are excerpts and annotations outlining the differences between
the Fifth Draft script and all previous copies and the final film.
Date changed to 2687 A.D.
Movie still starts with
exterior shot of domes. Rufus walks into the largest dome.
He stops in the middle of the
room and nods respectfully toward the other end of the room where, for the first time, we
SEE three FIGURES, seated in mid-air, as if suspended invisibly. All have long
hair and beards (sort of like the members of ZZ Top), wear white, sport dark
sunglasses, and slowly tap their feet in rhythm to the echoing, metallic music.
These are the three most
important people in the world.
Leader says "It is
time" line and a black obelisk drops through the iris open ceiling. It is
changed to the phone booth.
Rest of scene the same.
We see portraits at this
TWO TOWERING PORTRAITS
Which hang above the doors on
the far side of the dome, dominating the room. They are of two MIDDLE AGED MEN
with long hair and black t-shirts.
We HEAR the VOICES of our two
sixteen-year-old heroes, BILL and TED.
Go for it, dude
. . .
BILL AND TED (V.O.)
One two three
And they plunge into a riff of
upbeat "AIR GUITAR" Ė the high-pitched falsetto squeal of voices
imitating hard rock guitar licks (sounding something like "nyow - nyow -
nyow - nyow").
After a few beats, the
SOUNDTRACK MUSIC kicks in along with them, and we:
FADE UP ON:
EXT. SCHOOL BUS STOP - DAY
BILL and TED jump INTO FRAME,
land on the bus stop bench, and do a series of spasmodic AIR GUITAR riffs.
as they leap off the bench TOWARD CAMERA, we begin:
A QUICK SERIES OF SHOTS In which Bill and Ted do a
brief, MTV-type AIR GUITAR mini-concert:
They spin around on their
backs; play their air-gutars with their teeth, feet, and ears; trade
"solos"; and finally, in a resounding conclusion, violently smash
their air-instruments against the ground, garnering strange looks from the few
people around them. The guys look at each other,
quite pleased, as the SCHOOL BUS pulls up in front of them.
Scene on the bus is the same
as in previous scripts. They are still discussing t-shirts. They are still named
Williams and Smith.
EXT. SAN DIMAS HIGH SCHOOL
PARKING LOT - MORNING
activity. Students chat and walk to class as the school bus rolls into the lot and stops.
T he doors open and students get off. Among them are Bill and Ted, who bound out
and start toward school. Elsewhere in the parking lot is the "POPULAR
GROUP" Ė a half a dozen nice-looking students who sit on and around a
Trans-Am. Bill and Ted approach on their way to class. Ted eyes two cute preppy
Howís it goiní,
Buffy and Jodie?
No response. The guys pass
Randolf, the groupís "leader", who eyes them with disdain.
Howís it goiní, Randolf?
Howís it goiní,
Excellent. Thank you.
Bill and Ted leave the group
and continue toward school.
BILL AND TED
EXT. LOCKER AREA
Tedís locker is a total
mess. There are no books; only junk food wrappers and Heavy Metal stickers.
stuffs his rucksack in with all the other junk. A couple of lockers away, Bill
uses the mirror which is attached to his locker door to study the progress of
his scrawny little peach-fuzz moustache.
Ted. I totally
have a most excellent moustache.
Scene with them asking the
girls to the prom is the same.
Bill and Ted realizing they
have a history review is same, except:
The BELL RINGS. The guys look
around. They are the only ones left in the hallway. As the guys amble away, Ted
looks at his watch.
How can school
be startiní already?
Itís only five a.m.
Bill looks at Tedís watch.
Ted. You forgot
to wind your watch.
The classroom scene plays the
same. Ted is drawing the "Wyld Stallyns" logo on his desktop when he
laughs at Bill.
Library scene the same. Missy
picks them up in the station wagon.
Description of Tedís house:
A small, lower-middle class home in a not-so-great neighborhood.
Missyís station wagon stops
behind a POLICE CAR which is parked in front of the house.
Bogus. My dadís
Be right back,
as soon as I get my books.
Tedís dad is named Captain
Scenes inside and outside Tedís
house the same.
Military school is in Alaska
EXT. BILLíS HOUSE - MOMENTS
A large, suburban home in a
neighborhood quite a bit nicer than Tedís.
MR. SMITH (V.O.)
How was school
INT. BILLíS KITCHEN - SAME
Bill and Ted stand with their
books, watching Missy unload the groceries. MR. SMITH, forty-five, holding a
pipe and newspaper, stands behind his new wife, quite enamored with her.
Mr. Smith pats Missy on the
ass. Bill gulps.
Um . . . we
have to go study, dad.
As the guys head out of the
Bill, have you
done your chores this week?
(eyes on Missy)
Well . . . make
sure you do.
Bill and Ted head upstairs.
Your dad doesnít
even care if you do your chores, dude!
Heís too busy
goiní for it with your step-mom!
Bill gives Ted a
"Melvin", and as they continue up, OUT OF FRAME, we:
Scene in Billís room the
same as in previous scripts. Rest of scene the same.
The store is still a 7/11.
They still ask the woman to buy them a beer. Ted is eating a microwave burrito,
Bill is eating a pint of mint chip ice cream.
Rufus arrives. The phone
booth has now replaced the time van. Sceneís the
same as in the movie, except they still ask him if heíll buy them a beer.
Tedís line "Strange
things are afoot at the 7/11" in now.
Scene with the guys meeting
themselves the same as in movie.
The light around the booth is
described as being blue.
Modern technology line now in.
They land in France.
Bill, check it
out! Weíre right in the middle of a war!
(waving at the
Up here, dudes!
A BULLET whizzes past
Billís ear. Ted laughs, pointing at Billís head.
Rest of scene plays the same
except Napoleon does not tell soldiers to blow them up.
Scene outside Tedís house
the same except:
amigos . . .
you the number of whatever place you want to go.
Rufus points to the numbers on
Just dial the
area and the time.
And this is
what activates the time travel function.
William. Through a retroactive
cross-referencing of the intralateral continuum .
Rufus stops, noticing that
Bill and Ted are totally lost.
gentlemen. It works.
Goes into the bit about the
clock in San Dimas always running.
Later at Ted's house, Napoleon
falls from the tree and lands
on his feet right in front of them. He looks around, mutters something in
French, then topples to the ground, unconscious. Bill and Ted are astounded.
Dude . . . we
saw that guy in France.
And just when
we thought things couldnít get any more bodacious . . .
Bill looks up Napoleon in his
history book. The rest is the same, Ted still says "Youíre famous,
Scene with Deacon is the same
as in movie.
Scene with Tedís dad the
same, except Bill calls himself Officer Van Halen.
Scene of them leaving the same
except after Bill gets a connection:
Yes, Ted my
May we have a most
They land in the old west town
next to outhouses, but no guy in outhouse and no horse crap line. They go into
saloon and order the beers. They still try to recruit the Old-West ugly dude,
but instead of guy threatening them or making them dance Billy comes in with a
gunshot, like in movie. Billy recruits them for card game instead of bank
robbery. Lines of them introducing themselves as Bill Wyld and Stallyn Ted same
as in previous scripts.
Cheating scene the same except
after Bill says "Whoa, three aces!":
Billy the Kid glares at Bill.
Ted turns to the large TATTOED
COWBOY next to him.
cheating you, dude.
(off the Cowboyís
But itís okay
Ė youíll get your money
back as soon as we bag Billy the Kid.
The fight scene is the same
except rustlers go after Bill and Ted.
Okay, look. I
gotta be honest with you guys:
Iím totally weak. I canít possibly fight you.
A beat. Then Ted pulls a small
paper booklet from his pocket and opens it.
would you gentlemen like free passes to
see "The Song Remains the
Same" at the San Dimas 6?
But before Ted can tear the
tickets out, the rustlers grab him.
Meanwhile Bill Is behind the bar, jumping
back and forth to avoid the whiskey bottles that are now being chucked at him.
A bottle whizzes past his ear
and crashes against the mirror, shattering it. Bill gives the thumbs-up sign.
Another barrage of bottles
drives Bill to the floor where he crawls behind the
bar. He sees a shard of the broken mirror, picks it up, and checks the progress
of his moustache.
(pleased, winking at himself)
Excellent Ďstache, Smith.
Then Bill reacts as he sees in
the mirror the reflection of a BIG
BEARDED COWBOY grinning evilly back at him. The Bearded Cowboy reaches
down with one hand, picks Bill up, and holds him over his head.
The three Rustlers are tossing
Ted around like a beach ball.
Howís it goiní,
They get thrown through the
wall (not slid down the bar). When they see each other through the wall . . .
BILL / TED
You totally got
thrown through the wall, dude!
Ted looks around and notices
the provocatively dressed girls in front of him. He turns on the charm:
Howís it goiní,
ladies? I am Ted T. Williams,
and this is my friend, Bill S. --
The guys are pulled back out
by Billy the Kid.
Billy the Kid is surrounded by
the card playing cowboys and they pull their guns on him. Bill and Ted Melvin
then pantsing the cowboys to rescue Billy.
When they run to the phone
booth they push past a line of guys waiting to use the outhouse.
dudes, we gotta use the phone.
They reach the booth,
squeezing past a Cowboy who exits the booth, zipping up his fly. Bill and Ted
BILL / TED
Oh no . . .
The rest with them leaving for
Greece the same, except for:
dude, Napoleon has it tougher.
Heís back in San Dimas with Tedís little
Ted looks at his watch. It
reads 7:15 P.M.
There is a FLASH and we:
Farrellís Restaurant scene
the same, except comes at this point of the movie instead of later and no
dialogue. At end of scene:
We notice that the clock on
the wall behind him now reads 7:57 P.M., as we:
EXT. ANCIENT GREECE - DAY
Ancient pillars. Greek
statues. A phone booth. Bill and Ted amble along a tree-lined path.
How we doiní
with the time?
(looking at his
CLOSE ON WATCH
Which now reads only 7:45
P.M. We notice that the second hand is beginning to slow down as
the guys steal up to:
A SMALL AMPITHEATRE UP AHEAD
Talk about Socrates the same,
The guys start off, then stop,
noticing Billy the Kid, who obviously wants to go with them.
Ted rummages through his
rucksack and removes a Nerf football, which he tosses to the confused young
Here, Billy the
Kid. This is a Nerf football. You can play
with it while we talk to So-crates
and nothing will get hurt.
Scene with Socrates the same,
except they donít introduce themselves. Bill says "Howís it goiní?"
and then says, "Ted. Heís waitiní for you to say something."
into Dust in the Wind bit. Bill does not back this up and Socrates does not come
up with "Like sands through the hourglass" line.
Bowling alley scene comes here
instead of ice cream parlor scene.
Bowling alley scene the same
as in the movie, except we see the kids running away and Kerry points out Deaconís
brotheríll kill him and Deacon says "I donít care. Napoleonís a
Arrival in England the same,
except Billy the Kid points out John the Serf as a possible candidate, then Ted
comments on how well heís adapted to time travel. After Bill asks if Johnís
seen anyone of historical significance around John the Serf smiles a toothless
smile and Bill says "Later."
. . .