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Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) Poster

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The original title was "Bill and Ted go to Hell" but was changed because of American objections to the use of the word "hell".
The evil character from the future is called "De Nomolos", which is writer and producer Ed Solomon's name spelt backwards.
The band that plays before the Wyld Stallyns at the Battle of the Bands is Primus from El Sobrante, California. They play "Tommy the Cat".
In the scene where Bill and Ted are addressing God, there are 2 statues at the base of the staircase. One is of Michael Powell and the other is of David Niven, an homage to Powell and Emeric Pressburger's afterlife classic Stairway to Heaven (1946). The stairway itself is the same as the one in that film, which has the USA title "Stairway to Heaven".
The guitar solo before KISS' "God Gave Rock And Roll To You", is performed by guitar legend Steve Vai The footage had already been shot and the world premiere was a week away, when he was asked to do it. He also contributed various music in the film, including "The Reaper Rap", which features on the end credits.
When Bill and Ted go to Missy's séance, you can see Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, the creators and writers of Bill and Ted. They're the only men that are attending the séance. (Chris is the guy with the white shirt and Ed is the guy with the glasses.)
Bill and Ted playing a game with Death to win back their lives is a reference to the classic Ingmar Bergman film, The Seventh Seal (1957) in which a knight plays chess with Death for his life.
The evil robots arrive in the parking lot of the Circle-K convenience store, the same place where Bill and Ted first meet Rufus in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989).
William Sadler ("Death"), also plays a bit role as an Englishman when we see various spots around the world when the Battle of the Bands is shown.
The mountain to which Bill and Ted are brought to be killed by the evil robots is the same mountain Captain Kirk climbs in Star Trek: Arena (1967), which Bill and Ted watched in their apartment.
The "Riddance of Evil" book that Missy uses to send Bill & Ted to hell is actually a redressed copy of the Stephen King short-story collection "Four Past Midnight." She opens it to a page in the story "Secret Window, Secret Garden," which can be read clearly in a few frames of the film.
Joss Ackland said in a Radio Times interview he only did this project because of a bet between him and a family member.
The games that Bill and Ted play with the Grim Reaper are Battleship, Clue (aka Cluedo), NFL Super Bowl Electric Football and Twister.
Marni Joan Bakst and Sadler Colley Bakst play members of an English family with William Sadler as the father. They are Sadler's real life wife and daughter.
The guitars that Bill and Ted play are a Gibson SG Standard and a Gibson '59 Flying V. Ted plays two different color schemes on the V, while Bill's SG was the same throughout the movie
When Ted attempts to get into Heaven by proving himself worthy, he says, "Every rose has its thorn. Every night has a dawn. Every cowboy sings a sad sad song." These are the key lyrics of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", a song sung by the popular 1980s/1990s heavy metal band Poison.
When Ted's father is taking de Nomolos away, Death says "Book em, Danno," made famous in Hawaii Five-O (1968). William Sadler would later go on to play the role of Jack McGarrett in Hawaii Five-0 (2010).
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In the beginning of the movie, when Wild Stallyns is auditioning for Battle of the Bands, and when Ted is introducing the princesses, he says "...the beautiful princesses from medieval England...", and turns away from the mic at the word "medieval", trying not to expose their time traveling. However, the sentence segment that came just before that was "celebrating their fifth year in the Twentieth Century". Also, in the birthday party scene, the cake says "Happy 521st Birthday".
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In a deleted sequence, the Evil Robot Usses use devices to re-create Bill and Ted's' Personal Hells (Granny Preston, the Easter Bunny, and Col. Oats) and send them after the heroes. Bill and Ted end up having to face their fears to get rid of them: Bill gives Granny her kiss on the cheek, Ted calls his brother and apologizes for stealing his Easter candy, and both boys treat Oats with kindness and friendship rather than terror.
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In an early draft of the script, Rufus was the villain.
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The scene at The Circle K wasn't actually filmed at a Circle K. It was filmed at a 7/11 in Canyon Country. The Circle K logo and sky behind it were all computer generated.
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During the seance scene, the chant to send Bill and Ted's spirits can be read backwards as "Ed and Chris will rule the world." Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson being the movie's scriptwriters.
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At first, the studio executives adamantly said "No Way!" to the idea of Bill and Ted dying, but the creators and actors were firm, realizing that it was too good an idea not to do.
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Stephen Herek declined to return as director, because he thought it was "Almost a parody of a movie that was already a parody".
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The Bill and Ted University students were dressed in colourful Day-Glo costumes constructed with neophrene, a material most commonly found in wetsuits.
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During filming, Keanu Reeves collapsed in his trailer and was hospitalized with an arm infection.
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William Sadler played an executioner and the titular character in the very first episode of The Tales From The Crypt television series named "The Man Who Was Death" two years earlier.
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Bill & Ted University was founded in 2425.
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Alex Winter (Bill S. Preston, Esq.), Keanu Reeves (Ted "Theodore" Logan), George Carlin (Rufus), Hal Landon Jr. (Captain John Logan), Amy Stoch (Missy) and J. Patrick McNamara (Mr. Preston) are the only actors to reprise their roles from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989).
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Chuck was originally going to die at the end and go to hell with the evil Duo, where they annoyed him for all eternity.
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The Evil Robot Usses were supposed to kill Bill and Ted at the Battle of the Bands, whereupon the boys would invoke their wins against Death to get resurrected. This part does appear in the comic book adaptation of the movie, which was based on an earlier draft of the script.
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Future Bill and Ted appear similar in appearance to Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top.
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The film was shot over 12 weeks.
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Peter Hewitt was chosen to direct based on his short film The Candy Show (1989).
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The overall design of the film was based on circles, domes and spheres. You can see the circular theme running through the Heaven and Hell sets.
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The Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys, Los Angeles is used to represent Bill & Ted University in 2691. It would later be used to represent another future university, namely Starfleet Academy, in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The First Duty (1992) and Star Trek: Voyager: In the Flesh (1998).
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The film takes place in 2691 and 1993.
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Released just two days after Alex Winter's 26th birthday.
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Director Cameo 

Peter Hewitt: The smoker in the Builder's Emporium to whom Death says, "I'll see you soon." In the cast credits The Smoker is credited as "Max Magenta".

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Early in the film, Rufus states they will have Benjamin Franklin in their next class. In Heaven, Death is later seen speaking to Franklin.
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The scene in which Evil Robot Bill & Ted kidnap the Princess Babes to take them to the Battle of the Bands was notably different for several reasons. First, the robots knock Missy out, not with their breath but with Evil Bill's fist! In early drafts of the script, Captain Logan also confronted the robots, only to be pushed up into the ceiling by them. The robots then pull an outrageous bluff by unzipping their skins to reveal themselves to be disguised . . . as each other! (This would have tied in with Rufus' revelation of actually being Ms. Wardroe at the end of the movie.) If you look closely while watching the movie, you can see the discarded skins on the floor behind Evil Bill & Ted as they talk to Bill & Ted on the phone.
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