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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.

Director:

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 »


Certificate:

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Trivia

One of two films released in August 1985 in which a childish character from a TV series goes on a road trip and discovers how tough the real world can be. The other was Follow That Bird (1985). See more »

Goofs

During the bike race at the beginning, the shadow of a car is briefly visible. See more »

Quotes

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

There are at least 2 fullscreen versions of the film. An open matte version that shows off more vertical picture than the theatrical widescreen (the earliest VHS releases are this way), and a pan-and-scan cropped version, cropped from the theatrical widescreen. See more »

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Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont (as James Lord Pierpont)
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Come back, Pee-wee! All is forgiven.
21 October 2007 | by WarpedRecordSee all my reviews

When you look back at Paul Reubens' career, it's easy to forget what a joy "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" was. He followed it up with a disappointing sequel and, to some, an even bigger indiscretion in his personal life.

"Pee-wee's Big Adventure" is a rarity for a live-action film: A film for kids that adults might like even more. This road movie about Pee-wee's search for his stolen bicycle is colorful, imaginative, well written and even, gulp, educational in spots. After all, who would have thought that the Alamo doesn't have a basement?

Director Tim Burton's surrealistic touches provided an introduction to his quirky career, and Danny Elfman's score set the stage for brilliant soundtracks to come. The delightful walk-ons by Milton Berle, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks and Twisted Sister make this a good one for the time capsule, and James Brolin and Morgan Fairchild are hilarious in the "Hollywood" version of Pee-wee's adventure.

"Pee-wee's Big Adventure" is a good movie to watch when you're depressed, and a better one to watch when you're happy. Whether you take it straight or with a shot of "Tequila," it holds up on repeated viewings.

Come back, Pee-wee! All is forgiven. We need you now more than ever before.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,545,847, 11 August 1985

Gross USA:

$40,940,662

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,940,662
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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