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Big Top Pee-wee (1988)

Pee-wee Herman is now a small-town farmer with a fiancée, but when a traveling circus comes to town, he finds himself falling for the trapeze artist.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pee-wee Herman (as Pee-wee Herman)
Gina Piccolapupula
Vance the Pig (voice)
Midge Montana
Albert Henderson ...
Mr. Ryan
Jack Murdock ...
David Byrd ...
Mary Jackson ...
Mrs. Dill
Mrs. Haynes
Joe the Blacksmith (as Leo V. Gordon)
Jay Robinson ...


In the sequel to "Pee Wee's Big Adventure", Pee-Wee Herman has had enough with the fame and constant media attention he received after the events of the first movie, so he's now a simple farmer living quietly in a small town. But after a big storm blows their way, a circus ends up at Pee Wee's farm. So he lets the circus stay at his farm for a while. The circus decides to put on a show with one lovable star, Pee-Wee! Also, a love triangle develops between Pee-Wee, his nice fiancée Winnie, who's the local schoolteacher, and mysterious loner Gina, the circus' attractive trapeze artist. The outcome of this subplot is somewhat unexpected. Written by James Preston

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Hero. Lover. Legend.


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Release Date:

22 July 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Big Top Pee-wee - La mia vita picchiatella  »

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$15,122,324 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Big top" is a common term for the biggest tent in early-20th century circuses. Hence the movie's title works both literally and as a pun. See more »


When PeeWee and Winnie are eating lunch, some of Winnie's egg salad sandwich falls on PeeWee's face and jacket. He wipes his face on her dress, but in the next shot it's not on her dress or his jacket. See more »


Winnie: [witnessing Pee-Wee and Gina sharing a long kiss] Pee-Wee!
Gina Piccolapupula: Who is that?
Pee-wee: Her? Oh, she's my fiancée.
[Gina slaps Pee-Wee and takes off]
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, a short cartoon plays featuring snacks singing about getting refreshments at the theater lobby. See more »


Spun-off from Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986) See more »


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Big Flop Pee-Wee
11 April 2003 | by (Sunderland, MA) – See all my reviews

I thought Pee-Wee's first movie, Big Adventure, was brilliant. But this one had none of its magic and spunk. Pee-Wee didn't even seem to be himself. The only remotely funny part was when he dredged up the "I know you are but what am I" routine. But even when he did that, he didn't seem that interested. The only thing I remember about this flick was him lying under a tree with his girlfriend. Yawn.

I think Paul Reubens is a genius. But not in this movie.

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