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Take them to the Iron Maiden: 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure' turns 25



Quick! What year was it in the far-away future when Utopia is achieved on our planet thanks to the music of Bill S. Preston, Esq., and Ted "Theodore" Logan? The answer: 2688! Stump your friends with that this week because Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure officially is 25 years old.

At a lean 90 minutes, Biil & Ted was released on Feb. 17, 1989. and starred Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as a couple California teen slackers who must ace their history final exam or be forced to break up their band, Wyld Stallyns. Enter Rufus (George Carlin), a guide from the future, who provides the desperate pair with a time-traveling phone booth so that they can go back into history and bring back significant figures, including Socrates ("So-Crates"), Billy the Kid and Beethoven ("Beeth-Oven").

Though set in San Dimas, Calif., the film was actually shot around Phoenix, Arizona, and Coronado High School in Scottsdale. On a budget of $10 million, the movie pulled in about $40 mil, making it a moderate success. It would later achieve cult status a rental and still holds an 81 percent fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes.

One sequel has been made so far (Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey), and Reeves and Winter say they're happy with a script for another sequel that could be made soon.

Here are ...


1. In the original script, the time machine was a 1969 Chevy Van, but changed because of similarities to Back to the Future. Nevermind that a phone booth was the time machine used by Doctor Who.

2. When Bill reads the assignment aloud, he says, "Express to the class how an important historical figure from each of your time periods would view the world of San Dimas, 1988." His lips are actually saying, "San Dimas, 1987" and the "1988" was dubbed later because of a delay in the movie's release.

3. Originally, Alex Winter auditioned for the role of Ted and Keanu Reeves auditioned for the role of Bill.

4. The number that Rufus dials to take Bill and Ted to Austria in 1805 is 1-323-459-4303. 323 is a Los Angeles area code.

5. Bill and Ted claim that they need Edward Van Halen to join their band to be truly excellent. After the film was released, Eddie jokingly said he would have joined their band if they had asked.


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