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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
     

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

4.7 8
Director: Stephen Herek, Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin

Cast: Stephen Herek, Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin

 

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With only a few days before their high-school graduation, it looks like airheaded rock star wannabes Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are doomed to flunk all their finals. The boys' long-suffering teacher (Bernie Casey) gives them one more chance. If they can ace a presentation on the topic of how a famous historical personality might react to modern times,

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With only a few days before their high-school graduation, it looks like airheaded rock star wannabes Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are doomed to flunk all their finals. The boys' long-suffering teacher (Bernie Casey) gives them one more chance. If they can ace a presentation on the topic of how a famous historical personality might react to modern times, they will be allowed to pass. If not, Ted's dad will plunk the boy into military school, thereby breaking up the boys' garage band permanently. Bill and Ted receive unexpected aid from a very unexpected source: Rufus (George Carlin), an Emissary from the Future. It seems that in Rufus's time, Bill and Ted's rock music is the basis of all society-and if their band is aborted, Rufus's world will no longer exist. Thus, Bill and Ted are whisked off in a time machine (actually a telephone booth) to retrieve a few historical characters--including Joan of Arc, Abe Lincoln, Napoleon and Beethoven--as "eyewitnesses" for their crucial oral exam. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure inspired both a sequel (Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey) and a Saturday morning cartoon series.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
This slacker comedy provides some good low-brow laughs and, sadly enough, delivered many teenagers some history lessons when it was released. Keanu Reeves' breakthrough role as the loveable dunce Ted resulted in typecasting that would plague his career until The Matrix. The film aggravated some educators with its frivolous treatment of academia but brought praise from others for making history fun and palatable. It also stamped words like "bogus" and "gnarley" firmly into the '80s slang lexicon. George Carlin's appearance as the time-traveler Rufus adds a little comedic legitimacy to this little film, which essentially boils down to engaging and well-paced silly, mindless fun with a fairly well-written script. The legacy of Bill and Ted can be traced to the slacker comedies of Adam Sandler, and the film itself was popular enough to spawn an ill-fated sequel and a short-lived Saturday morning cartoon.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2012
UPC:
0883904284925
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
22,053

Special Features

The Original Bill & Ted: In conversation with Chris & Ed; Air Guitar Tutorial with Bjorn Turoque & The Rockness Monster; One Sweet and Sour Chinese Adventure To Go; Radio Spots; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keanu Reeves Ted "Theodore" Logan
Alex Winter Bill S. Preston
George Carlin Rufus
Terry Camilleri Napoleon
Bernie Casey Mr. Ryan
Dan Shor Billy the Kid
Tony Steedman Socrates
Roi Loomis Sigmund Freud
Jane Wiedlin Joan of Arc
Robert V. Barron Abraham Lincoln
Clifford David Ludwig van Beethoven
Hal Landon Capt. Logan
Amy Stock-Poynton Missy/Mom
J. Patrick McNamara Mr. Preston
Tony Camilieri Actor
Clarence Clemons One of "The Three Most Important People in
Martha Davis One of "The Three Most Important People in
Al Leong Genghis Khan
William Robbins Ox
Ed Solomon Stupid Waiter
Stanzi Stokes Actor
Fee Waybill One of "The Three Most Important People In The World"
Frazier Bain Deacon
Diane Franklin Princess Joanna
Kimberley Kates Princess Elizabeth
Steve Shepherd Randolf
Anne Machette Buffy
Traci Dawn Davis Jody
Duncan McLeod Bartender
John Clure Tatooed Cowboy
Jim Cody Williams Bearded Cowboy
Dusty O'Dee Old West Ugly Dude
Heather Pittman Kerry
Ruth Pittman Daphne
Richard Alexander Bowling Alley Manager
James Bowbitch John the Serf
John Karlsen Evil Duke
Jeff S. Goodrich Music Store Salesman
Lisa Rubin Girl at Mall
Marjean Holden Student Speaker
Claudia Templeton Aerobic Saleswoman
Carol Gossler Aerobic Instructor
Steve Rotblatt Police Psychiatrist
Chris Matheson Ugly Waiter
Mark Ogden 1st Neanderthal
Ron Althoff Security Guard
Tom Dugan 2nd Neanderthal

Technical Credits
Stephen Herek Director
Larry Bock Editor
Dan Bradley Stunts
Robert W. Cort Executive Producer
Stephen Deutsch Producer
Ted Field Executive Producer
Glenis S. Gross Casting
Brad Jeffries Choreography
Scott Kroopf Co-producer,Producer
Daniel Marc Makeup
Chris Matheson Screenwriter
Michael S. Murphey Producer
David Newman Score Composer
Barry Nolan Special Effects
Jill M. Ohanneson Costumes/Costume Designer
Partick Rand Editor
Roy Forge Smith Production Designer
Joel Soisson Co-producer,Producer
Ed Solomon Screenwriter
Tim Suhrstedt Cinematographer
Gordon White Art Director
Jennifer Williams Set Decoration/Design

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dude, this film is like, one of the greatest movies ever! With lines like, ''Bill, your step-mom's cute...'' ''Shut up Ted!'' ''Remember when she was a senior and we were freshman?'' ''Shut up Ted!'', the movie is truly a must see out of the 80's! Be excellent to each other and party on, dudes!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this truly is a movie that is excellent.bill and ted travelling back to gather famous people for an assignment is totally.bodacious.a lot of laughs and great for a laugh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW KEANA REEVES AND ALEX WINTER ARE 2 MAJOR HOTTIES TRAVILNG BACK INTO TIME A WAY COOL MOVIE MY FAVORITE PART OF THE MOVIE IS WHEN THE 2 PREINCEESS SHOW UP WITH RUFUS AND SEES THE GUYS
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dude, This is a most bodacious flick. I would most highly recomend it to well, everyone. dude if you dont own this movie you are a most bogus person.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure is an exciting, but humorous movie about two somewhat slow boys triing to save their band. In the effort, they go back in time and grab historical figures in hope to ace their report. I recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this 1988 film about two airheads is one of the greastest comedy films I've ever seen. Keanu Reeves is hysterical as Ted and Alex Winter as Bill. The DVD adds much a better veiwing area and sound. It makes this great movie even better than it was when I first saw it.
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