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ACMI Watches: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

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'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure' Trailer MGM, 1989

“Be excellent to each other.”

Bill S Preston Esquire

Before you see Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter reunite in Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020), join author, pop-culture critic and lover of all things screen Maria Lewis as we rewatch the original.

UCLA classmates Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson created the characters Bill and Ted in an improv workshop in 1983. The rest is history, dudes.  

The film’s sci-fi/comedy premise is that unless Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) pass their final history exam, they’ll be forced to break up their band Wyld Stallyns. Insert a time machine and we’re cooking with gas.

Slated for a straight to video release, the film got a serious cash injection at the final hour and made its way onto the big screen.

Directed by Stephen Herek, who went on to make iconic early 90s teens movies Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead and The Mighty Ducks, Bill & Ted Excellent Adventure is now, ironically, a time capsule of late 80s awesomeness.

Winter and Reeves reprise their roles for a soothing trip down nostalgia lane in Bill & Ted Face the Music, scheduled to hit Australian cinemas (outside Victoria) September 10.

How to join the party

Follow the hashtag #ACMIwatches to join Maria (@moviemazz) and ACMI (@ACMI) on Twitter on Friday 18 September at 7pm AEST.

Find where to buy or rent Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure on JustWatch.

About the host

Maria Lewis - host of ACMI's Birds of Prey Watch Party

Maria Lewis is the best-selling author of several globally published novels, including the Aurealis Award-winning The Witch Who Courted Death. A screenwriter working in film and television, she has been a journalist for over 16 years with her writing on film and pop culture appearing in publications such as The GuardianNew York PostEmpire MagazineSydney Morning HeraldPenthouseJunkeeThe Daily and Sunday Telegraph among others.