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Writers (WGA):
Paul Reubens (written by) &
George McGrath (written by)
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Release Date:
22 July 1988 (USA) See more »
Hero. Lover. Legend.
In the sequel to "Pee Wee's Big Adventure", Pee-Wee Herman is a simple farmer in a small town. But after a big storm blows their way... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Paul Reubens ... Pee-wee Herman (as Pee-wee Herman)

Penelope Ann Miller ... Winnie

Kris Kristofferson ... Mace Montana

Valeria Golino ... Gina Piccolapupula

Wayne White ... Vance the Pig (voice)

Susan Tyrrell ... Midge Montana
Albert Henderson ... Mr. Ryan
Jack Murdock ... Otis
David Byrd ... Deke
Mary Jackson ... Mrs. Dill

Frances Bay ... Mrs. Haynes
Leo Gordon ... Joe the Blacksmith (as Leo V. Gordon)

Anne Seymour ... Pearl

Kenneth Tobey ... Sheriff
Jay Robinson ... Cook
Eve Smith ... Bunny
Andrew Shalat ... Paolo Piccolapupula
Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros ... Andy

Franco Columbu ... Otto the Strongman (as Franco Columbo)

Terrence Mann ... Snowball the Clown
Vance Colvig Jr. ... Clownie

Matthias Hues ... Oscar the Liontamer

Benicio Del Toro ... Duke the Dog-Faced Boy

Kevin Peter Hall ... Big John

Lynne Marie Stewart ... Zelda the Bearded Lady
John Sherrod ... Del the Human Cannonball
Joseph Arias ... Shim the Half Man-Half Woman
Helen Infield Siff ... Ruth
Carol Infield Sender ... Dot
Bunny Summers ... Costume Woman
Kevin B. Kaplowitz ... Child - Mr. Ryan
Jeffrey R. Shaw ... Child - Otis

Dustin Diamond ... Child - Deke
Savannah Prue ... Child - Mrs. Haynes
Lisa M. Ball ... Child - Mrs. Dill
Shea Joachim ... Child - Sheriff
Marie Hawkins ... Child - Pearl
Molly Ann Carter ... School Child
Myka Peck ... School Child
Dustin Berkovitz ... School Child
Kit MacKenzie ... School Child
Jered Aspenson ... School Child
Shelly Rudolph ... Teenager
Cheryl Treibitz ... Teenager
Judy Rubenfeld ... Honey
Milton Rubenfeld ... Herman
Diane C. Valentine ... Web Girl
Gainer Johnson ... Web Girl (as Gainer C. Johnson)
Alison Logsden ... Web Girl
Patricia M. Peters ... Web Girl
Lynn Marie Polke ... Web Girl
Lita Villacana ... Web Girl
Stephanie Hodge ... Mermaid
April Tatro ... Human Pretzel
Carla Drake ... Fire Eater
Joe Gibb ... Roustabout Clown
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Randal Kleiser ... Popcorn Vendor (uncredited)
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Directed by
Randal Kleiser 
Writing credits
Paul Reubens (written by) &
George McGrath (written by)

Produced by
Richard Gilbert Abramson .... executive producer
Debra Hill .... producer
William E. McEuen .... executive producer
Paul Reubens .... producer
Original Music by
Danny Elfman 
Cinematography by
Steven Poster 
Film Editing by
Jeff Gourson 
Production Design by
Stephen Marsh 
Art Direction by
Beala Neel  (as Beala B. Neel)
Set Decoration by
Anne D. McCulley 
Costume Design by
Robert Turturice 
Makeup Department
Greg Cannom .... special makeup
Production Management
Kurt Neumann .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Crocitto .... second second assistant director
Linda Montanti .... second assistant director
Roger Joseph Pugliese .... first assistant director
Art Department
Oscar Delgadillo .... lead man
Edward Eyth .... production artist
Tim R. Lafferty .... construction foreman
Craig Talmy .... sculptor
Sound Department
Sandina Bailo-Lape .... sound editor
Julia Evershade .... sound editor
Kirk Francis .... production sound mixer
Cecelia Hall .... supervising sound editor
Ronald Jacobs .... supervising sound editor (as Ron Jacobs)
Trevor Jolly .... sound editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Dessie Markovsky .... adr artist
F. Hudson Miller .... sound effects editor
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
R.J. Palmer .... sound editor
R.J. Palmer .... sound effects editor
Mychal Smith .... boom operator
Jack Keller .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Yarek Alfer .... sculptor
Dale Brady .... puppet fabrication
Thaine Morris .... special effects foreperson
Matt Sweeney .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Wayne Baker .... visual effects (as Wayne D. Baker)
Mike Chambers .... visual effects coordinator
Richard Edlund .... visual effects
Neil Krepela .... visual effects supervisor
Jeff Platt .... electronics
Chris Regan .... optical supervisor
Howard Stein .... visual effects editor
Michael Van Himbergen .... visual effects coordinator: Boss Film Corp.
Bill Couch Jr. .... stunts
Bill Couch .... stunt coordinator
Ginear Emilio Mendez .... stunts
Gary Morgan .... stunts
Alex Plasschaert .... stunts
Karen Price .... stunts
Mel Ray .... stunts
Bob Yerkes .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
R. Michael De Chellis .... set lighting best boy
Alan R. Disler .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Roy Heath .... best boy (1988)
John Koester .... camera operator (as John C. Koester)
George Kohut .... camera operator
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician
Alex Rodriguez .... lighting technician
Craig Talmy .... rigger
Ron Kunecke .... musco light operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Craig Ames .... costumer
Jerry Herrin .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Maria Lee Silver .... assistant editor
Dianne Ryder-Rennolds .... assistant editor (as Dianne Ryder-Reynolds)
Music Department
Dick Bernstein .... music editor
George Doering .... musician
William Ross .... orchestrator
John Rotondi .... scoring engineer: Y4
Steven Scott Smalley .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Other crew
Michael Adley .... production assistant
David Bryant .... production assistant
Scott E. Chester .... assistant: Mr. Reubens
Paul Plannette .... production assistant
Chris Regan .... optical supervisor
Michael Roberts .... production accountant
Craig Talmy .... puppeteer
Jeanine Wilson .... first assistant accountant

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86 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Benicio Del Toro's film debutSee more »
Continuity: 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Barnyard Circus ParadeSee more »


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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Poorly structured but just about funny weird and funny ha-ha often enough to watch, 18 April 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Pee Wee Herman is a laid back farmer on his rather unusual farm in small town America. He looks after his animals and has a tight security lab where he develops wonderful new plants and treatments. One day a storm hits his town and he finds himself helping out the inhabitants of a travelling circus. When the town shuns the circus, Pee Wee offers to put them up at his farm. However the strange and wonderful folks in the circus completely change his life, not to mention the impact beautiful acrobat xxx has.

First of all, here's a simple yardstick – if you dislike Reubens' sense of humour, then you'll dislike this film intently. If you like him then this should be OK. For the rest of us who fall somewhere in the `indifferent' camp, then this is passable but not much more than that. To discuss plot is unfair as that is not what this film is about. However some degree of narrative would have been nice. Beyond this the film becomes a series of little sketches with a common theme.

Of these, some work well and some don't. There is just about enough off-beat, imaginative humour to keep the film going. The majority of the scenes are amusing in a weird way, some are laugh out loud funny and some just don't work and drag a bit. Even if your sense of humour is this way inclined it may be a little thin to satisfy.

Reubens is OK, doing his usual camp clowning thing in that same suit. I don't dislike him and found him funny when he was in a good scene. Kris Kristofferson is simply a novelty here, he has nothing of substance to do other than be a famous face in a film. Golino is pretty but doesn't have much humour to bring. The potentially funniest character was the pig, but he didn't get anywhere near enough in the way of lines.

Overall this is one for fans, but those who are OK with Herman's humour may get a few laughs. However, for many, this will be just amusing and may not be worth spending 90 minutes on.

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