Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Tim Burton (1985)

U Certificate


Our Score
A film built around a cult children's TV character may seem a strange place for Tim Burton to start his feature career, but, actually, it's not that big a leap from Pee-wee Herman to Edward Scissorhands, Batman or Ed Wood. At the centre of this cartoonish comedy, Paul Reubens is wonderful as the curious little chap whose world falls apart when his precious bicycle is stolen. It's a bold attempt to do something dazzlingly original, although some of the gags are spectacularly unfunny and Pee-wee's nervous prattling can become irritating. For a truly subversive road movie, see Beavis and Butt-head Do America.


A childlike man is devastated when his beloved red bicycle is stolen. When a fortune teller reveals that the bike is in the basement of the Alamo, he embarks on a bizarre journey across America to get it back. Comedy based on the cult American TV series, directed by Tim Burton and starring Paul Reubens and Elizabeth Daily.

Cast & Crew

Pee-wee Herman Paul Reubens
Dottie Elizabeth Daily
Francis Mark Holton
Simone Diane Salinger
Mickey Judd Omen
Mario Monte Landis
Chip Damon Martin
Chuck Daryl Roach
Sergeant Hunter Starletta DuPois
Mr Buxton Ed Herlihy
Amazing Larry Lou Cutell
Madam Ruby Erica Yohn
Large Marge Alice Nunn
Andy Jon Harris
Hobo Jack Carmen Filpi
Tina Jan Hooks
Kevin Morton Jason Hervey
Pierre Gilles Savard
"PW" James Brolin
"Dottie" Morgan Fairchild
Director Tim Burton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for language, and contains some violence. Available on: video