Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

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Released 1985

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Director:
Tim Burton (I)
Released:
1985
Rating:
PG
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is acclaimed director Tim Burton's first feature-length film. It tells the story of Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Reubens), an eccentric man who has filled his life with toys and other relics of childhood. Of all his playthings, Pee-Wee is most fond of his bike - so when Pee-Wee's bike goes missing during a shopping trip at the mall, he is devastated. Though Pee-Wee searches his hometown for his beloved bicycle, none of his leads around town pan out. Desperate, Pee-Wee sets out for the Alamo Mission in San Antonio, Texas, where a psychic has told him his bike is waiting. As he makes his way to the lone star state, Pee-Wee meets an ex-con, a biker gang, and even a ghost. His comedic adventure turns him into a hero, a film star, and a fugitive, but will his bike be waiting for him in Texas at the end of his travels?

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times

    Pee-wee's Big Adventure goes up and down the hills of Pee-wee shtick, without much concern for things like cohesiveness and consistency. What makes it wear so well is the balance a...

  • 60

    Variety

    Children should love the film and adults will be dismayed by the light brushstrokes with which Paul Reubens (one of three credited screenwriters, but star-billed under his stage na...

  • 10

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is the most barren comedy I've seen in years, maybe ever.

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