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Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)

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A tyrant from the future creates evil android doubles of Bill and Ted and sends them back to eliminate the originals.

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Peter Hewitt (as Pete Hewitt)

Writers:

Chris Matheson (characters), Ed Solomon (characters) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Ted
Alex Winter ... Bill / Granny Preston
William Sadler ... Grim Reaper
Joss Ackland ... De Nomolos
Pam Grier ... Ms. Wardroe
George Carlin ... Rufus
Amy Stoch ... Missy (as Amy Stock-Poynton)
Jim Martin ... Sir James Martin
Hal Landon Jr. ... Captain Logan
Annette Azcuy ... Elizabeth
Sarah Trigger ... Joanna
Chelcie Ross ... Colonel Oats
Taj Mahal ... Gatekeeper
Robert Noble Robert Noble ... Bach
Hal Landon Sr. Hal Landon Sr. ... Thomas Edison
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Storyline

The world of our distant future is a veritable utopia, thanks to the lyrics of two simple-minded 20th Century rock and rollers, Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted "Theodore" Logan. However, a would-be conquerer threatens to throw history off-track by sending "most non-non-heinous" evil robot Bill and Teds back to kill their good counterparts. Finding themselves dead, the boys must outwit the Grim Reaper and traverse Heaven and Hell to return to the land of the living, rescue their "babes" and have a "most triumphant" concert at the all-important Battle of the Bands. Written by David Thiel <d-thiel@uiuc.edu>

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Taglines:

Bill & Ted party on! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Russian

Release Date:

19 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure II See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$38,037,513
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In an early draft of the script, Rufus was the villain. See more »

Goofs

When Death is falling from the sky after finding Station, his mouth is closed as he screams. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chuck De Nomolos: It is time. They have reached the second crucial turning point in their destiny. Their message is about to reach millions. But, we will change all that. When our mission is successful, no longer will the world be dominated by the legacy of these two fools! No longer will we hear this.
[plays air guitar]
Chuck De Nomolos: We will stop them now! Brothers and sisters, are we ready?
[everybody cocks their guns]
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Alternate Versions

In the television version of the film, the scene where Station is building the good robot Bill & Ted in the van on the way to the concert is extended. Death is sitting in the passenger's seat and asks Bill if he likes him. Bill still driving the van, replies 'Yeah' and offers Death a stick of gum. Death graciously accepts and shoves the piece (wrapper and all) in his mouth. He then spits it out saying, "I don't like gum". See more »

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Soundtracks

The Reaper Rap
Written, Performed & Produced by Steve Vai
Vocals by Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, William Sadler, Joss Ackland,
Chelcie Ross, Terry Finn & Roy Brocksmith
Published by Sy Vy Music / OPC Music Publishing, Inc.
Courtesy of Relativity Records
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Sharper than warranted.
6 May 1999 | by rkwongSee all my reviews

It was only on my second viewing, years later, that I realized two things about this movie: 1) I enjoyed it immensely, and 2) that because its execution is decidedly sharper than the premise itself warrants. I had laughed my way through the movie before it occurred to me to renew my initial protests--valleyspeak and loogies and airheadedness (even *good*-natured airheadedness) just aren't inherently funny, especially when drawn out to feature length. But though the movie's momentum does begin to sputter out towards the end, Reeves and Winter and Sadler (and Hal Landon Jr. in an unforgettable scene) display such a remarkable sense of comic timing throughout that even the more clumsily-scripted jokes (e.g. Ted failing to recognize a certain inhabitant of Hell) work as effortlessly as the witter ones (e.g. the challenge). And the teaming of Winter and Reeves clicks so well that the teaming of Bill and Ted (who spend only one scene separated in the entire movie, disaster if they're not well-matched) appears utterly unstrained.

(Side note: I found the first movie to be only sporadically entertaining--sightly different comic sensibilities there, it seems.)

I give it a 7.75. Surprisingly good fun.


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