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Big Top Pee-wee (1988)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Romance  |  22 July 1988 (USA)
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Pee-Wee is now a successful small-town farmer, engaged to schoolteacher Winnie. A traveling circus arrives and Pee-Wee and his talking pet pig Vance agree to help them win over the bitter townsfolk. He also falls for trapeze artist Gina.

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

Hero. Lover. Legend.


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22 July 1988 (USA)  »

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Big Top Pee-Wee - la mia vita picchiatella  »

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The film's tagline is "Hero. Lover. Legend." See more »

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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 »

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Pee-wee: Good morning, Vance!
Vance: Morning, Pee Wee.
Pee-wee: Hah! Beautiful day, huh? Mm-mm!
Vance: Mm... It's okay.
Pee-wee: [singing] Mm mm mm mm... Ah! Doo doo... Doo-doo. Mm mm mm, mm... Mm. Mm-mm-mm... Mm mm-mm-mm... La-la la-la... Ah! Pkhh!
Vance: My, we are certainly in a good mood this morning.
Pee-wee: That, my dear Vance, is the understatement of the year. Everything seems completely different to me today. The air smells so fresh. The sky seems a brand-new shade of blue. I don't think I've ever noticed the beauty of this leaf. And Vance! ...
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Excellent Pee Wee Movie
14 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm amazed by the negative reviews, this movie was outstanding! I think you have to appreciate Pee Wee humor, but if you do, then I think you'll agree this movie is brilliant, just like all of Paul Reubens' humor.

One thing to note, I had not watched Pee Wee's Big Adventure when I first saw Big Top, so maybe my expectations were different. And I had to watch Big Top (and Big Adventure) a number of times in order to catch and appreciate all of the subtleties.

Here is a perspective that might help: Pee Wee's movies basically show things from the standpoint of a little kid describing his world once he grows up. For example, a child might imagine that he will have a bicycle that can fly and do all sorts of "cool" things that in reality are impossible, but he doesn't have the cognitive skills to think about whether things like this are possible. He just makes up his story the way he wants it to be. Pee Wee's movies bring those types of childhood dreams to "reality" on the screen, with a bunch of unique grown-up humor and some often strange but appropriate music mixed in. Taken from that perspective, these movies are absolutely brilliant.


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