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Beetlejuice is a film, directed by Tim Burton and first released in the USA on March 30, 1988. It features two recently deceased ghosts, Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) and his wife Barbara (Geena Davis) seek the help of an obnoxious bio-exorcist, Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) to remove the Deitz family - yuppies who recently moved from the city - who now occupy their old house.

The name of the film is the phonetic pronunciation of the lead character's name Betelgeuse who shares his name with a large red star in the constellation of Orion. Repeating this name three times is all that is required to summon him.

A typically dark and humorous Tim Burton film, most of Keaton's lines were apparently improvised on set. Notable appearances include a young Winona Ryder as Lydia Deitz.

In 1989 a cartoon series loosely based on the film was released.

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