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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Pee-wee Herman (as Pee-wee Herman)
... Dottie
... Francis Buxton
... Simone
... Mickey
Irving Hellman ... Mr. Crowtray
Monte Landis ... Mario
... Chip (as Damon Landis)
... BMX Kid
Gregory Brown ... BMX Kid
Mark Everett ... BMX Kid
... Chuck (as Daryl Roach)
Bill Cable ... Policeman #1
... Policeman #2
... Sgt. Hunter
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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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The story of a rebel and his bike. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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9 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pee-wees irre Abenteuer  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$99,184, 28 July 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,900,000
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1.37 : 1
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When Pee Wee turns around while looking for his bike and there are wheels spinning behind his head, is an homage to Alfred Hitchcock. See more »

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Snow-capped mountains in the background in various Texas scenes. See more »

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[first lines]
Pee-wee: Look out, Mister Potato Head!
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Oh! Susanna
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Written by Stephen Foster
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Recommended for people who like colorful visuals and absurd characters.
24 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

Not ever being a fan of "Pee Wee Herman" (Paul Reubens), I found myself very surprised that I enjoyed this movie when it first came out on VHS and several viewings since (including on DVD.)

Despite Pee Wee's stupid character he's still a likable guy and the movie is outrageously funny, a tribute in part to the visuals of director Tim Burton. This is one of his earliest films and his first "hit." It began to stamp him as someone who could make stylish films with a good sense of the absurd.

It took four viewings until I finally got sick of Pee Wee's stupid laugh, which he overdoes and finally made me reduce the rating of the film from '9' to '7." This is another one of these films for kids and adults.

Once Pee Wee gets on the road looking for his missing bicycle, the films gets rolling and has some memorable stops on the way (large dinosaurs, his famous "Tequila" dance, "Large Marge" and other assorted strange scenes, all of which are very entertaining.)


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