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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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Pee-wee Herman (as Pee-wee Herman)
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Vance the Pig (voice)
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Midge Montana
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Jack Murdock ...
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Mrs. Dill
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Joe the Blacksmith (as Leo V. Gordon)
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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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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
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Trivia

"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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

References Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

The Girl On The Flying Trapeze
Written by Danny Elfman
Performed by Paul Reubens (as Pee-Wee Herman)
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Big Top misfire
11 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

Ah, the ignorance of being a kid. "Big Top Pee-Wee" had some decent play value back when I was too small to know better. But watching this through adult eyes was a huge letdown. The story's paper thin, the charm is nonexistent and . . . well it's all off. Most of the jokes are dead in the water, and there are long stretches where you hope for something funny, but the laughs just don't come. I kept asking myself if I'm just missing some brilliantly subversive art - but no, I'm pretty sure this is just driftwood. Kristofferson's seemingly wandered into the wrong production, and Reubens is just doing through the motions. Vance the Pig was funny, and the hot dog tree was cute.

But that's about it.

4/10


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