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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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He's guaranteed to put some life, in your afterlife 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the first waiting room scene, several methods of death are shown: A camper who was bitten by a rattlesnake, a diner who choked on what looks like a chicken bone, a surfer who was attacked by a shark, a girl (evidently a magician's assistant) who was sawed in half at the torso, the shrunken-head man, and a smoker who is a burn victim. See more »

Goofs

In the dinner scene, Lydia can be seen to push her chair back to leave; she doesn't just disappear when everyone starts singing. Lydia doesn't leave the room. She slips out of her chair and the pulls it away with her to the corner of the dining room where she enjoys the Calypso fun. See more »

Quotes

Barbara: What about that guy in the flyer, you know Betel...
Juno: Shhh! Don't even say his name! You don't want his help!
Adam: We might.
Juno: No, you don't! He does not work well with others.
Barbara: What do you mean?
Juno: I didn't want to bring it up, but rather than have you stumble on to it and make another mistake, I'll tell you. He was my assistant, but he was a troublemaker. Went out on his own as a freelance bio-exorcist. Claimed he could get rid of the living. Got into more trouble. In fact, I believe he's been sleazing ...
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Crazy Credits

When the Geffen logo appears right after the end credits, it's a darker gray color See more »

Alternate Versions

When Disney bought the rights to Beetlejuice to air on the Disney Channel, they cut out several scenes including: The scene of a second Sandworm head emerging from the mouth of another one. In the original version, when Adam and Barbara leave the model, Beetlejuice kicks over a model tree, screams "Nice fucking model!" and then makes honking sounds while he grabs his crotch. In the Disney version, an alternate take is used where he kicks over the tree, spits, and stares up at Adam and Barbara. Several shots of Beetlejuice attacking the Deitz family as a snake were removed. The scene where the receptionist in the afterlife waiting room reveals she killed herself was removed. A scene during the dance number where the Deitz's all moon each other was also removed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Big Sick (2017) See more »

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Marcha funebre, Sonata Piano No. 2
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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Has a crazy rhythm all its own
28 September 2002 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

It may take two or three viewings to warm up to "Beetlejuice". It has a kooky, cockeyed sensibility and a rhythm that is by turns easy, lazy and frenetic. A charming couple in New England die and come back to their beloved home as ghosts, determined to rid the place of the horrendous new tenants. Possibly the most benign and engaging performance ever by Alec Baldwin; Geena Davis, Winona Ryder and Sylvia Sidney are also very appealing. The new couple from New York who take over the house (Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O'Hara) aren't as well written or thought-out as the other characters and some of their bemused, dry-ice comic lines take a few seconds to reach you. Of course, there's Michael Keaton, wildly comic as Betelgeuse. I recall hearing comments back in 1988 that Keaton wasn't around enough to make the picture worthwhile, but that's only if you watch the film for the fast quips and sight-gags. Keaton is truly wonderful, but he's also bombastic, and I felt there was just enough of him to satisfy--it's really not his story anyway, it belongs to Baldwin and Davis; Betelgeuse is used as a horny, vulgar punchline. Director Tim Burton is very careful not to overload the movie with raunch; he is surprisingly careful in setting up this story, and he works magic within a dubious scenario: a comic fantasy about dead folks which ultimately celebrates life. ***1/2 from ****


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