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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

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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:

$8,030,897, 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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally Michael Keaton refused the role because he "just didn't get it." Eventually however he came around after meeting Tim Burton and seeing "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure." See more »

Goofs

When Adam and Barbara are looking into the mirror Adam waves his left hand but when the camera cuts behind them he's waving his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Adam: You've read our book?
Lydia: Yeah.
Adam: You can follow it?
Lydia: Yeah. Why were you guys creeping around in Delia's bedroom?
Adam: We were trying to scare your mother.
Lydia: Stepmother. Anyway, you can't scare her. She's sleeping with Prince Valium tonight.
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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

In 1999, the film was re-released on VHS in the US with clamshell packaging. There are a few cuts to profanity in this release to make the film more family friendly: 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 fucking 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. No other home video releases feature these cuts. See more »

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Referenced in Mortal Kombat 11 (2019) See more »

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Man Smart, Woman Smarter
Written by Norman Span
Performed by Harry Belafonte
Courtesy of RCA Records
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User Reviews

 
Bizarre, Crazy Fun
30 June 2015 | by schroeder-gustavoSee all my reviews

Only Tim Burton could have created something as dark, bizarre, creepy and hilarious all at the same time. This is the case with Beetlejuice, just a funny, very well made movie that never gets old.

One thing I really like about this movie is the awesome use of practical effects and makeup. The people in charge of this really did a great job that I believe should always be appreciated in a film. Also, Michael Keaton in this movie: beyond hilarious. I'm giving the movie an 8/10 because it doesn't always make sense and I know it's not supposed to but there are a few things in the movie that just don't really add up. But that doesn't take away the fact that this is a very fun movie that I often like to watch.

Beetlejuice is is just a fun crazy time.


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