. Meanwhile, Wexler stood silently in shock in his tattered courtroom.

Secondary Canon

IDW Comics

In late 1989, during Peter, Ray, and Egon's trial, Winston could tell Judge Wexler made up his mind to find them guilty before starting. Winston decided to leave court room and noticed two police officers with a beaker of the Psychomagnotheric Slime. Winston tried to warn them about the dangers of the slime, but they snapped at him. Their negative emotions gave way to the manifestation of Mama Scoleri. The officers thought she was wearing a costume, pulled their guns, and told her to freeze. She was amused and knocked them off their feet. Winston returned to Ecto-1 parked out front but it was stripped by the police after they seized it. He managed to find one Trap. He headed back inside and taunted the ghost. She flew right at him and was trapped. Eyewitness accounts of Winston's presence at the trail conflicted. Several years later, two writers named Erik and Luis met with Winston at Waltz's Dining Car to gather research for their book about the Ghostbusters. They asked him to set the record straight on the Scoleri Brothers case. He eventually conceded and told them the truth about what happened to him during the court room bust.

Behind the Scenes

  • The courtroom set was modified from one used in "Legal Eagles" (1986) which Ivan Reitman directed. It was pulled out of stock and materials were added like a glass partition. The set was put atop a platform so the crew could drill holes for chairs. An expensive heavy cornice ceiling was added. There were complaints about how much was spent on the set.[1][2]
  • Only 14 chairs would be thrown around because the rest were rented, only four pillars could be blown up, and only one wall of glass could be broken. [3]
  • Whatever was slated to be blown up was made of balsa wood: the railing, the walk through hinged doors, the judge's box and defense table. [4]
  • The defense table was on a flying track and pulled on a compound cable when the Scoleri Brothers slammed it on a wall. [5]
  • In order to reset the scene easily, parts were made for three takes of everything. [6]
  • Jim Fye and Tim Lawrence filmed separately as the Scoleri Brothers in wire rigged suits in front of blue screen. The footage would later be projected onto flexible mirrorplex then rephotographed. [7] Meanwhile, in place of the actors, full-scale cutouts were used to aid the cast and crew during filming. [8]
  • The stuntwoman who was in place of the Prosecutor when she is carried off by the Scoleri Brothers wore a pair of flying pants and vest with a cable running up her leg to the ceiling track above. Ivan Reitman wanted one leg dangling, something very easy if she weren't upside down. As the stuntwoman went along the track, her head barely missed the chairs still standing in the room. [9]

Trivia

  • In the Ghostbusters II August 5, 1988 draft, trial took place at the Criminal Courts Building. [10]
  • In the 2/27/89 draft, Dana Barrett was in the courtroom talking to Peter in the opening of the scene. [11]

External Links

Appearances

Primary Canon

Ghostbusters II

Secondary Canon

IDW Comics

Insight Editions

References

  1. Wallace, Daniel (2015). Ghostbusters The Ultimate Visual History, p. 146. Insight Editions, San Rafael CA USA, ISBN 9781608875108. Line reads: "Tom Duffield snapped up the courtroom set from 1986's Legal Eagles, a Universal comeday starring Robert Redford, which Ivan Reitman had directed in between the two Ghostbusters films."
  2. Wallace, Daniel (2015). Ghostbusters The Ultimate Visual History, p. 146. Insight Editions, San Rafael CA USA, ISBN 9781608875108. Tom Duffield says: "We pulled it out of stock and added stuff like the glass partition, because the director wanted glass to blow up. We put the stage on a platform because he had to get under the floor to drill holes for the chairs, which were in air mortars. If you look at the chairs as they're blown up off the ground, you'll notice there's a six-inch extension on one side of each chair leg. That's the part that was loaded into the air mortar tube. We also spent a fortune on the ceiling. We wanted a grand feeling, and we thought we'd see it when we were looking up at all the damage. We put in a really heavy cornice ceiling, and I got notices complaining how much we spent."
  3. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 13. Cinefex, USA.
  4. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 13. Cinefex, USA.
  5. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 13. Cinefex, USA.
  6. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 13. Cinefex, USA.
  7. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 13 footnote. Cinefex, USA.
  8. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 13. Cinefex, USA.
  9. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 14. Cinefex, USA.
  10. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 31). "Paragraph reads: "EXT. CRIMINAL COURTS BUILDING - DAY."
  11. February 27, 1989 draft via Spook Central
  12. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Comic p.7). Paragraph reads: "From the public library to the Foley Square courthouse; from Madison Avenue to Central Park; the New York metropolitan area is full of iconic locations plagued by supernatural phenomena."
  13. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.18). Paragraph reads: "CLASS IV. NONCORPOREAL ELEMENTAL SPIRITS. ANCHORED TO THE FOLEY SQUARE COURTHOUSE."


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