Beetlejuice (movie)

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
CountryUnited States
United Kingdom
BudgetUS$13 million
Box office$73.33 million

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.

Release dates

Country Premiere
23x15px United States 30 March 1988
23x15px Argentina 21 April 1988
23x15px Spain 22 July 1988
23x15px Finland 5 August 1988
23x15px Norway 12 August 1988
23x15px United Kingdom 19 August 1988
Irelandborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Ireland Ireland 19 August 1988
23x15px Sweden 19 August 1988
23x15px Australia 8 September 1988
23x15px Italy 8 September 1988
23x15px Hong Kong 13 October 1988
23x15px Brazil 10 November 1988
23x15px Colombia 10 November 1988
Template:FRG 10 November 1988
23x15px Greece 12 November 1988
23x15px Denmark 9 December 1988
23x15px France 14 December 1988
23x15px Japan 17 December 1988
23x15px Portugal 27 January 1989
23x15px 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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