Continuity mistake: When Adam and Barbara are sleeping, they awake to a sudden commence of the whole house shaking. There is one close shot of the items on the mantelpiece. Watch the items. There are reels of cotton on the centre of the mantel which vanish between shots, and in the wide shot a book has appeared in front of one of the photo frames, which wasn't there beforehand. (00:12:50)

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Continuity mistake: When the Deitz family and their guests are eating, the bowls of shrimp are sitting on small mats. Delia and Charles's mats often change from black to grey colour, at random through the whole dinner scene. (00:48:45)

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Continuity mistake: When Barbara picks Beetlejuice up from the model town, in one shot his arm is wildly shaking around in fury, but in the next close-up his arm is now tucked in between Barbara's fingers. (00:59:05)

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Continuity mistake: After Betelgeuse knocks down the model tree, Adam places it back into its hole. Later on, as the camera zooms in on the whole model, you see the tree is still on the ground.


Continuity mistake: During the scene where the new family eat dinner for the first time, there are candles in front of the dad (they are in metallic candle holders). They are in an order like large, small, medium. But in the close up shot of the dad they have changed places to medium, small large. The sizes may be different but the concept of the mysterious shape shifting candle holders is the same. (00:19:55)

Continuity mistake: When Charles and Delia are sitting out on the white terrace, Charles holds a glass with brown coloured drink in it which is three-quaters of the way full, and Delia's glass is half full. When Otho walks onto the terrace, Charles's drink is clear-coloured and the glass is filled right to the top, and Delia's glass is now three-quaters of the way full. (01:01:35)

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Continuity mistake: During the scene where the Deitz family and their guests get possessed to sing and dance along to "Day-O," the positions of the black and white napkins, the wine glasses, the cutlery, the wine bottles in the ice-buckets, etc., change many times throughout this completely hilarious scene. (00:50:20)

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Continuity mistake: The photos Charles is holding of the Maitlands in sheets are 35mm photos based on the shape of the photo. The pictures Lydia took of them were Polaroid which are square and not as detailed or sharp as the other pictures, much less the same shape even if they were blown up.


Continuity mistake: When Barbara shows that they have no reflections by moving the horse in front of the mirror, Adam is seen waving his left hand (in the over-the-shoulder shot) and it cuts to a longer side shot as he's finishing waving his RIGHT hand. (00:09:15)

Continuity mistake: During the dinner party scene, the positions of the shrimp which hang around the small colourful sushi bowls often change. Sometimes they hang over the bowls, sometimes inside the bowl. This happens with Delia's shrimps especially. (00:48:55)

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Continuity mistake: As Adam speeds towards Beetlejuice's foot in the miniature red car, the amount and position of plaster and rubble around Beetlejuice's foot changes between shots. (01:20:40)

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Continuity mistake: In the Day O scene. Lydia is sitting at the table next to her father. When the possession takes place, Lydia is not longer at the table and in a brief moment is seen in the corner hiding, laughing behind her chair. The camera closes in on the song and dance, and when pulls it back Lydia and her chair are gone and the corner is empty.

Continuity mistake: Adam picks up his head from the table and puts it back on. In the following shots the blood around the neck and head has disappeared.

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Continuity mistake: At the start, when Adam drives to the store a fireman is cleaning the right side of the fire truck. A shot later he's now cleaning the front part. Also, when he exits the store the two firemen swap places between shots.

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Continuity mistake: As Barbara recoils after getting hit with the steel plate over her mouth, she starts to move back just before, and repeats the move just after, it appears.

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Continuity mistake: When Beetlejuice is screaming at Barbara and Adam, he kicks over the model tree. As he does, his hands are close to his sides. In the closer shot, they're a bit further out from his sides in preparation of the crotch grabbing joke.

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Continuity mistake: When the wedding clothes are laid out for the seance, there are no pants/trousers in place for Adam, but when he materialises he has them on.

Continuity mistake: When Charles is looking out of the window, he pushes one slat of the blinds upwards, and then bird watches with his binoculars. When Lydia comes in and makes him jumps, he turns around, and this particular slat falls back downwards, into place. But in the very next shot this same slat is pushed in an upwards position again. When he sits back down again as Lydia leaves, the slat is back down again. (00:27:35)

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Continuity mistake: When Otho is going through the house suggesting changes he is wearing white sneakers in one room and red ones in the next. (00:16:25)

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Barbara: We're very unhappy.
Juno: What did you expect? You're dead.

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Trivia: Even though Beetlejuice is the title character, he has only 17 and a half minutes of screen time.

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Question: When the Maitlands return to their home after it's been altered by the new owners, Juno tells the Maitlands that they should be thankful that they didn't die in Italy. What did she mean by that?


Answer: I'm sure it's a joke about how Italians talk a lot. Thus, they should be glad that it's quiet.

Chosen answer: When the Maitlands first meet their case worker, Juno, they tell her how miffed they are with the new family that has moved into their home. Juno glances around the peaceful house and remarks, "Things seem quiet here. You should thank God you didn't die in Italy." The case worker's name, "Juno," is a traditional Italian girl's name; and we see (when she smokes a cigarette) that Juno's throat has been slashed open from side to side, implying that she died a very violent and grisly death. Based on her personal experience (probably being murdered in Italy), Juno is commenting that the Maitlands could have died a far worse death under far more horrific circumstances, and that they really have little reason to complain.

Charles Austin Miller

I'm Italian: there's literally not a single female being, girl or woman, who has (had or have) this name in this country. Let alone being "traditional." "J" is not even in our original alphabet, go figure. I also think it's about us italians being noisy and the place being quiet, that's all.

You may be Italian, but you're not informed. While the formal Italian alphabet (derived of Latin) does not have a "J" character, the letter "J' is used in modern Italian writing every day. "Juno," in your limited world, would be spelled "Diuno," who was a Roman goddess (queen of the heavens). As this pertains to Beetlejuice, she is a Roman goddess in charge of organizing.

Charles Austin Miller

Juno slashed her own throat. It says earlier in the movie that people who commit suicide become civil servants, which is what Juno is as their case worker. The beauty queen at the desk implies the same when she talks about what happens to people when they die. She says "if I knew then what I know now, I wouldn't have had my little accident" holding up her slit wrists, implying that she wouldn't have committed suicide if she knew she'd become a civil servant (as a desk girl).

It's never stated or established that Juno committed suicide.

Charles Austin Miller

Answer: Italy, is a trendsetter. There would be constant art-deco changes that conflict with the Maitland's personal taste. In comparison, the Deets' are pretty tamed.

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