Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice

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Director: Tim Burton

Cast: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton

     
 

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Thanks to the carelessness of a cute little dog, newlyweds Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are killed in a freak auto accident. Upon arriving in the outer offices of Heaven, the couple finds that, thanks to a century's worth of bureaucratic red tape, they're on a long celestial waiting list. Before they can earn their wings, Davis and Baldwin must occupy their old house

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Thanks to the carelessness of a cute little dog, newlyweds Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are killed in a freak auto accident. Upon arriving in the outer offices of Heaven, the couple finds that, thanks to a century's worth of bureaucratic red tape, they're on a long celestial waiting list. Before they can earn their wings, Davis and Baldwin must occupy their old house as ghosts for the next fifty years. Alas, the house is now owned by insufferable yuppies Catherine O'Hara and Jeffrey Jones. Horrified at the prospect of sharing space with these obnoxious interlopers, Davis and Baldwin do their best to scare O'Hara and Jones away, but their house-haunting skills are pathetic at best. In desperation, the ghostly couple engage the services of a veteran scaremeister: a yellow-haired, snaggle-toothed, profane, flatulent "gonzo" spirit named Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton). The problem: Beetlejuice cannot be trusted-especially when he falls in love with O'Hara and Jones' gloomy, black-clad teenaged daughter Winona Ryder. Beetlejuice producer David Geffen, director Tim Burton, and composer Danny Elfman were also involved in an animated TV-series spin-off.

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Tim Burton caught audiences' attention with Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985), but Beetlejuice established him as film's prominent imaginer of skewed fairytale worlds. Even after several subsequent collaborations with composer Danny Elfman and a couple of this film's stars (Winona Ryder, Michael Keaton), Beetlejuice still exists as the prototypical Burton film, if not actually his best. A veritable wellspring of imagination, the film removes ghosts from the horror realm and puts them in the slapstick world of Keaton's wisecracking title character, a con artist who specializes in expunging the living from the homes of the dead. Keaton's performance is spotty and over-the-top, but Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis are nicely understated as the mild-mannered spirits doomed to haunt their bucolic mansion (an architectural creation that's trademark Burton), even though they're more interested in peace and privacy than acting ghoulish. The film also features such hammy icons as Dick Cavett and Robert Goulet, giving a good preview of Burton's knack for oddball casting. The effects are first-rate for their time, and include such wonderful oddities as a snake creature that slithers through the dunes of an afterworld purgatory, and a dead waiting room occupant with a head shrunk to the size of a prune. The film is notable for providing Ryder her breakout role, and it represents one of the only times Jeffrey Jones hasn't played a weaselly villain.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/1999
UPC:
0085391741336
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alec Baldwin Adam Maitland
Geena Davis Barbara Maitland
Michael Keaton Betelgeuse
Jeffrey Jones Charles Deetz
Catherine O'Hara Delia Deetz
Winona Ryder Lydia Deetz
Glenn Shadix Otho
Sylvia Sidney Juno
Robert Goulet Maxie Dean
Dick Cavett Bernard
Annie McEnroe Jane Butterfield
Simmy Bow Janitor
Marie Cheatham Sarah Dean
Harold Goodman 2nd Old Bill
Hugo L. Stanger Old Bill
Maurice Page Ernie
Rachel Mittelman Little Jane
J. Jay Saunders 1st Moving Man
Mark Ettlinger 2nd Moving Man
Patrice Camhi Receptionist
Cynthia Daly Three-fingered Typist
Douglas Turner Char Man
Carmen Filpi Messenger
Adelle Lutz Beryl
Gary Jochimsen Dumb Football Player
Bob Pettersen 2nd Dumb Football Player
Duane Davis Dub Football Player
Tony Cox Preacher
Jack Angel Preacher

Technical Credits
Tim Burton Director
Thomas E. Ackerman Cinematographer
Fitzroy Alexander Songwriter
William Attaway Songwriter
Raymond Bell Songwriter
Michael Bender Co-producer,Screenwriter
Bill Scott Asst. Director
Chrissy Bocchino Choreography
Thomas A. Duffield Art Director
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Charles Gaspar Special Effects
Chuck Gaspar Special Effects Supervisor
Bob Gordon Songwriter
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
Richard Hashimoto Co-producer
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
Peter Kuran Special Effects
Jane Kurson Editor
Steve LaPorte Makeup
Rafaeal Leon Songwriter
Fred Lerner Stunts
Lord Burgess Songwriter
Catherine Mann Set Decoration/Design
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Michael McDowell Original Story,Screenwriter
Richard McKenzie Set Decoration/Design
Ve Neill Makeup
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
David Ronne Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Short Makeup Special Effects
Warren Skaaren Screenwriter
Norman Span Songwriter
VCE, Inc. Special Effects
John Warnke Set Decoration/Design
Robert W. Welch Production Designer
Larry Wilson Co-producer,Original Story,Screenwriter

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Beetlejuice 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a classic mixture of horror and comedy. It's mostly silly, but it has excellent imagery. Michael Keaton delivers one of his best perfromances. It's one of those movies you want around to watch over and over. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beetlejuice was a really good movie! It was interesting and I thought all the characters were well portrayed by the actors who played them. It's a great movie to watch when you're looking for a laugh and just a great movie period.
loritatarsmith More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulously fun, funky movie...an absolute riot to watch and to own and watch again...and again.
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Beetlejuice is surely one of the funniest movies around. It has many well-done spoofs, crazy creatures, and dazzling music and special effects. Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Winona Ryder are all in their primes, as well as Michael Keaton's lead role as Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice is a classic and is sure to go down in history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ITS THE BEST MOVIE IV,E EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE! I JUST LOVE HORROR COMEDIES!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been watching this movie since i was born. Tim Burton is the undisputed champion of the dark fantasy and with this, he proves he can also master the dark fantasy comedy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Keaton is ghoulishly funny in this wonderful blend of horror and humor. Enjoyable family viewing on a Halloween night. Invite the neighborhood goblins over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been watching Beatlejuice for as long as i can remember. ive seen it so many times its now easy for me to quote lines. this is a great humorous movie that will forever and always be even better the more times i watch it. definately a classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Beetlejuice. I used to watch the cartoon and even though i dont watch that anymore I still enjoy the movie. Micheal Keaton is really funny and a good actor he did well on his part. Winona Rider is always good at whatever she does...she was good as Lidia.
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