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Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  9 August 1985 (USA)
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When eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pee-wee Herman (as Pee-wee Herman)
Judd Omen ...
Irving Hellman ...
Monte Landis ...
Damon Martin ...
Chip (as Damon Landis)
Gregory Brown ...
Mark Everett ...
Chuck (as Daryl Roach)
Bill Cable ...
Policeman #1
Policeman #2


The cartoonish and childish character Pee Wee Herman goes on a big adventure for the first time ever when his beloved shiny new bicycle is stolen by his nemesis Francis Buxton, a fellow man-child and neighborhood rich "kid." And he sets off on an obsessive cross-country journey, determined to recover it. Pee-wee's awkward and childish attempts to be cool and mature. Written by Anthony Pereyra {}

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The story of a rebel and his bike. See more »


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Release Date:

9 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Grande Aventura de Pee Wee  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$40,900,000 (USA)

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1.37 : 1
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Paul Reubens was very sick from the flu when he filmed the return to the bike shop after his bike is stolen, where Pee-wee falls on the bikes. This is mentioned in the commentary. See more »


When Mickey and Pee-wee stop for the police road block, Mickey shifts the car into park when they stop and then hides his hands (with the cuffs) in between his legs. After the conversation with the officer, Mickey never lifts his hands out from between his legs to shift the car back into drive to move forward. See more »


[first lines]
Pee-wee: Look out, Mister Potato Head!
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Spoofs Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) See more »


She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
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An overall success of laughter and class combined!
23 December 2002 | by (Brentwood, California) – See all my reviews

Some people may think that this movie is silly, pointless, and has ridiculous scenes. But I, however, find it to be entertaining, very funny, and a good family movie made back in the 80's. It has a lot of jokes that are mostly the ones that are funny because they are weird and never seen anywhere else, but it does also have some one-liners that make even the most stern of audiences laugh. What I liked about this movie was that it had a lot of people involved in it. There were also a lot of locations that were shown in this film, even if the places were not the initial location that they intentioned of in the movie.

All of the characters gave pretty good performances that were done at optimum level of expectation. To be honest, I cannot think of any reason off the top of my head that could make "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" better. There are plenty of jokes as I have already said that make you laugh . The camera angles that they used also coordinated with the way that the jokes went together. The camera might be having a close-up frame and behind the character's back Pee-wee might do something to make that character turn around with the camera behind it. The things like that are what make this movie good.

My other favorite parts of this movie are the scenes of Pee-wee's house, that had a very creative touch to it, and how Pee-wee had such dedication to his "magical" bike. To see if I am right, you should go out and rent "Pee-wee's Big Adventure". I guarantee at least five long and hard laughs. With all of it's silliness combined, I give this movie ****/****, a 10/10. It was really a good experience to me.

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