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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:
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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22 July 1988 (USA)  »

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Big Top Pee-Wee - la mia vita picchiatella  »

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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 »


Pee-wee: I call it... the hot dog tree, because... it's a hot dog tree.
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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 »


Referenced in RuPaul's Drag Race: Reunited! (2013) See more »


Pee-Wee Herman Had A Farm
Performed by Paul Reubens (as Pee-Wee Herman) and Vance The Pig
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Underrated sequel deserves a second chance from fans
4 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Sequel falls short largely because of stasis -- even though its's a circus theme, the writers/producers kept ALL the action on Pee Wee's farm, unlike the original which was a road trip film. Like the original, many bizarre touches are present and Reuben's portrayal is amusing. Here he's a bit more seedy, including a very funny hair fetish. The romance is unbelievable, though, because unlike the original, here Pee Wee is coupled with two supermodel class ladies. Fine direction, decent acting, lots of freaks. Kristofferson is funny as the perpetual man who knows where everybody should go (he plays that one a lot) in this case with a midget wife who's very very small. Pleasing otherworldly atmosphere enhanced by the circus theme -- if only the producers had sprung for a TRAVELLING circus! Still, this one didn't deserve the acid reviews and fan neglect it received on initial release, and should be given a fair look by fans of Reubens' neo-vaudeville comedy.

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