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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure -- Bill Preston and Ted Logan are two totally excellent dudes facing one most heinous history exam.  With the help of Rufus an ultra-cool messenger in a time traveling phone booth, the triumphant twosome bag a bevy of historical heavyweights like the "Bodacious Philosopher" Socrates,"One Very Excellent Barbarian" Genghis Khan, the "Short Dead Dude"  Napoleon and "Noah's Wife" Joan of Arc to stage the most hysterical high school project ever.  History's about to be rewritten by two guys who can't even spell.
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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure -- Two seemingly dumb teens struggle to prepare a historical presentation with the help of a time machine.


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Two seemingly dumb teens struggle to prepare a historical presentation with the help of a time machine. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Keanu Reeves ... Ted 'Theodore' Logan

Alex Winter ... Bill S. Preston

George Carlin ... Rufus

Terry Camilleri ... Napoleon

Dan Shor ... Billy the Kid
Tony Steedman ... Socrates
Robert V. Barron ... Abraham Lincoln (as Robert Barron)
Rod Loomis ... Freud

Al Leong ... Genghis Khan

Jane Wiedlin ... Joan of Arc

Clifford David ... Beethoven

Hal Landon Jr. ... Captain Logan

Bernie Casey ... Mr. Ryan

Amy Stoch ... Missy / Mom (as Amy Stock-Poynton)

J. Patrick McNamara ... Mr. Preston
Frazier Bain ... Deacon

Diane Franklin ... Princess Joanna

Kimberley Kates ... Princess Elizabeth (as Kimberley LaBelle)
William Robbins ... Ox Robbins (as Will Robbins)
Steve Shepherd ... Randolf
Anne Machette ... Buffy
Traci Dawn Davis ... Jody
Duncan McLeod ... Bartender
John Clure ... Tattooed Cowboy

Jim Cody Williams ... Bearded Cowboy
Dusty O'Dee ... Old West Ugly Dude
Heather Pittman ... Kerry
Ruth Pittman ... Daphne
Richard Alexander ... Bowling Alley Manager (as Dick Alexander)
James Bowbitch ... John the Serf
John Karlsen ... Evil Duke
Jeanne Hermine Herek ... Mother at Waterslides
Jonathan Bond ... Waterslide Attendant
Jeff S. Goodrich ... Music Store Salesman
Lisa Rubin ... Girl at Mall

Marjean Holden ... Student Speaker

Claudia Templeton ... Aerobic Saleswoman
Carol Gossler ... Aerobic Instructor
J. Donovan Nelson ... Mall Photographer
Marcia Darroch ... Store Clerk
Steven Rotblatt ... Police Psychiatrist

Ed Solomon ... Stupid Waiter
Chris Matheson ... Ugly Waiter
Mark Ogden ... Neanderthal #1

Tom Dugan ... Neanderthal #2
Ron Althoff ... Security Guard (as Ron R. Althoff)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phillip V. Caruso ... Dance Photographer (uncredited)

Clarence Clemons ... The Three Most Important People in the World (uncredited)
S. Scott Conner ... Guy on Escalator (uncredited)
Martha Davis ... The Three Most Important People in the World (uncredited)
Lee Hollingsworth ... Student (uncredited)
Todd Livdahl ... Student (uncredited)

Greg Lutz ... Deputy (uncredited)
Tricia Porter ... Bowling Scorekeeper (uncredited)
Golan Ramraz ... Kid at Waterslides (uncredited)
Fee Waybill ... The Three Most Important People in the World (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Herek 
Writing credits
Chris Matheson (written by) &
Ed Solomon (written by)

Produced by
W.K. Border .... associate producer
Robert W. Cort .... executive producer
Stephen Deutsch .... co-executive producer
Ted Field .... executive producer
Scott Kroopf .... producer
Michael S. Murphey .... producer
Joel Soisson .... producer
Original Music by
David Newman 
Cinematography by
Tim Suhrstedt (director of photography) (as Timothy Suhrstedt)
Film Editing by
Larry Bock 
Patrick Rand 
Casting by
Stanzi Stokes 
Production Design by
Roy Forge Smith 
Art Direction by
Gordon White 
Set Decoration by
Jennifer Williams 
Costume Design by
Jill M. Ohanneson  (as Jill Ohanneson)
Makeup Department
Patti Brand .... hair stylist
Everett Burrell .... assistant makeup artist: Neanderthals
Vincent Fauci .... assistant hair stylist
Vincent Fauci .... assistant makeup artist
Daniel Marc .... key hair stylist
Daniel Marc .... key makeup artist
Darrell Redleaf-Fielder .... assistant hair stylist (as Darrell Fielder)
Darrell Redleaf-Fielder .... assistant makeup artist (as Darrell Fielder)
Debbie Reggo .... hair stylist: Los Angeles
Debbie Reggo .... makeup artist: Los Angeles
Kevin Yagher .... makeup artist: Neanderthals
Production Management
W.K. Border .... post-production supervisor
Anselmo Parrinello .... production manager: Italy
Stefano Spadoni .... unit manager: Italy
Scott White .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Heffron .... second assistant director
Fabio Jephcott .... first assistant director: Italy
Steven Pearl .... second second assistant director
Kristine Peterson .... first assistant director
Art Department
Pier Luigi Basile .... art director: Italy (as Pierluigi Basile)
James Blair .... construction crew
David T. Cannon .... swing gang: Los Angeles (as Dave Cannon)
Al Clarke .... construction crew
Joe Cooper .... construction crew
Giorgio Desideri .... set decorator: Italy
Beth DeSort .... lead person: Los Angeles
Eduardo H. Esparza .... construction crew (as Eddie Esparza)
Charles Falconer .... construction crew
Maureen Farley .... assistant property master
Star Fields .... carpenter
Tim Fox .... construction crew
Lauri Gaffin .... set decorator: Los Angeles
Lisa Gamel .... assistant scenic artist
Joel S. Griffith .... scenic artist (as Joel Griffith)
Richard Heck .... construction crew
Bob Hlusak .... assistant painter
Bill Holmquist .... head carpenter
James Jerome Jaeger .... construction crew (as James Jaeger)
Keith Johnson .... construction crew
L.R. Kelly .... swing gang
Terry Kempf .... construction coordinator
Cliff Kirby .... construction crew
Paolo Luciani .... property master: Italy
Jim McDonald .... construction crew (as James McDonald)
Jim Meyer .... swing gang
Bruce Mink .... property master
Robert Murray .... construction crew
Aaron Newton .... plasterer
Lynda Paradise .... production designer: Los Angeles
Walter W. Parry Jr. .... swing gang (as Walter Parry)
Theresa Pedemonte .... set dresser
Steven Renick .... construction crew
Vicki Riske .... assistant painter
Samara Schaffer .... art department assistant
Tim Sheedy .... construction crew
Scott Thaden .... construction crew
Benjamin Stuart Thompson .... rigger (as Benjamin Thompson)
Rob Thorne .... construction crew
Rick Toone .... swing gang: Los Angeles
Blair Torrey .... assistant painter
Dan Wahlman .... swing gang
Doug Wood .... construction crew
Stan Cockerell .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Jim Halsband .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
John H. Arrufat .... sound editor (as John Arrufat)
Gary Blufer .... sound effects recordist
Joe Dorn .... assistant adr editor (as Joe R. Dorn)
Dean Drabin .... foley mixer
Laurie Ecker .... sound effects coordinator
John Michael Fanaris .... sound effects coordinator
John P. Fasal .... special sound designer
William G. Flick .... boom operator: Los Angeles (as Bill Flick)
Frank A. Fuller Jr. .... sound effects research and design
Joseph Geisinger .... sound mixer: Los Angeles
Penny Green .... machine room operator
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary 'Wrecker' Hecker)
Michael Hoskinson .... assistant sound editor (as Michael R. Hoskinson)
Scott D. Jackson .... adr editor
Michael Jiron .... re-recording mixer
John Leveque .... sound editor
Glenn T. Morgan .... sound editor
Sam Perry .... boom operator
Jeffrey L. Sandler .... sound editor
Stacy Saravo .... sound effects research and design
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Allen L. Stone .... sound re-recording mixer (as Allen Stone)
Becky Sullivan .... adr supervisor
Shawn Sykora .... adr editor
Marvin Walowitz .... sound editor
Richard Weaver .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick Weaver)
Ed White .... production sound mixer
David A. Whittaker .... supervising sound editor
Karen G. Wilson .... sound editor
Michael S. Wren .... sound recordist
Richard E. Yawn .... foley editor
Alessandro Zanon .... production sound mixer: Italy
Tommy Goodwin .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Troy Porter .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bob Ahmanson .... mechanical effects assistant: Image Engineering Inc. (as Robert Ahmanson)
Peter Chesney .... mechanical effects coordinator: Image Engineering Inc. (as Peter M. Chesney)
Tom Chesney .... special effects technician
Blaine Converse .... mechanical effects coordinator: Image Engineering Inc.
Robin L. D'Arcy .... mechanical effects coordinator: Image Engineering Inc. (as Robin D'Arcy)
Lenny Dalrymple .... mechanical effects technician: Image Engineering Inc.
Phillip Hartmann .... mechanical effects assistant: Image Engineering Inc.
Bruce D. Hayes .... special effects foreman
Jim Kundig .... mechanical effects assistant: Image Engineering Inc.
Matt Marich .... mechanical effects assistant: Image Engineering Inc.
Scott Nesselrode .... mechanical effects assistant: Image Engineering, Inc.
Rod Schumacher .... key mechanical effects technician: Image Engineering Inc.
Robert E. Worthington .... key mechanical effects technician: Image Engineering Inc.
Carson 'Koz' Noel III .... special effects consultant (uncredited)
Steve Sanders .... model maker (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Cindy Brussolo .... software programer: Perpetual Motion Pictures
John Brussolo .... software programer: Perpetual Motion Pictures
Nina Chierichetti .... effects animator: Perpetual Motion Pictures
Craig Clark .... effects animator: Perpetual Motion Pictures
Rene Clark .... production artist: Perpetual Motion Pictures
Peter Farson .... technical designer: Omnibus Simulation Inc.
Charles L. Finance .... visual effects production manager: Perpetual Motion Pictures
David Ginsberg .... computer effects coordinator: Omnibus Simulation Inc.
Robert Habros .... matte department supervisor: Perpetual Motion Pictures
Patrick Johnson .... miniature construction: Perpetual Motion Pictures
Candace Lewis .... effects animator: Perpetual Motion Pictures
Richard Malzahn .... miniature photography supervisor: Perpetual Motion Pictures (as Richard S. Malzahn)
Richard Malzahn .... software programer: Perpetual Motion Pictures (as Richard S. Malzahn)
Mauro Maressa .... effects animator: Perpetual Motion Pictures
Sherry McKenna .... visual effects producer
Barry Nolan .... visual effects supervisor
Don Nolan .... software programer: Perpetual Motion Pictures
January Nordman .... effects animator: Perpetual Motion Pictures (as Jan Nordman)
Kathleen Quaife-Hodge .... effects animator: Perpetual Motion Pictures
Jesse Silver .... matte artist: Perpetual Motion Pictures
Kimberly Sylvester .... administrative assistant: Perpetual Motion Pictures
Lynda Weinman .... effects animator: Perpetual Motion Pictures
David S. Williams Jr. .... optical department supervisor: Perpetual Motion Pictures
Ron Althoff .... stunts (as Ron R. Althoff)
Hank Baumert .... stunts
Dan Bradley .... stunt coordinator
Scott Alan Cook .... stunts
Robert Cota .... stunts (as Bob Cota)
Franco Daddi .... stunt coordinator: Italy
John Escobar .... stunts
George Fisher .... stunts
Whitey Hughes .... stunts
Jeff Imada .... stunts (as Jeffrey Imada)
Keith Johnson .... stunts
Al Jones .... stunts
Ray Lykins .... stunts
James Donovan Nelson .... stunts
Noon Orsatti .... stunts
Lori Lynn Ross .... stunts
Don Ruffin .... stunts (as Donald Ruffin)
Vaughn Shafer .... stunts
Rodd Wolff .... stunts
Joe Davis .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alberto Altibrandi .... gaffer: Italy
George Ball .... electrician
William D. Barber .... additional assistant camera (as William Barber)
Adolfo Bartoli .... camera operator: Italy
Luigi Bernardini .... first assistant camera: Italy
Wesley S. Bloom .... electric
Shunil Borpujari .... key grip
Phillip V. Caruso .... still photographer
Peter Lyons Collister .... camera operator: Los Angeles
Steve Dubin .... camera operator: second camera
Bob Field .... best boy electric (as Robert Field)
Rachel A. Flores .... best boy grip (as Rachel Flores)
Samuel Buddy Fries .... additional assistant camera (as Buddy Fries)
Elwin 'Bub' Greer .... grip
Scott Guthrie .... gaffer
Ron Halpern .... additional assistant camera
Thor Hanson .... still photographer: Los Angeles
Mark Karen .... first assistant camera
Cindy Lagerstrom .... electrician
Adrian Licciardi .... second assistant camera
Thomas Loizeaux .... camera operator: second camera
Kyle T. MacDowell .... grip (as Kyle MacDowell)
Danny McCallum .... electrician (as Danny MacCallum)
Martin Miller .... grip
Marty Miller .... grip
James G. Moriarty .... grip (as James Moriarty)
Bob Munoz .... best boy grip
James Neilan .... electrician
Agostino Pascarella .... key grip: Italy
Pat Peach .... electrician
Robert A. Preston .... electrician (as Bob Preston)
Paul Ronald .... still photographer: Italy (as Paul Roland Pellet)
Randolph Sellars .... camera operator: second camera
Rick Spears .... electrician
Lynne Warberg .... still photographer
Tom Countryman .... camera car operator (uncredited)
Michael Saperton .... camera operator (uncredited)
Animation Department
Kevin Kutchaver .... animator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Glenis Wootton Gross .... casting assistant: Los Angeles (as Glenis Gross)
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Robin Monteiro .... extras casting
Claudia Santiago .... extras casting
Steve Schemmel .... extras casting
Sherry Serra .... extras casting
Todd Livdahl .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Ann Ahern .... costumer: women
Jean Aiken .... wardrobe assistant
Elizabeth Boyd .... wardrobe assistant
Giorgio Desideri .... costumer: Italy
Sara Markowitz .... costume supervisor
Harold O'Neal .... costumer: men
Alberto Tosto .... wardrobe master: Italy
Chantal Jacob Tynes .... wardrobe assistant (as Chantal Tynes)
Editorial Department
Duwayne Dunham .... additional editor
Tracy Trout Herek .... apprentice editor
John Lafferty .... first assistant editor
Timothy Nett .... apprentice editor
Rebekah Rudd .... assistant editor
Tom Shaffer .... color timer
Location Management
Russ Fega .... location scout
Stanley Newton .... location manager: Los Angeles
Rick Rothen .... location manager
Gary Van Fleet .... location manager: Los Angeles
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe and English horn
Tim Boyle .... scoring mixer
Scott Grusin .... music editor
David Kershenbaum .... music supervisor
Krystyna Newman .... assistant to composer (as Krys Newman)
Sara Sheranian .... assistant music editor
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tom Villano .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Larry Alexander .... transportation coordinator
Mike Buck .... driver
Connie Colbert .... driver
William 'Fleet' Eakland .... transportation captain (as William Eakland)
George 'Beco' Gerhart .... driver
Doug Hiserodt .... driver
Beth Hoffman .... driver
Coby Jordan .... driver
Kristine Kaspari .... driver
Jim Lucas .... driver
Jeanne Mascia .... driver
Dave Miller .... driver
Bruce Simballa .... driver
David Walden Sr. .... driver: honeywagon (as David Walden)
Other crew
David Avadon .... card sequence
Don Brown .... caterer
Laura Cartwright .... assistant production accountant (as Laura McGillicuddy)
Nick Chaput .... production assistant
Alberto De Stefani .... accountant
Janet Elsasser .... production assistant
Steve Feinberg .... production assistant
David Forbes .... head of marketing and sales
Norah Goebel .... assistant production accountant (as Norah Goebel-George)
Adrienne Hamalian-Mangine .... script supervisor (as Adrienne Hamalian)
Marjean Holden .... production assistant
Constance L. Hoy .... key set production assistant (as Connie Hoy)
Brad Jeffries .... choreographer
Penny Key .... assistant: Mr. Kroopf
Elisabeth Landon .... marketing consultant
David Linck .... unit publicist
Ramon Luna .... caterer
Diane MacDowell .... craft service
Cristie Miele .... animal trainer (as Cristi Miele)
Alfredo Miserocchi .... production assistant
James D. Nelson .... assistant: Mr. Soisson and Mr. Murphey
Carol Perini .... production medic
Manuela Pineskj .... production coordinator: Italy (as Manuela Pineski-Berger)
Larry Rhoe .... stand-in
Bill Roberts .... stand-in
Sharon Roesler .... assistant: Mr. Herek
Marjorie Rubin .... production secretary: Los Angeles
Florian Schereck .... production accountant
Mari Scott .... production assistant
Enzo Sisti .... production auditor: Italy
Kristin Smith .... production secretary
Julie Theiring .... set nurse: Los Angeles
Robert Warner .... stand-in
Lou Weinert .... runner
Patricia Whitcher .... production coordinator (as Patty Whitcher)
Jason Wisch .... production assistant
Larry Bartels .... stand-in (uncredited)
Ken Cahill .... stand-in (uncredited)
Fabiomassimo Dell'Orco .... production assistant (uncredited)
Paul Ganley .... production assistant (uncredited)
Todd Livdahl .... stand-in: male lead (uncredited)
Elgin MacMillan .... stand-in: Keanu Reeves (uncredited)
Raffaella De Laurentiis .... the producers wish to thank

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Did You Know?

In the original outline for the movie, Rufus was a 28-year-old high school sophomore who befriended Bill and Ted. There was also a character named John the Serf, whom Bill and Ted picked up in medieval England.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Bill and Ted pick up Genghis Khan in Outer Mongolia, it's the year 1209 as indicated on the screen. However, during the report, Bill says they picked him up in the year 1269; Genghis Khan died in 1227.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...
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50 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
A surprisingly gnarly comedy!, 8 July 2002
Author: BlackJack_B

June 8, 2002 was an 80's renaissance for me. Playing an emulated ColecoVision on my PC, listening to Huey Lewis, Prince, and Men At Work, watching the A-Team on TNN, and seeing this film from 1989. I still enjoy the decade of feathered mullets, jerri-curled hair, acid-washed jeans, skinny ties, dominant pop music, and terrible fashions. The 90's will never have that to live down (except terrible fashions, but not as bad).

When Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure became the surprise hit of 1989, it made a star of everyone's favorite Lebanese-Canadian-U.S. rock 'n rolling actor, Keanu Reeves, who is one of the top stars at the box office today and one of the few likeable people in Tinseltown. It seems that he still carries a bit of Theodore "Ted" Logan in all his movies.

He and Alex Winter (an indie film dynamo) play Bill and Ted, a couple of 80's California dudes who want to start their own rock band (Wyld Stallyons). However, both are flunking in high school and will be expelled unless they get an A+ in history. To make matters worse, Ted will be sent to the military by his father, therefore squashing their dreams of rock stardom. Enter Rufus (George Carlin), a man from the future who plays Clarence to the boys George (shades of It's A Wonderful Life) who gives them a telephone booth. With it, they decide to use it to collect great historical figures and bring them to San Dimas, California to show them how mankind has evolved.

Surprisingly, the film holds up today. Bill and Ted are truly likeable boneheads and both Reeves and Winter deliver fine performances. Carlin is funny in his appearances, showing that he doesn't need trash-talk to be entertaining. The dialogue is truly amusing, probably because no one talks like that any more. The only weakness is that it's an 80's film, so if you didn't grow up in that era, you might not understand why there's music playing throughout the film, or why everyone looks and dresses so weird (yes, that's how everyone looked in the 1980's). The DVD version is quite nice, but it only has a trailer as a bonus. Still, a must watch, and much better than all the copycat films (including the horrible Dude, Where's My Car?). Party On!

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