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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pee-wee's Big Adventure See more »

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Tim Burton: the thug who accosts Pee-wee just before he enters the fortune teller's studio. See more »

Goofs

During the robbery briefing in Pee-wee's basement, the shot of his dog "Speck" shows Dotty's feet in the background. Dotty does not arrive at the meeting until later. 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 The Cinema Snob: My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) See more »

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Oh yeah? Where are they hosing him down?
5 September 2001 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

Hilarious movie and always will be. Has not aged one minute since I first saw it over sixteen years ago. You cannot say that about every movie, hell you can't say about about ANY movie!

Now that its one of the cornerstones of Comedy Central, its on quite often and I watch it from time to time. So do my nephews, who love to quote this movie more than any other one.

Paul Reubens really gave us a gift with Pee Wee. I guess the character was never meant to live forever and we will always have this comedy to enjoy. It was light years better than 'Big Top Pee Wee' which I also saw.

To the child in all of us, I say...'I know you are but what am I?'

PS For trivia fans, Simeone and Pee Wee were reunited by Tim Burton in 'Batman Returns', as the Penguins' parents.


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