Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

All of the historical figures get arrested after they wreak havoc on the mall and end up being taken to the police station where Ted's dad works. When Bill and Ted find Napolean in the Waterloo Park, they head to the police station, using circumstances "set up" after the test to free them and stop Ted's dad. Everyone heads to the auditorium and gives a performance that earns Bill and Ted the A+ they need to pass. Later in their garage, Ted is upset because even though they did so much, nothing has changed. Then Rufus appears with the princesses from England and Rufus tells them that Wyld Stallyns wille ventually end war and poverty and bring peace throughout the universe. He then gives the guys new instruments, which they and the girls proceed to jam on... incredibly badly.

Skarloc

Factual error: When Bill and Ted grab Beethoven, we are shown the piano he was playing which is a Steinweg (Steinweg later changed his name to Steinway when he immigrated to the United States). Steinweg made their first piano in 1835, and the model shown was built in Braunschweig so must have been made after 1858, but Beethoven died in 1827, years before a Steinweg piano existed. Also the onscreen graphic says it's 1810. (00:47:50)

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Bill: Ted, while I agree that, in time, our band will be most triumphant, the truth is, Wyld Stallyns will never be a super band until we have Eddie Van Halen on guitar.
Ted: Yes, Bill. But, I do not believe we will get Eddie Van Halen until we have a triumphant video.
Bill: Ted, it's pointless to have a triumphant video before we even have decent instruments.
Ted: Well, how can we have decent instruments when we don't really even know how to play?
Bill: That is why we NEED Eddie Van Halen.
Ted: And THAT is why we need a triumphant video.
Bill/Ted: Excellent.

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Question: Is the portrayal of the historical figures and their respective surroundings accurate in any way?

Answer: Yes and no. The basic premises are all right; the years are accurate, and maybe the costumes. Napoleon was at war in 1805, and Joan of Arc was undoubtedly in church at some time during 1429, etc. But everything with the mysterious King Henry and his two teenage daughters in the middle ages is completely fabricated. Although there were four King Henrys during that century, none of them fit the age or family situation seen in the film.

Krista

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