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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.


Tim Burton


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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Only one will claim the night.


Action | Adventure


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Release Date:

23 June 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Betmen See more »


Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

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


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Michael Keaton hated the Batsuit, because he suffered from claustrophobia. Tim Burton and Keaton decided that it would enhance his performance, so they stuck with it. See more »


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[first lines]
Passenger: Excuse me.
Tourist Dad: I'm sorry, this is my cab.
Passenger: Sorry.
Tourist Dad: Listen, I was here first!
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Keaton, Nicholson, Burton
15 February 2010 | by Deniz Ziya TorosluSee all my reviews

Burton opens Batman with a scene which recalls The original animation series (also the scene Batman stands on a high-rise building), so you almost get that you won't be disappointed, because it is a signal that the director is 'conscious'. On the rooftop, two muggers and The Dark Knight. The atmosphere? Misty, dreadful, unsafe and mysterious places that thrill you, the mobsters seesaw between being colorful and being dark etc. However, this is not a shallow or childish adaptation. Yes, may be to compare Burton's Batman movies with Nolan's Batman movies are wrong, but I want to say a few things. Nolan's Batman movies were fundamental reconstructions, but they were very conventional on all counts. Tim Burton's Batman movies are not, those movies are peculiar. By the way, I am one of the people who say that the best Batman was Michael Keaton. Nolan is interested in ideas, Burton is interested in details. If you have seen The Dark Knight, remember Two-Face's screen time for example or Joker character was not highlighted. Tim Burton's characters are interpreted in great detail, with their actions, accessories (my favorite is the dentures), costumes (the best Batman costume is here), personalities etc. Plus the story telling (as said for example, the tone of the movie is very similar with the animation series or comic book) Jack Nicholson deserves all the titles as Joker. A superhuman performance. I would not just say that Jack Nicholson is pretty good as Joker. The scenes he appears are riot of colors, I love this. By the way, Tim Burton shows us the personality of Joker by only one scene, the goodbye talking when he visits Vicki Vale in her house. By the way, in the final, we hear a mysterious and sad sound and the commissioner's face when he finds out. That scene effected me when I watched it for the first time, I was almost a child. After Nicholson, to play Joker would be unthinkable, but Heath Ledger did it that happens once in a blue moon. Watching this new Joker was very amusing, interesting and Heath Ledger's acting was like Daniel Day Lewis style, excellent, but my favorite Joker is always Jack Nicholson. By the way, I don't want to compare Nicholson with Ledger, but want to say that Burton's Joker is much more active than Nolan's Joker. Burton's Joker does many crazy and very interesting things. He kills a mafia boss in a funny and also very sad way, he reshapes hundreds of photos, paints the restaurant (this scene deserves being put in the cinema anthology) Jack Nicholson's Joker is teaser, acute minded, so he leads Batman on a merry chase. Thus, Batman Joker encounter does not become disappointing. You care about what will happen, because you want Joker to be caught, on the other side, may be because of your sympathy for Nicholson or for his Joker character (he has an accident, he losses his magnetism, so you cannot dislike him exactly), you don't want him to be caught or dead. While I was watching the movie for the first time, years years ago, I pleased every time, when Joker dodges Batman. May be it is because you know that if Joker is caught or killed, the movie ends. Action scenes are may be less and mild, but great, so we get that Burton is good at making action scenes too. I love the restaurant scene, the chase scene comes next and the scenes which Batplane arises are great too.

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