September 15, 1984
are excerpts and annotations outlining the differences between the original
script and the final movie.
The date in the future was
originally 2684 A.D. This changed as the years changed while the script
was being developed.
A 1969 black Chevy van was
originally the time machine instead of a phone booth. This was changed to
avoid drawing comparisons with Back to the Future. Oddly enough, Ed
and Chris originally had a character in the script named Biff who was one of the
burly jock-type bullies. Back to the Future didn't come out until
Started with panning across
desert with date and place titles over pan . . . futuristic domes shimmer in the
distance, one larger and more ornate than the other. The van appears,
rolling across the desert to the domes. Stops in front of large dome and
figure (Rufus) steps out and goes inside.
The dome is described as a
magnificent, crystalline structure – like a vast, futuristic cathedral.
Soaring arches tower over a long, spacious floor. Everything about it
implies grandeur, solemnity and importance.
Rufus is described with,
"And he is the personification of everything that is, has been, or will be
cool, hip, and fashionable. He is dressed in black and grey and wears
Rufus addresses the Three Most
Important People, says "It is time," then leaves to go back to the
van, passing the two towering portraits. We see him drive away across the
desert . . . right before it goes out of frame it blurs and disappears.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent
Adventure title comes up.
First scene of Bill and Ted is
at the school bus stop. They are playing air guitars. Bill’s
original last name was Smith and Ted’s original last name was Williams.
Bill & Ted are introduced
in a scene which begins "Ext. Street - Day - where Bill and Ted – long
hair, low rider jeans with boxers pulled out the back, Iron Maiden T-shirts –
stand at the school bus stop, spasmodically playing their air guitar . . .
as they reach their air-instruments-shattering conclusion, the SCHOOL BUS pulls
up in front of them.
Int. Bus - Moving: Bill and
Ted crash into one of the back seats. As we will soon see, they are not
hard guys. They are, in fact, remarkably benign and
good-natured. Bill is a bit shorter and quicker: the brains. Ted is
a bit softer: the heart. The exchange about Eddie Van Halen happens on the
bus instead of the garage and they are talking about design of t-shirts instead
of their first video.
Ext. San Dimas High School
Parking Lot - Morning: Typical before-school activity. Students chat and
walk to class as the school bus rolls
into the lot and stops. The doors open and students get off. Among
them are Bill and Ted, who bound off and start toward school. Elsewhere in
the parking lot is the "popular group" – a half a dozen nice looking
students who sit on and around a Trans-Am. Their leader, RANDOLF –
athletic and handsome – is seated in the center. Bill and Ted approach
on their way to class.
(to handsome blond)
How’s it goin’, Biff?
No response. Bill and
Ted continue, never getting resentful or angry.
(to a large jock)
How’s it goin’, Ox?
Again, no response.
(to cute preppy)
How’s it goin’, Buffy?
Again, as always, no response.
(to Buffy’s friend)
How’s it goin’, Jodie?
No response. They reach
Randolf, who has been eyeing them with disdain.
How’s it goin’, Randolf?
How’s it going, miscreants?
Excellent. Thank you.
As Bill and Ted leave the
group and continue toward school:
Bill, we’re miscreants.
Ext. Locker Area - Bill and
Ted are at their respective lockers, which are adorned with lots of heavy-metal
posters and stickers. Bill looks through some old, crumpled notes.
Ted flips through a couple of books, not exactly sure what to do with
them. BUFFY and JODIE, the two cheerleader-types we saw in the parking
lot, approach their lockers, chatting. Their lockers are between and below
Bill’s and Ted’s. Bill looks at Ted, indicates the girls, and urges
Ted to do something. Ted shakes his head. Bill nods. Ted
shakes his head again. Then, as the girls get up to leave:
Buffy. Excuse me. Ted would like to know if you would be
for the Prom this weekend.
And Jodie, Bill would like to know if you would be his
date for the Prom
BUFFY / JODIE
("are you kidding")
Thank you. No.
The two pretty girls walk
away, giggling. As they move out of earshot:
How about if Buffy goes with Bill?
And Jodie goes with Ted?
Beat. No response from
the girls, who have now rounded the corner and are out of sight. Ted turns
to Bill –
Bill, are there any other possible combinations we missed?
– But Bill has already
turned back to his locker, where he is now reacting to a piece of paper he has
found inside it. He pulls back from the locker and turns ominously to Ted.
Ted. We are in big trouble.
We have a history test.
The bell rings. Bill and
Ted look at each other, shocked. Then they look around them. They
are the only ones left in the hallway.
Mr. Ryan is much harsher on
them in the classroom scene.
Bill signs his name "Bill
S. Smith, Esq." all over his test paper in different handwriting styles.
Ted’s test paper answers are
exactly the same as Bill’s, and he’s written Ted W. on his paper plus the
Wyld Stallyns logo.
Bill and Ted glance up from
their papers and look at each other.
I dunno. Who’s Henry V-I-I-I?
(looking at his test)
Who’s Ted W.?
Oh, that’s me.
Randolf coughs and gets Mr.
Ryan’s attention toward Bill and Ted, who asks them to bring their test papers
to his desk.
Exchange with Mr. Ryan is
exactly the same except the Joan of Arc line is at the end.
Ryan rips the tests up he
sends them to Mr. Rowe, who makes them beat erasers after class. They get
a buzz from the chalk dust. Exchange outside school while carrying books
is carried on here.
Ted’s dad comes and picks
them up after school. He drops them off at Bill’s house, warns Ted that
he’s going to call Colonel Oats.
They first meet Missy in the
kitchen of Bill’s house. Mr. Smith goes for her in the kitchen.
Scene of them studying in Bill’s
bedroom is essentially the same except his dad doesn’t come in and Missy
Additional material about
Okay, good. What else about him?
Rode a horse.
Threw a dollar bill across the Atlantic.
Named after the state where Seattle is.
They look at each other,
grin. Bill makes a large check next to Washington’s name on the
We got him.
After Missy leaves their room
. . .
Dude. This is not the way to spend one of our last nights together . . .
studying for a report we are destined to flunk.
You’re right. Let’s go to 7-11.
Yah, maybe someone will buy us a beer!
They go to the 7/11 instead of
the Circle K. At 7/11 they ask a guy if he’ll buy them a beer.
OLD MEAN DUDE
No I will not but you a beer! And the next time I see you here,
gonna whip your asses good, and don’t you think I can’t.
Woman who works there is asked
if she’ll buy them a beer. When she says she works there Bill asks if
she’ll give them a beer.
Rufus arrives in the
van. They ask him if they’ll buy them a beer. The rest of the
scene plays about the same. The interior of the van is described this way:
A standard 1969 van with shag carpeting, panelling, a stereo . . . and one or
two subtle hints at the van’s futuristic origin. MUSIC PLAYS on the
STEREO (great HEAVY METAL ROCK – but we don’t know the band . . . yet) as
Bill and Ted climb in and look around, impressed.
Rufus just stares, patient and
confident. Bill and Ted shift, uncomfortable.
What do you want, dude?
Yah, leave us alone, you fag.
I’m here to help you.
Rufus continues to stare. Finally –
Let’s blow, dude.
The paradox of Rufus not
introducing himself but them knowing his name exists in this first draft.
Section about the watch goes
Oh – and Ted – don’t eat those HoHo’s. They’ll make you sick.
The Old Mean Dude who wouldn’t
buy them a beer exits the store . . .
OLD MEAN DUDE
(not missing a beat)
I don’t care if there’s a four of you, I don’t care if there’s eight of
I don’t care if there’s eight of you, I don’t care if there’s a
hundred of you,
I’ll whip all your asses . . .
Bill’s line after the New
Bill and Ted drive away in the van:
That was a most puzzling occurrence.
They leave in the van.
Ted eats a HoHo as they leave. Rock music plays whenever the van is time
traveling. They arrive in Egypt as the Pyramids are being built.
Where are we, dude?
Egypt. Four thousand B.C.
It looks like a Yes album cover.
A slave driver is driving a
line of slaves hauling rocks from behind the van. Bill sticks his head out
the window to ask what’s going on and a whip cracks near his head. Rufus
floors it and they leave Egypt.
They stop at a fifteenth
century castle and first catch sight of the Princesses in a beautiful
garden. As their father shows up and the princesses are running away the
van takes off again.
The guys are elated.
That was excellent, Rufus! Can you do it any time?
Yup. Now you guys go home, figure out what you
need to know, and we’ll
Outstanding. Ted, I do believe we were most fortunate to have
– Ted, are you okay, dude?
Ted, who has started to look
very queasy, is holding his stomach.
I think I’m gonna ralph, dude.
We’re almost home.
I’m gonna ralph now.
This is when they stop in
France where Napoleon is fighting. Ted jumps out of the van to be sick and
Bill notices the two opposing armies on opposite hills ready to charge with the
van sitting between them.
Rufus can tell where they are
by obscure meters on the dashboard.
The General’s horse is shot
out from under him and he’s catapulted into the van. Rufus has floored
it and Bill and Ted try to tell him what’s happened but it’s too late.
They arrive back at the 7/11 and park in the handicapped spot, then Rufus pulls
out and parks it in another space. Bill and Ted are staring at Napoleon.
Qu’est-ca que vous appelez?
Je suis General Bonaparte.
Qui etes-vous? Et ou . . . sont . . .
And he passes out. Rufus
explains it is Napoleon. Ted says to the unconscious Napoleon "Hey,
dude, you’re famous!"
They drive to Ted’s house to
leave Napoleon with Deacon.
The description of Ted’s
room is that it’s similar to Bill’s, but not as messy.
They put a shaggy blonde wig
on Napoleon as a disguise.
When Officer Williams stops
them in the living room (note that Ted has a mother in this version . . . a fat
woman in the next room):
Where were you last night, Ted?
Last night? We were with this guy Rufus.
Yah, he’s this totally excellent dude
with this outstanding van that –
You know your teacher, Mr. Ryan called.
Seems you boys missed class today.
(itching to leave)
We were working on our report, dad.
Hold it, Ted. Where do you think you’re going now?
It’s very simple, dad. Rufus is gonna take us in his van back –
– back to the library, Mr, Williams.
I want you back here in three hours, Ted!
MRS. WILLIAMS (O.S.)
(from the next room: a fat, shrill voice)
Three hours, Ted!
And they head out the
door. As the guys bound toward the van:
You mom’s so fat she couldn’t even come out.
It’s a glandular problem.
Yah, she has flat glands.
At least my parents aren’t divorced.
Shut up, Ted.
And at least my mom didn’t go to high school with us.
Shut up, Ted!
She is cute, though.
Did you see her when she bent over the stove?
They enter the van, the music
starts and they take off again.
. . .