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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1.85 : 1
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10 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the sequel to "Pee Wee's Big Adventure", Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) is a simple farmer in a small town. But after a big storm blows their way, a circus ends up at Pee Wee's farm.

There are things to like about this film, like the talking pig and the screen debut of Benicio del Toro and Dustin Diamond (both in very small roles). You also have some bigger names in bigger roles, though why they signed on to this is something of a mystery.

Not that the film is terrible, but it really has no plot. We just have a circus, Pee-Wee as a womanizer, and some random silliness. No real story. And apparently no connection whatsoever to the first film, which seems completely bizarre. What happened to all those characters? Why does Pee-Wee suddenly live on a farm where he studies botany?

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