Release Date: June 19th, 1990

DVD Release Date: June 25th, 1997

PG |1 hr 32 min

Plot Summary

After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose "help" quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia.

Cast: Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O'Hara, Winona Ryder, Sylvia Sidney, Robert Goulet

Director: Tim Burton

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Geffen Pictures, Warner Brothers

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Quest, Wife, Small town, Death, Escape, Daughter, Amusing, 1980s, Spirited, Husband

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Driven by director Tim Burton (Pee Wee's Big Adventure) and his fanciful imagination, the film is colorful, delightfully deranged and endlessly inventive — a grand-scale funhouse that can be enjoyed by children of all ages. show more

  • 88
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    So original that it'll be years before a major filmmaker attempts another one. We're talking black-belt cult-movie status here. [30 Mar 1988]

  • 88
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Take Topper. Add a pinch of Pee-Wee Herman and a dollop of the Addams Family. Mix in Nightmare on Elm Street (any part will do), The Money Pit, and the lighter side of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The result will be unlike any movie ever made, and it won't begin to come close to Beetlejuice . [Apr 1, 1998]

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Winner Makeup
Nominated Make-Up Artist
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Achievement in Special Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)