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Beetlejuice (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Fantasy | 30 March 1988 (USA)
When a recently-deceased ghost couple find their now-vacant home invaded by an obnoxious family, they hire a sleazy ghost who gets rid of humans to help them.

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Storyline

Adam and Barbara are a normal couple...who happen to be dead. They have given their precious time to decorate their house and make it their own, but unfortunately a family is moving in, and not quietly. Adam and Barbara try to scare them out, but end up becoming the main attraction to the money making family. They call upon Beetlejuice to help, but Beetlejuice has more in mind than just helping. Written by simon

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In This House... If You've Seen One Ghost... You Haven't Seen Them All. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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30 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Beetle Juice  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,000,000 (USA) (3 April 1988)

Gross:

$73,707,461 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The studio originally wanted to call the film "House Ghosts". As a joke, Tim Burton suggested the name "Scared Sheetless" and was horrified when the studio actually considered using it. See more »

Goofs

The photograph Lydia takes of the Maitlands would not develop that quickly; they take at least 45 seconds. See more »

Quotes

[a fly appears in the Maitland home]
Beetlejuice: [pops out of a crack] Hey! Hey, you! Hey, come here!
[holds up a Zagnut bar]
Beetlejuice: Got something good for ya... Here, boy. Want something to nosh?
[enticed by the bar, the fly comes closer... ]
Beetlejuice: [laughs] Come here!
[grabs the fly and pulls him into the crack]
The Fly: Help me! Help me! Help meee!
[a burp is heard]
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Crazy Credits

When the Geffen Company logo appears, it is accompanied by a ghoulish version of the Banana Boat song (sung by the film's composer Danny Elfman). See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.17 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Day-O
Traditional, lyrics by William A. Attaway and Irving Burgie
[Incorrectly credited as written by William A. Attaway & Irving Burgie (as Lord Burgess)]
Performed by Harry Belafonte
Courtesy of RCA Records
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"Nice f*cking model!!"
19 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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One of my favorite Tim Burton films ever, one of the movies I've loved since a time I can't remember. Where else could I possibly start other than with Michael Keaton. H embodies a distasteful, rude, and ultimately awesome character known as Betelegeuse. It's a role I highly doubt any other actor could play as well as Keaton did. He is an odd cross between anti-hero and villain, while still very far from just the general comic relief. Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are pretty good as the newly-dead couple, and Winona Ryder is always a treat. The rest of the cast is also awesome in their roles, not a weak spot in sight.

The cast is only the beginning of why this movie is so great. The production design is dark yet beautiful, each set so haunting. The makeup and good old stop motion are used with great effect, both adding to the horror-like atmosphere. During it all Burton breathes nicely done comedy into it all. Heightening all this is Danny Elfman's awesome score. And the black humor is superb, making it one of the most unusual yet original films out there.

I guarantee with this movie you will never get a funnier portrayal of what the afterlife must be like. Each time you watch, you only notice more and more little details. "Beetlejuice" is recognized as a genre-breaking one-of-a-kind film, and rightfully so.


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