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Batman (1989)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure | 23 June 1989 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Batman / Bruce Wayne
... Joker / Jack Napier
... Vicki Vale
... Alexander Knox
... Commissioner James Gordon
... Harvey Dent
... Alfred Pennyworth
... Carl Grissom
... Alicia Hunt
... Bob the Goon
Lee Wallace ... The Mayor
... Lt. Eckhardt
... Goon
Carl Chase ... Goon
... Goon (as Mac Macdonald)
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Storyline

Gotham City. Crime boss Carl Grissom (Jack Palance) effectively runs the town but there's a new crime fighter in town - Batman (Michael Keaton). Grissom's right-hand man is Jack Napier (Jack Nicholson), a brutal man who is not entirely sane... After falling out between the two Grissom has Napier set up with the Police and Napier falls to his apparent death in a vat of chemicals. However, he soon reappears as The Joker and starts a reign of terror in Gotham City. Meanwhile, reporter Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) is in the city to do an article on Batman. She soon starts a relationship with Batman's everyday persona, billionaire Bruce Wayne. Written by grantss

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Only one will claim the night.

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Action | Adventure

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Release Date:

23 June 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,489,746, 25 June 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$251,188,924

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$411,348,924
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)| (DVD version)| (Dolby 5.1)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jack Nicholson admitted in an interview that he was an enormous comic book fan in the era where Batman first appeared, and that The Joker was his favorite character from the comics. See more »

Goofs

On the rooftop of the Gotham City Cathedral, one of the Joker's henchmen knocks Batman down the stairwell. There is an overhead shot, and even though a bell's yoke is there, no bell is present, supposedly because the Joker made the bell fall all the way down to the bottom a few minutes earlier. A few seconds later, the bell is there, and the henchman and Batman ram each other into it. 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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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear as the camera goes through/around a giant Batman symbol. See more »

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Soundtracks

There'll Be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight
Written by Joe Hayden, Theo. A. Metz (as Theodore A. Metz)
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This is Batman
12 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

I remember going to see this as a kid when it came to our local theater. It was a rainy overcast day which made it perfect to see this movie. We had picked up t shirts that had Batman on them. This has been my favorite movie for over 27 years and continues to exemplify Batman. The action and dialogue are amazing. The film noir look is amazing and despite Batman's limited motion during fights it is still amazing. Jack Nicholson is an amazing Joker. He is the definitive live action Joker. It was unusual to modify the origin so that a pre-joker killed Bruce's parents but it still works. Their have been many other Batman movies but nothing compares to this one.


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