Beetlejuice (DVD)

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Before making Batman, director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton teamed up for this popular black comedy about a young couple (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) whose premature death leads them to a series of wildly bizarre afterlife exploits. As ghosts in their own New England home, they're faced with the challenge of scaring off the pretentious new owners (Catherine O'Hara and Jeffrey Jones), whose daughter (Winona Ryder) has an affinity for all things morbid. Keaton plays the mischievous Beetlejuice, a freelance "bio-exorcist" who's got an evil agenda behind his plot to help the young undead newlyweds. The film is a perfect vehicle for Burton's visual style and twisted imagination, with clever ideas and gags packed into every scene. Beetlejuice is also a showcase for Keaton, who tackles his title role with maniacal relish and a dark edge of menace.

Product Details

Barcode
7321917117852
Department
Movies & TV
Released
1 Jan 1990
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Comedy
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Aspect Ratio
4:3 - 1.33:1
Studio
Warner Bros. Pictures
Runtime
88 min
Age Restriction
15
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
Beetlejuice
Release Year
1988
Running Time
92 min
Language
English
Categories
Comedies / Afterlife / Essential Cinema / Family Interaction / Ghosts / Recommended / Theatrical Release
Ratings
IMDb
7.5
Rotten Tomatoes®
84%
Metacritic
70
Synopsis
In the surreal, wonderfully cartoon-like comedy BEETLEJUICE, a childless couple, Barbara and Adam (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin), move to the country only to be killed in a car accident while passing over a quaint covered bridge. Their ghosts return to their beloved Victorian home, and find the HANDBOOK FOR THE RECENTLY DECEASED, which not only lets them know they're dead, but comes in handy when they learn that they can continue to live in their house, even though a new family--from the land of the living--is moving in. The new owners, fresh from the city, are quite a strange group themselves, and include the overpowering hipster mom Delia (Catherine O'Hara), her pompous SoHo interior designer Otho (Glenn Shadix), her meek husband Charles (Jeffrey Jones), and their morose teenage daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder), who befriends the ghostly couple. Though the threesome attempt to scare Delia from ruining the house with redecoration and her unpleasant personality, their attempts fail. As a last resort, they call upon the services of the demented, terrifying, but hilarious "bioexorcist," "Beetlejuice" (Michael Keaton). Director Tim Burton scores big with witty site gags, incredible special effects and sets, and a unique ensemble of characters. BEETLEJUICE is a visually inventive and imaginative comedy taken to a uniquely grotesque and funny level by the manic performance of Michael Keaton in the title role.
Notes
BEETLEJUICE is number 88 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Funniest Movies.

Director Tim Burton cast Michael Keaton in his next film--in the starring role of Batman, a complete departure from the character Beetlejuice.

Burton brought his animator sensibility to the make-up, effects, and sets of BEETLEJUICE, using stop-motion, animation and pixilation effects in some of the scenes.

Dick Cavett, who played fancy New York dinner guest Bernard, is best known as a high-brow talk show host.

Burton repeatedly cast Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones, and Catherine O'Hara in several of his other films.

BEETLEJUICE won an Academy Award for Best Makeup.
Poster
Poster for Beetlejuice
Cast & Crew
Director
Tim Burton
Star
Alec Baldwin / Simmy Bow / Dick Cavett / Maree Cheatham / Tony Cox / Duane Davis / Geena Davis / Mark Ettlinger / Robert Goulet / Gary Jochimsen / Jeffrey Jones / Michael Keaton / Susan Kellerman / Adele Lutz / Annie McEnroe / Rachel Mittelman / Catherine O'Hara / Maurice Page / Bob Pettersen / Winona Ryder / J.J. Saunders / Glenn Shadix / Sylvia Sidney / Hugo Stanger / Douglas Turner
Screenwriter
Warren Skaaren
Composer
Danny Elfman
Producer
Michael Bender / Richard Hashimoto
Director of Photography
Thomas Ackerman
Editor
Jane Kurson
Production Designer
Bo Welch
Costume Designer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers
Story
Michael McDowell / Larry Wilson
Movie Critics
Empire
4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]hat counts here is the outlandish special effects, the genius set-pieces and the now typically Burton view of the afterlife as an extension of the everyday."
William Thomas (1 Dec 2008, p.200)
Film Comment
"...[A] mind-boggling, sporran-whirring fantasy-reality teaser..."
Harlan Kennedy (1 Nov 1988, p.6-10)
Los Angeles Times
"...An uproarious ghost comedy....The film is a dazzling display of director Tim Burton's unique pop culture sensibility..."
Kevin Thomas (30 Mar 1988, p.C1)
USA Today
"This movie does for Harry Belafonte's 'Banana Boat Song' (aka Day-O) what ADVENTURE did for 'Tequila'."
Mike Clark (23 Apr 2004, p.4E)
Variety
"...BEETLEJUICE springs to life....A hoot..."
Brit. (30 Mar 1988, )
Wall Street Journal
"Tim Burton's second feature has Michael Keaton doing a sensational star turn in the title role of a self-styled bio-exorcist. After two decades the film remains one of the funniest ghost stories ever made."
(1 May 2009, )

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Makeup
Winner: 1988
Best Makeup
Winner: 1988 - Robert Short