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:
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
Leo Gordon ...
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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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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Dustin Diamond's feature debut, as the child version of Deke. 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 »


Vance: So how was lunch?
Pee-wee: Fine, let's go get something to eat.
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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 »


The Girl On The Flying Trapeze
Written by Danny Elfman
Performed by Paul Reubens (as Pee-Wee Herman)
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Painful PeeWee
6 April 2002 | by (streamwood, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I've tried watching this movie three times, and can never get all the way through it. Big Top Pee Wee is as bad as Pee Wee's Big Adventure was good. Other than some imaginative effects, Pee Wee looks like he fell out of the sky and landed in this movie. I think Bill Murray would have been better cast in a movie with this plotline, especially in the scenes where Pee Wee is acting like a dog in heat. Murray would make a convicing "hayseed" and slob on a farm. Reubens seems to strain in his attempt to make something of the unfunny material he's given...the characters around him are generally unfunny as well. How anyone came up with this farm, then circus plotline is beyond me. The film is generally devoid of laughs. An overall waste of the Pee Wee Herman character and one of the worst "comedies" I've ever seen.

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