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Batman (1966)

aka Batman

"MEN DIE! WOMEN SIGH! Beneath that Batcape - he's all man!"

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Details: 105 mins · English · PG (USA)

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Adam West WAS Batman when I was growing up, and the movie version of the TV show captures all of the fun and humor, while quadrupling down on the bad guys! Don't forget your Bat-Shark Repellent!

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Cast:

Small Batman
Small Robin
Small The Joker
Small The Penguin
Small The Riddler
Small The Catwoman
Small Commissioner Gordon
Small Alfred Pennyworth
No_movie_poster Chief Miles O'Hara
No_movie_poster Dick Grayson
No_movie_poster Aunt Harriet Cooper
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No_movie_poster Vice Admiral Fangschliester
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No_movie_poster Robin
Small Commodore Schmidlapp
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Crew:

Small Bob Kane Novel
No_movie_poster Nelson Riddle Original Music Composer
Small Lorenzo Semple Jr. Screenplay
No_movie_poster William Dozier Producer
No_movie_poster Leslie H. Martinson Director
No_movie_poster Howard Schwartz Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Serge Krizman Art Direction
No_movie_poster Roy Meadows Sound Designer
No_movie_poster Harry M. Leonard Sound Designer
Small Bob Kane Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Harry W. Gerstad Editing

Taglines:

"MEN DIE! WOMEN SIGH! Beneath that Batcape - he's all man!"

"He's Here Big As Life In A Real Bat-Epic"

"from the famous character "BATMAN""

"FOR THE FIRST TIME ON THE MOTION PICTURE SCREEN IN COLOR! Adam West As Batman And Burt Ward As Robin Together With All Their Fantastic Derring-Do And Their Dastardly Villains, Too!"

Plot:

When Batman (West) and Robin (Ward) get a tip that Commodore Schmidlapp (Reginald Denny) is in danger aboard his yacht, they launch a rescue mission using the Batcopter. As Batman descends on the Bat-ladder to land on yacht it suddenly vanishes beneath him. He rises out of the sea with a shark attacking his leg. After Batman dislodges it with Bat-shark repellant, the shark explodes. Batman and Robin head back to Commissioner Gordon's office, where they deduce that the tip was a set-up by The United Underworld, a gathering of four of the most powerful villains in Gotham City (Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman).

The United Underworld equip themselves with a dehydrator that can turn humans into dust (an invention of Commodore Schmidlapp, who is unaware he has been kidnapped), a Submarine made to resemble a penguin, and their three pirate henchmen (Bluebeard, Morgan and Quetch). It is revealed the yacht was really a projection. When The Dynamic Duo return to a buoy concealing a projector, they are trapped on the buoy by a magnet and targeted by torpedoes. They use a radio-detonator to destroy two of the missiles, and a porpoise sacrifices itself to intercept the last one. Catwoman, disguised as Soviet journalist "Miss Kitka", helps the group kidnap Bruce Wayne and pretends to be kidnapped with him, as part of a plot to lure Batman and finish him off with another of Penguin's explosive animals (not knowing that Wayne is Batman's alter-ego). After Wayne escapes captivity, Penguin disguises himself as the Commodore and schemes his way into the Batcave along with five dehydrated henchmen. This plan fails when the henchmen unexpectedly disappear into Antimatter once struck: Penguin mistakenly rehydrated them with heavy water contaminated with radioactive waste, as it was regularly used to recharge the Batcave's atomic pile.

Ultimately the Duo are unable to prevent the kidnapping of the dehydrated United World Organization's Security Council. Giving chase in the Batboat to retrieve them (and Miss Kitka, presumed by the duo as still captive), Robin uses a sonic charge weapon to disable Penguin's submarine and force it to surface, where a fist fight ensues. Although Batman and Robin win the fight, Batman is heartbroken to find out that his "true love" Miss Kitka is actually Catwoman when her mask falls off. Commodore Schmidlapp accidentally breaks the vials containing the powdered Council members, mixing them together.

Batman sets to work, constructing an elaborate filter to separate the mingled dust. Robin asks him whether it might be in the world's best interests for them to alter the dust samples, so that humans can no longer harm one another. In response, Batman says that they cannot do so, reminding Robin of the fate of Penguin's henchmen and their tainted rehydration, and can only hope for people in general to learn to live together peacefully on their own.

With the world watching, the Security Council is re-hydrated. All of the members are restored alive and well, continuing to squabble among themselves and totally oblivious of their surroundings, but each of them now speaks the language and displays the stereotypical mannerisms of a nation other than their own. Batman quietly expresses his sincere hope to Robin that this "mixing of minds" does more good than it does harm. The duo quietly leave United World Headquarters by climbing out of the window.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1966-07-30 : United States of America

DVD : 2008-07-01

DVD : 2002-04-23

DVD : 2001-08-21