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Batman (1989)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure | 23 June 1989 (USA)
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

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Storyline

Gotham City. Crime boss Carl Grissom (Jack Palance) effectively runs the town but there's a new crime fighter in town - Batman (Michael Keaton). Grissom's right-hand man is Jack Napier (Jack Nicholson), a brutal man who is not entirely sane... After falling out between the two Grissom has Napier set up with the Police and Napier falls to his apparent death in a vat of chemicals. However, he soon reappears as The Joker and starts a reign of terror in Gotham City. Meanwhile, reporter Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) is in the city to do an article on Batman. She soon starts a relationship with Batman's everyday persona, billionaire Bruce Wayne. Written by grantss

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Only one will claim the night.

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23 June 1989 (USA)  »

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Betmen  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$40,489,746 (USA) (25 June 1989)

Gross:

$251,188,924 (USA)
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Trivia

During the first appearance of the Batmobile the Joker's hitmen drive a 1979 Chevrolet Malibu and a Dodge 3700. Two Dodge 3700s were procured by Christian Wolf-La'Moy when traveling to Spain and he and his brother did drive the car from Spain to the U.K. One of the 3700s was damaged in a stunt while the other is still in storage. The 3700 was based on the USA-market Mopar A platform automobiles (Dodge Dart, Plymouth Valiant including the first generation Barracuda and Duster/Dart Sport coupes) when the Chrysler Corporation marketed the A platform in a few international markets (Europe, Australia, and Latin America) - the 3700 seen in the film were manufactured by Barrieros in Spain from 1971-78 with a sheetmetal design unique to Spain (it was also assembled in Argentina where a 2 door hardtop coupe was also marketed). The 3700 nameplate was in reference to the engine displacement in metric (3.7 liter) - which is in this case is the Chrysler Slant Six first introduced in the 1960 Valiant (first as a low deck 2.8L (170 cubic inches) and later as a tall deck 3.7L (225 cubic inches) - it was produced until 1991 for industrial use (automotive use ended in 1983 with passenger cars and 1987 with the truck/van line - later production was shifted to Mexico during the late 1970s). See more »

Goofs

When the Joker is hanging from the ladder on the helicopter towards the end, some of the white makeup from his face can be seen on his jacket. See more »

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[first lines]
Passenger: Excuse me.
Tourist Dad: I'm sorry, this is my cab.
Passenger: Sorry.
Tourist Dad: Listen, I was here first!
[as the cab drives away]
Tourist Dad: Oh, God! Oh, taxi? Taxi!
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I don't even need to say that this is the best Batman of the series. It's obvious enough.
26 August 2001 | by (Luoyang, China) – See all my reviews

What is all this yap about Michael Keaton as Batman? Yes, he was Batman, and he was a GREAT Batman. He pulled off every aspect of the role perfectly – he was better than Val Kilmer, better than George Clooney, better than everyone. He portrayed the mysterious charm of the winged crusader just as well as he captured the cool and collected character of Bruce Wayne. Michael Keaton is a huge part of the reason that this film was such a huge success, the other main portion having come from the tremendous contribution from Jack Nicholson as the Joker. Gotham City is created in incredibly detailed comic-book style, which adds to the overall quality of the movie.

Director Tim Burton does an amazing job bringing this unreal world to reality, and Kim Basinger is excellent as Vicky Vale, the film's main female presence. The script is particularly brilliant. The role of the Joker seems to have been written specifically for Jack Nicholson, which would not be surprising because of how well he pulled off the role with lines like `Why didn't anyone tell me he had one of those…things?!' and `Remember me? When you dropped me into that vat of chemicals? That wasn't easy to get over, and don't think that I didn't try.' And, of course, my favorite, `…we'll be like Beauty and the Beast. Of course, if anyone else ever calls you beast, I'll rip their lungs out.'

Everything, from the setting in Gotham City to the characters costumes to the actual dialogue, gives the unreal feeling of a comic book, but the characters are developed enough so that we understand their problems and we care about what happens. The movie is a thrill ride from the beginning to the end, and is enjoyable for all ages. If anyone is going to complain about who was chosen to play Batman, there is much more room for complaint among the film's several sequels. Keaton did a spectacular job that no one has ever even come close to.


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