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Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again (1990)

PG | | Comedy, Family | TV Movie 6 May 1990
The classic comic book characters created by John L. Goldwater are brought to tv in a slightly older version. Here the characters are adults returning to their high school reunion and ... See full summary »

Director:

Dick Lowry

Writers:

John L. Goldwater (comic book characters), Evan Katz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Rich ... Archie Andrews
Lauren Holly ... Betty Cooper
Karen Kopins ... Veronica Lodge
Sam Whipple ... Jughead Jones
Gary Kroeger ... Reggie Mantle
Matt McCoy ... Robert Miller
Mike Nussbaum ... 'Pop' Tate
Billy Corben Billy Corben ... Jordan 'Jughead Junior' Jones
Fran Ryan ... Miss Grundy
Christian Hoff ... Worker at Pop's
Robert Munic ... Chip
Aeryk Egan Aeryk Egan ... Max Mason
David Doyle ... Mr. Weatherbee
James Noble ... Mr. Hyrum Lodge
Raye Birk ... Judge Brown
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Storyline

The classic comic book characters created by John L. Goldwater are brought to tv in a slightly older version. Here the characters are adults returning to their high school reunion and remembering old times and romances from good old Riverdale High. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Taglines:

The good old days are here again.

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild sensuality, violence and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Archie: Return to Riverdale See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The TV series, Riverdale (2017) names all of its episodes titles after movies. The eleventh episode was named after this made for TV film. See more »

Quotes

[Jughead and Archie are at the junkyard]
Archie: We had great times in High School before we graduated.
Jughead: I wish we never did that.
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Alternate Versions

There are several differences between the video release and the original TV version. In addition to the title being changed, several scenes are cut from the video release. Cut scenes include:
  • Pop Tate good-naturedly chiding Archie as he discounts Archie's claim to have seen the Concorde fly into town
  • Archie's high school flashback in which he discusses with Jughead his dilemma over who to take to the prom (takes place as he first sees Betty and Veronica at the reunion)
  • Jordan and Max speculating on which of them can think of worse pranks to play on Archie
  • Betty's high school flashback in which she and Veronica promise each other not to be angry no matter who Archie asks to the prom (takes place during their tennis game--this scene first mentions Ronnie's dream of marrying a tall Frenchman, which she later tells Archie that she did)
  • Jordan putting green gelatin dessert into the foot of Archie's bed, Archie's discovery of said gelatin while he is on the phone with Pam, and his claim the next morning to have taken the dessert off his feet and put it back into the bowl (claim made as Jordan is eating the tainted gelatin)
  • Archie's high school flashback in which Betty informs him she is giving up hope for their relationship, and she is leaving town after graduation to pursue a writing career (takes place after she walks away from him in the library, but before he stops her from leaving)
  • The beginning of the junkyard scene, when Jughead tells his son that the junkyard holds the old gang's ghosts, Jughead and Archie discuss Archie's dilemma in choosing between Betty, Veronica, and Pam, and Jordan shows them a Hank Aaron-autographed baseball mitt he found. The scene picks up when the trio arrive in the vicinity of the jukebox.
  • Archie's high school flashback in which he asks Veronica to the prom, but she turns him down and informs him that she will be moving to France to go to college after graduation (takes place during their embrace as they walk through the park)
  • Reggie asking Archie to put in a good word for him with Ronnie in exchange for his trying to persuade Mr. Lodge not to evict Pop Tate, and Veronica's appearance out of the blue to kiss Archie--and changing Reggie's mind on his offer.
  • Robert and Pam exchanging names and shaking hands while the Archies sing "Jingle Jangle"
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Connections

Follows U.S. Of Archie (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Be You
Written by Paul Westerberg
Performed by The Replacements
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Eradicate this before it spawns!
29 August 2001 | by Caudles42See all my reviews

This movie really f****ng sucks. Growing up, I was a rabid fan of Archie comics, and this movie just didn't do it justice. It took the fun and liveliness of the comics and turned it into a boring, ridiculous, embarassing failure. Lauren Holly (playing Betty) is probably cowering in shame that anyone has seen her in this!

Anyway, the girls are sexually obsessed with Archie, who can't make up his mind. Reggie and Mr. Lodge are trying to close down the Choklit Shoppe, where things become totally unrealistic. Reggie, in my opinion, though scum, would never try to close down his favorite childhood hangout. Also, Mr. Lodge tries to "take out" Archie with cut brakelines and a bomb. In the books, Mr. Lodge was only annoyed by Archie, not out to plant him 6 feet under.

This may be a bit of shock to people (so make small children leave the room) they even corrupted the Archies superhit "Sugar, Sugar" by having Jughead and his son turn into a disgusting rap number. Also, for more unbelievable fun, Big Ethel turns out to be supermodel. As anyone who has read the comics knows, Ethel was the female version of Jughead.

Anyway, don't bother seeing the movie unless you hate the Archie gang. THen, you'll love it.


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