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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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This was actually the second screenplay Reubens wrote for a feature film adaptation. The first had Pee-Wee's Playhouse friends (from his HBO special) on a road trip. Even though this was a completely different script, it also used the title "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure". In interviews, Reubens refers to the 1985 movie as "The bicycle movie." 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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References Asteroids (1979) See more »

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She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
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Pee Wee Herman + Tim Burton = MANIC FUN!!
12 September 2002 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

Wow, deja vu.

I haven't seen this one since....years ago back when wearing wrist bracelets was popular. It brought back all these memories of the fun I had watching this a kid. Surprisingly, this is Tim Burton's first movie and he did a great job. His unique directing, visual design, and dark comedy just work superbly as a whole. I can never remember being so affected by clowns in hospital smocks.

Let's not forget Pee Wee as well. He was definitely a character who I enjoyed watching because he was so carefree, happy, and it was hard not to like him. There are so many great scenes in this one like breakfast time, the Alamo, Pee Wee's nightmares, any scene with Francis "YOU'LL BE SORRY PEE WEE HERMAN!" Buxton, Mickey the con, the Warner Bros lot and so many more. The characters are great too and from their performances, you can tell they had fun doing this film cause it shows. With a the limited budget, Pee Wee's wacky nature, and Tim Burton's imagination, it all adds up to a really entertaining film. Oops, can't forget Danny Elfman's great soundtrack which sets the tone rather nicely.

The DVD has great commentary from Paul & Tim and provides great insight into the film. Watch this one and remember:

"Be sure and tell them Large Marge sent ya!!"


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