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Back in 1984, a young Bill Murray starred in Ghostbusters and took on a role in another film, the dystopic sci-fi comedy Nothing Losts Forever. You've probably watched Ghostbusters, but not the latter – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer binned the film, reportedly out of concerns over how to market its release. The film has only ever been screened at a few festivals over the decades. Now you can watch it in all its glory on YouTube.
Directed by Saturday Night Live writer Tom Schiller, the film follows an aspiring artist (Zach Galligan from Gremlins) who is denied a "creativity licence" by the totalitarian New York government and is forced to work as a traffic controller by the Port Authority. Frustrated, he joins an underground group of radicals who plan to drive a city bus to the moon.
Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd take up supporting roles in the film – and as you can tell, it's a pretty fucking weird film. John Belushi also had a part in the film, but died six weeks before production started of a drug overdose.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer never explained why it canned the film, which Schiller once described as "the weird movie I’d always wanted to make". "I really haven't been given a sufficient explanation as to why they didn't release it," Schiller said in a 2010 interview. "I think it's just because they didn't think it was commercial."
Now you can watch the whole thing below, or at least until it gets taken down:
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