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Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

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When eccentric man-child Pee-wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life.

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Tim Burton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Reubens ... Pee-wee Herman (as Pee-wee Herman)
Elizabeth Daily ... Dottie
Mark Holton ... Francis Buxton
Diane Salinger ... Simone
Judd Omen ... Mickey
Irving Hellman Irving Hellman ... Mr. Crowtray
Monte Landis Monte Landis ... Mario
Damon Martin ... Chip (as Damon Landis)
David Glasser ... BMX Kid
Gregory Brown Gregory Brown ... BMX Kid
Mark Everett Mark Everett ... BMX Kid
Daryl Keith Roach ... Chuck (as Daryl Roach)
Bill Cable Bill Cable ... Policeman #1
Peter Looney ... Policeman #2
Starletta DuPois ... Sgt. Hunter
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Storyline

The cartoonish and childish character Pee-wee Herman goes on a big adventure for the first time ever when his beloved shiny new bicycle is stolen by his nemesis Francis Buxton, a fellow man-child and neighborhood rich "kid." And he sets off on an obsessive cross-country journey, determined to recover it. Pee-wee's awkward and childish attempts to be cool and mature. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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The story of a rebel and his bike. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pee-wee's Big Adventure See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,545,847, 11 August 1985

Gross USA:

$40,940,662

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,940,662
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

On the DVD Commentary, Paul Reubens said that he told Alice Nunn, no matter what the film made in the cinema, her character of Large Marge would be the one remembered. He said he met her shortly before her death, and told him that she was glad Paul told her, because she would have been completely shocked otherwise. See more »

Goofs

When Twisted Sister are filming their music video, someone is following them with a boom mic, which is unnecessary as the band is using the pre-recorded album version of the song for the music video. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pee-wee: Look out, Mister Potato Head!
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Alternate Versions

The DVD contains 4 deleted scenes.
  • Pee-wee meets Amazing Larry at the magic shop.
  • Pee-wee hitches a ride with Boone the Bear.During the ride he has a nightmare with Francis in it.
  • The bikers visit Pee-wee in the hospital.
  • An extended version of the chase at Warner Brothers that pays off Pee-wee's purchase of the boomerang bow-tie
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Deep In The Heart Of Texas
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Written by Jack Norworth and June Hershey
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Somehow Succeeds
11 September 2000 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

"Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" seems to be a prime example of a mess of a movie. However, I cannot help but like this strange film. Tim Burton's direction is uncanny and Paul Reubens' amazing enthusiasm as the title character make this film one of the strangest over-achievers in the history of the cinema. Actually a good film that never seems old or dated. 4 stars out of 5.


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