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Beetlejuice (1988)

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A recently-deceased husband and wife commission a bizarre demon to drive an obnoxious family out of their home.

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beetle Juice 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

Runtime:

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 »

Goofs

In the dinner scene, Lydia can be seen to push her chair back to leave; she doesn't just disappear when everyone starts singing. Lydia doesn't leave the room. She slips out of her chair and the pulls it away with her to the corner of the dining room where she enjoys the Calypso fun. See more »

Quotes

Preacher: Do you take this woman to be your wedded wife?
Beetlejuice: [Runs off to the side mumbling to himself] Oh geez, I don't know. I mean, it's kind of a big decision isn't it? I mean, I always said if I ever did it, I was gonna do it once and that was it. Oh, well.
[Runs back to the altar and stands next to Lydia]
Beetlejuice: Sure, yeah. Go ahead.
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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

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 "Wow! Nice F---ing model!" and then makes honking sounds while he yanks himself in an obscene way. In the Disney version he kicks over the tree, spits, and stares up at Adam and Barbara. Several scenes 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 removed See more »

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AND IT KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER, EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE IT! (that's not just a quote)
27 September 2000 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

This is one of Tim Burton's best films. His sophomore effort shows the story of a married couple (the Maitlands played with good degree by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who die accidentally off a bridge and wind up the target for a upper-class family (including a young yet well played Winona Ryder) and a weird yet scary ghost (with the most) named Beetleguise (or Beetlejuice in a scene of laughs) played to immense complexity by Michael Keaton. Sure this plot may sound a little anti-climactic being mainly gags and not really a focused story, but so what? In a film where you see sandworms from saturn, shrimps that attach after calypso and a nut who has seen the exorcist 167 time (insert quote here), why bother with a plot. Great fun every time I watch. Reccomendable to anyone.


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