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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?


Some of the music from this film can also be heard in The Wolf Man (1941). The scene where Lawrence Talbot throws rocks at Gwen Conliffe's bedroom window to get her attention is where this occurs. See more »


The gun the Joker uses to shoot Bruce is a S&W model 1 (22. caliber short) pistol. The gun makes way too loud a bang to be a 22. short. See more »


[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 »


Written, Produced and Performed by Prince
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User Reviews

Great movie
22 January 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This and batman returns and the first couple of Superman's are the finest super hero movies i have scene, Michael Keaton had the same impact as Christopher reeve had with the superman series,when i was a little kid i use to think that batman returns was the best batman,but until a year ago i watched the first batman, and jack Nicholson was a sensational joker, the way he portrayed him was brilliant,Michael Keaton was a great Batman,(i coined't believe he was controversially Joice for the role)the music is great especially in the finally finale,i know heaps of people who hate Batman because he dosen't have superpowers, well this movie shows why Batman is the greatest hero.

Why Keaton left the Batman franchise i will never know.

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