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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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Abraham Lincoln (as Robert Barron)
Amy Stock-Poynton ...
Missy / Mom


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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Party on, dudes! See more »


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Release Date:

17 February 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dudes  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)


$40,485,039 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Originally, Alex Winter auditioned for the role of Ted and Keanu Reeves auditioned for the role of Bill. See more »


When the historical dudes are filing into the phone booth at the end of the movie, you can see a trapdoor in the back open as they go through it. See more »


[first lines]
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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The definitive coming of age film of its era.
4 June 2003 | by (Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

I can't sing its praises well enough, but this is a fun movie with a great deal of hidden wisdom. I'm certain an unenlightened individual would brush this cinematic masterpiece off as another eighties movie, but their opinions count for naught in the grand scheme of things. Sit back and enjoy the ride. Party on, dudes, and be excellent to each other. Truly, words to live by.

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