Batman must battle former district attorney Harvey Dent, who is now Two-Face and Edward Nygma, The Riddler with help from an amorous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin.
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
For its first video release, the film was graded slightly lighter, as cinema audiences had complained that it was filmed so dark, that they could hardly see what was going on. See more »
In the chemical plant when they cut open the safe with a blowtorch, when the safe door is opened there is no bolt on the side of the door locking it shut. Therefore the safe is an obvious prop and could have been opened by just pulling on it. See more »
I'm sorry, this is my cab.
Listen, I was here first!
[as the cab drives away]
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 »
In order to put the 126m. movie in 120m. video cassette, South Korean video distributor cut two scenes when the movie was first released on VHS. The first one is a whole sequence where The Joker kills a mob with a quill pen in front of the city hall. The second is the arrival of Batman on the rooftop of the cathedral and a few fight scenes with the goons. After the police sweeps the cathedral with searchlights, the scene abruptly cut to the scene where a goon with rope(the third goon that attacks Batman) desperately seeks Batman. Also, the initial South Korean DVD release has only widescreen version of the movie, so it featured a strange cut where Vicki pretends to tempt The Joker. This scene has been fixed on the special edition DVD. See more »
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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