Pee-Wee's Big Adventure Movie Behind The Scenes

Making Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure Picture


Go behind the scenes on the 1985 Comedy movie starring Paul Reubens, Mark Holton, Elizabeth Daily More Cast

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Paul Reubens mentions on the commentary that during the scene in the movie where he is wheeled out of the bike shop on a gurney, Elizabeth Daily's face went completely white. After filming the scene, he asked her what was wrong... apparently she was having flashbacks of her boyfriend Jon-Erik Hexum being wheeled off of a movie set on a gurney. (He accidentally shot himself whilst filming Cover Up (1984) (TV)).
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Paul Reubens drew inspiration for Pee-Wee from a kid he attended summer camp with and he derived his characters boyish voice from a character he played as a child actor.
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Paul Reubens and Elizabeth Daily were a real life couple during the time of filming.
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Paul Reubens had originally wanted Andre the Giant (from "The Princess Bride" for the role of Andy, Simone's boyfriend. He also wanted Sean Connery to play P.W in the movie-within-a-movie at the end.
Thanks to Ginger
Elizabeth Daily was depressed during the filming, prior to the death of her then boyfriend actor/model Jon-Erik Hexum in 1984. When they filmed the scene where Pee-Wee faints in the bike shop and is later on the stretcher, Elizabeth herself fainted at the sight of it, because it reminded her of Hexum's fatal accident on the set of 'Cover-Up.'
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During the conclusion, when Pee-wee saves the pets from the burning pet store, the snakes were Tim Burton's idea. Much to the disagreement of Paul Reubens who hates or at least hated snakes at the time. After begging Burton to leave out the snakes and being refused, he filmed the scene. Although, the faint that appeared on screen is acting, Paul really did faint in rehearsals with the snakes.

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Deleted Scenes

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Alternate Versions

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The DVD version is letterbox, reframing the movie which was originally filmed open-matte. The best example is the scene where Pee-Wee is bringing out the bike chains from a compartment on the side of the vehicle. In VHS pressings of the movie, you can see the chain being "fed" to Reubens. In the DVD version, you can't see the chains being produced, due to the rematting.
Thanks to John Edward Kilduff
There are 3 additional scenes and one extended scene on the DVD: There's a scene where Pee-Wee has an encounter with a bear named Boone. Another scene has the biker gang visiting Pee-Wee in the hospital, bearing gifts of teddy bears and candy. We get to know Amazing Larry better in a scene in the magic shop (Amazing Larry, you'll remember, is the man with the outrageous punk rock hairdo seen at the meeting Pee-Wee holds after his bike is stolen). We finally see the boomerang bow-tie in use in an extension of the studio chase scene. To be specific, it's used on the western set the guards chase Mr. Herman through.

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