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Big Top Pee-wee (1988)

Pee-wee Herman is now a small-town farmer with a fiancée, but when a traveling circus comes to town, he finds himself falling for the trapeze artist.

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Randal Kleiser
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Reubens ... Pee-wee Herman (as Pee-wee Herman)
Penelope Ann Miller ... Winnie
Kris Kristofferson ... Mace Montana
Valeria Golino ... Gina Piccolapupula
Wayne White ... Vance the Pig (voice)
Susan Tyrrell ... Midge Montana
Albert Henderson Albert Henderson ... Mr. Ryan
Jack Murdock Jack Murdock ... Otis
David Byrd David Byrd ... Deke
Mary Jackson ... Mrs. Dill
Frances Bay ... Mrs. Haynes
Leo Gordon ... Joe the Blacksmith (as Leo V. Gordon)
Anne Seymour ... Pearl
Kenneth Tobey ... Sheriff
Jay Robinson ... Cook
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Storyline

In the sequel to "Pee Wee's Big Adventure", Pee-Wee Herman has had enough with the fame and constant media attention he received after the events of the first movie, so he's now a simple farmer living quietly in a small town. But after a big storm blows their way, a circus ends up at Pee Wee's farm. So he lets the circus stay at his farm for a while. The circus decides to put on a show with one lovable star, Pee-Wee! Also, a love triangle develops between Pee-Wee, his nice fiancée Winnie, who's the local schoolteacher, and mysterious loner Gina, the circus' attractive trapeze artist. The outcome of this subplot is somewhat unexpected. Written by James Preston

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Hero. Lover. Legend.


Certificate:

6 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

22 July 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Top Pee-wee - La mia vita picchiatella See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$15,122,324
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Despite boasting similar lines and situations, as well music by Danny Elfman and the use of "Tequila" by The Champs, the film has no canonical lineage to Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) and Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986). See more »

Goofs

When PeeWee and Winnie are eating lunch, some of Winnie's egg salad sandwich falls on PeeWee's face and jacket. He wipes his face on her dress, but in the next shot it's not on her dress or his jacket. See more »

Quotes

Gina Piccolapupula: Snowball's a clown mace. Clowns aren't funny.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with the late 1950's Paramount logo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Carny (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Rimprovero
Written by Gioachino Rossini (uncredited)
Performed by Paul Reubens (as Pee-Wee Herman)
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Excellent Pee Wee Movie
14 August 2009 | by tmarchi59See all my reviews

I'm amazed by the negative reviews, this movie was outstanding! I think you have to appreciate Pee Wee humor, but if you do, then I think you'll agree this movie is brilliant, just like all of Paul Reubens' humor.

One thing to note, I had not watched Pee Wee's Big Adventure when I first saw Big Top, so maybe my expectations were different. And I had to watch Big Top (and Big Adventure) a number of times in order to catch and appreciate all of the subtleties.

Here is a perspective that might help: Pee Wee's movies basically show things from the standpoint of a little kid describing his world once he grows up. For example, a child might imagine that he will have a bicycle that can fly and do all sorts of "cool" things that in reality are impossible, but he doesn't have the cognitive skills to think about whether things like this are possible. He just makes up his story the way he wants it to be. Pee Wee's movies bring those types of childhood dreams to "reality" on the screen, with a bunch of unique grown-up humor and some often strange but appropriate music mixed in. Taken from that perspective, these movies are absolutely brilliant.


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