Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), Technicolor, 2.35:1
Dolby Stereo, English

An American comedy film directed by Stephen Herek.

Plot Summary

Air headed teens Bill and Ted are facing a seemingly insurmountable problem – they won't graduate unless they pass their history presentation. Fortunately, help is at hand in the unlikely shape of Rufus who travels back in time from to give the boys a time-travelling telephone box. The dim duo set off to various points in history to research their presentation.


Director: Stephen Herek
De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, Interscope Communications, Nelson Entertainment
Producers: Scott Kroopf, Michael S. Murphey, Joel Soisson
Script: Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon
Director of Photography: Timothy Suhrstedt
Editors: Larry Bock, Patricia Rand
Music: David Newman
Sound Recordist: Michael S. Wren
Costume Designer: Jill Ohanneson
Make Up Effects: Kevin Yagher
Production Designer: Roy Forge Smith
Locations: Mesa, Arizona, USA; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Raging Waters, San Dimas, California, USA; San Dimas High School, San Dimas, California, USA

Keanu Reeves (Ted ‘Theodore' Logan)
Alex Winter (Bill S. Preston)
George Carlin (Rufus)
Terry Camilleri (Napoleon)
Dan Shor (Billy the Kid)
Tony Steedman (Socrates)
Rod Loomis (Freud)
Al Leong (Genghis Kahn)
Jane Wiedlin ()
Robert V. Barron ()
Clifford David (Beethoven)
Hal Landon Jr (Captain Logan)
Bernie Casey (Mr Ryan)
Amy Stock-Poynton (Missy Preston)
J. Patrick McNamara (Mr Preston)
Frazier Bain (Deacon Logan)
Diane Franklin (Princess Joanna)
Kimberley LaBelle (Princess Elizabeth)
Will Robbins (Ox Robbins)
Steve Shepherd (Randolf Shepherd)

Alternative Titles

Las alucinantes aventuras de Bill y Ted – Spain
Bill & Ted – paluu menneisyyteen – Finland
Bill y Ted – Argentina
Bill & Teds galna äventyr – Sweden
Bill & Ted's verrückte Reise durch die Zeit – Germany

Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures (1990)
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures (1992)
Bill and Ted Face the Music (2020)

See also
Doctor Who (1963-1989)
King Kong (1933)
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Wayne's World (1992)



  • Infinity no.32 (2021) p.39 – illustrated review (Infinity reviews by AvB [Anton van Beek])