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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

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Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Ted Theodore Logan
Alex Winter ... Bill S. Preston Esquire
George Carlin ... Rufus
Terry Camilleri ... Napoleon
Dan Shor ... Billy the Kid
Tony Steedman ... Socrates
Rod Loomis ... Freud
Al Leong ... Genghis Khan
Jane Wiedlin ... Joan of Arc
Robert V. Barron ... Abraham Lincoln
Clifford David ... Beethoven
Hal Landon Jr. ... Captain Logan
Bernie Casey ... Mr. Ryan
Amy Stoch ... Missy / Mom (as Amy Stock-Poynton)
J. Patrick McNamara ... Mr. Preston
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Storyline

In the small town of San Dimas, a few miles away from Los Angeles, there are two nearly brain dead teenage boys going by the names of Bill S, Preston ESQ. and Ted Theodore Logan, they have a dream together of starting their own rock and roll band called the "Wyld Stallyns". Unfortunately, they are still in high school and on the verge of failing out of their school as well, and if they do not pass their upcoming history report, they will be separated as a result of Ted's father sending him to military school. But, what Bill and Ted do not know is that they must stay together to save the future. So, a man from the future named Rufus came to help them pass their report. So, both Bill and Ted decided to gather up historical figures which they need for their report. They are hoping that this will help them pass their report so they can stay together. Written by John Wiggins

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Time flies when you're having fun. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

17 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dudes See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,167,651, 20 February 1989

Gross USA:

$40,485,039

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,485,039
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rufus never introduces himself to Bill or Ted. The future Bill and Ted introduce him to their past selves at the Circle K. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning when Bill and Ted are leaving class, the writing on the blackboard clearly says "Ghenghis Khan". A few seconds later it says "Genghis Khan". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rufus: Hi, welcome to the future. San Dimas, California, 2688. And I'm telling you it's great here. The air is clean, the water's clean, even the dirt, it's clean. Bowling averages are way up, mini-golf scores are way down. And we have more excellent water slides than any other planet we communicate with. I'm telling you this place is great! But it almost wasn't. You see, 700 years ago, the two great ones, ran into a few problems. So now I have to travel back in time to help them out. If ...
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Alternate Versions

In the Television version, there are a few minor dialogue edits. For example, in the scene where Ted falls down a flight of stairs in a suit of armor and a "medieval dude" run the suit through, Bill says to the man who did that "You killed Ted you medieval Dickweed", the Dialogue is changed to "You killed Ted you medieval 'Bonehead'" See more »

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Referenced in Mad: Men in Black to the Future/Pokémon of Interest (2012) See more »

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Bad Guitar
Written and Performed by Stevie Salas (as Stevie "No Wonder" Salas)
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Anyone who hates this film has a sad and sorry existence
20 May 2002 | by Agent10See all my reviews

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure was probably one of the most compelling films I've experienced since I first watched it. It has an idea only an indie director could possibly think of, but it avoids all of the campy expositions which would turn it into some bad "B" film. The story was great, and it was really one of the best depictions of high schools idiots in the history of Hollywood. I mean, you did not see these guys taking tokes or drinking in their spare time, which really vexed some people. They're just stupid for the sake of the story. While the technical aspects weren't special, they worked when they needed it. This film also had one of the best music soundtracks in the history of Hollywood, even if it was from the 1980s. Too many good things to say about this film besides the fact it is a film which doesn't take itself seriously.


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