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Batman (1989)

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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.

Director:

Tim Burton

Writers:

Bob Kane (Batman characters), Sam Hamm (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Batman / Bruce Wayne
Jack Nicholson ... Joker / Jack Napier
Kim Basinger ... Vicki Vale
Robert Wuhl ... Alexander Knox
Pat Hingle ... Commissioner James Gordon
Billy Dee Williams ... Harvey Dent
Michael Gough ... Alfred Pennyworth
Jack Palance ... Carl Grissom
Jerry Hall ... Alicia Hunt
Tracey Walter ... Bob the Goon
Lee Wallace Lee Wallace ... The Mayor
William Hootkins ... Lt. Eckhardt
Richard Strange ... Goon
Carl Chase Carl Chase ... Goon
Mac McDonald ... 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.

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

23 June 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Betmen See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)| DTS (DVD version)| Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ray Liotta was offered the roles of Harvey Dent, Bruce Wayne (Batman), and Jack Napier (The Joker), but turned them down to film Goodfellas (1990). See more »

Goofs

When the Joker is hanging from the ladder on the helicopter towards the end, some of the white makeup from his face can be seen on his jacket. 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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The opening credits appear as the camera goes through/around a giant Batman symbol. See more »

Connections

Version of Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

There'll Be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight
Written by Joe Hayden, Theo. A. Metz (as Theodore A. Metz)
Performed by Jack Nicholson
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Classic Masterpiece
8 June 2009 | by nino-keskilammiSee all my reviews

I remember when i was a kid and i got this on video and i watched it so many times. But later, video got deleted :(. Well about 7 years i bought it for DVD and it was so huge masterpiece, what i didn't notice. This classical film should be top 250. Characters are so good. Michael Keaton is the best Batman by far. Jack Nicholson has really great lines and hes really good as The Joker. A reason why this movie is such a great is cause of its music sequences. This is what we need, we need music all the time in the movies. Other reason is its really entertaining with epic humors by The Joker. The story is great. Batman notices that Joker is the guy, who killed his parents." Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight" is classic. The end of the film is a full off excellent action and it ends really good with great music.A movie is not hard to make. It just needs to get great director as Tim Burton and great actors.


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