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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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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,485,039
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The phone booth time machine in the film was given away as a contest prize in Nintendo Power magazine, as the magazine was promoting a then-new Bill and Ted game for the NES. See more »

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When Napoleon is stuck in the tree, he disappears when the camera angle changes to an aerial view of Bill and Ted. See more »

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[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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Produced by Randy Nicklaus
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Totally Excellent!
27 August 2002 | by LebowskiT1000See all my reviews

"Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure" is most definitely just that! This is just an all around FUN movie! The plot is far from anything serious, but deep down there are some good morals and such things to take from this film. "Be Excellent To Each Other" That is some good advice, is it not?

The comedy in this film is just superb! I've seen this movie more times than I can count with my fingers and every time it gets even better! There are so many lines in this film that you just can't help but repeat, because they're just so funny and well done! There are a number of times that I find myself just cracking up at the scene, situation, or what have you. If you don't laugh at least a little during the course of this film, then I think you've got some problems.

The acting is great. Everybody knocks Keanu Reeves for his acting, but I think he's great. And he does a great job in this film. Alex Winter also plays a great part. The rest of the cast is great too.

Not only is the comedy and the acting great, but there are some REALLY good science fiction sort of idea's in this film. The scene where Bill and Ted meet the future Bill and Ted is just amazingly well done, and such a cool idea. I love that you first see the scene from the perspective of one set of Bill and Ted's, and then later the Bill and Ted that the story follows becomes the other set of Bill and Ted's. Did that make sense? Well, anyway, see the movie and you'll know what I'm talking about. There were a few other really good scenes and ideas throughout the film.

All in all, I would definitely recommend seeing this film, it's not a complex story by any means, and just a whole lot of fun. Try not to take the film too seriously and you'll hopefully enjoy it. I truly hope that you enjoy this film. Thanks for reading,

-Chris


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