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23 June 1989 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Good attempt to translate the comics to the big screen See more (764 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Keaton ... Batman / Bruce Wayne

Jack Nicholson ... Joker / Jack Napier

Kim Basinger ... Vicki Vale

Robert Wuhl ... Alexander Knox

Pat Hingle ... Commissioner James Gordon

Billy Dee Williams ... Harvey Dent

Michael Gough ... Alfred Pennyworth

Jack Palance ... Carl Grissom

Jerry Hall ... Alicia Hunt

Tracey Walter ... Bob the Goon
Lee Wallace ... The Mayor

William Hootkins ... Lt. Eckhardt

Richard Strange ... Goon
Carl Chase ... Goon
Mac McDonald ... Goon (as Mac Macdonald)
George Lane Cooper ... Goon
Terence Plummer ... Goon

Philip Tan ... Goon
John Sterland ... Accountant
Edwin Craig ... Rotelli
Vincent Wong ... Crimelord #1
Joel Cutrara ... Crimelord #2
John Dair ... Ricorso

Christopher Fairbank ... Nic
George Roth ... Eddie
Kate Harper ... Anchorwoman
Bruce McGuire ... Anchorman

Richard Durden ... TV Director
Kit Hollerbach ... Becky
Lachele Carl ... TV Technician (as Lachelle Carl)
Del Baker ... Napier Hood
Jazzer Jeyes ... Napier Hood
Wayne Michaels ... Napier Hood
Valentino Musetti ... Napier Hood
Rocky Taylor ... Napier Hood
Keith Edwards ... Reporter
Leon Herbert ... Reporter
Steve Plytas ... Doctor
Anthony Wellington ... Patrolman at Party

Amir M. Korangy ... Wine Steward (as Amir Korangy)
Hugo Blick ... Young Jack Napier (as Hugo E. Blick)
Charles Roskilly ... Young Bruce Wayne

Philip O'Brien ... Maitre D'
Michael Balfour ... Scientist
Liza Ross ... Tourist Mom

Garrick Hagon ... Tourist Dad
Adrian Meyers ... Jimmy, Tourist Son
David Baxt ... Dr. Thomas Wayne
Sharon Holm ... Mrs. Wayne
Clyde Gatell ... Other Mugger
Jon Soresi ... Medic

Sam Douglas ... Lawyer
Elliott Stein ... Man in Crowd
Denis Lill ... Bob the Cartoonist (as Dennis Lill)
Paul Birchard ... Another Reporter
Paul Michael ... Cop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Priscilla Cory ... Beautiful Hostage (uncredited)
Clive Curtis ... Goon in Bell-Tower (uncredited)
Pat Gorman ... Cop at Axis Chemicals (uncredited)
John Ketteringham ... (uncredited)
Pam Rose ... Party Guest at Wayne Manor (uncredited)
Rachel Ryan ... Corpse (uncredited)

Christian Wolf-La'Moy ... Taxi Driver / Joker's Car Owner (uncredited)

Directed by
Tim Burton 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Bob Kane (Batman characters)

Sam Hamm (story)

Sam Hamm (screenplay) and
Warren Skaaren (screenplay)

Produced by
Peter Guber .... producer
Barbara Kalish .... associate producer
Chris Kenny .... co-producer
Benjamin Melniker .... executive producer
Jon Peters .... producer
Michael Uslan .... executive producer (as Michael E. Uslan)
 
Original Music by
Danny Elfman 
 
Cinematography by
Roger Pratt (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ray Lovejoy 
 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
 
Production Design by
Anton Furst 
 
Art Direction by
Terry Ackland-Snow 
Nigel Phelps 
Leslie Tomkins (supervising art director) (as Les Tomkins)
 
Set Decoration by
Peter Young 
 
Costume Design by
Bob Ringwood 
Tony Dunsterville (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Lynda Armstrong .... makeup artist
Nick Dudman .... makeup designer: Joker
Paul Engelen .... chief makeup artist
Suzy Evans .... trainee makeup artist
Colin Jamison .... chief hair stylist
Jan Jamison .... hair stylist (as Janet Jamison)
Rick Provenzano .... hair stylist: Ms. Basinger
Suzanne Reynolds .... prosthetic makeup artist
Barry Richardson .... hair stylist
Mary Burton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Pat Harrison .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Cracknell .... first assistant director
Steve Harding .... assistant director: second unit (as Steven Harding)
Nikolas Korda .... second assistant director: second unit
Melvin Lind .... second assistant director
Peter MacDonald .... second unit director (as Peter Macdonald)
Steve Millson .... third assistant director: second unit
Julian Wall .... second assistant director
Ken Shane .... additional assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
 
Art Department
David Allday .... draughtsman (as Dave Allday)
Les Andrews .... dressing propman
Terry Apsey .... construction manager
Barry Arnold .... chargehand stand-by props
Dave Baynham .... stand-by plasterer
Ronald Bede .... hod stagehand (as Ron Bede)
Les Benson .... dressing propman
Brian Bishop .... scenic artist
Michael Boone .... assistant art director
Julian Caldow .... draughtsman
Jenny Chartres .... art department assistant (as Jenny Gregoire)
Bruce Cheesman .... dressing propman
Paul Cheesman .... stand-by propman
Bill Dady .... stand-by stagehand
Georgia Dilley .... art department junior
Noel Farrell .... stand-by rigger
Colin Fox .... chargehand drapesman
Peter Godfrey .... dressing propman
Mark Harris .... draughtsman
Emma Harrison .... scenic artist
Robert Hill .... dressing propman
Danny Hunter .... dressing propman
Clive Ingleton .... decor and lettering artist
Michael King .... construction buyer (as Mike King)
Martin Laing .... draughtsman
John Lanzer .... production buyer
Roy Martin .... stand-by painter
Libby McCullugh .... scenic artist
Keith Muir .... stand-by stagehand: second unit
Cleo Nethersole .... supervising drapesman
John New .... assistant construction manager
Ron Newvell .... hod rigger (as Ronald Newvell)
Mike Nugent .... hod carpenter (as Michael Nugent)
Roy O'Connor .... supervising propman
Dave Philpott .... stand-by carpenter: second unit (as David Philpott)
John Ralph .... assistant art director
Jeff Reid .... stand-by carpenter
Danny Skundric .... dressing propman
Suzanna Smith .... draughtsman
Adrian Start .... head scenic painter
Eric Strange .... stand-by propman: second unit
Don Taylor .... hod master plasterer
Bradley Torbett .... stand-by propman
Charles Torbett .... property master
Keith Vowles .... chargehand stand-by propman: second unit
Brian West .... prop storeman
Michael White .... production illustrator
Paul Whitelock .... stand-by painter: second unit
Clive Wilson .... dressing propman
John Wilson .... chargehand drapesman
Peter Wright .... decor and lettering artist
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Victor Anderson .... propmaker (uncredited)
Angus Cameron .... art trainee (uncredited)
Mick Chubbock .... plasterer (uncredited)
Tracy Drew .... set graphics (uncredited)
Fireball Tim Lawrence .... vehicle designer (uncredited)
Kevin Phipps .... art director: models (uncredited)
Edward T. Reiff Jr. .... set constructor (uncredited)
David Russell .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Peter Russell .... art director: models (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Allen .... sound mixer: second unit
David Brill .... sound maintenance
Paula Connor .... assistant sound editor
Tony Dawe .... sound mixer
John Falcini .... second assistant sound re-recording mixer
Pat Gilbert .... assistant sound editor
Leonard Green .... assistant sound editor (as Lenny Green)
Eddy Joseph .... sound editor
Ray Merrin .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Rocky Phelan .... foley editor
Bill Rowe .... sound re-recording mixer
John Samworth .... boom operator
David Sharpe .... assistant sound editor
Don Sharpe .... supervising sound editor
Paul Smith .... dialogue editor
Derek Trigg .... additional sound editor
Don Wortham .... boom operator: second unit
Sandy Buchanan .... post-production sound assistant (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ron Burton .... senior special effects technician (as Ronald Burton)
Philip Clark .... special effects technician (as Phil Clark)
Terence J. Cox .... special effects technician (as Terry Cox)
Steve Crawley .... wire effcts technician
Peter Dawson .... senior special effects technician
Kevin Draycott .... special effects technician
Michael Dunleavy .... senior special effects technician
John Evans .... special effects supervisor
Ken Gittens .... special effects technician (as Kenneth Gittens)
Simon Hewitt .... assistant special effects technician
Brian Lince .... senior special effects technician
Ray Lovell .... senior special effects technician
Digby Milner .... senior special effects technician
Robert Nugent .... senior special effects technician
Melvyn Pearson .... special effects technician (as Mervyn Pearson)
Ian Rossiter .... assistant special effects technician
Andrew Smith .... special effects technician
Barry Whitrod .... senior special effects technician
Ron Cartwright .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Stuart Conran .... mold maker (uncredited)
Claire Flewin .... fabricator (uncredited)
Mark Meddings .... model unit supervisor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Dennis Bartlett .... travelling matte cameraman
Steven Begg .... special effects technician: visual effects unit (as Stephen Begg)
Angus Bickerton .... motion control cameraman: visual effects unit
Janice Body .... rotoscope artist: visual effects unit
Grant Branton .... video operator: visual effects unit
Richard Brierley .... clapper loader: visual effects unit
Mark Bullimore .... model maker: visual effects unit
Eddie Butler .... sculptor/modeller (as Edward Butler)
Roy Button .... unit manager: visual effects unit
Wally Byatt .... camera operator: visual effects unit
Ray Caple .... matte artist: visual effects unit
Darryl Carter .... carpenter: visual effects unit
Peter Chiang .... art director: visual effects unit
Brenda Coxon .... production accountant: visual effects unit
Carol De Jong .... model maker: visual effects unit (as Carole De Jong)
Dave Docwra .... additional opticals
Doug Ferris .... additional matte artist
Mark Gardiner .... matte cameraman
Mark Gill .... assistant visual effects editor
José Granell .... model maker: visual effects unit (as Jose Granell)
John Grant .... additional matte cameraman
Antony Hunt .... optical cameraman: visual effects unit
Faisal Karim .... model maker: visual effects unit
Chris Kenny .... motion control cameraman: visual effects unit (as Chris F. Kenny)
Stefan Lange .... optical cameraman: visual effects unit (as Neil Sharp)
Stephen Lloyd .... buyer: visual effects unit
Roger Lofting .... financial controller: visual effects unit
Derek Meddings .... special visual effects
Anthony Moore .... rigger: visual effects unit
John Morgan .... camera operator: visual effects unit
Karl Morgan .... clapper loader: visual effects unit
Terry Reed .... model workshop supervisor: visual effects unit
Chrissie Richardson .... assistant accountant: visual effects unit (as Christine Richardson)
John Rogers .... gaffer: visual effects unit
Robbie Scott .... model maker: visual effects unit (as Robert Scott)
Keith Short .... sculptor/modeller
Karl Simmonds .... special effects technician: visual effects unit
Roy Spencer .... senior special effects technician: visual effects unit
Nigel Stone .... motion control cameraman: visual effects unit
Peter Talbot .... motion control cameraman: visual effects unit
Jonathan Taylor .... focus puller: visual effects unit
Micky Thomas .... best boy: visual effects unit
Leigh Took .... matte artist: visual effects unit
Ian Townsend .... stagehand: visual effects unit
Ron Walden .... model maker: visual effects unit
David Watkins .... focus puller: visual effects unit
Peter Watson .... visual effects coordinator
Suzie F. Wiesmann .... visual effects production manager (as Susan Ford)
Paul Wilson .... visual effects photographer: visual effects unit
Russ Woolnough .... visual effects editor
Jason Wrenn .... clapper loader: visual effects unit
Costas Charitou .... opticals: Image to Image (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Trevor .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ken Barker .... stunts
Marc Boyle .... stunts
Peter Brace .... stunts
Stuart Clark .... stunts
Gerry Crampton .... stunts
Simon Crane .... stunts
Graeme Crowther .... stunts (as Graeme G. Crowther)
Clive Curtis .... stunts
Steve Dent .... stunts
Jim Dowdall .... stunts
Eddie Eddon .... stunts
Tracey Eddon .... stunts
Steve Emerson .... stunts
Dorothy Ford .... stunts (as Dorothy Anne Ford)
Terry Forrestal .... stunts
Sarah Franzl .... stunts
Romo Gorrara .... stunts
Richard Graydon .... stunts
Richard Hammatt .... stunts (as Richard Hammett)
Paul Heasman .... stunts
Tom Hegarty .... stunts
Jeff Hewitt-Davis .... stunts (as Jeff Davis)
Nick Hobbs .... stunts
Dave Holland .... stunts
Sy Hollands .... stunts
David Lea .... stunts (as Dave Lea)
Tom Lucy .... stunts
Mark McBride .... stunts
Sean McCabe .... stunts
Mark Anthony Newman .... stunts (as Mark Newman)
Eddie Powell .... stunts
Nick Powell .... stunts (as Nicholas Powell)
Doug Robinson .... stunts
Lee Sheward .... stunts (as Lee Sherward)
Colin Skeaping .... stunts
Tony Smart .... stunts
Stuart St. Paul .... stunts
Eddie Stacey .... stunt coordinator
Tip Tipping .... stunts
Tony Van Silva .... stunts
Chris Webb .... stunts
Bill Weston .... stunts
Les White .... stunts
Steve Whyment .... stunts
Nick Wilkinson .... stunts
Gerry Crampton .... stunt arranger: second unit (uncredited)
Gerry Crampton .... stunt double: Jack Nicholson (uncredited)
Sy Hollands .... stunt double: Kim Basinger (uncredited)
David Lea .... stunt double: Michael Keaton (uncredited)
Eddie Matthews .... stunts (uncredited)
Sean McCabe .... stunt double: Michael Keaton (uncredited)
Christian Wolf-La'Moy .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Bremner .... gaffer: second unit
Mike Brewster .... camera operator: second unit
John Campbell .... camera operator
Murray Close .... still photographer
Adam Cooper .... clapper loader: second unit
Chuck Finch .... gaffer
Bob Freeman .... key grip: second unit
Simon Fulford .... focus puller
Maurice Gillett .... rigging gaffer
Stuart Godfrey .... key grip
Peter Hodgson .... video operator: second unit
Ian Kelly .... video supervisor
Brad Larner .... clapper loader (as Bradley Larner)
Peter MacDonald .... camera operator: second unit (as Peter Macdonald)
Graham Martyr .... clapper loader
Billy Merrell .... best boy (as Bill Merrell)
Nick Pearson .... key grip (as Nicholas Pearson)
Greg Press .... stand-by rigger: second unit
Mike Proudfoot .... camera operator
Nick Schlesinger .... focus puller (as Nicolas Schlesinger)
Bill Thornhill .... best boy: second unit
Chris Warren .... video operator: second unit
Ali Asad .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Dennis Branch .... best boy (uncredited)
Mark Evans .... electrician (uncredited)
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Patricia Gregory .... grip (uncredited)
Eldon Hansen .... rigger (uncredited)
Nigel Seal .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jimmy Worley .... electrician (uncredited)
Andy Young .... grip (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Martin Gaskell .... models and animation (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sally Osoba .... casting assistant (as Sally Wignall)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Len Alexander .... wardrobe assistant
Graham Churchyard .... assistant costume designer
Annie Crawford .... wardrobe supervisor
Yvonne Hellin .... wardrobe assistant: second unit
Linda Henrikson .... costumes: Ms. Basinger
Joe Hobbs .... wardrobe assistant: second unit
Tommy Nutter .... tailor: Mr. Nicholson's clothes
Dylan Stone .... wardrobe runner
William Todd-Jones .... wardrobe assistant
David Whiteing .... wardrobe assistant
Peter Edmonds .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Jaime Estrada Torres .... second assistant editor
Simon Harris .... first assistant editor
Laura Lovejoy .... second assistant editor
Ben Palmer .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator
Robin Clarke .... music editor
Michael Dilbeck .... music supervisor
Graham Farrow .... assistant music editor
Eric Tomlinson .... music scoring mixer
Shirley Walker .... conductor
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Neil S. Bulk .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
M.V. Gerhard .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Dan Goldwasser .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Steven Scott Smalley .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Roy Clarke .... production driver
Brian Hathaway .... production driver
Steve Hill .... production driver
Tommy Lee .... production driver
Peter Lewsey .... production driver
Colin Morris .... production driver
John Sargeant .... action vehicles
Billy Turner .... production driver
Billy Willmott .... production driver
 
Other crew
Margaret Adams .... production coordinator
David Allan .... physiotherapist
Gordon Arnell .... publicist
Rosie Bedford-Stradling .... unit nurse (as Rosie Bedford Stradling)
Linda Bowen .... assistant accountant
Judy Britten .... publicity assistant
Chris Brock .... location manager
Max Brown .... production runner
Jo Burn .... assistant: Mr. Kenny
Maggie Choyce .... assistant script supervisor
Diane Christian .... assistant accountant
Mathew Claridge .... production runner
Amanda Coroon .... accounting assistant
Val Demeter .... assistant: Mr. Burton
Hilary Fagg .... script supervisor: second unit
Val Farmer .... assistant production accountant
Tricia Fisher .... publicity assistant
Gerald Fitzsimon .... assistant production accountant (as Gerard Fitzsimon)
Mary Holdsworth .... script supervisor: second unit
Bob Kane .... project consultant
Reza Karim .... prosthetic technician
Katie Ladyko .... assistant: Mr. Keaton
Cheryl Leigh .... script supervisor
Annie Marshall .... assistant: Mr. Nicholson
Carl Newman .... movement double
Terry Shane .... floor runner
Mike Smith .... supervising production accountant
Charles Staffell .... projectionist: rear projection
Stefan Stankowski .... follow focus: second unit
Robin Demetriou .... catering supervisor (uncredited)
Richard Morrison .... title designer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
126 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints) | DTS (DVD version) | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Finland:K-14 | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Iceland:10 (original rating) | Iceland:12 (video rating) | Ireland:15 | Israel:PG | Italy:T | Malaysia:U | Mexico:A | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | South Africa:PG (DVD rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:12 (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1990) | USA:PG-13 | USA:TV-14 | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
A scene was cut from the parade sequence (but made it in the comic book version of the script) where the crowd discovered that all the money that the Joker was handing out was counterfeit. In a follow-up to the Joker's earlier line that he wanted "My face on the one-dollar bill," all the dollar bills that were thrown to the crowd had the Joker's picture in place of George Washington's.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: On the ledge atop the Cathedral, Joker dances around, causing the "stone" parapet to wobble.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
Electric ChairSee more »

FAQ

Why did Bruce Wayne choose to immortalize himself as a giant bat?
Why does Batman's insignia on his chest look different?
What process occurred between Bruce witnessing his parents' murder and the events of this movie?
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44 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Good attempt to translate the comics to the big screen, 28 January 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

In a Gotham City overrun by crime a new menace exists. In the shadows and rooftops a giant bat is terrorising the criminals who live in the night. Elsewhere crime boss Grissom's right hand man Jack Napier is trapped in a chemical factory by police. With Batman's intervention Napier is accidentally dropped into a vat of chemical. Considered dead he later turns up, scarred and twisted with a new sense of humour. Calling himself the Joker he takes over the city's gangs and begins to terrorise the city. Millionaire Bruce Wayne begins relationship with reporter Vicky Vale and finds himself personally drawn into conflict with the Joker as both himself and his alter-ego.

This was very much a huge blockbuster and had a great deal riding on it in terms of merchandising and a possible franchise. As such Burton always seemed like a risk - although his dark toned work and complex characters probably made him a great choice. The film starts promisingly, many questions are asked - is Wayne totally balanced? What drives him to become the bat? etc - and the tone of the movie is darker than a friendly blockbuster. This is continued by the investigation by reporters Vale and Knox, but starts to wane (pardon the pun) with the development of Vale as a love interest and the hamming of The Joker. At some point the film loses the character complexities and decides to become a straight up good v's evil with plenty of effects and gadgets. That said it's still very dark and the set pieces are well handled. In fact it's the best of the Batman franchise so far.

The problem is that it lacks a bite for Batman fans. I've always felt that Batman was always a few steps away from the criminals he's chasing, surely he can't be totally balanced and right in the head? Here these questions are half touched but never developed.

Keaton is an unlikely Batman, but is the best so far. He deals well with Wayne's past when it is brought up, but is an unlikely action hero. Nicholson is pure ham, but is good for it. He hogs all the best lines and is clearly enjoying himself - the only downside being that he regularly eclipses Keaton's Batman. Basinger's Vale is built up far too much and should have been cut out of the story rather than become a key part of it. The rest of the cast are good and I always like to see Tracey Walters in a big screen film!

Overall this is a good stab at the Batman legend. It's dark tone gives it the feel of the comics without the characterisation, but at the end of the day it comes down to good guy v's bad guy.

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