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Beetlejuice (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Fantasy | 30 March 1988 (USA)
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The spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit to drive them out.

Director:

Tim Burton

Writers:

Michael McDowell (story), Larry Wilson (story) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Baldwin ... Adam
Geena Davis ... Barbara
Annie McEnroe ... Jane Butterfield
Maurice Page Maurice Page ... Ernie
Hugo Stanger Hugo Stanger ... Old Bill
Michael Keaton ... Betelgeuse
Rachel Mittelman Rachel Mittelman ... Little Jane
Catherine O'Hara ... Delia
J. Jay Saunders ... Moving Man #1
Mark Ettlinger Mark Ettlinger ... Moving Man #2
Jeffrey Jones ... Charles
Winona Ryder ... Lydia
Glenn Shadix ... Otho
Patrice Martinez ... Receptionist
Cindy Daly Cindy Daly ... 3-Fingered Typist (as Cynthia Daly)
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Storyline

Adam and Barbara are a normal couple...who happen to be dead. They have given their precious time to decorate their house and make it their own, but unfortunately a family is moving in, and not quietly. Adam and Barbara try to scare them out, but end up becoming the main attraction to the money making family. They call upon Beetlejuice to help, but Beetlejuice has more in mind than just helping. Written by ahmetkozan

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Taglines:

In This House... If You've Seen One Ghost... You Haven't Seen Them All. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Originally, Lionel Newman was hired to conduct the score. However, during the first day of recording, he kept making changes to Elfman's written score, and the result was Newman being replaced as conductor by William Ross. Elfman harbored no ill will about it. See more »

Goofs

All the people in the waiting room and in the office are in the same condition as when they died and the way they died is shown clearly. However, the Maitlands, who were drowned, are not wet. This was an artistic decision so that the actors would not have to constantly wear wet clothing. See more »

Quotes

Adam: What are your qualifications?
Beetlejuice: Ah. Well... I attended Juilliard... I'm a graduate of the Harvard business school. I travel quite extensively. I lived through the Black Plague and had a pretty good time during that. I've seen the EXORCIST ABOUT A HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN TIMES, AND IT KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE IT... NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT YOU'RE TALKING TO A DEAD GUY... NOW WHAT DO YOU THINK? You think I'm qualified?
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Crazy Credits

When the Geffen logo appears right after the end credits, it's a darker gray color See more »

Alternate Versions

When Disney bought the rights to Beetlejuice to air on the Disney Channel, they cut out several scenes including: The scene of a second Sandworm head emerging from the mouth of another one. In the original version, when Adam and Barbara leave the model, Beetlejuice kicks over a model tree, screams "Nice fucking model!" and then makes honking sounds while he grabs his crotch. In the Disney version, an alternate take is used where he kicks over the tree, spits, and stares up at Adam and Barbara. Several shots of Beetlejuice attacking the Deitz family as a snake were removed. The scene where the receptionist in the afterlife waiting room reveals she killed herself was removed. A scene during the dance number where the Deitz's all moon each other was also removed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Face Off: Going for Gold (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Man Smart, Woman Smarter
Written by Norman Span
Performed by Harry Belafonte
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Keaton the ghost with the most.
10 April 2020 | by MeMyselfAndTheBeardSee all my reviews

Considering he's not in the film that much and the film is named after his character he steals the whole show when he appears front and centre. He is so good you're amazed by him I wouldn't be surprised if Jim Carrey didnt use Michael Keaton's performance as Beetlejuice as a template for his fantastical cartoon character Stanley Ipkiss in the The Mask. Love the B Movie special fx and the Shake Senora dance scene. Little peave though was Betelgeuse/Beetlejuice dilemma. Wish they explained it a bit better thought I was having a dyslexic turn kept checking after all these years in was reading the name of the film wrong, kept stopping the film to check the title. The only downfall. All in all funny and out there film. I'd just watch it for Keaton's performance.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Maitlands See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,030,897, 3 April 1988

Gross USA:

$74,220,408

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,270,074
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Geffen Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo | Dolby Surround 7.1 (Blu-ray release)| Dolby Digital (DVD version)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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