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Beetlejuice (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Fantasy | 30 March 1988 (USA)
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The spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit to drive them out.

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Tim Burton

Writers:

Michael McDowell (story), Larry Wilson (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Baldwin ... Adam
Geena Davis ... Barbara
Annie McEnroe ... Jane Butterfield
Maurice Page Maurice Page ... Ernie
Hugo Stanger Hugo Stanger ... Old Bill
Michael Keaton ... Betelgeuse
Rachel Mittelman Rachel Mittelman ... Little Jane
Catherine O'Hara ... Delia
J. Jay Saunders ... Moving Man #1
Mark Ettlinger Mark Ettlinger ... Moving Man #2
Jeffrey Jones ... Charles
Winona Ryder ... Lydia
Glenn Shadix ... Otho
Patrice Martinez ... Receptionist
Cindy Daly Cindy Daly ... 3-Fingered Typist (as Cynthia Daly)
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Storyline

Adam and Barbara are a normal couple...who happen to be dead. They have given their precious time to decorate their house and make it their own, but unfortunately a family is moving in, and not quietly. Adam and Barbara try to scare them out, but end up becoming the main attraction to the money making family. They call upon Beetlejuice to help, but Beetlejuice has more in mind than just helping. Written by ahmetkozan

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Say it once... Say it twice... But we dare you to say it THREE TIMES See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Maitlands See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,030,897, 3 April 1988

Gross USA:

$74,220,408

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,270,074
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Geffen Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo | Dolby Surround 7.1 (Blu-ray release)| Dolby Digital (DVD version)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Beetlejuice is headed to Broadway March 2019 after pre-Broadway at the National Theater in Washington, D.C. starting mid-October 2018. See more »

Goofs

Otho's shoes when he is spray-painting the walls in the house change from fire-engine red elf-looking shoes to white trainers as he walks through the bathroom and then they change back to the red elf shoes as he enters the next room. See more »

Quotes

Otho: [while Lydia shows them the attic] Fabulous. 'Otho Fenlock's Locked Door Ghosts' Probably committed suicide up there. I'm totally enchanted.
Delia: They're in there? They must live like animals.
Charles: It's locked. How'd they get in?
Delia: [bangs on the door] Open this door, you dead people, or we'll bust it down and we'll drag you out by the ropes you hang yourselves with!
Lydia: Shh! They didn't commit suicide.
Delia: It doesn't matter. Lydia, I have a chance to teach you something here: you have got to take the upper hand in ...
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Crazy Credits

When the Geffen Company logo appears, it is accompanied by a ghoulish version of the Banana Boat song (sung by the film's composer Danny Elfman). See more »

Alternate Versions

A workprint of the film surfaced with some added/alternate scenes. This version of the film runs around 2 minutes shorter than the theater release, has a few extra scenes and is missing some others, is in black and white, and has a time-code on the bottom. This version has 4 major differences: Alternate scene: The scene were Adam attempts to leave the house after him and his wife die is different. Instead of a desert he sees empty darkness filled with rolling cogs. Extra Scenes: There is an added scene were Lydia is developing the pictures she took of Adam and Barbra. Then after her mother yells at her and blames her for cutting holes in her sheets Lydia runs upstairs and tries to convince her dad the pictures are real. There is more to the scene where the adults search the attic for the ghosts were we see the desert monster trying to eat Adam and Barbra as they hang from the attic window. Finally there is an extra 2 minute scene at the end were we see Lydia riding her bike home from school and her parents talking to Jane on the phone telling her they do not want to sell the house. Lydia's dancing scene is shorter in this version, and there is no scene with Beetlejuice in the waiting room. The film ends with a final exterior shot of the house. See more »

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Man Smart, Woman Smarter
Written by Norman Span
Performed by Harry Belafonte
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User Reviews

Burton's true masterpiece, and one of the ten best 80s movies.
7 December 2001 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Watching this one more time on TV yesterday reminded me of the first time I saw it all those years ago at the movies when Tim Burton was just the guy who had directed that funny Pee-wee Herman movie. Walking into 'Beetlejuice' then, without knowing anything about it, was an amazing experience. Along with 'Blade Runner', 'Blue Velvet', 'Videodrome', 'Brazil', 'Paris, Texas', 'The Terminator' and 'Repo Man' it was one of the most astonishing and memorable movies of the 1980s, an era dominated by Hollywood dreck like 'Flashdance', 'Top Gun', and 'Footloose'. The whole Bruckheimer/Simpson/Spielberg/Hughes zeitgeist that dumbed down popular movies as never before. Movies like 'Beetlejuice' were a glimmer of hope in a truly awful period.

The big question is - how does it stand up today? The answer is better than ever! In fact I would argue that 'Beetlejuice' is Tim Burton's most successful and least compromised film. Everything about it is perfect. A great cast lead by the very appealing and likable Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as the newly dead Maitlands, a star turn by Michael Keaton as the gonzo "bio-exorcist" title character, and strong support from Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O'Hara, and especially Winona Ryder (a performance that really put her on the map), as the new occupants of the Maitlands house. 'Beetlejuice' juggles gruesome, trippy and genuinely witty sequences, and ends up becoming one of the freshest and surreal movies to find a mainstream audience since the heyday of 60s/70s "head" movies. Forget Burton's more recent hit and miss big budget efforts, and try this for the real deal, Luis Bunuel meets Tex Avery meets George Romero, and then some! 'Beetlejuice' is a blast!


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