|Directed by||Tim Burton|
|Produced by||Larry Wilson|
|Written by||Michael McDowell|
|Music by||Danny Elfman|
|Cinematography||Thomas E. Ackerman|
|Editing by||Jane Kurson|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. (for Geffen Pictures)|
|Release date(s)||March 30, 1988|
|Running time||92 minutes|
Adam and Barbara Maitland are a young couple who are recently married, living in the town of Winter River, Connecticut. The film starts out with Adam taking a tarantula off the model of the town. Barbara is trying to figure out which color wallpaper would go up in the attic. Adam and Barbara drive to the store in town to get a few supplies so Adam can finish the model. On the way home, a dog stands in the middle of the bridge and Barbara swerves off to the right to avoid hitting the dog, crashing into the river. She and her husband drown and return to their house where they learn from the Handbook for the Recently Deceased that they are ghosts. Devastated, they hope that their house isn't sold by Jane Butterfield (Barb's cousin) and Little Jane. When the Deetzes (Charles, Delia & Lydia Deetz) and Otho Fenlock move in, they are helpless as for what to do. The only thing they know how to do is scare them, but no one, except for Lydia Deetz, can see them. For help, they go to Juno, their caseworker. Waiting in the waiting room for what seems like one hour, they go see her. She tells them they have been there for three months, and tells them the story of Beetlejuice.
When they return home, Beetlejuice is up to no good. He makes an ad appear on TV, promoting himself as a "bio-exorcist". He states that he "has demons running all through me!" After Adam mispronounces his name, Barbara says his name thrice (which means three times) and they go into the model. Finding Betelgeuse's grave, they dig him up. Upon digging him up (which means he soon comes out of his own coffin), he becomes a pervert, looking up her skirt. After saying, "Home!" thrice, they return to the real world. Angry at them, Beetlejuice says a few things to them. Barb picks him up, saying that he will not hurt Lydia, at which point he makes spikes appear from his body so she drops him. At that point, the Dante's Inferno Girls appear, distracting Betelgeuse. The two then leave the attic, deciding to posses the Deetzes and their friends in order to make them leave. After making them dance and sing Day-O by Harry Belafonte, the group actually enjoyed the possession, comparing it to like being at an amusement park. They don't want to leave. Instead, they want to see the Maitlands. Once Lydia said they won't come down, they decide to do a seance, using the couple's wedding clothes.
Once it begins, Lydia pleads with them to stop, but they can't. Exasperated, she goes to Beetlejuice. After guessing his name, she says it two more times after agreeing to marry him. It's Showtime! He restrains the Deetzes and in turn, frees the Maitlands. After the incident, Lydia is seen wearing a red bride gown and Beetlejuice is wearing a red tux. After summoning the Priest of the Netherworld, they begin the ceremony, with Adam and Barbara trying to send Beetlejuice back. He squeals when his name is called, and sends Adam to the town model, while he puts a bar of iron over Barb's mouth, then sends her to Saturn's moon, Titan, where ghosts go if they leave their house. Titan also happens to be the home of vicious Sandworms. At the last moment, Barbara comes crashing through the ceiling on the back of a Sandworm, which promptly devours Beetlejuice, who is then sent to the waiting room, where a witch doctor shrinks his head.
After Lydia gets home from school, she asks Adam and Barbara if they can possess her and let her dance. Adam relents, and the song Jump in the Line (Shake, Shake Senora) by Harry Belafonte begins to play as the furniture moves and she floats, dancing in mid-air. As a result of her dancing and singing, a faint outline of the football team that was seen in Juno's office is seen behind her, singing with her for a second or two before they disappear. The movie ends with the song Jump in the Line and Lydia dancing.
Home Movie ReleasesEdit
All Characters are listed as they first appear in the film
- Jane Jenkins and Janet Hirshenson (Casting Directors)
- Aggie Guerard Rodgers (Costume Designer)
- Danny Elfman (Musical Score Composer)
- Jane Kurson (Editor)
- Robert Short (Creature & Make-Up Effects Designer)
- Bo Welch (Production Designer)
- Thomas E. Ackerman (Director of Photography)
- Michael McDowell (Story/Screenwriter)
- Larry Wilson (Story)
- Warren Skaaren (Screenwriter)
- Michael Bender, Larry Wilson & Richard Hashimoto (Producers)
- Tim Burton (Director)
- Titan (A moon of Saturn's which the Sandworms are located)
- Model of Winter River (For the movie Betelgeuse would stay there whenever not loose)