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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 »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Archie Andrews
... Betty Cooper
... Veronica Lodge
... Jughead Jones
... Reggie Mantle
... Robert Miller
... 'Pop' Tate
Billy Corben ... Jordan 'Jughead Junior' Jones
... Miss Grundy
... Worker at Pop's
... Chip
Aeryk Egan ... Max Mason
... Mr. Weatherbee
... Mr. Hyrum Lodge
... Judge Brown


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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The good old days are here again.


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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




Release Date:

6 May 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Archie: Return to Riverdale  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


There is a line while Archie and Jughead talk about graduating from Riverdale High School, and Jughead says "I wish we never did that". This is a in-joke to the comics, where the gang still attends good old Riverdale High, and have also never aged. See more »


Betty Cooper: I never forgot the night of the storm, Archie. I never forgot how I stood by and watched you chase after Veronica. How I never just went after what I wanted.
[Betty turns on the shower]
Archie: What are you doing?
Betty Cooper: Something I always wanted to do with you, Archie. I'm sick of being Miss Goody-Two-Shoes. Make me a woman, Archie. Make... me... wild.
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Jingle Jangle
Written by Andy Kim and Jeff Barry
Performed by Christopher Rich and The Archies
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A Trip To Riverdale, 15 years later
16 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

I don't know why people trash this movie, it's not bad at all! Of course I can understand why people don't like it, due to the 'grown-up' Archie characters...Plus this was probably a pilot for a TV series that never took off the ground (I wish that this had been a series.) And remember you can't explain everything in a pilot episode. I'm a fan of the comics and had been for many years when the movie came out.

But all in all, it's a great film. Some characters are the same years later, others are very different they where in the comics!

It's 15 years since the gang has graduated from the halls of Riverdale High:

Christopher Rich plays Archie, now a lawyer, getting ready for a move to the big city, and he's engaged to Pam, a very stuck up woman.

Sam Whipple is Jughead, a shrink now, (A very far strech for Juggy) but he's divorced, with a son, and has women problems.

Karen Kopkins plays Veronica, Ronnie is still the same, after 4 husbands, and she's still daddy's little girl, but Ronnie is realizing that money doesn't buy happiness.

Gary Kroeger is Reggie, He is no longer the wisecracker he was, while in the halls of Riverdale High, Reg probably owns the entire block that houses 'Pop's Choc'late Shop'...

and last but not least of the gang is Betty, wonderfully played by Lauren Holly. She does a great job of being the happy-go-lucky character that Betty is! And Betty has a boyfriend, who is not the happier to meet Archie Andrews.

Plus we get to meet Moose and Midge, Big Ethyl, Mr Weatherbee, Mrs Gundy, Coach Taylor, but sadly the movie is missing Dilton, and Coach Taylor's son Chuck.

All of the characters are back in town for the class reunion others have been in Riverdale since school ended. The movie is like an Archie comic, in a 'years later' kind of way. The storyline has many different side stories, but is a fun movie to watch.

I'd give it 8 out of 10 stars....

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