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Date & Time
November 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Free; no reservations required
Film Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (Tim Burton, 1985, 91 min, USA, Color, 35mm)

A film about one man-child’s search for his stolen red bicycle leads to a series of mystifying encounters with ghost truckers, fortune tellers, rowdy bikers, and giant tourist-trap dinosaurs—culminating in a last stand at the Alamo. Paul Reubens’ sweetly eccentric Pee-wee makes his screen debut here, in Tim Burton’s first film.


“Everything about Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, from its toy-box colors to its superb, hyperanimated Danny Elfman score to the butch-waxed hairdo and wooden-puppet walk of its star and mastermind, Pee-wee Herman, is pure pleasure.” – Stephanie Zacharek, Salon

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