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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the time of the theatrical debut of Suicide Squad (2016), Jared Leto became the third actor in the modern era to portray the Joker character in a major live action cinema movie to have won an Oscar for acting. Leto had recently won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Dallas Buyers Club (2013). Jack Nicholson, who portrayed the Joker in Batman (1989), has won three Oscars, one each for Terms of Endearment (1983) (Supporting Actor), As Good as It Gets (1997) (Lead Actor), and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) (Lead Actor). The late Heath Ledger won a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for actually portraying the Joker character in The Dark Knight (2008). See more »


The Joker knocks over a statue in the museum that soon rights itself. 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 »


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Theme From A Summer Place
Written by Max Steiner
Performed by Percy Faith and His Orchestra
Conducted by Percy Faith (uncredited)
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
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User Reviews

The First Two Batman Are The Last.
28 March 2005 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

When I saw this movie in the theater back in '89, I was just a kid - a kid paralyzed by the looks and the charisma of the super-hero ever! I didn't know much about directors those times, so I gave all the credit to Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. Years later I understood that Tim Burton -leading as my favorite director- was all behind this, making Gotham City darker and wicked, taking Batman to a fearsome -unlike that horrible TV show!- and heroic level as he should have been. As Michael Keaton was born to fulfill his destiny as Batman, I don't think anyone else could handle the Joker except Jack Nicholson. I have never seen any character more suitable than these pair of super actors as super heroes. I don't know whether I should be happy or sad for the first two movie was shot by Tim Burton, for the following ones was not as good as the ones shot by him. The third one was not as bad as the fourth. But the "Batman and Robin" was the final humiliation ever made to me (I really don't know what Joel Schumacher was thinking). I bet everyone involved in the first two was crying their eyes out at the end of the movie. Anyway, Tim, Michael, Jack and Kim was the best crew for a movie, and they made it worth watching it over and over again. "Batman" is amongst the best movies I've ever seen.

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