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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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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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The funniest comedy in the history of history. See more »


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Trivia

At the beginning, Mr. Ryan asks Ted who Joan of Arc was, and Ted replies "Noah's wife." In the German dubbed version, he asks who Hannibal was, and Ted replies "The uncle of Football." See more »

Goofs

There is a heinous number of most egregious anachronistic errors in the depiction of the famous historical dudes, their lives, their works, their time periods and the state of their hearing. 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 »

Connections

Featured in The Chronic Rift: Spider-Man (1991) See more »

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Dancing With A Gypsy
Written by Anthony Corder, Keith Douglas, Patrick Francis, and John Patterson
Published by Corder Music and Ardent / Loala Music
Performed by Tora Tora
Produced by Joe Hardy and Paul Ebersold
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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A Wild & Fun "History Lesson"
3 December 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

It's hard to get upset at two very likable dummies who wouldn't hurt a fly. That's Bill and Ted, two Valley-type teens from back in the late '80s who play two really two guys who wind up going on a time-travel trip while trying to help themselves pass a history presentation.

I've always enjoyed time travel stories but they've all been fairly intelligent......not stupid, like this. However, this was still fun to watch. Any time you get to see Billy the Kid, Abraham Lincoln, Socrates, Beethoven, Napoleon, Joan of Arc and others all in the same movie - especially with these two modern-day airheads - is pretty entertaining.

Keanu Reeves was perfect for the role because he sounds stupid no matter role he plays! Alex Winter, I don't know. George Carlin has been goofy for 50 years so anything stupid he says wouldn't surprise me.

This is comedy at its lightest but it's pretty inoffensive, safe viewing for most anyone and if you need a laugh - even from something dumb - this would fill the bill.


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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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Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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