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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

Keanu Reeves , Alex Winter , Stephen Herek  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, Terry Camilleri, Dan Shor
  • Directors: Stephen Herek
  • Writers: Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon
  • Producers: Joel Soisson, Michael S. Murphey, Robert W. Cort, Scott Kroopf, Stephen Deutsch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005PJ6N
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,680 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" on IMDb

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Keanu Reeves (The Matrix) and Alex Winter (The Lost Boys) deliver "spirited performances" (The Hollywood Reporter) in the original righteous comedy about the two ditzy dudes from San Dimas, California. Also starring George Carlin, this hysterically funny historical comedy is a "snappily directed" (Time), "bouncy good time" (The Boston Globe) and a party that goes on and on! Bill (Winter) and Ted (Reeves) have spent so much time forming their rock band, The Wyld Stallyns, that they're flunking history. Whoa, duuuude! And when Ted's dad threatens to send him away to military school, Bill and Ted realize it could mean the most heinous end of The Stallyns! Luckily, a guardian angel from the future, Rufus (Carlin), has come to them with a most bodacious solution: a time-traversing phone booth to take them into the past to learn about the world from some of history's most influential personalities. Their journey through time turns out to be a blastÂ...but will they learn enough to pass their class?

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time March 4, 2006
Format:DVD
Someone already made the point that Amazon's official reviewers often seem entirely out of step with their hordes of unofficial ones. This movie is a great example. It deftly avoids pitfalls that sink other films and does so seemingly effortlessly. It gains so much in sublety that it falls beneath the Hollywood radar of critical acclaim.

First, here's a film that delves into the real entanglements of time travel, but unlike Back to the Future, keeps it light. George Carlin plays himself, a burnt out hippie in the role of enlightened visitor from the future. Like Jeff Goldblum, he always plays himself, only the scenery changes-- check him out as the priest in Dogma (which is not at all a family film). Keanu Reeves does a great job in this film which, if it falls in the Doofus Duo genre, is at least as good as the Wayne's World and Dumb and Dumber films.

It's also cleaner. Anyone can write a dirty joke; try writing a clean one. This movie is full of them. Chesterton said it's harder to write a joke than a sermon. Obviously that's why there are so many (bad) sermons. This film succeeds with both good-natured humor and the light-hearted message of "Be excellent to each other." Has the Golden Rule ever been put better?

Why is this film so much better than its sequel, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, which has an excellent if unrealized story line? Because all the special FX budget was spent on the "hell" sequence in that film, which bogs down the rest of the picture. There's a most excellent line of comic books that accompany the Bill and Ted saga, by the same artist who did Milk and Cheese. The story arc is both humorous and gripping. This is one of the few properties that really could deliver a few sequels and works well as an animated series. I join hundreds of reviewers who love this film in recommending this most excellent DVD.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars utterly bodacious ! September 24, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is brilliant, and has inspired many imitations, but none come close to this unique, goofy comedy that reminds me more of the silent screen gems than of what has passed for funny in recent years.
The pairing of Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves was a stroke of genius...they work so well together, and are so convincing as naive airheads that some people, DUH ! actually believe this is what these marvelous actors are like in real life..NOT ! This is great acting, folks. Wonderfully written, the premise is hilarious and all the characters so perfectly cast. I love Al Leong as Genghis Khan. His antics in the mall never fail to make me roar with laughter..."we've got a live one !".
With every viewing, I see more details to amuse me...and it has an endearing, sweet spirit that warms my heart...and always remember: "Be excellent to each other !".
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious All-Time Classic November 12, 2002
Format:DVD
Here's a whoppin' good adventure comedy that succeeds bedause it so unabashedly pushes the limits and risks absurdity. A couple of high school students are so clueless that when asked who Joan of Arc was, one replies "Noah's wife?". But this title pair are about to embark on a life-changing adventure! Suddenly they meet a strange dude with a telephone booth altered into a time-machine! What a concept of how to build a time-machine! I wondered if they thought about how we're living in a time when phone booths have become a rarity? How it won't be long, if things continue on their present course, until you couldn't make a time-machine out of a phone booth until you first used another time-machine to go back in time and get a phone booth? Well it's an interesting twist, whether intentional or not! Once back in time, the title characters transport several historical figures to the present, and thereby change their world. One of those figures is the very Joan of Arc they shortly before didn't know from Noah's wife! I found it most uncanny what historical figures they were able to bring back to the present, including no less that three that were me in former lives! They got it pretty right about Genghis Khan! I'm sure I would really really have liked twinkies when I was he! The part about Billy-the-kid they stretch a bit, even addressing him as "Mr. the Kid". Now no one really ever addressed me that way in my former life as Billy-the-Kid, but what a neat concept! Now some things of the present get streched just a bit too. For example, Bill and Ted get themselves out of one bind by use of a programmable audio tape player, programming it to play a certain message on the following afternoon. Now who's ever heard of that? Time-machines have become a familiar thing, at least in movies. Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Party On Dudes!!!!!! March 21, 2006
Format:DVD
This movie is fun for kids and adults alike, and to learn historical figures on the way. The idea of two rocker dudes going back in time in a phonebooth to kidnap historical figures for a high school history report is hilarious. Billy the Kid, Ghengis Khan, and Socrates are really funny, and especially Napoloeon. They also capture Joan of Arc, Sigmund Freud and Abe Lincoln. Watch for Rufus played by George Carlin. Man, when I was young, my best friend and I went to the movies 5 times to see this movie. It became a great movie that me and my dad mutually loved and watched over and over...if i was feeling bad or my dad came in the door, he would open his arms and smile, saying "party on, dudes!!!!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now my kids love it.
Brings back memories. Now my kids love it.
Published 2 days ago by rogelio tomas vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent dude!
My 10 and 11 year old boys found this to be engaging and fun!
Published 5 days ago by Renee Shell
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally excellent Blu Ray!
A most excellent movie. This is totally one of the funniest movies from the late 80's (or was it early 90's?). Read more
Published 10 days ago by Cradle of Fish
4.0 out of 5 stars A silly movie, I watch it every few years ...
A silly movie, I watch it every few years because it still makes me laugh. And the humor is not mean spirited, as in so many comedies.
Published 10 days ago by J.S. Fleming
5.0 out of 5 stars fun show for all ages
Silly, fun show for all ages. Thanks.
Published 13 days ago by James P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Good movie I like both of them part one and two,stupid funny
Published 17 days ago by christine peraza
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill and Ted is most excellent on blu ray
This right here is one excellent movie and it's about time it's on blu ray i mean i have the VHS and DVD but now i can watch it the way it was ment to be seen in hd this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by thomas henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Awesome silly!
Just a fun and silly movie that my daughter and I watch a thousand times lol. Back in the early and mid 90's.
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen Sanderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Be excellent to each other.
I am a high school social studies teacher. I knew I would need something to keep my kids entertained after they finished their finals (why they have to be here after they're done... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aaron D. Edwards
2.0 out of 5 stars I loved it, but the kids didn't
I ought it thinking that they might enjoy the historical side as much as I did when the movie 1st came out. I guess the terms & special effects can't hold up to today's standards. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dominique Blake
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