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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 ...
Mr. Crowtray
Monte Landis ...
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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 ...
Policeman #1
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Sgt. Hunter
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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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The story of a rebel and his bike. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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9 August 1985 (USA)  »

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Pee-wees irre Abenteuer  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$99,184, 28 July 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,900,000
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Pee-wee's phone number in the movie is 354-8567, in a departure from filmdom's "555" custom. See more »

Goofs

The Criterion theater, in the mall that Pee-wee goes to, advertises that they will be showing something called "Cartoon Cavalcade." But a few seconds later, in a reflection, the theater sign is promoting an entirely different feature. When he starts walking off not long after this the Cartoon Cavalcade signage is back. See more »

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[first lines]
Pee-wee: Look out, Mister Potato Head!
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Referenced in Lizzie McGuire: Lizzie and Kate's Big Adventure (2001) See more »

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She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
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Why it's my favorite Tim Burton movie
22 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

I absolutely love everyone of Tim Burton's movies, but if I had to pick which one was my favorite, this would be the one. Why you ask? Well, first of all, this movie has everything. And I do mean everything. Horror, comedy, family fun, you name it. This movie scared me so much when I was a kid. I mean come on, that scene when you see all those clowns and the dinosaur, not to mention the "Large Marge" scene, were scary.

Simply put, I could pop this one in and easily watch it for lots of fun. Not saying that Tim Burton's other movies aren't fun, but this one can be watched under any circumstances. It's like the reason BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA is my favorite John Carpenter movie.


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