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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.

Genres:

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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only live action Batman film to feature only one supervillain from the comics. See more »

Goofs

When the Joker is looking at the photos taken by Bob, he is given four photos. Bob throws the envelope behind him onto the floor. The Joker puts the photo of Knox on the table to see the photo of Vicki. After he says "Stop the press! Who is that?", he is only holding the one photo. Another photo of Vicki is covering the photo of Knox on the table. Then when Bob talks about Vicki, the Joker is back to holding all four photos. None of the photos given to him are on the table at this point. The Joker puts all photos on the table to cut out the one of Vicki. When Bob walks away to get the phone book, the room is seen from a bird's eye view. None of the photos given to the Joker are on the table, and the envelope thrown onto the floor by Bob does not appear. 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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Soundtracks

Theme From A Summer Place
Written by Max Steiner
Performed by Percy Faith and His Orchestra
Conducted by Percy Faith (uncredited)
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
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Classic Masterpiece
8 June 2009 | by See 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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