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The Flintstones (1994)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  27 May 1994 (USA)
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In this live-action feature of the cartoon show, Fred Flintstone finally gets the job he's always wanted, but it may just come at a price.


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The Flintstones and the Rubbles are modern stone-age families. Fred and Barney work at Slate and Company, mining rock. Fred gives Barney some money so he and Betty can adopt a baby. When Fred and Barney take a test to determine who should become the new associate vice president, Barney returns the favor by switching his test answers for Fred's, whose answers aren't very good. Fred gets the executive position, but little realizes that he's being manipulated by Cliff Vandercave to be the fall guy for an embezzlement scheme. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Rated PG for some mild innuendos | See all certifications »

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27 May 1994 (USA)  »

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The Flintstones: The Live-Action Movie  »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)


£19,723,140 (UK) (9 September 1994)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although she is not a real match for Betty Rubble, Rosie O'Donnell nailed her audition for the role by perfecting the Betty Rubble laugh. See more »


During the opening scene, the roof of Fred's car is shorter than it is for the rest of the movie. (See trivia.) See more »


[first lines]
Foreman: Hey, back to work! You guys had a break two days ago!
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Crazy Credits

The producer would like to thank the people of Bedrock and the Bedrock Film Commission... See more »


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Written by David A. Stewart and Siobhan Fahey
Performed by Shakespear's Sister (as Shakespears Sister) & The Holy Ghost
Courtesy of London Records
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Excellent Live-Action Cartoon!
15 January 2003 | by (Escondido, California, USA) – See all my reviews

I'm rather disappointed to see that this film has such a low rating on IMDb, this film was great! I was a huge fan of the cartoon back in my childhood and it was great to see the live-action version of the cartoon! The story is pretty good, although it is obviously directed toward it's child audience, but I still loved it.

I can't talk about this movie without talking about the special effects! They were incredible!!! Dino looked absolutely spectacular! As did the other dinosaurs and beasts in the film. I really liked the sets and the wardrobe as well. You can tell that a lot of work went into this film and a great deal of thought.

The cast was nearly perfect! John Goodman was just fantastic as Fred Flintstone and was perfect for the part! Rick Moranis wouldn't have been my first choice for Barney Rubble, but he did a superb job! I've always liked Rick Moranis, this guy needs to do more films! Elizabeth Perkins was excellent as Wilma Flintstone, and is quite the looker in the film. The only complaint I have is Rosie O'Donnell, I'm sorry, but something about her just rubs me the wrong way. I've never really liked her acting very much, and I don't think she really fit the role of Betty Rubble. I would have preferred to see someone else in the role. Kyle MacLachlan was a very good villain and Halle Berry was PERFECT! Elizabeth Taylor was a nice touch as well, I wouldn't have expected to see her in the film, but she did a very good job.

If you like the cartoon, then you should definitely give this a shot. The comedy was very similar to the television show, so I don't think you'll be disappointed. Anyhow, I really enjoyed the film and I hope that you will too. Thanks for reading,


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