Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

Poster for the movie "Pee-wee's Big Adventure"
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Kerri Gross prayed for it, and listener CarmelitaValdezMcKoy answered. We’re reviewing the 1985 oddity “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.”

This groundbreaking movie made Paul Reubens a star, put Tim Burton on the map, and was the first time Oingo Boingo’s Danny Elfman worked with Burton on an irresistible film score.

Gene Lyons argues “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” is the most memorable movie of all time. Who could forget Pee-wee’s legendary bike, Large Marge, Dee Snyder, the singing hobo, the pet shop, or the fact Jimmy Smits was not in this movie?

The Shat Crew touches on Pee-wee’s adult-theater arrest, the failure of Pee-wee sequels, and whether hitch hiking is an Out West thing or a Florida thing.

Kerri recalls seeing Pee-wee live while sitting between Andy Dick and Corey Feldman. Dick Ebert asks how this film is so funny when it shouldn’t be. And Gene applauds Pee-wee’s glorious ensemble ending.

Plot Summary: “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens), an eccentric child-like man, loves his red bicycle and will not sell it to his envious neighbor, Francis (Mark Holton). While Pee-wee visits his friend Dottie (Elizabeth Daily), the bike is stolen. Thinking his bike is at the Alamo, Pee-wee sets off on a trip, where he meets many remarkable people, including waitress Simone (Diane Salinger) and a motorcycle gang. Eventually, Pee-wee discovers that his bike is being used in a movie and tries to recover it.

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Director
Tim Burton
Producer
Richard Gilbert Abramson, Robert Shapiro
Production
Aspen Film Society, Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date
26 July 1985

Not rated yet!
Director
Tim Burton
Producer
Richard Gilbert Abramson, Robert Shapiro
Production
Aspen Film Society, Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date
26 July 1985