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Trivia / Big Top Pee-wee

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  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $20 million. Box office, $15,122,324.
  • B-Team Sequel: Tim Burton turned down the chance to direct, as he was transitioning from completing Beetlejuice to beginning pre-production on Batman (1989).
  • The Cast Showoff: The musical number Pee-wee sings in his dream at the beginning of the movie really is performed by Paul Reubens himself, who it turns out has a surprisingly good singing voice when out of character.
  • Creator Killer:
    • This was the second to last film produced by Richard Abramson; he never did another film after the 80's ended.
    • This film also began a slow death for Paul Reubens' career as Pee-wee's Playhouse stopped making episodes in 1990. Not helping matters was Paul Reubens' infamous nudie theater incident the year after. It would be a quarter-century before Netflix revived Pee-wee Herman on a visible basis, making this film something of a Franchise Killer on top of it all.
  • Real-Life Relative: Two townsfolk, Herman and Honey, are played by Milton and Judy Rubenfeld, Paul Ruebens' real-life parents.
  • Romance on the Set: This happened between Valeria Golino (Gina) and Benicio del Toro (Duke the Dog-Faced Boy), who remained together for four years.


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