Beetlejuice (movie)

1988 film by Tim Burton

Beetlejuice is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-horror movie directed by Tim Burton. The movie stars Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice.

Directed byTim Burton
Produced byFrank Oz
David Geffen
Larry Wilson
Michael Bender
Richard Hashimoto
Written byStory:
Karey Kirkpatrick
Warren Skaaren
Larry Wilson
Michael McDowell
StarringMichael Keaton
Alec Baldwin
Geena Davis
Winona Ryder
Catherine O'Hara
Jeffrey Jones
Glenn Shadix
Sylvia Sidney
Music byDanny Elfman
CinematographyThomas E. Ackerman
Edited byJane Kurson
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
March 30, 1988
Running time
92 minutes
CountriesUnited States
United Kingdom
BudgetUS$13 million
Box office$73.33 million

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Country Premiere
  United States 30 March 1988
  Argentina 21 April 1988
  Spain 22 July 1988
  Finland 5 August 1988
  Norway 12 August 1988
  United Kingdom 19 August 1988
  Ireland 19 August 1988
  Sweden 19 August 1988
  Australia 8 September 1988
  Italy 8 September 1988
  Hong Kong 13 October 1988
  Brazil 10 November 1988
  Colombia 10 November 1988
  West Germany 10 November 1988
  Greece 12 November 1988
  Denmark 9 December 1988
  France 14 December 1988
  Japan 17 December 1988
  Portugal 27 January 1989
  Netherlands 22 December 1989


Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam (Alec Baldwin) Maitland decide to spend their holiday decorating their New England country home. Driving back from a trip to town, they crash the car and are killed. The story carries on with the couple going home as ghosts but they at first do not know that they are dead.

The couple's house is then sold and in move the new owners from New York City. The Deetzes, who are Charles (Jeffrey Jones) and his wife Delia (Catherine O'Hara), her friend Otho (Glenn Shadix) and Charles' goth daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) from his first marriage. The new couple then start to make changes to the house which upsets the ghosts. The Maitlands' then try to scare the new owners out of the house but they are not good at scaring people.

The ghosts can't be seen by anyone in the house other than by the daughter Lydia, with whom they become friends. They try to get a bad ghost to scare the new family out of the house and ask Beetlejuice to do it for them. But all he wants to do is marry Lydia so that he can come back to life.


  • Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as Adam and Barbara Maitland: A young, married couple who are killed in a car accident.
  • Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz: Daughter of Charles Deetz (Delia is actually her stepmother), a goth adolescent. She is the only one of the family who can see the Maitlands and quickly befriends them.
  • Catherine O'Hara as Delia Deetz: Wife of Charles and stepmother to Lydia and a sculptor.
  • Jeffrey Jones as Charles Deetz: A successful builder
  • Glenn Shadix as Otho: Delia's friend and ghost expert
  • Sylvia Sidney as Juno: Social worker for the dead.
  • Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice: The bad ghost in the movie.


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