Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Revealing mistake: Throughout the studio scene where Pee Wee is shot from the front being chased by security, the fact that his bike is on a rig can be seen by how rigid the bike is when he pedals it and it doesn't move side to side like it does when he's riding it freely in all the other shots.

jerimiah

Revealing mistake: After the bar scene where Pee Wee leaves riding the motorcycle, we can see it's a stuntman, given the different physique of having wider shoulders and a fuller head of hair than that of Pee Wee.

jerimiah

Continuity mistake: After throwing the candy to the bikers, Pee Wee is holding a box of Milk Duds and a candy bar. After he watches himself in the movie, the candy bar disappears then reappears behind the Milk Duds between shots. Then in the next shot of him skipping towards Dottie - all of the candy disappears completely.

jerimiah

Continuity mistake: When Pee Wee is dressed as a nun on the sound stage, he looks impatiently at the bike - we see only a shadow from the bike on the left side. Then from the front shot, there is now the shadows of the actors right all behind the bike which weren't there in the prior shot.

jerimiah

Continuity mistake: When the security guards are seen pulling the cords out from the wall, we see four of them pulling the plugs. However when the shot changes, we see three of the carts pulling away and the fourth guard still hasn't reached his cart or plug yet. (01:12:30)

jerimiah

Revealing mistake: The entire snack bar cartoon sequence shot at the drive-in theater during the world premiere of "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" is actually a montage of different shots patched together, and it almost looks completely seamless until you focus in on the car farthest right. Notice how the passengers change positions every time the shot changes on the drive-in screen. (01:21:00)

ryguy_1983

Continuity mistake: During the clown nightmare sequence, three clowns open a set of doors and push a gurney carrying Pee-Wee's dismantled bike down a long corridor. As the shots change, the gurney's handle lowers by itself, then lifts up again. (01:07:10)

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Continuity mistake: After finding out that his bike has been ripped-off, Pee-Wee returns to Chuck's Bike-O-Rama and shouts for Dottie. All the while, a mechanical clown seated on top of a bass drum near the electronic shop stops and starts with each changing shot. (00:19:00)

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Continuity mistake: When Pee-Wee is wandering through the Warner Bros. lot in search of Kevin Morton, he asks a feminine-toned crew member for help. The member grabs his helmet with the left hand, saying "Gee I don't know." But in the next shot he reaches for the helmet all over again. (01:09:50)

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Continuity mistake: After Pee-Wee collapses in the Bike-O-Rama, Chuck can be seen talking with a police officer. The officer then turns his head towards Pee-Wee, lying on the stretcher. But he repeats the same action in the following shot. (00:19:20)

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Continuity mistake: At the police station when Sgt. Hunter tells Pee-Wee that hundreds of bikes are stolen every month and very few are recovered, her hands change positions between shots. Initially she's holding them together while talking to Pee-Wee, but then her right hand is waving a blue pen around. (00:21:20)

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Revealing mistake: In the scene where Pee-Wee is face to face with Professor Tanaka asking for Francis' whereabouts, the background behind Pee-Wee turns into an obvious painting on a set between shots. Notice how all sunlight and wind vanishes when he shouts "Where are they hosing him down?" (00:22:15)

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Continuity mistake: Burn marks on the edge of the pet shop door temporarily disappear when Pee-Wee is outside freeing the flock of doves. (01:18:30)

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Continuity mistake: When Pee-Wee knocks repeatedly on Francis' front door, Professor Tanaka answers - holding the door steady at his side. But after Pee-Wee demands to see Francis, the door goes from opening slowly to being stationary in alternating shots. (00:22:10)

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Continuity mistake: The dummy wearing a fez at the front desk of Mario's Magic Shop keeps changing the position of its left arm throughout the scene. Most of the time it's holding a tea cup at face level, and other times it's being held much lower than that. (00:14:40)

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Continuity mistake: During the Warner Bros. chase sequence, Pee-Wee blasts through a studio that's filming a beach-themed movie. Upon exiting into the alley - where only a couple of idle trucks are present - he's pursued by a security guard driving a boat with two skiers in tow. But in the next shot, a station wagon and three actors emerge in the alley from out of nowhere. (01:14:20)

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Factual error: When you see Large Marge's memorial in the diner it says that the day she died was January 11 and when Pee Wee goes to Texas and is running from Andy there is a Día de los Muertos parade going on. That holiday actually takes place on November 1st and 2nd, that's a major time difference of ten months. (00:44:05 - 00:59:30)

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Visible crew/equipment: Near the end of Pee-Wee's chase scene at the Warner Bros. studios, he activates a launch mechanism on his bike and soars over a barb wire fence onto a roof. As he shouts "Geronimo," there is a crew member on the lower right hand side of the screen sporting a pair of sunglasses in front of a platform just staring towards the camera for a few seconds (best viewed on the matted widescreen DVD release). (01:17:05)

ryguy_1983

Continuity mistake: When Pee-Wee is in the car with Mickey, some shots are shown from Mickey's point of view and you can see the background behind Pee-Wee. If you look carefully, you can see that in the background there is a road that comes into the main road they are driving on. This smaller road appears twice, as if they have not moved anywhere.

Continuity mistake: When Andy first charges at Pee-wee with the dinosaur bone, he swings it over his left shoulder. In the next shot he repeats the same action (albeit slightly differently). (00:49:20)

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Pee-wee: Go ahead and scream your head off! We're miles from where anyone can hear you.

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Trivia: Tim Burton appears in a cameo when Pee Wee is accosted in the alley on his way to the psychic. He says to Pee Wee, "we don't take kindly to strangers on our turf!" (00:30:35)

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