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Beetlejuice -- A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.
Beetlejuice -- A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.
Beetlejuice -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Michael McDowell (story) &
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Release Date:
30 March 1988 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Say it once... Say it twice... But we dare you to say it THREE TIMES See more »
Plot:
A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 6 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Has a crazy rhythm all its own See more (280 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alec Baldwin ... Adam Maitland

Geena Davis ... Barbara Maitland

Annie McEnroe ... Jane Butterfield
Maurice Page ... Ernie
Hugo Stanger ... Old Bill

Michael Keaton ... Betelgeuse
Rachel Mittelman ... Little Jane Butterfield

Catherine O'Hara ... Delia Deetz
J. Jay Saunders ... Moving Man #1
Mark Ettlinger ... Moving Man #2

Jeffrey Jones ... Charles Deetz

Winona Ryder ... Lydia Deetz

Glenn Shadix ... Otho

Patrice Martinez ... Receptionist
Cindy Daly ... 3-Fingered Typist (as Cynthia Daly)
Douglas Turner ... Char Man
Carmen Filpi ... Messenger
Simmy Bow ... Janitor

Sylvia Sidney ... Juno

Robert Goulet ... Maxie Dean

Dick Cavett ... Bernard

Susan Kellermann ... Grace
Adelle Lutz ... Beryl
Gary Jochimsen ... Dumb Football Player
Bob Pettersen ... Dumb Football Player #2
Duane Davis ... Very Dumb Football Player

Maree Cheatham ... Sarah Dean (as Marie Cheatham)

Tony Cox ... Preacher
Jack Angel ... Preacher (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Harry Belafonte ... The Balladeer (voice) (uncredited)

Charles Schneider ... The Hanging Man (uncredited)
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Directed by
Tim Burton 
 
Writing credits
Michael McDowell (story) &
Larry Wilson (story)

Michael McDowell (screenplay) and
Warren Skaaren (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Bender .... producer
Richard Hashimoto .... producer
June Petersen .... assistant producer
Larry Wilson .... producer
Eric Angelson .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Danny Elfman 
 
Cinematography by
Thomas E. Ackerman (director of photography) (as Thomas Ackerman)
 
Film Editing by
Jane Kurson 
 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
 
Production Design by
Bo Welch 
 
Art Direction by
Tom Duffield 
 
Set Decoration by
Catherine Mann 
 
Costume Design by
Aggie Guerard Rodgers 
 
Makeup Department
Steve LaPorte .... makeup artist
Ve Neill .... makeup artist
Robert Short .... effects makeup artist
Yolanda Toussieng .... hair stylist
Dale Brady .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Thomas Floutz .... special makeup effects artist: crew (uncredited)
Bill Forsche .... Barbara/Adam transformation assistant (uncredited)
Jon Curtis Price .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Matt Rose .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Eric Angelson .... production supervisor: The Geffen Company
Donald Heitzer .... unit production manager (as Don Heitzer)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
K.C. Colwell .... second assistant director
Jerry Fleck .... second assistant director
Bill Scott .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Paul J. Campanella .... stand-by painter (as Paul Campanella)
Cheryl Carasik .... lead person
Gary F. Kieldrup .... assistant property master (as Gary Kieldrup)
Richard McKenzie .... set designer (as Dick McKenzie)
Dan Ondrejko .... greensman
Dan Pemberton .... propmaker
William A. Petrotta .... property master (as Bill Petrotta)
Robert Scaife .... construction coordinator (as Bob Scaife)
Douglas Turner .... creative construction supervisor: Short effects crew
John Warnke .... set designer
Scot Broadus .... model maker (uncredited)
Michael D. Costello .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Michael Denering .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Glenn Forbes .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Allan Johnson .... miniature landscape: topographical landscape (uncredited)
Jack Johnson .... illustrator (uncredited)
Pola Shreiber .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Craig Talmy .... sculptor (uncredited)
John Villarino .... propmaker foreman (uncredited)
Mike Villarino .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Clyde Zimmerman .... paint supervisor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Richard L. Anderson .... supervising sound editor (as Richard Anderson)
Mary Andrews .... supervising adr editor
Tom Durell .... cable operator
Gil Haimsohn .... assistant sound editor (as Gilbert Haimsohn)
Warren Hamilton Jr. .... sound editor
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Pappas .... sound editor
David M. Ronne .... production sound mixer (as David Ronne)
John B. Schuyler .... boom operator (as John Schuyler)
David E. Stone .... sound editor (as David Stone)
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Joe Day .... special effects
Edward J. Franklin .... special effects crew
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects supervisor
Elmer Hui .... special effects
William Lee .... special effects
Thomas Mertz .... special effects (as Tom Mertz)
Jeffrey A. Wischnack .... special effects (as Jeff Wischnak)
Gary D. Bierend .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Yancy Calzada .... special effects department (uncredited)
Joerg Fiederer .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Marc Tyler .... puppet and prop fabrication and design (uncredited)
Diana Allen Williams .... staircase miniature/ted rae's persistence of vision studio (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
David Beasley .... model shop supervisor: Short effects crew
James Belohovek .... miniature production
Beverly Bernacki .... optical effects
Doug Beswick .... visual effects: sandworm sequence
William S. Conner .... optical effects (as William Conner)
Thomas Conti .... miniature production
Jammie Friday .... animation production
Spencer Gill .... optical effects
Rick Heinrichs .... visual effects consultant
Rick Kess .... miniature production
Peter Kuran .... visual effects
Tim Lawrence .... visual effects: Barbara/Adam transportation
Jo Martin .... optical effects
James D. McGeachy .... construction supervisor: short effects crew (as James McGeachy)
Alan Munro .... visual effects supervisor
Mark Myer .... animation production
Sarah Pasanen .... optical effects
Ted Rae .... visual effects: snake sequence
Jacqueline Zietlow .... visual effects coordinator
Jim Aupperle .... stop-motion camera (uncredited)
Les Bernstien .... visual effects (uncredited)
Tom Gleason .... miniature effects unit: model maker (uncredited)
Steve Koch .... miniatures (uncredited)
Stuart Land .... sculptor (uncredited)
Mike Smithson .... stop-motion fabrication (uncredited)
David Stump .... visual effects cameraman (uncredited)
Chris Woodward .... visual effects camera assistant: VCE (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Michael Cassidy .... stunts (as Mike Cassidy)
Carl Ciarfalio .... stunts
Shinko Isobe .... stunts
Maria R. Kelly .... stunts (as Maria Kelly)
Di Ann Lerner .... stunts
Fred Lerner .... stunt coordinator
Fred Lerner .... stunts
James Lerner .... stunts
Beth Nufer .... stunts
Noon Orsatti .... stunts
Mary Peters .... stunts
Patrick Puccinelli .... stunts (as Pat Puccinelli)
Anthony G. Schmidt .... stunts (as Anthony Schmidt)
Cris Thomas-Palomino .... stunts (as Cris Thomas Palomino)
Fred Waugh .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Patricia Harrison .... second assistant camera (as Patty Harrison)
Douglas Knapp .... camera operator (as Doug Knapp)
Michael Laws .... assistant chief lighting technician
Jane O'Neal .... still photographer
David L. Parrish .... first assistant camera (as David Parrish)
Mark Pearson .... best boy grip
Ted Rhodes .... key grip
Bill Silic .... chief lighting technician
George Stephenson .... camera operator
Patricia Gregory .... grip (uncredited)
Albert Hood .... electrician (uncredited)
William M. Weberg .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Henrikson .... costume supervisor
Betty Jean Slater .... wardrobe
Chuck Velasco .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Louis Benioff .... assistant editor
John Collier Bennett .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator
Robert Fernandez .... music scoring mixer (as Bob Fernandez)
Nancy Fogarty .... music editor
William Ross .... conductor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Tommy Johnson .... musician: tuba (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Don Newton .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Chrissy Bocchino .... choreographer
Kevin Carlson .... puppeteer
Robert Dawson .... title designer
Luba Dmytryk .... production coordinator
Pablo Ferro .... title designer
Ira Friedlander .... assistant accountant
Linda Frobos .... lead puppet sculptor: Short effects crew
Mary F. Galloway .... location manager (as Mary Galloway)
Pete Gerard .... mechanical effects supervisor: Short effects crew
Sandey Grinn .... puppeteer (as Sandy Grinn)
James D. McGeachy .... puppeteer (as James McGeachy)
Ralph B. Meyer .... production associate (as Ralph Meyer)
Steve Newman .... unit publicist
Ed Nunnery .... sculptures designer: Delia's sculptures
Susan Spencer Robbins .... assistant: Mr. Hashimoto
Carol Sevilla .... script supervisor
Robert Short .... creature designer
Barbara Slifka .... production executive: Short effects crew (as Barbara Stephans Slifka)
Van Snowden .... puppeteer
Fred Spencer .... puppeteer
Jane Stewart .... researcher
Ramona Villarrial .... production accountant (as Ramona Dorene Villarrial)
Mark Bryan Wilson .... puppeteer
Michael Peavey .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Beetle Juice" - USA (original title)
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Runtime:
92 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
When Glenn Shadix (who played Otho) died in September 2010, the last song performed at his memorial service was "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)," which was used to great effect in the dinner party scene where everyone around the table is possessed and dances to the music.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the Maitlands are scrambling to get back to the attic door and away from the sandworm, a far shot shows the white door hovering in space some distance above the sand. But in the next closeup, the Maitlands are almost even with the door while standing.See more »
Quotes:
[Adam and Barbara make it back home as the sandworm is about to eat them]
Barbara:[crying, hugs Adam] Oh, Adam! We're trapped in this house with those people!
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
LohengrinSee more »

FAQ

What's this I hear about a ton of rewrites on the script?
How is the main character's name spelled?
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69 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
Has a crazy rhythm all its own, 28 September 2002
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

It may take two or three viewings to warm up to "Beetlejuice". It has a kooky, cockeyed sensibility and a rhythm that is by turns easy, lazy and frenetic. A charming couple in New England die and come back to their beloved home as ghosts, determined to rid the place of the horrendous new tenants. Possibly the most benign and engaging performance ever by Alec Baldwin; Geena Davis, Winona Ryder and Sylvia Sidney are also very appealing. The new couple from New York who take over the house (Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O'Hara) aren't as well written or thought-out as the other characters and some of their bemused, dry-ice comic lines take a few seconds to reach you. Of course, there's Michael Keaton, wildly comic as Betelgeuse. I recall hearing comments back in 1988 that Keaton wasn't around enough to make the picture worthwhile, but that's only if you watch the film for the fast quips and sight-gags. Keaton is truly wonderful, but he's also bombastic, and I felt there was just enough of him to satisfy--it's really not his story anyway, it belongs to Baldwin and Davis; Betelgeuse is used as a horny, vulgar punchline. Director Tim Burton is very careful not to overload the movie with raunch; he is surprisingly careful in setting up this story, and he works magic within a dubious scenario: a comic fantasy about dead folks which ultimately celebrates life. ***1/2 from ****

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