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Pee-Wee's Big Adventure Details

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Co-written by Paul Reubens and Phil Hartman, Phil Hartman marks the debut of director Tim Burton, who stamps the entire film with his quirky trademark style. The premise: Pee Wee (Reubens), an overgrown pre-pubescent boy sporting a molded Princeton cut, blush, lipstick, and a shrunken gray flannel suit, lives an idyllic life in his bizarre home (some have compared the remarkable set design to the expressionistic Reubens) until someone nabs his most prized possession: a fire engine-red customized bicycle. He then embarks on an epic cross-country search to find his lost love, not to mention more than a little adventure. Along the way, he makes friends with various oddball characters, visits the Alamo, endures various hallucinatory nightmares, and has a supernatural run-in with a spectral trucker. In this reprisal of his popular standup routine, Reubens is wonderful as the nerdy man child; he plays it silly, yet he manages to imbue the role with some sensitivity without ever seeming maudlin. The score by Danny Elfman is terrific -- as is the case in nearly every film Burton has directed -- and the script is fresh and inventive. Some of the most memorable moments: the opening sequence involving Pee Wee's morning activities is a stroke of genius (note the bunny slippers and talking breakfast), as are the scenes at the truck stop, and the "Hollywood" version of Pee Wee's story at the end (starring James Brolin and Morgan Fairchild in surprise cameos). In all, Phil Hartman is a delightful film, enjoyable for children as well as adults. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

  • Release date:July 19, 1985

Cast

Paul Reubens
as Pee-Wee Herman
Elizabeth Daily
as Dottie
Mark Holton
as Francis
Diane Salinger
as Simone
Judd Omen
as Mickey
Carmen Filpi
as Hobo Jack
Tony Bill
as Terry Hawthorne
James Brolin
as "P.W."
Morgan Fairchild
as "Dottie"
Lou Cutell
as Amazing Larry
Wallis Nicita
Prof. Toru Tanaka
as Butler
Irving Hellman
as Neighbor
Monte Landis
as Mario
David C. Glasser
as BMX Kid
Bill Cable
as Policeman
Peter Looney
as Policeman
Starletta DuPois
as Sgt. Hunter
Ed Herlihy
as Mr. Buxton
Ralph Seymour
as Francis' Accomplice
Raymond Martino
as Gang Member
Erica Yohn
as Madam Ruby
Alice Nunn
as Large Marge
Simmy Bow
as Man in Diner
Jan Hooks
as Tina
John O'Neill
as Cowboy
Alex Sharp
as Cowboy
Chester Grimes
as Biker
Luis Contreras
as Biker
Lonnie Parkinson
as Biker
Howard Hirdler
as Biker
Cassandra Peterson
as Biker Mama
Jason Hervey
as Kevin Morton
John Paragon
as Movie Lot Actor
Susan Barnes
as Movie Lot Actress
Zachary Hoffman
as Director
Lynne Stewart
as Mother Superior
George Sasaki
as Japanese Director
Richard Brose
as Tarzan
Drew Seward
as Kid
Brett Fellman
as Kid
Bob Drew
as Fireman
John Gilgreen
as Policeman at Pet Shop
Noreen Hennesey
as Reporter
Phil Hartman
as Reporter
Michael Varhol
as Photographer
David Rothenberg
as Hobo
Sunshine Parker
as Hobo
Gilles Savard
as Pierre
Patrick Cranshaw
as Hobo
Milton Berle
as Himself [uncredited]
Zachary Hoffman
as Director
Susan Barnes
as Movie Lot Actress
Bill Cable
as Policeman
Bob Drew
as Fireman
David C. Glasser
as BMX Kid
Jan Hooks
as Tina
Patrick Cranshaw
as Hobo
Prof. Toru Tanaka
as Butler
Jason Hervey
as Kevin Morton
John O'Neill
as Cowboy
Phil Hartman
as Reporter
Cassandra Peterson
as Biker Mama
Lynne Stewart
as Mother Superior
Luis Contreras
as Biker
Sunshine Parker
as Hobo
Starletta DuPois
as Sgt. Hunter
Richard Brose
as Tarzan
Simmy Bow
as Man in Diner
Noreen Hennesey
as Reporter
Peter Looney
as Policeman
Raymond Martino
as Gang Member
Ralph Seymour
as Francis' Accomplice
Michael Varhol
as Photographer
Monte Landis
as Mario
Lonnie Parkinson
as Biker
Lou Cutell
as Amazing Larry
John Gilgreen
as Policeman at Pet Shop
John Paragon
as Movie Lot Actor
Howard Hirdler
as Biker
Irving Hellman
as Neighbor
Gilles Savard
as Pierre
George Sasaki
as Japanese Director
David Rothenberg
as Hobo
Alex Sharp
as Cowboy
Brett Fellman
as Kid
Chester Grimes
as Biker
Drew Seward
as Kid
Ed Herlihy
as Mr. Buxton
Alice Nunn
as Large Marge
Erica Yohn
as Madam Ruby

Crew

Tim Burton
Director
William E. McEuen
Producer
Richard Gilbert Abramson
Producer
Phil Hartman
Screenwriter
Paul Reubens
Screenwriter
Michael Varhol
Screenwriter
Victor J. Kemper
Cinematographer
Danny Elfman
Composer (Music Score)
Dee Snider
Featured Music
Billy Weber
Editor
William E. McEuen
Executive Producer
James Tocci
Set Designer
Thomas Roysden
Set Designer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers
Costume Designer
Charles Gaspar
Special Effects
Rick Heinrichs
Animator
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