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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure [1988] (1 disc)

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Director:Stephen Herek
Writer:Chris Matheson
Ed Solomon
Composer:David Newman
Length:90 minutes
(1 hour 30 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:84%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Two teenage underachievers must jump around time to get a passing grade for their history report.


Reaction: Classic '80s teen movie that is still highly enjoyable.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Stephen Herek => Director
Chris Matheson => Writer
Ed Solomon => Writer
David Newman => Composer
Al Leong => Genghis Khan
Alex Winter => Bill S. Preston, Esq.
Amy Stock-Poynton => Missy Preston
Bernie Casey => Mr. Ryan
Clarence Clemons => The Three Most Important People in the World
Clifford David => Ludwig van Beethoven
Dan Shor => Billy the Kid
Diane Franklin => Princess Joanna
Duncan McLeod => Old West Bartender
Fee Waybill => The Three Most Important People in the World
Frazier Bain => Deacon Logan
George Carlin => Rufus
Hal Landon Jr. => Captain Logan
J. Patrick McNamara => Mr. Preston
Jane Wiedlin => Joan of Arc
Keanu Reeves => Ted Logan
Kimberley Kates => Princess Elizabeth (as Kimberley LaBelle)
Martha Davis => The Three Most Important People in the World
Robert V. Barron => Abraham Lincoln (as Robert Barron)
Rod Loomis => Dr. Sigmund Freud
Terry Camilleri => Napoleon
Tony Steedman => Socrates

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • This is one of three productions in which Genghis Khan and Abraham Lincoln appear together as characters, in spite of the fact that Lincoln was born 582 years after the Khan's death. The others are [Star Trek: {The Savage Curtain}] and Clone High.
  • In the film, Bill and Ted claim that they need [?] Edward Van Halen in their band to make it better. After the film was released, he jokingly said he would have joined their band if they had asked.
  • In the original script, the time machine was a 1969 Chevy Van, but the filmmakers thought that it would be a rip-off of Back to the Future. So, they changed it to a phone booth (apparently unconcerned that [Doctor Who] uses a police telephone box as its time machine). Also, when they used the van, Bill and Ted picked up more historical figures than they did in the final film.
  • The rescue scene of Bill and Ted (their comrades pretending to be executioners and escaping on a horse-drawn carriage) is the same way that D'Artagnan is rescued in The Three Musketeers, which was also directed by Stephen Herek.
  • When Bill reads the assignment to Ted, he says, 'Express to the class how an important historical figure from each of your time periods would view the world of San Dimas, 1988.' His lips are actually saying, 'San Dimas, 1987' and the '1988' was dubbed later because of a delay in the movie's release.
  • Bill and Ted introduce Rufus to themselves - Rufus never tells them his name.
  • Every scene shot during the section of the film at the San Dimas mall, including the ice rink, were all filmed on location at the MetroCenter Mall in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Originally, Alex Winter auditioned for the role of Ted and Keanu Reeves auditioned for the role of Bill.