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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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23 June 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$40,489,746 (USA) (25 June 1989)

Gross:

$251,188,924 (USA)
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Trivia

Jack Nicholson had a strict schedule stipulated into his contract that his casting call was to be later than most actors on the set. Jack was known for having late evenings up to 3:00 am before he would get home as he dined out every night or attended small parties. Michael Keaton would arrive early in the mornings, and Jack would come in around 10:00 am at the earliest and greet Michael, then sit on his chair. He would then tilt his head back and fall asleep immediately as the makeup artists worked on his prosthetics. See more »

Goofs

The port gun door on the Batplane opens twice. Also, the missiles he arms are shown in and out of their locked positions before he fires them. 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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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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Scandalous
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The best Batman movie ever made!
31 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have grew up watching this movie. It's simply brilliant. It's the best Batman movie ever made. Yes I'm brave enough to say it. It's better then The Dark Knight. It's better because of these reasons. 1. Batman's voice didn't sound like he was trying to be in a heavy metal band in this movie. 2. The Batmobile was better and more suitable for a Batmobile rather then a tank. 3. the music score! I mean when you hear Danny Elfman's theme to this you instantly think of Batman! The music in this was brilliant! 4.The hole idea that it was the joker who killed batman's parents then batman goes after revenge. 5.this felt more like a batman movie and the dark knight felt like a spy movie. And I can go on. I'm not saying the dark knight was a bad movie I thought it was good but I just like this movie better. Tim Burton did an awesome job with this! Jach Nicholson was great as the Joker. I liked how dark this movie was. Very good movie. You can never get tired of it no matter how many times you see it.


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