Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

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Bill (Winter) and Ted (Reeves) are cool dudes, but to their teacher, they're high school no-hopers. They fantasise about forming a rock band called 'Wyld Stallyns'; one day they'll pull themselves together and learn how to play guitar. Unless he achieves the seemingly impossible and passes a history presentation, Ted will be shipped off to military school; end of friendship! A figure from the future (Carlin) appears in the nick of time, providing a time-travelling phone booth. The two jump in and out of different epochs, collecting historical figures (from Socrates to Billy the Kid) and confronting them with West Coast culture. This is extremely silly, good natured, superficial stuff; a lot depends on whether you take to Bill and Ted's unique lingo (which contorts surfers' expressions) and their gormless behaviour. The funniest scenes involve Napoleon (Camilleri) adrift in Southern California: pompous and power-hungry, he devours the menu in an ice-cream parlour and hogs the rides in a waterslide park.

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Release details

Duration: 89 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Stephen Herek
Screenwriter: Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon
Cast: Keanu Reeves
Alex Winter
George Carlin
Terry Camilleri
Bernie Casey
Dan Shor
Robert V Barron

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This cult movie about William "Bill" S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter) and "Ted" Theodore Logan (Keanu Reeves) follows the hapless rock god wannabes as they travel through time to gather historical figures in order to pass their History final. The future of the universe depends on this moment and the duo are aided by Rufus (George Carlin) who is sent back from the future. 

Featuring a stunning soundtrack, this film launched Keanu Reeves career and a sequel soon followed in the way of  Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. Also keep an eye out for the rumoured third instalment, which supposedly has a completed script and both stars on-board.