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Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) Poster

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Tim Burton's directorial debut.
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Approximately 10 to 12 bicycles were built for the movie by the Pedal Pusher Bike Shop in Newport Beach CA; a shop that specialized in vintage and classic bicycles and parts. They were offered $10,000 and no screen credit or screen credit only. The shop chose the money. The bike shop had an autographed 8x10 glossy of Paul Reubens that said "To Mike at Pedal Pusher: 'Arrrrgggg!' From Pee-wee Herman."
Tim Burton and Paul Reubens brought on Danny Elfman as composer after Burton had attended concerts by Oingo Boingo, of which Elfman was lead singer and songwriter. Elfman was originally apprehensive, having no formal music training, but he was assisted by Boingo guitarist Steve Bartek as orchestrator. Elfman later said that hearing his music performed by an orchestra for the first time was one of the most thrilling experiences of his life.
During the entire time Large Marge tells her story, she never blinks.
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.
When Pee-wee is hitchhiking to the Alamo, the Texas-shaped sign he holds up has a big star on it indicating his destination. But the star isn't where the actual Alamo is located (San Antonio). Instead the star is over Bracketville, the location of the Alamo facade used in many western and period movies.
Paul Reubens mentions on the commentary that during the scene in the movie where he is wheeled out of the bike shop on a gurney, Elizabeth Daily's face went completely white. After filming the scene, he asked her what was wrong. Apparently, she was having flashbacks of her boyfriend Jon-Erik Hexum being wheeled off of a set on a gurney. He accidentally shot himself whilst filming Cover Up (1984)).
In real life Paul Reubens was very sick from the flu during the scene where he returns to the bike shop after his bike is stolen and Pee-wee falls on the bikes. This is mentioned in the commentary.
Jan Hooks improvised the dialogue for her scenes as the Alamo tour guide.
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This is not the first time the Warner Bros. backlot was used extensively in a comedy film - this was also done in Blazing Saddles (1974), over a decade earlier.
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Inside the magic shop by the front entrance is a picture of Elvira played by Cassandra Peterson who later plays Biker Mama in the film.
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During the magic shop scene, Mario shows Pee-wee heads of different sizes. The largest head that he shows Pee-wee last is actually Aleister Crowley.
When Pee-wee first steals back his bike, around one corner, he finds himself face to face with two elephants, a red one and a blue one. Originally, there was going to be a third elephant, but it got stuck in traffic the day that scene was being shot.
Many of the actors in this film also appeared with Paul Reubens in Pee-wee's Playhouse, albeit in very different roles from the ones they play here.
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This is the first (and only time) Pee-wee swears when he says "I don't want some other crappy bike".
When Pee-wee weighs in at the beginning of the movie, we see that he is in fact a 98 pound weakling.
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The dinosaurs in the film are an actual tourist attraction located at the Wheel Inn Restaurant in Cabazon, CA (near Palm Springs). They also appear in Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs (1985) and The Wizard (1989).
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Unusually for a Tim Burton film, nothing bad happens to the dog (Speck) in this movie.
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Pee-wee's phone number in the movie is 354-8567.
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According to her sign, Madam Ruby not only performs tarot card readings and fortune telling, but income tax preparation as well.
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When Pee Wee turns around while looking for his bike and there are wheels spinning behind his head, is an homage to Alfred Hitchcock
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The car that Pee-wee gets picked up in by Mickey is a 1959 Edsel Corsair convertible.
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Cameo 

Cassandra Peterson:  (a.k.a. Elvira) Biker Mama at the Biker Bar.
John Paragon:  man dressed in red armor with a high voice that Pee-wee talks to at the movie lot. All these people have appeared on The Pee-wee Herman Show (1981) and Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986).
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Phil Hartman:  reporter interviewing Francis at the drive-in.
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Professor Toru Tanaka:  Francis's butler.
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Tom Berenger:  Patron that turns around in the diner after the Large Marge sequence.
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Lynne Marie Stewart:  impatient mother superior at a movie set.
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Director Cameo 

Tim Burton:  the thug who accosts Pee-wee just before he enters the fortune teller's studio.

Director Trademark 

Tim Burton:  [distorted female face]  Large Marge's shocked expression.
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