Hollywood Theatre (Portland, OR): Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

National Evening of Science on Screen
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1hr 30mins // directed by:Stephen Herek // featuring:Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter

Hollywood Theatre (Portland, OR) will present a screening of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, introduced by physicists James Butler and Todd Duncan. Please click here for event details.


Two totally excellent dudes (Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter) travel back in time to learn from influential historical figures for a history report. James Butler, a physics professor at Pacific University, and Todd Duncan, PhD director of the Science Integration Institute and physics instructor at Portland Community College, introduce the film with a talk entitled “Einstein’s Excellent Adventure: The Physics of Time Travel.”

About the Film


With only a few days before their high-school graduation, it looks like airheaded rock star wannabes Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are doomed to flunk all their finals. The boys’ long-suffering teacher (Bernie Casey) gives them one more chance. If they can ace a presentation on the topic of how a famous historical personality might react to modern times, they will be allowed to pass. If not, Ted’s dad will plunk the boy into military school, thereby breaking up the boys’ garage band permanently. Bill and Ted receive unexpected aid from a very unexpected source: Rufus (George Carlin), an Emissary from the Future. It seems that in Rufus’s time, Bill and Ted’s rock music is the basis of all society-and if their band is aborted, Rufus’s world will no longer exist. Thus, Bill and Ted are whisked off in a time machine (actually a telephone booth) to retrieve a few historical characters–including Joan of Arc, Abe Lincoln, Napoleon and Beethoven–as “eyewitnesses” for their crucial oral exam. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure inspired both a sequel (Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journe