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Batman (1989)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure | 23 June 1989 (USA)
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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Storyline

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

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Only one will claim the night.

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Action | Adventure

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23 June 1989 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$251,188,924 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the first appearance of the Batmobile the Joker's hitmen drive a 1979 Chevrolet Malibu and a Dodge 3700. Two Dodge 3700s were procured by Christian Wolf-La'Moy when traveling to Spain and he and his brother did drive the car from Spain to the U.K. One of the 3700s was damaged in a stunt while the other is still in storage. The 3700 was based on the USA-market Mopar A platform automobiles (Dodge Dart, Plymouth Valiant including the first generation Barracuda and Duster/Dart Sport coupes) when the Chrysler Corporation marketed the A platform in a few international markets (Europe, Australia, and Latin America) - the 3700 seen in the film were manufactured by Barrieros in Spain from 1971-78 with a sheetmetal design unique to Spain (it was also assembled in Argentina where a 2 door hardtop coupe was also marketed). The 3700 nameplate was in reference to the engine displacement in metric (3.7 liter) - which is in this case is the Chrysler Slant Six first introduced in the 1960 Valiant (first as a low deck 2.8L (170 cubic inches) and later as a tall deck 3.7L (225 cubic inches) - it was produced until 1991 for industrial use (automotive use ended in 1983 with passenger cars and 1987 with the truck/van line - later production was shifted to Mexico during the late 1970s). See more »

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When destroying the paintings in the museum, one of Joker's henchmen puts several hand prints on a painting. Later, we see Joker imitating the statue, and in the background we can see the painting that had supposedly been fingerpainted is not. See more »

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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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Burton`s masterpiece
21 July 2003 | by (Zagreb, Croatia, Earth) – See all my reviews

This is truly a Fantasy/Comic movie-masterpiece. First of all- the excellent cast- Jack Nicholson shines in the role of the manic and crazy Jocker. Nicholsons character is truly amazing- like a mixture of his former roles/characters in "Chinatown" (Jake Gittes), "One Flew Over the Cuchoo`s Nest" (Randle McMurphy), "Prizzie` s honor" (C.Partanna), "the Witches of Eastwick" (Daryl Van Horn) and of course "The Shining" (Jack Torrance)- but (the character) still keeps his own style. Michael Keaton also proves to be the ideal type for Burtons`s Batman. He reminds on the dark Batman from the "Dark Knight" Batman comics, and is the exact opposite of Batman introduced by Adam West in the 70`s. Second, Tim Burton created a unique athmosphere, exactly matching to the characters. Some people say that this movie is to dark, but I wouldn`t agree. I must not forget to mention the exciting Batman Theme composed by Danny Elfmann. Burton`s Batman, differnt from all the other Comic-hero movies, like Spiderman, Superman, Flash or Hulk, provides a refreshing character dimension.

One of the best movies in the 80`s.


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