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Tim Burton / Feature Narrative / United States of America, United Kingdom / 1989 / 126 min / Colour / DCP
In English, French / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Action, Adventure
Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.

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Crime rates in Gotham City continue to grow as it approaches its bicentennial, driving the Mayor to order police commissioner James Gordon to take new measures in making the city safer. Their main concern is mob boss Carl Girssom, just as he ends up having a falling out with his right-hand man Jack Napier. Billionaire Bruce Wayne follows Gordon to investigate as his alter-ego, Batman. Batman ambushes Grissom and Napier during a shootout between the two, and in a final struggle, Napier falls to his apparent death in a vat of chemicals. Napier reemerges soon after as the sociopathic “Joker” and wreaks havoc to Gotham City, and sets his eyes on Batman.

About the Director

Born in California, Tim Burton spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies. After graduating from high school, he attended the California Institute of the Arts. His first job was as an animator for Disney. Recognising his talent, Disney gave him the green light to make ‘Vincent’ (1982), an animated short about a boy who wants to be like Vincent Price. Narrated by Price himself, the short was a critical success and won several awards. Among his many celebrated films are ‘Pee-Wee's Big Adventure’ (1985), ‘Beetlejuice’ (1988), ‘Batman’ (1989), ‘Edward Scissorhands’ (1990), ‘Mars Attacks!’ (1996), ‘Planet of the Apes’ (2001), ‘Big Fish’ (2003) and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ (2005).


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