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Big Top Pee-wee (1988)

Pee-wee Herman is now a small-town farmer with a fiancée, but when a traveling circus comes to town, he finds himself falling for the trapeze artist.

Director:

Randal Kleiser
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Reubens ... Pee-wee Herman (as Pee-wee Herman)
Penelope Ann Miller ... Winnie
Kris Kristofferson ... Mace Montana
Valeria Golino ... Gina Piccolapupula
Wayne White ... Vance the Pig (voice)
Susan Tyrrell ... Midge Montana
Albert Henderson Albert Henderson ... Mr. Ryan
Jack Murdock Jack Murdock ... Otis
David Byrd David Byrd ... Deke
Mary Jackson ... Mrs. Dill
Frances Bay ... Mrs. Haynes
Leo Gordon ... Joe the Blacksmith (as Leo V. Gordon)
Anne Seymour ... Pearl
Kenneth Tobey ... Sheriff
Jay Robinson ... Cook
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Storyline

In the sequel to "Pee Wee's Big Adventure", Pee-Wee Herman has had enough with the fame and constant media attention he received after the events of the first movie, so he's now a simple farmer living quietly in a small town. But after a big storm blows their way, a circus ends up at Pee Wee's farm. So he lets the circus stay at his farm for a while. The circus decides to put on a show with one lovable star, Pee-Wee! Also, a love triangle develops between Pee-Wee, his nice fiancée Winnie, who's the local schoolteacher, and mysterious loner Gina, the circus' attractive trapeze artist. The outcome of this subplot is somewhat unexpected. Written by James Preston

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Hero. Lover. Legend.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

22 July 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Top Pee-wee - La mia vita picchiatella See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$15,122,324
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Winnie Johnson is a school teacher. Penelope Ann Miller again would play a teacher in Kindergarten Cop (1990). See more »

Goofs

When PeeWee and Winnie are eating lunch, some of Winnie's egg salad sandwich falls on PeeWee's face and jacket. He wipes his face on her dress, but in the next shot it's not on her dress or his jacket. See more »

Quotes

Paolo Piccolapupula: I'm Paolo.
Giancarlo Piccolapupula: I'm Giancarlo.
Dino Piccolapupula: I'm Dino.
Antonio Piccolapupula: I'm Antonio.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, a short cartoon plays featuring snacks singing about getting refreshments at the theater lobby. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Carny (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Tequila
Written by Chuck Río
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Poorly structured but just about funny weird and funny ha-ha often enough to watch
18 April 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Pee Wee Herman is a laid back farmer on his rather unusual farm in small town America. He looks after his animals and has a tight security lab where he develops wonderful new plants and treatments. One day a storm hits his town and he finds himself helping out the inhabitants of a travelling circus. When the town shuns the circus, Pee Wee offers to put them up at his farm. However the strange and wonderful folks in the circus completely change his life, not to mention the impact beautiful acrobat xxx has.

First of all, here's a simple yardstick – if you dislike Reubens' sense of humour, then you'll dislike this film intently. If you like him then this should be OK. For the rest of us who fall somewhere in the `indifferent' camp, then this is passable but not much more than that. To discuss plot is unfair as that is not what this film is about. However some degree of narrative would have been nice. Beyond this the film becomes a series of little sketches with a common theme.

Of these, some work well and some don't. There is just about enough off-beat, imaginative humour to keep the film going. The majority of the scenes are amusing in a weird way, some are laugh out loud funny and some just don't work and drag a bit. Even if your sense of humour is this way inclined it may be a little thin to satisfy.

Reubens is OK, doing his usual camp clowning thing in that same suit. I don't dislike him and found him funny when he was in a good scene. Kris Kristofferson is simply a novelty here, he has nothing of substance to do other than be a famous face in a film. Golino is pretty but doesn't have much humour to bring. The potentially funniest character was the pig, but he didn't get anywhere near enough in the way of lines.

Overall this is one for fans, but those who are OK with Herman's humour may get a few laughs. However, for many, this will be just amusing and may not be worth spending 90 minutes on.


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