Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

In Tim Burton’s breakout film that defined his classic weird style, Pee Wee Herman sets out on the cross-country chase of his life.

PG, 91 minutes

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Co-written by Paul Reubens and Phil Hartman, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure marks the debut of director Tim Burton, who stamps the entire film with his quirky trademark style. The premise: Pee Wee (Reubens), an overgrown pre-pubescent boy sporting a molded Princeton cut, blush, lipstick, and a shrunken gray flannel suit, lives an idyllic life in his bizarre home (some have compared the remarkable set design to the expressionistic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) until someone nabs his most prized possession: a fire engine-red customized bicycle. He then embarks on an epic cross-country search to find his lost love, not to mention more than a little adventure. Along the way, he makes friends with various oddball characters, visits the Alamo, endures various hallucinatory nightmares, and has a supernatural run-in with a spectral trucker. PG, 91 min, Dir. Tim Burton.

“The only thing wrong with “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” is that the real world looks so drab and colorless by comparison. After the last frame, reacclimation to normal surroundings can be tough: You wish you had a giant box of magic crayons so you could rev up the hue of everything in sight.” -Salon

“The film’s inventiveness is on display from the get-go.” -Creative Loafing

“Burton’s first feature revels in the weird, the unpredictable, the infantile and the absurd. A dazzling debut.” -Empire Magazine

“Arguably Tim Burton’s strangest film.” -Filmcritic.com

“A purely creative movie that one must admit has no equal in cinema history.” -Groucho Reviews


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