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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi  |  17 February 1989 (USA)
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Two seemingly dumb teens struggle to prepare a historical presentation with the help of a time machine.

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In the small town of San Dimas, a few miles away from Los Angeles, there are two nearly brain dead teenage boys going by the names of Bill S, Preston ESQ. and Ted Theodore Logan, they have a dream together of starting their own rock and roll band called the "Wyld Stallyns". Unfortunately, they are still in high school and on the verge of failing out of their school as well, and if they do not pass their upcoming history report, they will be separated as a result of Ted's father sending him to military school. But, what Bill and Ted do not know is that they must stay together to save the future. So, a man from the future named Rufus came to help them pass their report. So, both Bill and Ted decided to gather up historical figures which they need for their report. They are hoping that this will help them pass their report so they can stay together. Written by John Wiggins

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$40,485,039 (USA)
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Though the film is PG, almost no cursing is heard in it, except for one quick spot that can easily be missed, and it's a whopper of a curse. At the end of the scene where Ted is enticing Genghis Khan into the phone booth with the Twinkie, right after Genghis walks off screen, you hear him yell, "You mother fucker" (with the last word sounding muffled). One of the other being when Ted asks Bill if they know where they're going, and after responding he doesn't know, Bill yells, "Shit!" while Ted just shouts. See more »

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At the beginning of the final report, Billy the Kid shoots out a light with his gun, despite having just been broken out of jail, where the police would have undoubtedly taken his gun away. However, the final report portion of the movie includes all sorts of props (couch for Freud Dude, swords for battling Miss of Arc, keyboards for Beethoven, etc), so it's safe to assume that future Bill and Ted got Billy a gun for the presentation when they came back to set everything up. See more »

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Rufus: Hi, welcome to the future. San Dimas, California, 2688. And I'm telling you it's great here. The air is clean, the water's clean, even the dirt, it's clean. Bowling averages are way up, mini-golf scores are way down. And we have more excellent water slides than any other planet we communicate with. I'm telling you this place is great! But it almost wasn't. You see, 700 years ago, the two great ones, ran into a few problems. So now I have to travel back in time to help them out. If ...
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Dancing With A Gypsy
Written by Anthony Corder, Keith Douglas, Patrick Francis, and John Patterson
Published by Corder Music and Ardent / Loala Music
Performed by Tora Tora
Produced by Joe Hardy and Paul Ebersold
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"Whoa..."
22 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite the success of such films as "Speed" and "The Matrix" trilogy, to a lot of people, Keanu Reeves will ALWAYS be Ted, the taller, darker half of the Bill & Ted duo. And it would seem that Ted, of all Reeves many characters, is possibly the only one where he really seemed to have put himself into the role and felt like a natural.

One of the great dopey dude slacker classics, the title characters Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (the aforementioned Reeves) are a pair of aspiring musicians, the Wild Stallions, who are in danger of being both separated if Ted can't pull up a good enough grade (which = military school) and flunking history class in general. But since they are destined to be "the 2 Great Ones" who's music will unite the Earth and even alien races together in universal harmony, the most excellent dude Rufus (George Carlin) shows up and gives them a time traveling phone booth to help them pass their history class by bringing back real historical figures like Billy the Kid, Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon, Joan of Ark and what not. Now all they have to do is keep them from getting separated and jailed before they have to pass history! Along the way, Bill & Ted also fall in love with two sexy virgin princesses from the medieval circa.

Yeah it's not great cinema, but it's a fun romp of slacker dude madness thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves as the title characters.

Followed by "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey".


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