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

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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]

  • 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

  • For all the film's popped eyeballs and severed limbs, Beetlejuice retains an innocence that makes the grotesque humor very appealing. Burton has captured the sweet ghoulishness of a 12-year-old pouring over horror comics, dreaming of the greatest Halloween costume ever invented. [30 Mar 1988]

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Nominated Make-Up Artist
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1988)
Winner Makeup
Nominated Achievement in Special Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1988)