Batman

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Warner Bros. Released 1989

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Movie Summary

Director:
Tim Burton (I)
Released:
1989
Rating:
PG-13

The film deals with the origin of Batman's signature villain, the Joker. Jack Napier is the second in command of crime boss Carl Grissom sent to rob a chemical plant. The police are tipped off and show up to confront the criminal. A shootout begins as Batman arrives on the scene and in a strange twist of fate, causes Napier to fall into a vat of chemicals. Thought to be dead, Napier soon emerges from the chemicals horribly disfigured to look like a clown, driven insane, and calling himself the Joker. As the Joker, Napier takes over Grissom's mob and terrorizes Gotham City with deadly laughing gas. While Batman is attempting to foil the Joker's evil plans.

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Variety

    Nicholson embellishes fascinatingly baroque designs with his twisted features, lavish verbal pirouettes and inspired excursions into the outer limits of psychosis. It's a masterpie...

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie's problem is that no one seemed to have any fun making it, and it's hard to have much fun watching it. It's a depressing experience.

  • 40

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    It's neither funny nor solemn. It has the personality not of a particular movie but of a product, of something arrived at by corporate decision.

SUBMIT REVIEW
Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson

Joker/Jack Napier

Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton

Batman/Bruce Wayne

Kim Basinger

Kim Basinger

Vicki Vale

Robert Wuhl

Robert Wuhl

Alexander Knox

Pat Hingle

Pat Hingle

Commissioner James Gordon

Billy Dee Williams

Billy Dee Williams

Harvey Dent

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    • Production Budget - $35,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $251,188,924 (1st)
      Worldwide Gross - $411,348,924 (1st)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $516,297,637
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $845,493,002

    • Other Production Companies:
      PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
      The Guber-Peters Company
      Pinewood Studios

    • Filming Locations:
      Acton, London
      St. Neots / Little Bedford, Bedfordshire
      Hatfield, Hartfordshire
      Stevenage, Hertfordshire
      Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire

    • Music:
      The Future
      Vicki Waiting
      Electric Chair
      Partyman
      Trust
      All written and produced by Prince
      Scandalous
      Written by Prince and John L. Lennon
      Performed by Prince
      Theme from a Summer Place
      Written by Max Steiner
      Performed by Percy Faith and his orchestra
      Beautiful Dreamer
      Written by Stephen Foster
      Performed by Hill Brown & orchestra
      There'll be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight
      Written by Joe Hayden, M. Theodore, A. Metz

    • Academy Awards Wins:
      1. Art Direction - Warner Bros.

      ASCAP Awards:
      1.
      Most Performed Songs From Motion Pictures

      Saturn Awards Wins:
      1.
      President's Award

      Saturn Awards Nominations:
      1.
      Best DVD Collection
      2.
      Actor - Jack Nicholson (won by Jeff Daniels for Arachnophobia)
      3.
      Costumes
      4.
      Best Fantasy Film
      5.
      Makeup
      6.
      Supporting Actress - Kim Basinger (won by Whoopi Goldberg for Ghost)

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Themes

Superheroes, Love & Romance, Thrillers