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Batman (1989)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure | 23 June 1989 (USA)
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The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Wallace ...
Carl Chase ...
Mac McDonald ...
Goon (as Mac Macdonald)


Gotham City. Crime boss Carl Grissom (Jack Palance) effectively runs the town but there's a new crime fighter in town - Batman (Michael Keaton). Grissom's right-hand man is Jack Napier (Jack Nicholson), a brutal man who is not entirely sane... After falling out between the two Grissom has Napier set up with the Police and Napier falls to his apparent death in a vat of chemicals. However, he soon reappears as The Joker and starts a reign of terror in Gotham City. Meanwhile, reporter Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) is in the city to do an article on Batman. She soon starts a relationship with Batman's everyday persona, billionaire Bruce Wayne. Written by grantss

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Only one will claim the night.


Action | Adventure


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Release Date:

23 June 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Betmen  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)


$251,188,924 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)| (DVD version)| (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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[first lines]
Passenger: Excuse me.
Tourist Dad: I'm sorry, this is my cab.
Passenger: Sorry.
Tourist Dad: Listen, I was here first!
[as the cab drives away]
Tourist Dad: Oh, God! Oh, taxi? Taxi!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits run with a 3-D Batman symbol being explored by a flying camera in extreme close-up. See more »


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Written, Produced and Performed by Prince
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23 June 2005 | by (Woodbridge, Ontario) – See all my reviews

In 1989, Tim Burton created the very first Batman movie with great stars like Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. The Joker is definitely one of Hollywood's best villains on screen. Jack Nicholson was born for the role, with his psychotic and sick look. Michael Keaton is also great as Batman and is pretty good as Bruce Wayne. Kim Basinger is kind of annoying at times, but she's not the worst damsel in distress ever seen on screen.

Tim Burton has a unique way of doing Batman, and I think most people can agree that it fits the characters and the story. To bad Warner Bros. got rid of him after the 2nd film.

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