The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood (2000 TV Movie)
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Of both Reunion movies, Hazzard in Hollywood is the one I enjoyed the most. It had a lot of things that I saw the Reunion! movie lacked. First of all, the Reunion movie did have a lot of car scenes, but they were all achieve footage. If they can't make the scenes match, why bother? Sure, they did have archive footage in the original series, but it at least matched! Second of all, the reunion movie was about the race, but then they tied in Enos and Daisy's wedding. We actually think they're gonna pull it off this time, but no such luck. It's Daisy this time that gets cold feet. I don't know about y'all, but I don't see Daisy as one to get jittery. Then we find out in the beginning of the movie that Daisy had a bad marriage and when the fellow shows up, I'm expecting a fight breaking out between Bo, Luke and L.D., but all Bo says is "You've done enough." Not what I expected, to say the least.
Hazzard in Hollywood had Bo lusting, which is a basic in the series; Luke was a tiny bit out of character, but he's getting older and doesn't like the big stunts he use to do when he was younger (which is understandable, because he was doing this in the 6th and 7th season); Daisy was more outgoing in Hazzard In Hollywood, which is kind of like Daisy's character; Rosco's funny, Cletus is silly, Enos has this new twist on him that I liked. I can see all the city girls calling him a "Stud Muffin" because it's something they're not use to. He's a different culture to the one they're use to. Boss and Uncle Jesse are Marjory missed and you can tell it. But to complain that Jesse wasn't as missed as Boss Hogg is absurd. You could tell they were thinking about him. He is mentioned throughout the show. One thing I dislike about both of the movies is the house. The first one it's a 2-story house and the second one it isn't even seen. I like the second one better of the two because if you can't get it right, don't do it at all.
All out of all, I like the second movie better. It has more of the elements that I missed. The show is a more of a place to go if you want to get 100% Dukes, but if you want to see the cast get together and it's not a documentary, watch Hazzard in Hollywood.
One more thing and I think I'm done. Luke's goatee could be formed out of his maturity. Uncle Jesse always had a beard and mustache, maybe Luke thought he should have one. He is the head of the household now. I'm not a fan of goatees, don't get me wrong, but maybe there's an unmentioned motive behind the goatee. There's a lot of unmentioned motives in the series.
If you want to see the dukes in their prime watch the series. If you want to see them back together again see the first reunion movie. You will be sad if you watch the second one as such a great show has been killed.
But it could have been worse- coy and vance duke show up too!!!
Luke (Wopat) man! Has he aged! Did not recognize Daisy (Bach) I like that it was dedicated to Denver Pyle. He was a good character actor !
The acting was for the most part on par with other Duke films, though I appreciate the difference that a full movie gets into the characters a little more than we see in the series.
The plot was good and had good twists and turns.
Daisy's foray into stunt acting was a bit hard to take, but the again, she's a good 'ol girl!
Note that IMDb lists Tom Poston as Ezra Bushwacker when it is actually Nicolas Coaster who played him.
I was ecstatic that there would be a second reunion movie of the Dukes of Hazzard and in the year 2000, I tuned in and enjoyed watching Hazzard in Hollywood. The surviving cast members were back for what would be the last time. And they did superb jobs. I will admit though, this movie lost what it had in the previous movie. Now I can understand taking the characters out of Hazzard on a rare occasion, but not on a regular basis. The Dukes in Hollywood was like a cowboy in New York and I felt that they made the characters seem more backwoods in L.A. for the entertainment. The odd things to point out is that Luke Duke had a goatee just like Bill Bixby's David Banner had a beard in the trial of the Incredible Hulk. The fact that Enos's previous engagement to Daisy was never acknowledged, let alone everyone was shocked that many women in L.A. were chasing after Enos and he as a single man was considered hot property. I wish Daisy could have been at least a little jealous. This movie had more continuity goofs than the previous movie did. At least it was nice to see Bo Duke get a new love interest. That girl was super hot.
They attempted something new. A balladeer with a face. Mack Davis did fine, but neither he nor Don Williams in the previous film will ever match up to the late Waylon Jennings from the series. And it was fun to see country stars Toby Keith and Anita Cochran appear. James Best was funnier than ever as Rosco P. Coltrane, who carried a stuffed doll of a dog around to keep him company after his last dog, Albert passed away. Plus seeing Rosco mess with an ATM machine and trying to get a loan from a beautiful Asian loan shark was priceless. Bo and Luke still fare very well in fight scenes and driving the General Lee. Here's what I hated: Patch and his dumb aide, who acted like Cledus T. Judd, as well as BB Bascum and the Russian Guy. They all got on my last nerve!!
I did like the addition of Nicholas Coaster as the formidable villain Ezra Bushmaster. I saw Coaster in many shows growing up and I'm glad he made it into the Dukes, even if it was the final reunion movie.
I was actually hoping they could have done a final reunion film with Rosco running for re election. Just like the pilot episode of the series. It would have been great, but at the same time, I can understand the cast wanting to retire from the reunion movie business, especially since both of Hazzard's old ridge runners, Boss Hogg and Uncle Jesse are no longer around. While not as great as the previous movie, Hazzard in Hollywood is still an enjoyable movie.
But who are we kidding -Huh? - Of course we love the Dukes
Actually I loved the Dukes of Hazzard ... I just didn't like either of the reunion movies. And No! ! ! ! I haven't out grown them at all - I look forward to seeing the 2005 big screen version of the Dukes with Burt Reynolds as "Boss Hogg"
I'm a die hard fan of the original show and I must say I enjoyed the first reunion movie...
But that one was... (ugly face)!!!
Man the acting was so poor and childish that I wonder why they needed a director! To say CUT and ACTION!maybe... the dialogs made me think that they were written in 5 minutes in a party in Beverly Hills...
Anyway, Denver Pyle is gone so as my favorite Sorel Booke, so it's just not the same anymore without Boss and Uncle Jesse...
The plot was quite funny for a DOH fan, but for those who heard a lot about the show and want to start watching it, DONT start with that!!!
The original serie was more enjoyable.
Anyway if Gy Waldon (creator of the serie and writter of Both reunion movies) wants to film more, please... make it more... more... lesss childish!!