Big Top Pee-wee (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

Big Top Pee-wee (1988)




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Pee-Wee lives on a farm that is full of talking animals and very large produce. One morning, after a tornado blows through, he wakes up to find a circus deposited in his back yard. Upon learning that they are facing bankruptcy, he suggests that they stage a show celebrating agriculture.
PG (adult situations/language)
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Paramount Home Video

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Paul Reubens
as Pee-wee Herman
Valeria Golino
as Gina Piccolapupula
Kris Kristofferson
as Mace Montana
Randy Wayne White
as Vance the Pig
Susan Tyrrell
as Midge Montana
Terrence Mann
as Snowball the Clown
Albert Henderson
as Mr. Ryan
Mary Jackson
as Mrs. Dill
David Byrd
as Deke
Frances Bay
as Mrs. Haynes
Leo Gordon
as Joe the Blacksmith (as Leo V. Gordon)
Kenneth Tobey
as Sheriff
Carol Infield Siff
as Dot, Siamese Twin
Helen Siff
as Ruth, Siamese Twin
Eve Smith
as Bunny
Franco Columbu
as Otto, The Strongman
Vance Colvig
as Clownie
Matthias Hues
as Oscar, The Lion Tamer
Benicio Del Toro
as Duke the Dog-Faced Boy
Kevin Peter Hall
as Big John
Lynne Marie Stewart
as Zelda, Bearded Lady
John Sherrod
as Del, The Human Cannonball
Joey Arias
as Shim the Half Man/Half Woman
Bunny Summers
as Costume Woman
Dustin Diamond
as Child - Deke
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Critic Reviews for Big Top Pee-wee

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (1)

Uneven, loopy cult favorite.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

A yeowling comedy. Look out for those sight gags.

December 5, 2005

It's too bad that Tim Burton went on to bigger and better things.

November 6, 2005
7M Pictures

Even the animals want to run away with another circus.

Full Review… | December 31, 2004

If there's a lower form of comedy than circus humor I've yet to encounter it.

July 1, 2004

What a waste.

August 11, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Big Top Pee-wee

Not my favorite Pee-Wee, that's for sure. Even though Valeria is a babe, watching Pee-Wee make out with her is creepy. I miss him being my a-sexual friend. The story is a good one, who doesn't want to join the circus?!

Alexis Nomm
Alexis Nomm

Super Reviewer

This movie was a horrible follow up to the awesome original Pee-wee movie. If only they could have got Burton back to direct it... of course he was busy making other great movies like Beetlejuice. This one has a ridiculous story and doesn't feel in touch with what you've gotten to know of Pee-Wee's world. I hated it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Not the most terrific sequel, but Paul Reubens can be fun at times.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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