6.9/10
534
17 user 1 critic

Return to Mayberry (1986)

After being away for awhile, Andy Taylor returns home to Mayberry to visit Opie, now an expectant father. While there he ends up helping Barney Fife mount a campaign for sheriff.

Director:

Reviews
Popularity
4,584 ( 273)

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The New Andy Griffith Show (TV Series 1971)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After working for several years in the state capital for the government, Andy Sawyer learns that the mayor of his hometown is retiring from the position and is looking for an appointee to ... See full summary »

Stars: Andy Griffith, Lee Meriwether, Ann Morgan Guilbert
Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964–1969)
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The misadventures of a bumbling Marine named Gomer Pyle.

Stars: Jim Nabors, Frank Sutton, Ronnie Schell
Certificate: E Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Rodney Dillard, Don Knotts sat in their court room set where the show was made. They talked about the show and how the show affected their lives and how others ... See full summary »

Directors: Eamon Harrington, John Watkin
Stars: Frances Bavier, Aneta Corsaut, Rodney Dillard
Matlock (1986–1995)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ben Matlock is a very expensive criminal defense attorney who charges $100,000 to take a case. Fortunately, he's worth every penny as he and his associates defend his clients by finding the real killer.

Stars: Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday
Mama's Family (1983–1990)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Thelma Harper and her spinster sister Fran open their home to Thelma's recently divorced son Vinton and his teenage son and daughter. It's quite an adjustment for everyone, especially the ... See full summary »

Stars: Vicki Lawrence, Beverly Archer, Ken Berry
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Don Knotts is Hollis Figg, the dumbest bookkeeper in town. When the city fathers buy a second-hand computer to cover up their financial shenanigans, they promote Figg to look after things, ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Rafkin
Stars: Don Knotts, Joe Flynn, Edward Andrews
F Troop (1965–1967)
Comedy | War | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The misadventures of the staff and neighbors of a remote US Army outpost in the Wild West.

Stars: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch, Ken Berry
Headmaster (1970–1971)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The relationship between the headmaster of an elite California private school and his students and faculty.

Stars: Andy Griffith, Jerry Van Dyke, Claudette Nevins
Car 54, Where Are You? (1961–1963)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The misadventures of two of New York's finest (a Mutt and Jeff pair) in the mythical 53rd precinct in the Bronx. Toody, the short, stocky and dim-witted one either saves the day or muffs ... See full summary »

Stars: Joe E. Ross, Fred Gwynne, Paul Reed
The Love God? (1969)
Certificate: M Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Abner Audubon Peacock (Don Knotts) is the publisher of a bird-watcher's magazine which is converted into a girlie mag by an unscrupulous operator Osborn Tremaine (Edmond O'Brien).

Director: Nat Hiken
Stars: Don Knotts, Anne Francis, Edmond O'Brien
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Jake Szymanski
Stars: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Henry Winkler
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: William R. Wyse
Stars: George Lindsey, Lindsay Bloom, John Chappell
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Charlene Darling (as Maggie Peterson-Mancuso)
...
...
Rodney Dillard ...
Doug Dillard ...
Mitch Jayne ...
Edit

Storyline

This was a reunion bringing back most of the characters from The Andy Griffith Show. It begins with Andy Taylor returning to Mayberry and planning to run for his old job of Sheriff but when he arrives, he discovers that his old deputy and friend, Barney Fife, is planning to run also. So Andy decides to back down. And at the same time there are some strange things going on, and Barney's stumped, so Andy has to help him out. Also Barney's planning to propose to his old girlfriend Thelma Lou, and Opie, Andy's son is about to become a father. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 April 1986 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Andy and Helen had a baby after moving away from Mayberry - this was depicted in the series Mayberry RFD. In this movie, however, there is no mention of Andy Jr. See more »

Goofs

When Andy and Thelma Lou meet for the first time in the cemetery, as they hug, on the far shot Themla Lou's arm in over Andy's arm; however when the camera view changes for the closeup, Themla Lou's arm is now under Andy's arm. See more »

Connections

Follows Goober & the Truckers' Paradise (1978) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Sweet reunion
15 October 1999 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

No it is not a classic. But for ANY fan of the Andy Griffith Show "Return to Mayberry" is a sweet movie that reunites almost all of the original cast. The story is somewhat lame but it's fun just to sit back and watch the old gang at work. It is even more bittersweet knowing that 3 of the cast members (Aneta Corsaut, Jack Dodson, and Hal Smith) have since died. And kudos go most of all to Ron Howard who is now one of the top directors in Hollywood. He easily could have thumbed his nose at this movie. It just goes to show that there really are nice people still in Hollywood.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Opie's Mother.... pgstclair1
Why wasn't Aunt Bee on 'The Return to Mayberry'? TimLRogersSTLMO
Why wasn't the movie done on CBS? b_schlechter200
Aunt Bee's voice at the gravesite b_schlechter200
when and where????? cashcharles
Wish they would release it on DVD L_Forster
Discuss Return to Mayberry (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page