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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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Poorly structured but just about funny weird and funny ha-ha often enough to watch See more (41 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 (as Terrence V. Mann)
Vance Colvig Jr. ... Clownie (as Vance Colvig)

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 ... Dell the Human Cannonball
Joseph Arias ... Shim the Half Man-Half Woman (as Joey Arias)
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 (as Savanah Prue)
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 (as April Tetro)
Carla Drake ... Fire Eater
Joe Gibb ... Roustabout Clown
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Randal Kleiser ... Popcorn Vendor (uncredited)

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 (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jeff Gourson 
Casting by
Victoria Thomas (casting by)
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 .... duke the dog-faced boy by
Edouard F. Henriques .... make-up artist (as Edouard F. Henriquez)
Ve Neill .... make-up artist
Yolanda Toussieng .... hairstylist
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
Carl Aldana .... set designer
Gavin Cowie Sr. .... paint foreperson
Gavin Cowie .... painter (as Gavin Cowie Jr.)
Stuart T. Cowie .... production painter (as Stuart Cowie)
Oscar Delgadillo .... lead person
Edward Eyth .... production artist
Oscar Flores .... assistant property master (as Oscar M. Flores)
Horst Grandt .... property master
David Harris .... greens (as Paul David Harris)
Stephen Homsy .... set designer
John Hutchinson .... paint foreperson
Tim R. Lafferty .... construction foreman
David Lanning .... property person (as Dave Lanning)
Anthony J. Martin .... laborer
Pat Moudakis .... assistant property master
William J. Newmon II .... set designer
Frank Noriega .... labor foreperson
James F. Orendorff .... construction foreperson (as James S. Orendorff)
Richard Pitman .... set designer (as Richard W. Pitman)
Constantine A. Poulos .... construction clerk (as Constantine 'Gus' A. Poulos)
Ruth Pulido .... painter
Ray Rarick .... construction foreperson (as Raymond S. Rarick)
Gary Rizzo .... property person
George Stokes .... construction coordinator
George W. Stokes .... propmaker
Craig Talmy .... sculptor
Ralph Votaw Sr. .... labor foreperson
Ralph Votaw .... propmaker (as Ralph Votaw Jr.)
Kenneth L. Westcott .... lead person
Robert Willis .... greens (as Robert K. Willis)
Sound Department
Sandina Bailo-Lape .... sound editor
Pamela Bentkowski .... foley editor
Julia Evershade .... sound editor
Kirk Francis .... sound mixer
Judee Gustafson .... assistant sound editor
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 .... supervising sound editor
Hudson B. Marquez .... boom operator
F. Hudson Miller .... sound effects editor
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald Ortiz .... assistant sound editor (as Don Ortiz)
R.J. Palmer .... sound editor
R.J. Palmer .... sound effects editor
Mychal Smith .... boom operator (as Mychal D. Smith)
Jack Keller .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Yarek Alfer .... sculptor
Raymond C. Boyle .... special effects person
Dale Brady .... puppet fabrication
Thaine Morris .... special effects foreperson
John Parker .... special effects person (as John A. Parker)
Bob Stoker .... special effects person (as Bob Stoker Jr.)
Lucinda Strub .... special effects person
Matt Sweeney .... special effects supervisor
Fred Tessaro .... special effects foreperson
Visual Effects by
Wayne Baker .... visual effects (as Wayne D. Baker)
Mike Chambers .... visual effects coordinator
Richard Edlund .... visual effects producer
Neil Krepela .... visual effects supervisor
Tom Nikosey .... title designer
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
James Arron Barber .... film loader
Mike Brooker .... grip
R. Michael De Chellis .... assistant chief lighting technician
Alan R. Disler .... first assistant photographer
Candace Ann Edwards .... second assistant photographer
Joseph Graham .... dolly grip (as Joseph A. Graham)
Gregg Guellow .... first company grip (as C. Gregory Guellow)
Roy Heath .... best boy (1988)
Jack Kirk .... assistant chief lighting technician
John Koester .... camera operator (as John C. Koester)
George Kohut .... camera operator
Michael Krueger .... lighting technician
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician
Scott McKnight .... lighting technician
James Plannette .... chief lighting technician
Alex Rodriguez .... lighting technician
Mike Schwake .... dolly grip (as Michael Schwake)
Hank Sheppard .... second company grip
Bing Sokolsky .... first assistant photographer (as Ivan 'Bing' Sokolsky)
Bruce W. Talamon .... still photographer
Craig Talmy .... rigger
Paul Threlkeld .... dolly grip
Tony Whitman .... dolly grip (as Anthony Whitman)
Ron Kunecke .... musco light operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Renee Milliken .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Craig Ames .... costumer
James 'Mike' Balker .... costumer (as James 'Michael' Balker)
Sandy Berke Jordan .... costume supervisor (as Sandra Berke-Jordan)
Jerry Herrin .... set costumer
Christopher Lawrence .... assistant to robert turturice
Milton G. Mangum .... key costumer
Sharyn Manis .... costumer (as Sharyn 'Ruby' Manis)
Anthony J. Scarano .... costumer
Editorial Department
Terry Haggar .... color timer
Maria Lee Silver .... assistant editor
Irvin Paik .... assistant editor
Donald Rounds .... assistant editor
Dianne Ryder-Rennolds .... additional editing by
Music Department
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator
Dick Bernstein .... music editor
George Doering .... musician
William Ross .... conductor
John Rotondi .... scoring engineer: Y4
Steven Scott Smalley .... additional orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Joel Marrow .... transportation coordinator
Gaston Veilleux .... transportation captain
Other crew
Michael Adley .... production assistant
Ty Arnold .... production assistant
James Bailey .... first aid (as Jim Bailey)
Marcy Bolotin .... unit publicist
David Bryant .... production assistant
Scott E. Chester .... assistant to mr. herman
Jeff Copeland .... production assistant (as Jeff K. Copeland)
Joy Green .... animal trainer
Cheryl Harris .... animal trainer (as Cheryl Ann Harris)
Ann Meade Johnson .... assistant to randal kleiser
Tom Jones .... craft service
Elyse Katz .... assistant to debra hill
Joyce King .... script supervisor
Sandy Lawrence .... production coordinator
Jamie Marshall .... assistant to randal kleiser (as Jamie Anise Marshall)
Dan Miller .... production assistant (as Danny Miller)
Paul Plannette .... production assistant
Roland Raffler .... animal trainer
Chris Regan .... optical supervisor
Don Reynolds .... animal trainer (as Don Kay Reynolds)
Paul 'Sled' Reynolds .... animal trainer (as Paul C. Reynolds)
Michael Roberts .... production auditor (as Mike Roberts)
Lindsay Root .... production assistant
Doree Sitterly .... animal trainer
Diana Smith .... animal trainer (as Diana C. Smith)
Phil Smith .... animal trainer (as Philip Glen Smith)
Patsy Swayze .... choreographer
Craig Talmy .... puppeteer
Rex Tegelaar .... production assistant
Helena Walsh .... animal trainer
Hubert Wells .... animal coordinator (as Hubert G. Wells)
Jeanine Wilson .... assistant production auditor
David L. Wolfson .... facilities coordinator (as David Litmen Wolfson)
Stephanie Ziemer .... production secretary (as Stephanie Suzanne Ziemer)

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86 min
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Did You Know?

For the movie's poster/VHS/DVD artwork; the body of Pee-Wee impersonator Jeff Scott was used; with Paul Reubens' head replacing Jeff's.See more »
Continuity: When the Sheriff enters Mr. Ryan's Store to tell everyone about the Storm, Otis switches from standing next to the Sheriff and Mr. Ryan between shots.See more »
Gina Piccolapupula:Snowball's a clown mace. Clowns aren't funny.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Swimming with Sharks (1994)See more »
Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing In A HurrySee more »


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2 out of 3 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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