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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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Cast

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Maurice Page ...
Ernie
Hugo Stanger ...
Old Bill
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Rachel Mittelman ...
Little Jane Butterfield
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J. Jay Saunders ...
Moving Man #1
Mark Ettlinger ...
Moving Man #2
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Cindy Daly ...
3-Fingered Typist (as Cynthia Daly)
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Beetle Juice  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,000,000, 3 April 1988

Gross USA:

$73,707,461
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tim Burton sought out Anton Furst to be his Production Designer, but Furst had committed to High Spirits (1988), a film which was spiraling out of control. The two worked together on Batman (1989), for which Furst won an Academy Award. See more »

Goofs

When Beetlejuice has his first actual conversation with Lydia, a cockroach scampers by and he eats it. The cockroach is roughly the size of a hamburger in comparison to Beetlejuice, yet he is already miniaturized. See more »

Quotes

Adam: [In a decomposed state and trying to say Beetlejuice's name three times] BEH...
[his mouth falls out]
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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 »


Soundtracks

Marcha funebre, Sonata Piano No. 2
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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Unique Characters & Story, To Say The Least
24 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie always was: 1 - very popular; 2 - very different; 3 - very entertaining; 4 - a very fast-moving hour-and-a-half of a film.

Several characters in here - mainly Michael Keaton's unique and sometimes- revolting title character "Beetlejuice"- are always fascinating to watch. With him - and the whole movie - you also get a lot of humor and scary special-effects..

It was odd to see Alec Baldwin in such a low-key role. In the '90s, he played very few of these type of guys. Davis looks and acts like...well, Davis, who has almost always played nice, cute people that viewers like. It took me four viewings before I finally appreciated Catharine O'Hara's comedic talents in this movie. Now, she's my favorite and someone I find absolutely hilarious as the messed-up wife/mother of a family who moves into a "haunted house" inhabited by Baldwin and Davis.

Keaton made himself a name as an actor with this whacked-out Robin Williams-type role, although he never really followed up with anything that was as popular as this film. Winona Rider is cute as the teenage daughter and we get other fun supporting roles from diverse people as talk show host Dick Cavett, singer Robert Goulet and actor Jeffrey Jones. All of them are good.

Tim Burton directed the film and so I wasn't surprised there were the typical occult themes with ghosts and the like, and no heaven or hell but some other strange existence being touted where dead people go....a ridiculous picture of the afterlife. However, I just chalk it up to someone just trying to make a fun, entertaining picture and on that, it succeeds.

Overall, a unique and entertaining film. It's different, to say the least!


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