Beetlejuice

Beetle Juice

Tim Burton (1988)

88min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This refreshingly flaky fantasy from director Tim Burton is a landmark supernatural comedy that ingeniously showcases monstrously zany special effects, demonic one-liners and offbeat performances. Michael Keaton (who would reunite with Burton the following year for Batman) is amazing as an irritatingly unstable freelance exorcist. He's called in to help recently deceased Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin rid their new home of human pests, led by Catherine O'Hara's fantastically pretentious artist whose ugly creations come to life in a particularly memorable scene. Winona Ryder also impresses in an early role as the goth stepdaughter with an affinity for the dead. Burton's marvellously imaginative view of the afterlife as a ghoulish extension of mundane earthbound problems is a visionary masterstroke crammed with wit and invention.

Summary

Recently deceased couple Adam and Barbara Maitland enlist the professional services of a hard-boiled veteran ghost to scare away the obnoxious yuppie family who have moved into their former home. Tim Burton's supernatural comedy, starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O'Hara.

Cast & Crew

Betelgeuse Michael Keaton
Barbara Maitland Geena Davis
Adam Maitland Alec Baldwin
Delia Deetz Catherine O'Hara
Lydia Deetz Winona Ryder
Charles Deetz Jeffrey Jones
Maxie Dean Robert Goulet
Juno Sylvia Sidney
Otho Glenn Shadix
Bernard Dick Cavett
Jane Butterfield Annie McEnroe
Receptionist Patrice Martinez
Janitor Simmy Bow
Ernie Maurice Page
Old Bill Hugo Stanger
Little Jane Rachel Mittelman
Grace Susan Kellermann
Beryl Adelle Lutz
Sarah Dean Marie Cheatham
Preacher Tony Cox
Director Tim Burton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Edited for language. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Oct 2018
Comedy Drama