The excitement and fun begin when a trio of interplanetary rulers dispatch a cool hipster from the 27th century to send two teenage boys - who should have been studying history instead of playing rock music - on a trip through time and history.
Keanu Reeves - American Actor, MATRIX (1999)
Fee Waybill - Sensational lead singer of the Tubes
John "Fee" Waybill - Sensational lead singer of the Tubes
David Newman - Composer, SERENITY (2005)
Stephen Herek - Director/Screenwriter
Terry Camilleri - American Supporting Actor
Dan Shor - American Character Actor
Robert V. Barron - Actor/"Bill & Ted's..."
Rod Loomis - Actor/"Beastmaster"
Clifford David - Actor/"Bill & Ted's..."
George Carlin - Comedian, actor
Tony Steedman - Actor/"Bill & Ted..."
Alex Winter - Actor/"Bill & Ted"
Alexander Winter - Actor/"Bill & Ted"
Jane Wiedlin - Musician/Actress/Go-Go's
Al Leong - Actor/"Bill & Ted's..."
Two brain-dead California teenagers, with a combined vocabulary of approximately 75 words, travel back in time to corral various historical figures for a class presentation that just might keep the pair from failing history "most heinously." Napoleon, Socrates, Billy The Kid, Sigmund Freud and Mozart are among those who journey forward in time with the duo in order to give the youth of California eye-witness accounts of the "awesome" pageant that is world history. Most excellent.
Film was followed by a sequel, "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" (1991), and an animated television series. Jane Wiedlin, the actress who plays "Joan of Arc", was formerly a member of "The Go-Go's", an all-woman rock/pop band that enjoyed a measure of success in the 1980s. Shot in Technicolor.
"...Delightfully inventive..." -- Rating: A - 06/03/1994 Entertainment Weekly, pp.62-3
"...There's a strong and savvy soundtrack....Witlessly appealing..." - 02/22/1989 Variety
"There's nothing better than watching Keanu Reeves save mankind, best Death, and interact with nifty special effects..." - 07/15/2005 Entertainment Weekly, p.57-58
"BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE does have fun with time-travel logic, and is filled with delightful little absurdities like Billy The Kid and Socrates tossing a football around in medieval times." - 12/05/2012 A.V. Club