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Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

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 ...
Monte Landis ...
Damon Martin ...
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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Pee-wees irre Abenteuer  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$40,900,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Many of the actors in this film also appeared with Paul Reubens in Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986), albeit in very different roles from the ones they play here. See more »

Goofs

Pee-wee accidentally hits his head on the ceiling during the Tequila dance scene. See more »

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[first lines]
Pee-wee: Look out, Mister Potato Head!
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Referenced in Pee-wee's Playhouse: Party! (1986) See more »

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BURN IN HELL
Written by Dee Snider
Performed by Twisted Sister
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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