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Heartwarming / Ghostbusters (1984)

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  • The Dana theme by Elmer Bernstein can warm your heart to high levels and melt it down.
  • The boys prepare to face Gozer down knowing it's probably the last thing they'll ever do, and we get this exchange:
    Peter Venkman: (genuine fondness) See you on the other side, Ray.
    Ray Stanz: (genuine respect) Nice working with you, Dr. Venkman.
    • Gozer has been defeated but they see the charred remains of Zuul/Dana. Just check the look on Peter's face when he believes Zuul/Dana is dead. It's the first time we see Peter seriously sad in contrast with the great snarky jerk he was throught the movie.
    • After that, hope comes and they see movement inside the demonic dog's charred corpse. They break open it, and inside is Dana, dazed but unharmed. The music makes it better because it's a reprise of Dana's Theme and the whole sequence is just perfect.
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  • When their very first call comes in. Janine, who had been largely apathetic up to this point and had made no attempt to hide such, roars "WE GOT ONE!!!" and slams the alarm buzzer. It shows that despite the way she acts, she really does care about the business.
  • After Venkman successfully makes a date with Dana, he just begins spinning in the Lincoln Center plaza out of joy as the roller skaters dance around him accompained with Bernstein's awesome triumphal background music.
  • When Venkman makes his speech to the Mayor, especially the part about saving the lives of millions of registered voters. He makes an expression that's a split between genuine happiness and about to cry. It shows he really cares about the city enough to accept any idea that saves it, no matter how damaging or crazy it is.
    • Well, mainly he's realizing that the Ghostbusters present the means for him to safeguard his re-election.
  • The Ghostbusters frantically checking on each other in the aftermath of the climax, repeatedly asking if the other team members are alright. Their genuine concern for one another is touching.


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