5.0 out of 5 stars Because not all of us can be skinny man-children of the radical 1980s....
Who doesn't love the man-child that is Pee Wee Herman? This is THE movie that made Pee Wee Herman a household name and it is brought brilliantly and theatrically to life by the genius of Tim Burton's direction. Want to see a thirty-something man who acts like a 12 year old boy polish his prized bike in the early morning sunlight of a 1985 spring (even though you'll sense...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A film for fans only.
Pee Wee's Big Adventure(released Aug/85)stars,among others,Pee-wee Herman,Elizabeth Daily and Mark Holton.Herman,already well known,extrapolated his TV character into a full length film.I remember taking my(then)12 year old daughter to see it in its original release.This version on DVD is NOT the original theatrical version.The original was much slower and ponderous due...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A film for fans only.,
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Pee Wee's Big Adventure(released Aug/85)stars,among others,Pee-wee Herman,Elizabeth Daily and Mark Holton.Herman,already well known,extrapolated his TV character into a full length film.I remember taking my(then)12 year old daughter to see it in its original release.This version on DVD is NOT the original theatrical version.The original was much slower and ponderous due to scenes that went on far too long.Scenes like Pee Wee meeting the con and driving off the cliff;it seemed like the car would never land.Then there was his journey to Texas and meeting the waitress and returning back home.It dragged terribly.This newer released version has(thankfully)trimmed down those weak spots,and others,and as a result the film moves along much better.....but.... .
The story itself opens as Pee Wee wakes up for yet another day.Pee Wee of course playing his man/child role.We are introduced to his home in its entirety and his prized possession out back in a hidden room....his bicycle.Everything is totally 50s/60s kitsch.That bike would have been every boys dream back in that era.As he roles out we are then introduced to his"enemy" Francis.It is Francis's birthday and he covets Pee Wees ride.The two have a typical kid-like verbal interaction,which Pee sloughs off and then rides away from.
While shopping, Pee Wees bike is stolen.He reports it to the police but they can do nothing.He then recalls his earlier interaction with Francis and confronts him in his own home,in his huge "bath tub".Francis denies any involvement and Francis' father forces the two to make up,before Pee Wee leaves empty handed.That night Pee Wee round's up all his friends to create a search party,but his growing impatience gets the better of him and the meeting breaks up before it really gets going.Pee,despondent,wanders the streets in a rain storm,and ends up at a fortune tellers.An obvious fake,she tells him his bike is in the basement of the Alamo in San Antonio,Texas.Pee hits the road.
His first pick up is with an escaping con in a convertible.While driving at night Pee Wee drives over a cliff, but they end up floating gently to a road below due to the wind billowing in the retractable top.The con leaves Pee Wee at the roadside in the dark.A truck soon pulls up driven by one Large Marge.She drops him at a diner and he tells the waitress that Marge sent him.The room goes silent.It seems Marge was a former driver that was killed exactly 10 years before! A waitress takes a shine to Pee Wee and after Pee Wee spends a shift washing dishes(the fortune teller took his wallet),she and Pee Wee watch the sun come up inside the mouth of a life sized dinosaur in front of the truck stop.They part quickly when her boyfriend puts the chase on Pee Wee.He hops on to a train and ends up in San Antonio.He gets to the Alamo but is forced to endure a rather long tour of it with a group of others.At the end he finally gets to ask his question about the basement,but he is met with laughter from everyone as he finds out there is no basement.
Pee Wee goes to the bus depot and runs into the waitress who is off to Paris to pursue her dream there.However he also runs into the waitresses' boyfriend who gives chase.They end up at a rodeo where Pee Wee,in disguise,is forced to ride a bull.He is thrown off and is conked out.When he awakens he is asked what he remembers and he says "the alamo",to the shouts of all the Texans in the immediate vicinity.Next he winds up walking into a bikers bar and using the phone.The place is noisy and when he tries to hush the patrons they turn on him and throw him out.When he accidentally knocks over a neatly lined row of bikes they go crazy.They pull him into the bar and threaten his life.Pee Wee comes up with a "last request".He borrows a Mexican Americans big heeled white shoes and does his Pee Wee dance to the song "Tequila".After this they all become fast friends and allow him to drive away on one of their bikes.No sooner is he up and running when he careens through a huge sign and wipes out.He is taken to the hospital and upon awakening sees his bike on TV presented to a child star in Hollywood.Off he goes.
He sneaks onto the lot and disguises himself to become an extra in a scene in which his bike is involved.At the opportune moment he steals the bike and he suddenly finds the entire studio security is after him.After a long chase he finally escapes.Outside he rides by a pet shop which is on fire.Animal lover that he is,Pee Wee MUST stop and rescue them.As he runs in and out with each pet, he continually passes,and passes up,the snake terrarium.Finally,when all others are out,Pee Wee finally has to grab the snakes.Outside he faints and falls to the ground.The police and firefighters show up.The firemen think he is a hero, but the cops arrest him and take him to the Warner's studio head.They realize now that Pee Wee is the owner and think his "adventure" would make a great movie,which he agrees to.
The film ends as Pee Wee has all the friends he has met along the way to finding his bike,out for the premiere of his film,at a drive-in(we get to see snippets of the newly made picture which has James Brolin as Pee Wee and Morgan Fairchild as his girlfriend). It all ends with Francis getting ejected off Pee Wees bike seat in front of the attending press, and he and his girlfriend Dottie riding off together.
The film,as originally seen,would have gotten barely a 3 star rating,as slow as it was.This one has been improved flow-wise,but it cannot gloss over everything.The film is really for die hard fans of the Herman-meister.There are no real laugh-out- loud,knee slapping scenes in this film.You also have to be able to accept his character;the man/boy child,living a in a 50s/60s kitsch filled home and with the conversational and reactional range of an 8-10 year old.Being a fan of Reubens I accepted it,as well as many,many others.And he made it work wonderfully in his successful TV show of the late 80s.That's where he and his character really shone.But I thought then,and I still do now,that stretching that concept to a movie length feature was pushing it far beyond its possibilities.The only thing that held this film together was his character.Without him in ANY scene,it wouldn't work one iota.The only saving grace,as we can now look back on,was that Reubens,thankfully,kept true to his character.The boy/man child thing had to be sexless.He had to act that under-age/pre puberty line in order for it to work.His rejection of his girlfriend Dottie was right on and typical of where his character was age and thinking wise.Unfortunately, Reubens seemed afterwards to suddenly have a memory malfunction.He then created another but total disaster of a film in his next Big Top.He crossed that uncrossable line and the film fell totally flat.It was just plain creepy and unwatchable to see a sexually driven Pee Wee.Especially when juxtaposing it with his concurrently running Playhouse show with children.
Technically speaking the film is in its w/s a/r of 1:85:1 and is clear and crisp.It has many extras including commentary by the director and Ruebens, and deleted scenes.
All in all while much better than the original theatrical version,the film is still a curiosity at best.And being a Herman fan I will give it 3-3 1/2 stars thsi time around.But even it's now more streamlined appearance doesn't make its entire concept any better than it was in the beginning.This is a 30 minute TV show stretched to just over three times what it should be.For fans only.Btw,they need to release this in the original theatrical version AND this version.
5.0 out of 5 stars Because not all of us can be skinny man-children of the radical 1980s....,
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Who doesn't love the man-child that is Pee Wee Herman? This is THE movie that made Pee Wee Herman a household name and it is brought brilliantly and theatrically to life by the genius of Tim Burton's direction. Want to see a thirty-something man who acts like a 12 year old boy polish his prized bike in the early morning sunlight of a 1985 spring (even though you'll sense evil on the horizon... )? Want to see Pee-Wee's insane, goof-ball house? See him fight with the tubby Francis (who is also in his thirties and lives with a 60-something father who treats both men like children as they squabble)? See Pee Wee waste food and do a Mr. T impression as he pours obsolete cereal all over his pancakes (and then, doesn't eat a damn thing)? How about a fun bar scene where Pee Wee gets into it with bikers, and doesn't have the sense to know he is about to get his skinny butt kicked? Want to see a crazy trucker lady named Large Marge scare the poop out of Pee Wee in the middle of the night? It's all HERE! This is a fun, lighthearted romp through the colorful insanity of a socially awkward bow-tie-wearing FREAK and it is glorious! I only wish it was longer... or had a sequel!
5.0 out of 5 stars Will reduce you to fits of laughter on the floor,
This review is from: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure [Import] (DVD)
This film may not be for everyone, but it is for everyone that 'gets it'. Tim Burton was not out to make one of those tremendously stupid films involving a really dumb guy and the antics that he gets into wherever he goes, although it appears to be something like that from far away. What he and Reubens created was actually the crazy adventures of a somewhat wet-behind-the-ears and sensitive manchild looking for his stolen bike across the American southwest. The humour doesn't not come from all the ridiculous things that happen to him, rather it comes from his reaction to the (somewhat) normal, if unlikely, situations he gets into. This is the genius of Paul Reubens, Pee-Wee has very simple needs and wants, but his reactions to his situations are always cheeky (and a little dark).
Hence, if you can attach yourself to this character early on in the film, you will be rolling on the floor with laughter the entire length of it. Pee-Wee has this unrelenting way of making you feel like you should be as happy as him. And that is a good film in my book, one that makes you want to be a more positive person.
PS He will make you think that your bike is a two-bit piece of crap compared to his. I really want that bike.
4.0 out of 5 stars Loveable,
This review is from: Pee-Wees Big Adv. (VHS Tape)
Hilarious and visually imaginative, PWBA is a definite candidate for one of the most loveable movies ever made. Pee-Wee Herman isn't exactly playing a part, or acting; he has become his role of the perpetually cheerful 20-something man-child with curiously red lips and aerial voice. The movie, simply, is about how Pee-Wee tries desperately to find his stolen bike. In an effort to make the movie appear deeper than it doesn't want to be, this man-child's sweaty pursuit of his vintage 50's styled bike could be construed as a metaphor for Pee-Wee's continued avoidance of the adult lifestyle; he's chasing down his youth, just as Charles Foster Kane was struggling to find the rosebud of his childhood. But it isn't just Pee-Wee's bicycle that's vintage, it is also his haircut and suit. Ironically, Pee-Wee lives alone in his own home, instead of in the basement of his parents'. It's the sort of gadget drunk fun house that MTV Cribs was born to document. One of the perks of his home is that he has a machine to make breakfast for him (cereal atop pancakes, bacon, etc). But does Pee-Wee have a job? ... According to the movie, No. Does Pee-Wee have a girlfriend? Well, now, you all know that boys at a very young age aren't into the cootie girls. In Pee-Wee's hunt for his bike, does he come of age? No. Does he find his bike? Well, yeah... Duh! Does he eventually get a job? Well, kind of. Hollywood producers learn of his race across the world to find his bicycle and decide to make it into a movie. And does he eventually accept his once platonic girlfriend into his life? Sure, but their union probably won't lead to anything... maybe one step at a time, though. He'll lose his virginity at 50, I'm sure.
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back to my childhood days,
Man this movie is hilarious and it takes me back to my early childhood days when I used to beg my mother to let me watch it and I remember that we rented this movie at least 10 times and I would watch it constantly, and my cousin uses to love it too, she would watch it so much that my aunt actually taped over it, well anyways this movie is about a man who has a mind and personality like a 10 year old and his name is Pee Wee Herman and I when he is about to take off with his unusual looking bike, his snotty neighbor Francis catches him and askes him how his morning is going and they get into an argument, 'I know what you are, but what am I?' That part is hilarious and Francis wants to have Pee Wee's bike, later on he decides to go shopping and when he is done shopping his bike is stolen and he calls the police and he thinks that Francis has something to do with it, later on he talks to a gypsy and askes her where his bike is and she tells Pee Wee that his bike is at the Alamo and he thanks her and hitchhikes his way to the Alamo and an escaped convict picks him up, later on when he arrives at the Alamo, he finds out that his bike wasn't there. I'm not going to talk too much about the movie and if you haven't seen it, stop right there and go to your local video store and rent it and if you a little boy or girl, drive your parents nuts with it.
Will Pee Wee Herman ever find his bike, will Pee Wee ever make it back home, in order to find out watch Pee Wee's Big Adventure.
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Rider For The Eighties,
Pee-wee Herman's search for his stolen bicycle is really an allegory of a man's search for self-discovery. Dottie, an attractive young woman who works at the bicycle store, has a big crush on Pee-wee. He is oblivious to her charms and spurns her advances. A rich neighborhood kid, who envies Pee-wee's bike, pays someone to steal the bike for him. Poor Pee-wee leaves
his safe, idealized home and ventures forth into the real, gritty world to recover his beloved bicycle. He first encounters a fake fortune teller, named Madam Ruby, who tells him that his bike is in the basement of the Alamo. While he stares into her crystal ball, she steals Pee-wee's wallet with all of his cash in it. Thus, much as Jack Kerouac did on the road, Pee-wee hitches rides and works odd jobs to get to the Alamo in Texas. Along the way he meets an escaped convict named Mickey, the ghost of a trucker named Large Marge, and an amorous waitress named Simone. Barely escaping the wrath of Simone's jealous boyfriend, Pee-wee hops on a moving train in the classic tradition of the traveling hobo. Imagine Pee-wee's disappointment when the finally gets to the Alamo, takes the tour, and discovers that there is no basement!
Dejected, his travels take him to a biker bar. He attempts to make a phone call in the noisy bar, and yells at everyone to keep the noise down. Promptly being shown the door, Pee-wee accidentally knocks over all their motorcycles, enraging the bikers. They discuss the best ways to kill him. A biker chick, played by Cassandra Peterson (better known as Elvira), grabs Pee-wee and demands, "I say you let me have him first!" Being quick on his feet, Pee-wee asks for a last request. As the jukebox blasts the song "Tequila," Pee-wee does an amazing dance, which immediately wins over the biker gang. In addition, his inspired dance has gone on to achieve iconic status as one of the greatest scenes ever committed to film.
After a motorcycle accident and a brief hospital stay, Pee-wee discovers that his missing bike is in the hands of a spoiled brat of a movie star on the Warner Brothers movie lot. Posing as one of Milton Berle's posse, Pee-wee sneaks into the lot. He finds out where the movie, featuring his bike in a crucial scene, is being filmed. Disguised as a nun to blend in with the scene, Pee-wee grabs his bike and rides off with it. As the security guards chase him in their golf carts, Pee-wee rides through a series of buildings where different movies are being made. It's one of the most hilarious and clever chase scenes ever filmed. When he spots a fire in a pet store, Pee-wee stops to save all the animals, is caught and arrested. Rather than press charges, the head of the movie studio wants to turn Pee-wee's big adventure into a movie!
In an obvious homage to Francois Truffaut, the last scene of the film takes place at a drive-in theater, where the fictitious film "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" is playing. Of course, in the Hollywood version, the bicycle is a motorbike, Dottie is played by the gorgeous Morgan Fairchild, and James Brolin plays a spy know as P.W. Herman. With a tip of the hat to Alfred Hitchcock, Pee-wee has a cameo as a bellhop in the movie within a movie! Pee-wee, sitting atop his beloved bike, urges Dottie to ride her bicycle out of the drive-in while the movie is still playing. She can't believe he wants to leave before they find out how the film ends. "I don't have to see it, Dottie. I lived it!" Thus, the carefree man-child we see at the beginning of the movie has changed into a mature adult, riding off to new adventures with his girlfriend. "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" will surely go down in history as one of the greatest movies of all time!
5.0 out of 5 stars Pee-wee's Big Adventure DVD ~ Paul Reubens,
One of the "best comedies of the 80's" and "far ahead of its time" is what I think of when it comes to PeeWees big adventure. This film still makes me laugh and smile today and it has excellent repley value(you can watch it again and again). The premise of PeeWee is amazing. He is an adult who lives in a child like world. He wakes up and has no cares and rides his bike around town visiting other adults who are all like kids of the neiborhood. This film is done in such a cute and wonderful way. This was Tim Burtons first film that he directed and he did an excellent job. Everything from the strange props to the strange red lighting is trademarks of Tim Burton and the genius of this film. Tim Burton was able to capture the world of PeeWee better then ever(better then pee wees playhouse).
the DVD extras in this film are great too! I love the commentary by Paul Ruebans"pee wee" and director "Tim Burton". Also the DVD contains some great scenes that were cut from the final film. There is a child still within me; if your the same get this DVD!
5.0 out of 5 stars la la la!,
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Pee Wee's Big Adventure rocks! Why? Because it's about nothing more than a funny overgrown child recovering his stolen bike and having a plethora of adventures on the way. Forget convoluted storylines --- all Pee Wee has to do is travel to the Alamo (as advised by a fortune teller) and get the bike.
This movie is renown for great humor as Pee Wee travels across the country. Some of the best:
*Hitch-hiking with the dead trucker Large Marge.
*Dancing to "Tequila" on a bar after bikers force him to.
"Dressing as a girl to get out of a speeding ticket.
*Proving he is in Texas to Dottie on a payphone by singing "The stars at night! Are big and bright!" Whereupon all passers-by stop, clap and sing "Deep in the heart of Texas!"
*The great bike chase across several movie lots.
And let's not forget such classic lines as:
There's no basement in the Alamo! (I guess it's just one of those things they don't teach you in school, you have to find out for yourself.)
I know you are but what am I?
Francis is taking his bath. Oh yeah? Where are they hosing him down?
Take a picture! It will last longer!
SHHHHH! I'm trying to use the phone!
I meant to do that.
This movie is 17 years old but the humor is classic!
5.0 out of 5 stars Pee-Wee is Pure Fun!,
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Pee- Wee Herman is a grown man, who acts like a young boy. He has the bunny slippers- the Bambi carpet, the toy cars and trucks and he even has Mr. Potatoe Head! He lives in a charming little house (much like a doll house) with his cute little dog, Speck. And- oh! I almost forgot! His bike! The one reason for Pee- Wee's existence! His marvelous bike! The story is about when innocent little Pee- Wee Herman's bike gets stolen, and he will stop at nothing to get it back. Even if it means traveling to the "basement" of the Alamo! He encounters many hilarious characters along the way, like Mickey the criminal, Francis the fat bully, a crew of bikers, LARGE MARGE, a hobo named Jack, Madame Ruby the fortune teller, plus many more! If you are trying to decide whether you should get this movie or not, let me give it to you straight- if you're the kind of person that enjoys a good laugh, and a nice portion of silliness, then you'll fall in love with this movie! Also, if you have kids, they will enjoy it, too! I guarentee you that Pee- Wee will make the adults and the kids laugh till they tear in the eyes! Oh, yeah, one more thing- I think this movie is rated PG cuz of the LARGE MARGE scene (which is all clay-mated!), or one of Pee- Wee's VERY MILD nightmares. (they aren't scary at all!) So all in all, Pee- Wee's Big Adventure is a very funny, charming and cute film for the whole family!
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'm a loner Dottie. A rebel!",
This hilarious cult classic stars Paul Reubens as Pee-Wee Herman, a child-like living in an exagerated Frank Capra-ish town. Pee-Wee lives in a bizarre, childlike house populated with manequins, props, and other contraptions. He also has a bunch of Rube Goldberg-esque machines that makes breakfast for him. Wait till you see just how he eats his breakfast!
Pee-Wee has one love of his life, his bicycle. He loves it even more than the girl at the bike shop who is sweet on him and sells him his horn. And he won't sell it even for a hundred, million, trillion dollars. Therefore he is devastated when his bicycle is stolen.
Thus begins Pee-Wee's desperate cross country journey to retrieve his bicycle. Along the way he will meet such memorable characters as a deceased truck driver (Large Marge), an annoying folk song singing hobo, an escaped convict (he cut the tag off a mattress), and a biker gang. His journey will be filled with trials and tribulations. But not to worry, Pee-Wee has been assured by a fortune teller that his bicycle is safe and awaits him at the Alamo. In the basement
Unfortunately, the Alamo doesn't have a basement...
"Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" is one of the most original comedies ever made. Tim Burton's direction is truly inspired. This was his first feature film, and one can easily see why he went on to a successful career, making such films as "Beetlejuice", "Batman", and "Edward Scissorhands". Like those films, PWBA concerns a misunderstood loner existing in a bizarre, sometimes hostile world. Tim Burton and Paul Reubens were a perfect match as they seem to share the same sense of humor. Danny Elfman's score is the icing on the cake.
Interestingly, some of the shots early on bring to mind that Italian film "The Bicycle Thief". It makes me wonder if Tim Burton saw that film and used it as inspiration.
Pee-Wee Herman is now an almost forgotten 80s icon. It's really sad to think that people have allowed their personal feelings about Paul Reubens get in the way of enjoying a great comic creation. I sure hope parents won't think that this film will be a bad influence on their kids, as PWBA is a delightful and quite innocent film. After all, anyone who will risk his life to save a bunch of cute pets from a fire can't be all bad.
I also hope parents don't think that this film is only for kids. Much of the humor is aimed at adults. While I had memories of seeing this film on video as a kid, I didn't realize just how funny it was until I saw it on TV a few months ago. Now I own the DVD.
PWGA is great entertainment for anyone with a quirky sense of humor. Like me!
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