Batman: The Movie Movie Review Summary

Actors: Adam West, Burt Ward, Burgess Meredith, Frank Gorshin, Cesar Romero, Lee Meriwether

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Racing to the scene of an S.O.S. from a yacht carrying Commodore Schmidlapp (Reginald Denny) of Big Bend Distilleries and his newest invention, Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) discover that the yacht is an illusion.
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Escaping the clutches of an exploding shark, the Dynamic Duo return to Police Headquarters. With the help of Commissioner Gordon (Neil Hamilton) and some truly amazing feats of deduction, Batman and Robin discover that the culprits behind the kidnapping are none other than the Penguin (Burgess Meredith), the Riddler (Frank Gorshin), the Joker (Cesar Romero), and Catwoman (Lee Meriwether).

Racing back to the scene to recover fingerprints from the hologram projector, the Duo narrowly avoid death by torpedo from the Penguin's submarine with the help of a passing porpoise willing to sacrifice itself for them.

Deciding to use a convoluted trap to rid themselves of Batman, the supervillains disguise Catwoman as a ravishing Russian reporter and arrange for her to seduce a millionaire, who they can then kidnap and use as bait to lure the Caped Crusader to his death.

Unfortunately for the crooks, the man they choose to kidnap is Bruce Wayne, Batman's alter ego. Escaping from their lair and returning as Batman, the hero finds only a bomb, which he races to dispose of away from innocent civilians.

Doing so, he encounters a man claiming to be Commodore Schmidlapp. Knowing that he is, in fact, the Penguin, Batman takes him to the Batcave to interrogate him. Unbeknownst to the Caped Crusader, however, the Penguin has used the Commodore's invention to dehydrate five members of his pirate gang and has smuggled them into the Batcave.

Although the Dynamic Duo easily defeats the pirates, who explode on impact thanks to a mishap in their rehydration, the Penguin escapes. Tracking him to the United World Building, Batman and Robin discover the criminals' true plan: to dehydrate the delegates to the United World Organization and hold them for an incredible ransom.
Now, Gotham's greatest heroes must race to find the villains' submarine and stop them from taking over the world or, worse, destroying foreign relations forever by killing the delegates.
The review of this Movie prepared by James Craver

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Comedy or Parody about    -   superhero movies How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Super genius


Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   swimming on    -   submarining    -   feeding sharks City?    -   Yes City:    -   dangerous    -   wealthy Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None If this is a kid's movie...    -   Ages 10-15 Is this movie based on a    -   comics

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