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Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

4.6 out of 5 stars 112 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger, Judd Omen
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Writers: Paul Reubens, Michael Varhol, Phil Hartman
  • Producers: Richard Gilbert Abramson, Robert Shapiro, William E. McEuen
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: May 2 2000
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 112 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 0790749408
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,327 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Former animator Tim Burton (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Batman, Mars Attacks!) made his feature directorial debut with this delightful comedy, coscripted by the late Phil Hartman (who also appears briefly as a reporter). Wisely, they keep the story simple so as to concentrate on the characters: Pee-wee's most prized possession, his shiny new bicycle, is stolen, 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 ("I meant to do that!!") are hysterical, as when he tells his girlfriend (Elizabeth Daly): "There's things about me you don't know, Dottie. Things you wouldn't understand. Things you couldn't understand. Things you shouldn't understand.... I'm a loner, Dottie. A rebel." Look for Saturday Night Live vet Jan Hooks in a hilarious bit as a tour guide at the Alamo. And beware of Large Marge! --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 19 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
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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!
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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.
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By A Customer on Dec 7 2003
Format: 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.
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