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Beetle Juice

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1988
  • Tim Burton
  • 88 mins
  • 15

Summary

Horror comedy starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin. After Barbara and Adam Maitland are killed in a car crash, they find themselves trapped as ghosts in their beautiful home. When their peace is shattered by the arrival of a disagreeable yuppie family, the Maitlands enlist the help of a spiritual "bio-exorcist" known as "Beetle Juice".

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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BetelgeuseMichael Keaton
Barbara MaitlandGeena Davis
Adam MaitlandAlec Baldwin
Delia DeetzCatherine O'Hara
Lydia DeetzWinona Ryder
Charles DeetzJeffrey Jones
Maxie DeanRobert Goulet
JunoSylvia Sidney
OthoGlenn Shadix
BernardDick Cavett
Jane ButterfieldAnnie McEnroe
ReceptionistPatrice Martinez
JanitorSimmy Bow
ErnieMaurice Page
Old BillHugo Stanger
Little JaneRachel Mittelman
GraceSusan Kellermann
BerylAdelle Lutz
Sarah DeanMarie Cheatham
PreacherTony Cox

Crew

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DirectorTim Burton

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2018-10-26
Guidance
Edited for language.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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