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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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Cast

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Pee-wee Herman (as Pee-wee Herman)
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Irving Hellman ...
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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 ...
Policeman #1
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Storyline

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

The film was released the same year as another Warner Bros. feature film about a man whom sets out to recover his stolen vehicle. That film was Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985). In this film, Pee-Wee sets out to find and get back his stolen bicycle. See more »

Goofs

The "Headlight Glasses" are really just Fisher-Price binoculars. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pee-wee: Look out, Mister Potato Head!
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Spoofs Forbidden Zone (1980) See more »

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Jimmy Crack Corn
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A man and his bike and Burton in the middle
29 June 2002 | by (Your Critic of Critics) – See all my reviews

Tim Burton in his directorial debut directs a masterpiece of a comedy. This movie which has Pee-wee Herman (Paul Rubens) in search of his stolen bike is hilarious and full of gags. Burton does a terrific job creating the world of a man-child which proves that Burton is one of the greatest directors of all-time. How many directors have struck gold in their first picture? This is a movie not to be missed and check out for E.G. Daily, the voice of Tommy in Rugrats, as Dottie a/k/a Pee-Wee's love interest.


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