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Beetlejuice (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 30 March 1988 (USA)
A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.

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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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Much of Michael Keaton's performance included improvisation. One of the most notable scenes in which Keaton utilized improv was during the first conversation between Adam, Barbara and Betelgeuse. When asked for his qualifications, Michael Keaton briefly breaks character and speaks in his normal speaking voice. Some of the credentials given, including being a graduate of the Harvard Business School, attending Juliard, and extensive traveling are all factual achievements of Michael Keaton. See more »

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When Beetlejuice becomes a snake hand-railing, he reaches for Charles' shoes. When you look at his shoes, the tops are red. But when he gets pulled out of the room, his shoes are completely black. See more »

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Charles: Nice building... bad roof... goooood parking.
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References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

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Unique Characters & Story, To Say The Least
24 June 2006 | by (United States) – 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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