Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Synopsis: The cartoonish and childish character Pee Wee Herman goes on a big adventure for the first time ever when his beloved shiny new bicycle is stolen by his nemesis Francis Buxton, a fellow man-child and neighborhood rich "kid." 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.
Director(s): Tim Burton
Production: Warner Home Video
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

Look out, Mr. Potato Head!

Good morning, Speck!

Me, too. Come on.

Let's get some breakfast.

Mad dog!

Good morning, Pee-wee.

Good morning, Mr. Breakfast.

Can I have my "Mr. T" cereal?

I pity the poor fool

who don't eat my cereal!

Here, Speck.

Welp, I'm off.

You be good.

Good morning, Mr. Crabtree.

Good morning, Pee-wee.

I'm going to water my lawn.

Good morning. I'm here.

You're the best bike in the whole world.



Good morning, Pee-wee.

Hello, Francis.

Today is my birthday. My father said

I can have anything I want.

Good for you and your father.

Guess what I want?

A new brain?

No. Your bike.

What's so funny, Pee-wee?

It's not for sale, Francis.

My father says, "Everything

is negotiable," Pee-wee.

I wouldn't sell my bike for anything.

Not for a hundred, billion,

million, trillion dollars.

-You're crazy.

-I know you are, but what am I?

-You're a nerd.

-I know you are, but what am I?

-You're an idiot.

-I know you are, but what am I?

I know you are, but what am I?

I know you are, but what am I?

I know you are, but what am I?

-I know you are, but what am I?


-I'm not, you are.

-You are.

-No way!

-No way!

-Knock it off!

-Knock it off!

-Cut it out!

-Cut it out!

-Shut up!

-Make me.

Why don't you make me?

Because I don't make monkeys,

I just train them.

Pee-wee, listen to reason.

I'm listening to reason.

That's my name, don't wear it out.

Remember when I first saw your bike?

You rode past my house, and I ran out

to tell you how much I liked it.

I love that story.

You'll be sorry, Pee-wee Herman.

I meant to do that.

My good friend, Pee-wee!

Hi, Mario.

Are you just browsing today?

Sort of. I wanted to stock up

on some supplies.

Help yourself.

How do you like school?



I got some new items

you might be interested in.

Box for Pee-wee.

New, improved, squirting flower.

Fake blood, or is it?

Super stink-bomb?

Have some.

Shrunken head?

Regular size?

Trick gum?

Headlight glasses?

And direct from Australia,

The Boomerang Bow-Tie!

Come in red?

I'll be right back.

-What's up, man?

-How's it going?

Is Dottie still working on your bike?

No, I've got it back already.

What's she doing to it?

I can't talk about it.

James Bond kind of stuff.

Dottie's radical with bikes.

I say we cruise, dudes.

It's getting hot in here.

It's steamy.

I'm sweating.

Is my horn ready yet?

It's ready. It should be

loud enough for you now.

Where is it? Let's hear it.

Wait. I want to talk to you first.

You are talking to me.

No, I want your undivided attention.

This is important.

I want to ask you something.

I want to know,

if you will do something?


I want to know if you'll

go someplace with me.

Like where?

The drive-in.

Look, Dottie, I like you.

Like! I like you.

I like you, too.

There are a lot of things about me

you don't know anything about.

Things you wouldn't understand,

you couldn't understand.

Things you shouldn't understand.

I don't understand.

You don't want to get mixed up with me.

I'm a Ioner, Dottie. A rebel.

So long, Dot.

Are you the owner?

Yes. That's me. They call me Chuck.

Can I do anything?

We're losing time!

Set up a dragnet!

Comb the whole area! Hurry!

I'm afraid we can't consider your bike

being stolen a police emergency.

If it doesn't turn up, come to

the station and fill out a report.

That's the best we can do.

Come on, let's go.

Where are you going?

To find my bike!

Why exactly do you believe

the Soviets were involved?

Let me be honest. Hundreds of bikes

are stolen every month.

Very few of them are recovered.

We don't have the resources.

You're saying you can't do anything.

My bike means everything to me.

I knew the police wouldn't help.

You know what I'd do?

Retrace my steps.

I parked my bike and

when I came back it was gone.

Can you think of anyone

who'd want to take it?

Everyone wanted my bike.

This morning, before it was stolen,

Francis offer... Francis!

I want to see Francis.

He's busy.

Busy, doing what?

He's having his bath.

Where are they hosing him down?

Me again!


Still want to buy my bike?

I don't want that relic.

I can have any bike in the world.

You don't want it because you have it!

Tell me where it is before I lose

patience with you.

Help, Dad!

Go on and scream! We're miles

from where anyone can hear you!

Are you all right?

What's going on in there?

I wouldn't sell it to you,

so you stole it!

I swear it wasn't me!

Francis, we're breaking the door down!

What is going on?

Have you lost your mind?!

-He's a thief! He stole my bike!

-You liar!

I swear I didn't do it.

That's a serious accusation.

Do you have any proof?

Not exactly.

Pee-wee, the Buxtons are not thieves.

Just look at him.

He couldn't have stolen your bike.

We set up his birthday

train-set all day.

I guess I was wrong.

We don't have to involve

the authorities, do we?

It was a simple mistake

and I'm really sorry.

I think that you owe Francis an apology.

And then I want you two to shake hands.

I'm sorry, Francis.

Here. Would you care for some gum?

Would you care for some?

Spearmint or fruit?

Fruit, please.

Well, good-bye.

You do believe me, don't you, Dad?

How are you ever going

to pay a reward like that?

It's simple.

Whoever returns the bike is obviously

the person who stole it.

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Phil Hartman

Philip Edward Hartmann (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998), better known as Phil Hartman, was a Canadian-American actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter and graphic artist. Born in Brantford, Ontario, Hartman and his family moved to the United States in 1958. After graduating from California State University, Northridge, with a degree in graphic arts, he designed album covers for bands like Steely Dan, Poco and America. Hartman joined the comedy group The Groundlings in 1975 and there helped comedian Paul Reubens develop his character Pee-wee Herman. Hartman co-wrote the screenplay for the film Pee-wee's Big Adventure and made recurring appearances as Captain Carl on Reubens' show Pee-wee's Playhouse. Hartman garnered fame in 1986 when he joined the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. He won fame for his impressions, particularly of President Bill Clinton, and he stayed on the show for eight seasons. Given the moniker "The Glue" for his ability to hold the show together and help other cast members, Hartman won a Primetime Emmy Award for his SNL work in 1989. In 1995, after scrapping plans for his own variety show, he starred as Bill McNeal in the NBC sitcom NewsRadio. He had voice roles on The Simpsons, from seasons 2–10 as Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure, and others, and appeared in the films Houseguest, Sgt. Bilko, Jingle All the Way, Small Soldiers and the English dub of Kiki's Delivery Service. Hartman had been divorced twice before he married Brynn Omdahl in 1987; the couple had two children together. However, their marriage was fractured, due in part to her drug use. On May 28, 1998, Brynn Hartman shot and killed Hartman while he slept in their Encino, Los Angeles home, then killed herself several hours later. In the weeks following his death, Hartman was celebrated in a wave of tributes. Dan Snierson of Entertainment Weekly opined that Hartman was "the last person you'd expect to read about in lurid headlines in your morning paper [...] a decidedly regular guy, beloved by everyone he worked with." Hartman was posthumously inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2012 and the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014. more…

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