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Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

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When eccentric man-child Pee-wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life.

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Tim Burton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Reubens ... Pee-wee Herman (as Pee-wee Herman)
Elizabeth Daily ... Dottie
Mark Holton ... Francis Buxton
Diane Salinger ... Simone
Judd Omen ... Mickey
Irving Hellman Irving Hellman ... Mr. Crowtray
Monte Landis Monte Landis ... Mario
Damon Martin ... Chip (as Damon Landis)
David Glasser ... BMX Kid
Gregory Brown Gregory Brown ... BMX Kid
Mark Everett Mark Everett ... BMX Kid
Daryl Keith Roach ... Chuck (as Daryl Roach)
Bill Cable Bill Cable ... Policeman #1
Peter Looney ... Policeman #2
Starletta DuPois ... Sgt. Hunter
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Storyline

The cartoonish and childish character Pee-wee Herman goes on a big adventure for the first time ever when his beloved shiny new bicycle is stolen by his nemesis Francis Buxton, a fellow man-child and neighborhood rich "kid." And he sets off on an obsessive cross-country journey, determined to recover it. Pee-wee's awkward and childish attempts to be cool and mature. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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You will believe a man can ride a bike. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pee-wees irre Abenteuer See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$99,184, 28 July 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,900,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the end of the 1984 film Buckaroo Bonzai Across the 8th Dimension, Peter Weller and Jeff Goldblum are walking toward the camera. Peter Weller is wearing the famous grey suit with a red bow tie (Pee-Wee's outfit) and Jeff Goldblum is wearing a red cowboy outfit (Pee-Wee's disguise during they rodeo scene). Buckaroo Bonzai was released in 1984. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure was released in 1985. See more »

Goofs

When Pee-wee and Francis emerge from the battle in the swimming pool, Pee-wee's face is a little wet but his clothes are completely dry. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pee-wee: Look out, Mister Potato Head!
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Alternate Versions

When "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" aired on the Disney Channel, Pee-Wee's line, "I don't want another crappy bike" was changed to "I don't want another crummy bike". Most versions before this would make the word "crappy" inaudible, which didn't work. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Madonna/Simple Minds (1985) See more »

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Masterpiece from maligned genius
16 June 2000 | by refillSee all my reviews

Okay, so it loses a bit of steam in the final third, but that's true of most movies. It still rates a ten. The first film by Paul Ruebens, Tim Burton and the incomparable film composer Danny Elfman, it bubbles with the pure joy and exuberance of three talented people playing with a brand new toy. No film has ever been more fun to watch.

Reubens' media crucifixion in the early 90's was a crime against pop culture. America's snickering sanctimony stifled and virtually silenced one of the few original voices in the entertainment industry. I'm only thankful that Pee-wee lives on in video-land, so that my children and I can continue to enjoy his film and television work (the new DVD of "Big Adventure", by the way, is a treasure).

Pee-wee Herman, it's time to come back! Your loyal fans await your triumphant return. And to all those sicko name-callers out there, we have only one thing to say:

"I know you are, but what am I?"


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