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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Stephen Herek
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Ted 'Theodore' Logan
Alex Winter ... Bill S. Preston
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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Bill says "Let's reach out and touch someone" before they use the booth for the first time. It's an old slogan for Bell System Phone Company, associated with the advertising campaign that introduced touch-tone telephones in the late 1960s. It resulted in massive sales, which coincided with a major upgrade to telephone systems throughout the U.S., and eventually the world. See more »

Goofs

In the saloon fight when Billy the Kid is caught cheating at cards, a prostitute swings in on a rope and takes a guy through a window with her. The rope she swings on disappears and re-appears a few times between shots. 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 Jeopardy!: Episode #26.187 (2010) See more »

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In Time
Written by Bob Marlette and Sue Shifrin
Published by Golden Torch Music Corp. / Dial M For Music and Intersong - USA, Inc. / Palacar Music
Performed by Robbie Rob
Produced by Bob Marlette
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The definitive coming of age film of its era.
4 June 2003 | by Raijin ZSee all my reviews

I can't sing its praises well enough, but this is a fun movie with a great deal of hidden wisdom. I'm certain an unenlightened individual would brush this cinematic masterpiece off as another eighties movie, but their opinions count for naught in the grand scheme of things. Sit back and enjoy the ride. Party on, dudes, and be excellent to each other. Truly, words to live by.


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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:

$40,508,994
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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