- Production Notes
- Theatrical Trailer
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 22, 1997
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: Warner Home Video
Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Double Sided/Single Layer (Full Frame and Letterbox)
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby 2.0 Stereo - French
- Dolby 2.0 Stereo - Spanish
Additional Release Materials:
- Production Notes
- Isolated Music Score
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Michael Keaton &
Rachel Mittelman &
Larry Wilson &
Richard Hashimoto &
Director of Photography:
Academy Awards 1988 -
Variety - 03/30/1988
"...BEETLEJUICE springs to life....A hoot..."
Film Comment - 11/01/1988
"...[A] mind-boggling, sporran-whirring fantasy-reality teaser..."
Los Angeles Times - 03/30/1988
"...An uproarious ghost comedy....The film is a dazzling display of director Tim Burton's unique pop culture sensibility..."
USA Today - 04/23/2004
"This movie does for Harry Belafonte's 'Banana Boat Song' (aka Day-O) what ADVENTURE did for 'Tequila'."
Empire - 12/01/2008
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."
Wall Street Journal - 05/01/2009
"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."
Description by OLDIES.com:
What's a yuppie ghost couple to do when their quaint New England home is overrun by trendy New Yorkers? They hire a freelance "bio-exorcist" to spook the intruders. And everyone gets more than he, she or it bargained for! Director Tim Burton (Batman, Mars Attacks!)
teams with Michael Keaton (Night Shift, Batman)
. The result? "Keaton's Beetlejuice is one of the biggest, baddest wolves a ghost movie has evern unleashed, a polter-gas" (The Village Voice)
. He's a juggernaut of jokes, jolts, and jive who hurls one-liners, spins into grotesque forms, gobbles insects and can't leave ladies (living or dead) alone. Keaton's wild work in this and Clean and Sober
won him 1988's National Society of Film Critics Best Actor Award.
Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder and Sylvia Sidney share starring honors with the movie's wondrous production design, Harry Belafonte soundtrack tunes and Academy Award-winning Best Makeup. So exorcise your right to fun. Say the "B" word three times and have a wonderful Day-O!
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.
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- 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.