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Beetlejuice [1988] (1 disc)
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Director:Tim Burton
Writer:Michael McDowell
Warren Skaaren
Composer:Danny Elfman
Length:92 minutes
(1 hour 32 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Dark Comedy
IMDB Rating:7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:79%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Dark Comedy
  • Fantasy
  • Action
  • Suspense / Horror
  • Kids
  • Family
  • Stop Motion
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Synopsis: The Maitlands must learn to live with the new tennants in their house: the Deitz family. Easier said than done when you're dead.


Reaction: Quite the original movie. It became a generational phenomenon, even spawning its own Saturday morning cartoon.


Personal Rating: 7/10


Highlights
"This is my art, and it is dangerous!"

Select Cast and Crew
Tim Burton => Director
Michael McDowell => Writer
Warren Skaaren => Writer
Danny Elfman => Composer
Alec Baldwin => Adam Maitland
Annie McEnroe => Jane Butterfield
Carmen Filpi => Messenger
Catherine O'Hara => Delia Deetz
Charles Schneider => The Hanging Man
Dick Cavett => Bernard
Geena Davis => Barbara Maitland
Glenn Shadix => Otho
Jack Angel => Voice of Preacher
Jeffrey Jones => Charles Deetz
Michael Keaton => Beetlejuice
Patrice Martinez => Receptionist
Robert Goulet => Maxie Dean
Susan Kellermann => Grace
Sylvia Sidney => Juno
Tony Cox => Preacher
Winona Ryder => Lydia Deetz

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • A toy line was released in conjunction with the film, featuring action figures of most of Beetlejuice's incarnations, Otho, Adam (whose figure featured him wearing a red baseball cap), and the Shrunken Head Man from the waiting room, whose figure was named "Harry the Haunted Hunter" and came with a detachable head showing what he looked like before death.
  • Betelgeuse's name is said only 15 times. Barbara said it 8 times, Juno said it 2 times, and Lydia said it 5 times.
  • The original plan for the dinner party was to have the guests dance to "a song by The Ink Spots," but Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O'Hara suggested the music be calypso.
  • The title character Beetle Juice is named for a bright red star in the constellation of Orion, Betelgeuse.
  • Juliette Lewis auditioned for the role of Lydia.
  • This is Michael Keaton's favorite film of his own.
  • The only cast member who would initially commit to the project was Geena Davis. Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, and Sylvia Sidney all said no at least once. Producer [?] David Geffen convinced Michael Keaton's manager to convince Michael to meet with director Tim Burton. Once Michael said yes, Tim Burton personally called Sylvia Sidney and begged her to do the movie, and he flew out to meet with Catherine O'Hara to convince her as well.
  • As the Geffen logo rolls during the intro, soundtrack composer Danny Elfman is heard singing "Day-o, he say day-ay-ay-o." This was added during post-production and is heard on the released soundtrack.
  • Tim Burton originally wanted Sammy Davis Jr., a favorite star of his since childhood, to play the role of Betelgeuse but studio executives didn't like that idea at all.
  • The studio disliked the title Beetle Juice and wanted to call the film House Ghosts. As a joke, Tim Burton suggested the name Scared Sheetless and was horrified when the studio actually considered using it.
  • Michael Keaton spent only two weeks filming his part in the film. His character only appears in 17.5 minutes of the film's entire 92-minute running time.