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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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Director:
Writers:
Phil Hartman (written by) &
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Release Date:
9 August 1985 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
You will believe a man can ride a bike. See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

  (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)
Jan Rabson ... Anchor (voice) (uncredited)

Tom Willett ... Diner Patron in Blue Baseball Cap (uncredited)
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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)
 
Stunts
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
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
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
 
Thanks
Linda Koulisis .... special thanks
Randy Pitkin .... special thanks
 

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Runtime:
90 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
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

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Trivia:
The Drive-in sequence was filmed at the Studio Drive In, formerly located in Culver City CA. The Studio was built in the 1930s, and was the first Drive-in Theatre constructed in California. It served as a set for several films, including Grease (1978). It was closed in 1993 and demolished in 1998. No trace of this Drive-in remains.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When Pee-wee and Simone watch the sunrise they enter a red dinosaur, but exit a green dinosaur, because it's being lit with a red spotlight.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Pee-wee:Look out, Mister Potato Head!
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Soundtrack:
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25 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985), 20 January 2004
Author: ManhattanBeatnik from Waynesville, OH

Pee-wee's Big Adventure (the first full-length feature by acclaimed film-maker Tim Burton) is the kind of movie you'd have to force yourself NOT to like. Adapted from Paul Reubens' hit children's (and adult's) television show, it is a delightful fantasy that is bound to entertain. The tagline for the film describes it as "the story of a rebel and his bike," and that really about sums up the entire movie, but there's something about Pee-wee that taps into everyone's inner child and captures the care-freeness of youth, making his adventures irresistible and utterly captivating ... because -- afterall -- Pee-wee is still the coolest man-child out there (take THAT, Michael Jackson!). The plot (which is really rather insignificant) revolves around Pee-wee's prized bike, which is tragically stolen while he's shopping for novelty toys at the mall (who DOESN'T wish they had this man's life?). After deciding that the police couldn't possibly help him in his endeavors, he "takes the law into his own hands" and sets out on a quest to find his bicycle -- which a phony fortune-teller has told him is in the basement of the Alamo. The film can be enjoyed on a number of levels: while there is always the sheer fun and hilarity of Reubens comic genius, there is another genius at work here -- Burton's. One of the many pleasures of watching a Burton movie is that you can tell you're watching a movie by a man who's watched a lot of movies, and each feature of his is drenched with homages, parodies, and inside jokes: Pee-wee's Big Adventure features references to beach blanket movies, horror movies, Godzilla movies, Tarzan movies, and even The Wizard of Oz. The other great thing about Burton is that he always adds a dark edge to his work, regardless of how flippant the work may be: when Pee-wee's bike is stolen, it's a moment of almost Hitchcockian intensity. Burton's playful use of shadows and cartoonish set pieces conveys a sense of simultaneous lightheartedness and malice; his films accomplish that rare feat of creating a world entirely of their own. But even if all of this film-geek babble means absolutely nothing to you, you can still have fun on this adventure, because Pee-wee is one of the most likable characters in the history of entertainment: anyone who claims to find Reubens obnoxious or unfunny is either lying to you or has no sense of humor. The screenplay for Pee-wee's Big Adventure was written by Reubens and Saturday Night Live alumni Phil Hartman, and its combination of childish humor ("I know you are, but what am I?") and unexpected insight is absolutely charming. With top-notch direction and full-blown hilarity (the "Tequila" scene is one for the time capsule), it is one of the most purely enjoyable films ever made; it's that rare cult movie that's just as good as its fans would tell you it is. So go on: give into your temptation and watch it. As Pee-wee himself would say, "I triple-dog-dare ya" not to like it.

Grade: B

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