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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

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In 1986, director Stephen Herek asked Warner Brothers to make Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. They agreed, but changed their minds not long after. So, in early 1987, Herek went to Dino De Laurentiis' DEG. The movie was filmed in 1987, but DEG (The DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group), went bankrupt before it could be released. So the film was put away in the film vault until another company could be found to release it. Finally, Nelson Entertainment and Orion Pictures bought the film in 1988, and released it in February 1989. Also, in the scene where Bill reads the assignment to Ted and says the words "San Dimas, 1988", if you look closely, you'll see that he is actually saying "San Dimas, 1987", which was dubbed later on to say "1988".

-Thanks to David Jones

More Behind The Scenes from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
What do phone booths, Genghis Khan, Circle K, two princess babes, Noah's wife, bowling scores, burnt cheese sandwiches and the Two Great Ones all have in common?

-They're in the most outrageous, bodacious and non-heinous time travel excursion of epic proportions ever committed to celluloid! No way? Yes way!

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure inspired an entire generation of movie-goers to "Be Excellent to Each Other" and to "Party On, Dudes!" and left movie critics shaking their heads while fans left the theater happily air guitaring and yelling "Bogus!" at the top of their lungs.

Bill S. Preston, Esq. (Alex Winter) and Ted "Theodore" Logan (Keanu Reeves) are two energetic dudes who are more interested in the current state of their band, Wyld Stallyns, than they are in academic pursuits, which leads to the realization they are about to flunk their history exam most heinously.

-If Ted flunks, his dad is going to ship him off to an Alaskan military academy.

Future dude Rufus (George Carlin) is sent back in time from the year 2688 to try to prevent this most egregious event from threatening the harmonious future Bill and Ted will eventually create. Don't worry, it all makes sense in the end.

One time traveling phone booth later, the dudes are off on a most excellent adventure through time to gather historical figures for their oral report.

The future may be saved, but will history ever be the same? Somehow everything will be put right again as Billy the Kid plays Nerf football with Socrates, Napoleon shoots the loops at a waterslide park and Joan of Arc teaches aerobics at the mall's health club. And hey, lest we take this movie *too* seriously, remember a corn dog is sometimes just a corn dog!

This is the film that blew away the competition at the box office in early 1989, typecast actor Keanu Reeves forever as an airhead, and endeared an entire generation to a completely new way of speaking (not valley speak or surf lingo, as some erroneously report). Loved by fans the world over, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure still stands as a most triumphant film experience for the young and the perpetually young at heart! Just don't forget to wind your watch!

Verdict?

Most excellent! A fun, delightful movie that epitomizes the style and spirit of the 80's.

Notice any mistakes? Review

Strengths: Much fun is had by all. Very funny.

Weaknesses? Some argue that is just an inferior rip-off of "Waynes World". They are wrong, of course ;))

Our rating: 9 out of 10


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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure