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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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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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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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Trivia

When Pee-wee first steals back his bike, around one corner, he finds himself face to face with two elephants, a red one and a blue one. Originally, there was going to be a third elephant, but it got stuck in traffic the day that scene was being shot. See more »

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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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Connections

Spoofed in Robot Chicken: Joint Point (2005) See more »

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BURN IN HELL
Written by Dee Snider
Performed by Twisted Sister
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A man and his bike and Burton in the middle
29 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

Tim Burton in his directorial debut directs a masterpiece of a comedy. This movie which has Pee-wee Herman (Paul Rubens) in search of his stolen bike is hilarious and full of gags. Burton does a terrific job creating the world of a man-child which proves that Burton is one of the greatest directors of all-time. How many directors have struck gold in their first picture? This is a movie not to be missed and check out for E.G. Daily, the voice of Tommy in Rugrats, as Dottie a/k/a Pee-Wee's love interest.


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