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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine.

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Missy / Mom (as Amy Stock-Poynton)
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Mr. Preston
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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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17 February 1989 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,167,651, 20 February 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,485,039
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The punk band The Ataris wrote a song based on Ox's report. The song is titled "San Dimas High School Football Rules!" but has nothing to do with the film. See more »

Goofs

In the saloon fight when Billy the Kid is caught cheating at cards, a prostitute swings in on a rope and takes a guy through a window with her. The rope she swings on disappears and re-appears a few times between shots. See more »

Quotes

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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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Referenced in Supernatural: Book of the Damned (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Not So Far Away
Written by Tom Cochrane
Published by Falling Sky Music and Arista Music, Inc.
(Administered by Arista Music)
Performed by Glen Burtnick
Produced by Glen Burtnick
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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A Wild & Fun "History Lesson"
3 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

It's hard to get upset at two very likable dummies who wouldn't hurt a fly. That's Bill and Ted, two Valley-type teens from back in the late '80s who play two really two guys who wind up going on a time-travel trip while trying to help themselves pass a history presentation.

I've always enjoyed time travel stories but they've all been fairly intelligent......not stupid, like this. However, this was still fun to watch. Any time you get to see Billy the Kid, Abraham Lincoln, Socrates, Beethoven, Napoleon, Joan of Arc and others all in the same movie - especially with these two modern-day airheads - is pretty entertaining.

Keanu Reeves was perfect for the role because he sounds stupid no matter role he plays! Alex Winter, I don't know. George Carlin has been goofy for 50 years so anything stupid he says wouldn't surprise me.

This is comedy at its lightest but it's pretty inoffensive, safe viewing for most anyone and if you need a laugh - even from something dumb - this would fill the bill.


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