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Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996)

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The dim-witted teen duo of Beavis and Butt-Head travel across America in search of their stolen television set.

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Mike Judge, Mike de Seve (as Mike DeSeve) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Judge ... Beavis / Butt-Head / Tom Anderson / Mr. Van Driessen / Principal McVicker (voice)
Bruce Willis ... Muddy Grimes (voice)
Demi Moore ... Dallas Grimes (voice)
Cloris Leachman ... Old Woman on Plane and Bus (voice)
Robert Stack ... ATF Agent Flemming (voice)
Jacqueline Barba Jacqueline Barba ... FBI Agent Hurly (voice)
Pamela Blair Pamela Blair ... Flight Attendant / White House Tour Guide (voice)
Eric Bogosian ... Ranger at Old Faithful / White House Press Secretary / Lieutenant at Strategic Air Command (voice)
Kristofor Brown ... Man on Plane / Man in Confession Booth #2 / Old Guy / Jim (voice)
Tony Darling Tony Darling ... Motley Crue Roadie #2 / Tourist Man (voice)
John Doman ... Airplane Captain / White House Representative (voice)
Francis Dumaurier ... French Dignitary (voice) (as Francis DuMaurier)
Jim Flaherty Jim Flaherty ... Petrified Forest Recording (voice)
Tim Guinee ... Hoover Dam Guide / ATF Agent (voice)
David Letterman ... Motley Crue Roadie #1 (voice) (as Earl Hofert)
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Storyline

Our intrepid adolescent heroes wake up to find their beloved television stolen, and embark on an epic journey across America to recover it, and, who knows, maybe even score. On the way they encounter a murderous smuggler of a deadly virus and his treacherous wife, an FBI agent with a predilection for cavity searches, a couple of rather familiar looking ex-Motley Crue roadies, Mr. Van Dreesen singing "Lesbian Seagull", a little old lady and of course Mr. Anderson and his trailer. Can the Great Cornholio save the day? Uh-huh. Huh-huh. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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Coming to a screen bigger than your TV.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for continuous crude sex-related humor and language, and for a drug-related scene | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Hindi

Release Date:

20 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beavis et Butt-Head se font l'Amérique See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,114,233, 22 December 1996

Gross USA:

$63,118,386

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,118,386
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Broke the box-office record for an opening weekend in December, until Scream 2 (1997) was released the following year. See more »

Goofs

Anderson's truck and camper are washed away from the water released by the Hoover dam, yet they still make it to D.C. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Butt-head: This is cool.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits sequence is done in a style that spoofs 70s cops shows, and features an Isaac Hayes song, which could be considered a style parody of the theme to Shaft. See more »

Alternate Versions

When "Beavis and Butt-head Do America" premiered on MTV on August 7, 1999, an additional cut scene followed the movie. While visiting the Pentagon, Beavis can't take a dump in their restroom because there's no toilet paper in the stall. Butt-head is equally angry with Washington because the urinals don't automatically flush when you run your hand across them. After the rest of their tour bus has finished looking at an encased Declaration of Independence, Beavis sneaks out, breaks the glass and snatches it to use as "T.P. for his bunghole." While Pentagon guards rush to see what happened, Beavis cleans up and exits the stall with a piece of the Declaration, containing John Hancock's signature, stuck to his shoe. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: That's Not All, Folks! (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Two Cool Guys (Theme from 'Beavis and Butt-Head Do America')
Written by Isaac Hayes and Mike Judge
Performed and Produced by Isaac Hayes
Contains "Beavis and Butt-Head Theme" written by Mike Judge
Issac Hayes performs courtesy of Pointblank/Virgin Records America, Inc.
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"Huh-huh-huh, you said anus!"
7 August 2000 | by The_Movie_CatSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this film a lot more than I expected to. I was never very taken with Beavis and Butthead's short sketches on MTV, and in truth they've never really taken off in England the same way they did in the States. The somewhat obvious satire lacks the gentle wit of Mike Judge's other creation, "King of the Hill", and spending 80 minutes in their company was a dubious prospect.

However, ...Do America sensibly opens out the scope, taking in less broad targets. For a start, we have Beavis and Butthead's hippie teacher, who gently strums his spiritual song, "Lesbian Seagull". It's a testament to the profile of the cartoon that Englebert Humperdinck gives his own rendition of this for the end titles. But best of all is their neighbour, redneck Tom Anderson (Catchphrase: "I'd love to get my hands on those two b******s for whacking off in my camper van"), who, while not the same character, has the exact same voice, personality and appearance of Hank from "Hill". Judge obviously knew when he was on to a good thing and built a series around this great character.

The plot is brilliantly silly, with the two boys getting involved, unwittingly, in a plot that sees a killer virus, attempted murder and the emergence of World War III. President Clinton even makes an appearance towards the end. Movie culture is openly lambasted, starting with King Kong, and taking in an opening title sequence (theme song by Isaac Hayes, a year before South Park) that parodies both Shaft and Charlie's Angels. Look out too for the climatic "slow motion" sequence.

Jokes are puerile, such as the two obnoxious leads laughing uncontrollably at the word "wood", or another scene where a man asks the pair "have you got a match?" "Yeah," replies Butthead, the slightly smarter of the two, "my butt and ... uh ... your butt". It's childish, but it made me laugh. Not the most subtle exercise in wit, the film is still a worthwhile, and, by it's own small ambitions, successful picture.


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