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Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

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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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Pee-wee Herman (as Pee-wee Herman)
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Irving Hellman ...
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Chip (as Damon Landis)
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BMX Kid
Gregory Brown ...
BMX Kid
Mark Everett ...
BMX Kid
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Chuck (as Daryl Roach)
Bill Cable ...
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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 {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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You will believe a man can ride a bike. See more »


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9 August 1985 (USA)  »

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A Grande Aventura de Pee Wee  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$40,900,000 (USA)
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When Pee-wee is hitchhiking to the Alamo, the Texas-shaped sign he holds up has a big star on it indicating his destination. But the star isn't where the actual Alamo is located (San Antonio). Instead the star is over Bracketville, the location of the Alamo facade used in many western and period movies. See more »

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Bulls are actually attracted to movement, not red. See more »

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[first lines]
Pee-wee: Look out, Mister Potato Head!
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Spoofs The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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Written by Chuck Río
Performed by The Champs
Courtesy of Challenge Records
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Masterpiece from maligned genius
16 June 2000 | by (Edmonton, Canada) – See all my reviews

Okay, so it loses a bit of steam in the final third, but that's true of most movies. It still rates a ten. The first film by Paul Ruebens, Tim Burton and the incomparable film composer Danny Elfman, it bubbles with the pure joy and exuberance of three talented people playing with a brand new toy. No film has ever been more fun to watch.

Reubens' media crucifixion in the early 90's was a crime against pop culture. America's snickering sanctimony stifled and virtually silenced one of the few original voices in the entertainment industry. I'm only thankful that Pee-wee lives on in video-land, so that my children and I can continue to enjoy his film and television work (the new DVD of "Big Adventure", by the way, is a treasure).

Pee-wee Herman, it's time to come back! Your loyal fans await your triumphant return. And to all those sicko name-callers out there, we have only one thing to say:

"I know you are, but what am I?"


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