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The show starts out with Andy (Andy Griffith) and Opie(Ron Howard) walking
down the path to the ol' fishin' hole. As I understand it the original site
used for this scene while TAGS was in production no longer exists. If this
is true the producers managed to find a location almost identical to the
original fishin' hole. I must also add that I think it was nice of Ron
Howard to participate in this reunion show. Many actors who move on to
great success seem to ignore their acting origins. An example would be
Michael Douglas and his decision not to take part in the tv reunion movie
for THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO. Ron Howard always seems to make time for
reunions and interviews involving TAGS and HAPPY DAYS.
Later on Barney (Don Knotts) and Gomer (Jim Nabors) hook up with Andy and Opie at the Old Court House. Not a bad recreation of the original Old Court House used during the shows production. I thought the jail cells could have used a little more attention to detail. I also thought the area in front of Andy's desk seemed a little larger than on the original show. All in all it was still a good recreation.
The actors sat and discussed many of the well known episodes and mentioned things about their private lives that are already pretty well known. Nothing new for real TAGS fans. However, the real treat was in watching the characters interact again on the same set. There were also interviews with other cast members. Most cast members, except Opie who is now approaching 50 years of age, are in their late 60's through mid eighties. Many cast members have already passed on. So, even though nothing new was discussed it was nice to see the actors/characters one more time.
Lastly, I know this may not sit well with some fans, but Andy Griffith seemed to come across a little doddering. Don Knotts, who is two years older than Andy, seemed to be as alert and mentally agile as ever. I don't know exactly what it is but both my wife and I thought Andy seemed to be giving into some of the mental fatigue associated with his age. Still it was good to see him look back on his role as Andy Taylor. I cannot thank him enough for all he has done for television and creating a show that is loved by millions.
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Once you get past the silly initial bits of banter between everyone,
it's always fun to see the cast of "The Andy Griffith Show" together
Everyone (except Ron Howard) looks a lot older of course. Thankfully, we've seen Andy Griffith and Don Knotts in their older selves on "Matlock," so it's not as much a shock. It's too bad about those that couldn't be on the show because of their passing, so I'm grateful they all made it for the reunion TV movie a few years before. And I really respect Ron Howard for appearing when his career clearly doesn't require him to do this sort of thing.
There is some pleasant dialog among the actors, and they clearly seem comfortable with each other, which is part of what made the show so great. It only fell apart for me a little at the end. I have a problem when actors behave as if they are the characters they played and talk about their parts in first person. There's a little of this at the end when Andy Griffith talks to Ron Howard as if it he were Ron's actual father during the show.
Overall, it's a must-see for any "Andy Griffith Show" fan. There was little information that will surprise any fan of the series, but it's always pleasant in Mayberry.
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