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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.

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Tim Burton

Writers:

Michael McDowell (story), Larry Wilson (story) | 2 more credits »
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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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Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

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:

$8,000,000, 3 April 1988

Gross USA:

$73,707,461
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Geffen Company See more »
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Technical Specs

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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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Trivia

Betelgeuse mentions he hates sandworms when reading the newspaper, and again when he first meets the Maitlands. Barbara manages to land a good punch on the sandworm the first time it attacks her. Her ability to handle the creature better than the rest of the cast comes in handy later on in the film. See more »

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While Lydia tries to open the attic door with the key, you see her on the outside letting go of the handle. As Adam picks up the screwdriver to poke the key back out you can still see the handle shaking as if she is trying to turn it. See more »

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Very Dumb Football Player: [the football players have re-entered Juno's office] Coach?
Juno: What?
Very Dumb Football Player: [looking disturbed] I don't think we survived that crash.
Juno: [sarcastically] How did you guess?
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Crazy Credits

When the Geffen Company logo appears, it is accompanied by a ghoulish version of the Banana Boat song (sung by the film's composer Danny Elfman). See more »

Alternate Versions

The version currently available on Warner Home video has been expurgated: when the barber in front of Adam's shop recounts an incident with a customer who had "hair down to his goddamn shoulders" it is altered to "hair down to his damn shoulders" using poor dubbing. Also the instance when Betelgeuse yells out "Nice f---ing model!" and grabs his crotch is cut out. So after he kicks down the tree the next shot shows Adam putting it back up in the model. These cuts have been restored on the R1 20th Anniversary Edition from Warner Bros. See more »

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Spoofs Sudden Impact (1983) See more »

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Artistic Genius
25 September 2015 | by christophershobrisSee all my reviews

Tim Burton certainly has the most unusual way of bringing his films across. Either that is his artistic style or he has to based on the screenplays he chooses to direct. Either way, he does an outstanding job and this film really enhances what talent he possesses. Burton certainly is known for his weird visions of what he puts on screen. Beetlejuice also stands out by the performance by the main stars like Alec Baldwin in a breakout performance that launched his film career, and Geena Davis for her charming feminine characteristic. But the one that stands out the most is Michael Keaton as Betelgeuse. In a masterful portrayal and brilliantly acted despite being underneath all that make-up and costume. This is a true tour-De-force for Keaton with his best performance of his monumental career. The negatives I have for it is the story is not well understood at least for me. And the other performers didn't deliver all that much. Ryder was good, Jeffrey Jones was good in a Ferris Bueller-type role which fits him well. But O'Hara was a little flat, and certainly saw someone else playing that character. Everyone else was eh, OK I guess. But other then that this film is a work of art by a real artistic genius known as Tim Burton. Now to grade. Acting: B+ Visual Effect: A Directing: B Music: B Costume Design: A Make-Up: A- Overall: B+


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