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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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Storyline

Gotham City: dark, dangerous, 'protected' only by a mostly corrupt police department. Despite the best efforts of D.A. Harvey Dent and police commissioner Jim Gordon, the city becomes increasingly unsafe...until a Dark Knight arises. We all know criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot...so his disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. He becomes a bat. Enter Vicky Vale, a prize-winning photo journalist who wants to uncover the secret of the mysterious "bat-man". And enter Jack Napier, one-time enforcer for Boss Grissom, horribly disfigured after a firefight in a chemical factory...who, devoid of the last vestiges of sanity, seizes control of Gotham's underworld as the psychotic, unpredictable Clown Prince of Crime...the Joker. Gotham's only hope, it seems, lies in this dark, brooding vigilante. And just how does billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne fit into all of this? Written by Gregory A. Sheets <m-sheets2@onu.edu>

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Only one will claim the night.

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Action | Adventure

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Also Known As:

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$251,188,924 (USA)
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Trivia

The Batman Movie franchise has attracted the longest list of actors who have Oscar and Golden Globe wins or nominations. 20 Oscars, 39 Golden Globes. The franchise has won 3 Oscars

Jack Nicholson 3 Oscars, 9 nominations 7 Golden Globes, 10 Nominations

George Clooney 2 Oscar, 4 nominations 4 Golden Globes, 7 nominations

Michael Caine 2 Oscars, 4 nominations 3 Golden Globes, 8 nominations

Tommy Lee Jones 1 Oscar, 3 nominations 1 Golden Globe, 3 nominations

Christian Bale 1 Oscar, 1 nomination 1 Golden Globe, 1 nomination

Halle Berry 1 Oscar 1 Golden Globe, 3 nominations

Heath Ledger - (only actor to win Oscar/GG for Batman character performance) 1 Oscar, 1 nomination 1 Golden Globe, 1 nomination

Kim Basinger 1 Oscar 1 Golden Globe, 1 nomination

Nicole Kidman 1 Oscar, 2 nomination 3 Golden Globes, 6 Nominations

Ben Affleck 2 Oscars, 2 nominations 2 Golden Globes, 1 nomination

Morgan Freeman 1 Oscar, 3 nominations 2 Golden Globes, 4 nominations

Anne Hathaway 1 Oscar, 1 nomination 1 Golden Globe, 2 nominations

Marion Cotillard 1 Oscar, 1 nomination 1 Golden Globe, 2 nominations

Christopher Walken 1 Oscar, 1 nomination 1 Golden Globe nomination

Jack Palance 1 Oscar, 2 nominations 1 Golden Globe

Michelle Pfeiffer 3 Oscar Nominations 1 Golden Globe, 5 nominations

Tom Wilkinson 2 Oscar nominations 1 Golden Globe, 3 nominations

Uma Thurman 1 Oscar nomination 1 Golden Globe, 3 nominations

Liam Neeson 1 Oscar nomination 3 Golden Globe nominations

Michael Keaton 1 Oscar nomination 1 Golden Globe, 1 nomination

Gary Oldman 1 Oscar nomination

Jim Carrey 2 Golden Globe, 4 nominations.

Danny DeVito 1 Oscar nomination 1 Golden Globe, 5 nominations

Maggie Gyllenhaal 1 Oscar nomination 1 Golden Globe, 2 nominations

Drew Barrymore 1 Golden Globe, 2 nominations.

Chris O'Donnell 1 Golden Globe nomination.

Tom Conti 1 Oscar nomination 2 Golden Globe nominations

Matthew Modine 2 Golden Globe nominations

Eric Roberts 1 Oscar nomination 3 Golden Globe nominations

Ken Watanabe 1 Oscar nomination 1 Golden Globe nomination

Joseph Gordon-Levitt 2 Golden Globe nominations

Arnold Schwarzenegger 1 Golden Globe, 1 nomination

Alicia Silverstone 1 Golden Globe nomination. See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

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