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Tim Burton (1989)

15 Certificate
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Holy tour de force! Only director Tim Burton could take the Caped Crusader into the darkest realms of comic-strip nightmare yet still manage to weave an arresting tale full of doomy Shakespearean irony. From the camera crawling around the Bat symbol under the opening credits to the Hunchback of Notre Dame-inspired finale, this action fantasy captures the spirit of artist Bob Kane's creation, and the result is a sophisticated film noir full of black humour and creepy images. With Michael Keaton's brooding Batman/Bruce Wayne and Jack Nicholson's garish Joker on the knife-edge of good and evil, Burton cleverly places both tragic characters within the same psychological bracket. Shot on 18 sound stages at Britain's Pinewood Studios, the Gotham City set was the largest construction since 1963's Cleopatra, costing $5.5 million and using 60 miles of scaffolding; Oscar-winning designer Anton Furst said he wanted Gotham City to look like a New York that had gone without planning permission for 300 years. Burton went on to direct a sequel three years later that is arguably even better than this smash-hit original.


The masked avenger stalks the streets of Gotham City, waging a nightly war against the criminal element. However, he may have met his match when the city's crime syndicate is taken over by the crazed Joker, who plans to poison the populace with toxic chemicals. Tim Burton's comic-book adventure, starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger.

Cast & Crew

Batman / Bruce Wayne Michael Keaton
Joker / Jack Napier Jack Nicholson
Vicki Vale Kim Basinger
Alexander Knox Robert Wuhl
Commissioner Gordon Pat Hingle
Harvey Dent Billy Dee Williams
Alfred Michael Gough
Carl Grissom Jack Palance
Alicia Jerry Hall
Bob the Goon Tracey Walter
Mayor Lee Wallace
Eckhardt William Hootkins
Goon Richard Strange
Accountant John Sterland
Rotelli Edwin Craig
First crimelord Vincent Wong
Second crimelord Joel Cutrara
Ricorso John Dair
Nic Christopher Fairbank
Eddie George Roth
Anchorwoman Kate Harper
Anchorman Bruce McGuire
TV director Richard Durden
Becky Kit Hollerbach
TV technician Lachelle Carl
Napier hood Del Baker
Reporter Keith Edwards
Doctor Steve Plytas
Patrolman at party Anthony Wellington
Wine steward Amir Korangy
Young Jack Napier Hugo E Blick
Young Bruce Wayne Charles Roskilly
Maître d' Philip O'Brien
Scientist Michael Balfour
Mom Liza Ross
Dad Garrick Hagon
Jimmy Adrian Meyers
Dr Wayne David Baxt
Mrs Wayne Sharon Holm
Other mugger Clyde Gatell
Medic Jon Soresi
Lawyer Sam Douglas
Man in crowd Elliott Stein
Bob the cartoonist Dennis Lill
Another reporter Paul Birchard
Cop Paul Michael
Goon Carl Chase
Goon Mac McDonald
Goon George Lane Cooper
Goon Terence Plummer
Goon Phil Tan
Napier hood Jazzer Jeyes
Napier hood Wayne Michaels
Napier hood Valentino Musetti
Napier hood Rocky Taylor
Reporter Leon Herbert
Director Tim Burton
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Language: English Colour Guidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay


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