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Pee-wee's Big Adventure -- This surprise hit showcases nerdy superstar Pee-wee Herman in a mad-cap comedy-adventure about a unique "rebel" who takes to the road to track down the kidnappers of his bicycle.
Pee-wee's Big Adventure -- Eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman embarks on the big adventure of his life across the US mainland, as he sets out to find his beloved bike, when it is stolen in broad daylight.


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Release Date:
9 August 1985 (USA) See more »
You will believe a man can ride a bike. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Pee Wee Herman + Tim Burton = MANIC FUN!! See more (186 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Reubens ... Pee-wee Herman (as Pee-wee Herman)

Elizabeth Daily ... Dottie

Mark Holton ... Francis Buxton

Diane Salinger ... Simone

Judd Omen ... Mickey
Irving Hellman ... Mr. Crowtray
Monte Landis ... Mario
Damon Martin ... Chip (as Damon Landis)

David Glasser ... BMX Kid
Gregory Brown ... BMX Kid
Mark Everett ... BMX Kid

Daryl Keith Roach ... Chuck (as Daryl Roach)
Bill Cable ... Policeman #1

Peter Looney ... Policeman #2

Starletta DuPois ... Sgt. Hunter
Professor Toru Tanaka ... Butler (as prof. Toru Tanaka)
Ed Herlihy ... Mr. Buxton

Ralph Seymour ... Francis' Accomplice

Lou Cutell ... Amazing Larry

Raymond Martino ... Gang Member
Erica Yohn ... Madam Ruby
Bill W. Richmond ... Highway Patrolman (as Bill Richmond)

Alice Nunn ... Large Marge
Ed Griffith ... Trucker
Simmy Bow ... Man in Diner
Jon Harris ... Andy
Carmen Filpi ... Hobo Jack

Jan Hooks ... Tina

John Moody ... Bus Clerk
John O'Neill ... Cowboy #1
Alex Sharp ... Cowboy #2
Chester Grimes ... Biker #1
Luis Contreras ... Biker #2
Lonnie Parkinson ... Biker #3
Howard Hirdler ... Biker #4

Cassandra Peterson ... Biker Mama

Jason Hervey ... Kevin Morton
Bob McClurg ... Studio Guard

John Paragon ... Movie Lot Actor
Susan Barnes ... Movie Lot Actress
Zack Hoffman ... Director (as Zachary Hoffman)

Lynne Marie Stewart ... Mother Superior (as Lynne Stewart)
George Sasaki ... Japanese Director
Richard Brose ... Tarzan
Drew Seward ... Kid #1
Brett Fellman ... Kid #2
Bob Drew ... Fireman
John Gilgreen ... Policeman at Pet Shop
Noreen Hennessey ... Reporter (as Noreen Hennessy)

Phil Hartman ... Reporter
Michael Varhol ... Photographer
David Rothenberg ... Hobo

Patrick Cranshaw ... Hobo (as Pat Cranshaw)
Sunshine Parker ... Hobo

Gilles Savard ... Pierre

James Brolin ... Himself - as PeeWee

Morgan Fairchild ... Herself - as 'Dottie'

Tony Bill ... Terry Hawthorne
Twisted Sister ... Themselves
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Milton Berle ... Himself (uncredited)
Terry Bolo ... Biker Chick (uncredited)

Tim Burton ... Thug in alley (uncredited)
Darla ... Pink Poodle (uncredited)
Cleve Hall ... Godzilla, 'Satan's Helpers' Biker Gang Member (uncredited)

Robert Hegyes ... Biker #5 (uncredited)
Jan Rabson ... Anchor (voice) (uncredited)

Tom Willett ... Diner Patron in Blue Baseball Cap (uncredited)

Directed by
Tim Burton 
Writing credits
Phil Hartman (written by) &
Paul Reubens (written by) &
Michael Varhol (written by)

Produced by
Richard Gilbert Abramson .... producer (as RIchard Gilbert)
William E. McEuen .... executive producer
Robert Shapiro .... producer
Original Music by
Danny Elfman 
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Billy Weber 
Casting by
Wallis Nicita  (as Wally Nicita)
Production Design by
David L. Snyder 
Art Direction by
David L. Snyder 
Set Decoration by
Thomas L. Roysden 
Paul Reubens (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Aggie Guerard Rodgers 
Makeup Department
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist
Linda Trainoff .... hair stylist
Production Management
David Silver .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert P. Cohen .... first assistant director
Robert Engelman .... second assistant director
Willie E. Simmons Jr. .... second second assistant director
Harvey Waldman .... second assistant director
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
Craig B. Ayers Sr. .... greensman
Paul Chadwick .... illustrator
Jeff Clark .... sign writer
Bruce J. Gfeller .... construction coordinator
Ronald C. Jacobs .... lead man
Steven M. Levine .... property master
Margie Stone McShirley .... assistant art director
Edson C. Moreno .... lead man
David Q. Quick .... assistant property master (as David Quick)
James E. Tocci .... set designer
Walter Zingelewicz .... stand-by painter
Sound Department
Irene Bowers .... assistant sound editor
Neil Brody .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott Brose .... sound re-recording mixer
David B. Cohn .... supervising sound editor
Leslie Gaulin .... foley editor
Cecelia Hall .... supervising sound editor
Petur Hliddal .... production sound mixer
Denise Horta .... sound editor
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Joseph A. Ippolito .... sound editor
David Pettijohn .... sound editor
Roger Pietschmann .... boom operator
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Peter Alnez .... special effects assistant
Danny Cangemi .... special effects assistant
Joe Day .... special effects coordinator
Wayne Edgar .... special effects assistant
John Frazier .... special effects assistant
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects supervisor
Elmer Hui .... special effects assistant
Thomas Mertz .... special effects assistant
Bruce Robles .... special effects assistant
Jeffrey A. Wischnack .... special effects assistant
Jeffrey A. Wischnack .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Stephen Chiodo .... animated effects consultant
Rick Heinrichs .... animated effects supervisor
William Reilly .... motion control technician
John Scheele .... animated effects consultant
Rocco Gioffre .... special visual effects: DQI (uncredited)
Mark Sullivan .... special visual effects: DQI (uncredited)
Hoyt Yeatman .... special visual effects: DQI (uncredited)
Mary Albee .... stunts
J.P. Amateau .... stunts
Amanda Baxley .... stunts
Paul Baxley .... stunt coordinator
Alonzo Brown .... stunts
Eurlyne Epper .... stunts
Corey Michael Eubanks .... stunts (as Corey Eubanks)
Theresa Eubanks .... stunts
Trace Eubanks .... stunts
Marian Green .... stunts
Don Happy .... stunts
Suzanne Harvey .... stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts
Shelly Hoffman .... stunts
Jeff Imada .... stunts
Steven Lambert .... stunt double
Angelo Lamonea .... stunts
Steve Mack .... stunts
Joe Margucci .... stunts
Salomon I. Marx .... stunts
Troy Melton .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts (as Patrick Romano)
Fred Scheiwiller .... stunts
Russell Solberg .... stunts
Stagg Summers .... stunts
Corey Michael Eubanks .... stunt double: Paul Reubens (uncredited)
Dean Raphael Ferrandini .... stunt double: James Brolin (uncredited)
Spiro Razatos .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Watson .... stunt double: Paul Reubens (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Audie Aragon .... best boy grip
Billy Craft .... lighting operator
Earl Gilbert .... gaffer
Rhio Haessig .... best boy
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician
Patrick Marshall .... rigging gaffer
Bill Roe .... first assistant camera
Gaylin P. Schultz .... key grip
Bernie Schwartz .... dolly grip
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Robert C. Thomas .... camera operator
Mario Zavala .... second assistant camera
Animation Department
Rick Heinrichs .... animator
Jorgen Klubien .... cel animator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandy Berke Jordan .... costumer: women
Richard Little .... costumer: men
Don Vargas .... costumer: men
Editorial Department
Michael Amundsen .... apprentice editor
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Claudia Finkle .... assistant editor
Richard Ritchie .... color timer
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor
Steve Bartek .... music arranger
Danny Elfman .... composer: theme music
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
Philip Giffin .... composer: additional music
Lennie Niehaus .... conductor
Lennie Niehaus .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tino Caira .... transportation captain
Craig Lietzke .... driver
Randy Peters .... transportation coordinator
Mario Simon .... transportation captain
Other crew
Scott E. Chester .... assistant: Mr. Abramson (as Scott Chester)
Jeff Freedman .... unit publicist
Anthony Goldschmidt .... title designer: main titles
Jan Kemper .... script supervisor
Sam Mercer .... location manager
Cristie Miele .... animal coordinator
Brian Nelson .... assistant: Mr. Reubens
Phil Smith .... animal trainer
Lee Stitch .... production secretary
Valen Watson .... assistant: Mr. Shapiro
Linda Koulisis .... special thanks
Randy Pitkin .... special thanks

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Additional Details

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91 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Finland:K-7 (2006) | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Italy:T | Netherlands:AL | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | Spain:T | UK:U | USA:PG (certificate #27844) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

There is a theory stating that Pee-Wee makes his money buy selling his own designs for Rube Goldberg machines.See more »
Continuity: In the bicycle chase scene where a studio guard pursues Pee-wee, the guard pulls one of the tassel handles off Pee-wee's bike. In the close-up shot, Pee-wee presses a button that causes a handle without a tassel to spring out. When they cut back to the wide shot, the tassel is back as well.See more »
[first lines]
Pee-wee:Look out, Mister Potato Head!
See more »
Movie Connections:
References Gremlins (1984)See more »
Jimmy Crack CornSee more »


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25 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Pee Wee Herman + Tim Burton = MANIC FUN!!, 12 September 2002
Author: InzyWimzy from Queens, NY

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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