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The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)

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A feature adaptation of the classic television show, when nice guy redneck Jed Clampett strikes it rich when he finds black oil, and moves him and his kin to posh Beverly Hills.

Director:

Penelope Spheeris

Writers:

Paul Henning (television series), Lawrence Konner (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Varney ... Jed Clampett
Diedrich Bader ... Jethro Bodine / Jethrine Bodine
Erika Eleniak ... Elly May Clampett
Cloris Leachman ... Granny
Lily Tomlin ... Miss Jane Hathaway
Lea Thompson ... Laura Jackson
Dolly Parton ... Dolly Parton
Rob Schneider ... Woodrow Tyler
Dabney Coleman ... Milburn Drysdale
Penny Fuller ... Mrs. Margaret Drysdale
Kevin Connolly ... Morgan Drysdale
Linda Carlson Linda Carlson ... Aunt Pearl
Lyman Ward ... Chief Gallo
Leann Hunley ... Miss Arlington
Ernie Lively ... Briggs
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Storyline

Jed Clampett and kin move from Arkansas to Beverly Hills, when he becomes a billionaire, after an oil strike. The country folk are very naive with regard to life in the big city, so when Jed starts a search for a new wife, there are inevitably plenty of takers and con artists ready to make a fast buck. Written by Rob Hartill

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The day they moved in... Beverly Hills moved out. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some off-color humor | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The message on the computer that Jethro leans on in his scene with Ms. Hathaway reads: "As computer technology continues to push forward at an accelerating pace, public virtual reality theaters will become the centers of entertainment. The next century will see the demise of film as the defining creative outlet for society and there" (the sentence abruptly ends there) See more »

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Some of the puppies that Mrs Drysdale's dog has are bloodhounds and some are poodles. They should be mixed breeds that have characteristics of both parents. See more »

Quotes

Elly May: I reckon why they got two sets of steps.
Jethro: That's easy! One's for going up, and the other's for going down!
Elly May: Oh.
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Crazy Credits

The orangutan used in this film is a captive-born animal. He belongs to a highly endangered species protected by international laws and treaties. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.62 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Rocky Mountain Way
Performed by Joe Walsh
Written by Joe Walsh, Joe Vitale, Kenny Passarelli (as Ken Passarelli) and Rocke Grace
Courtesy of MCA Records
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The Brief Cameo By Buddy Ebsen Is The Biggest Highlight
2 March 2013 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

Hollywood has produced uncountable numbers of remakes of old TV shows from the 1960's and 70's. I can't even begin to count them or make a list. I've seen some of them. A few have worked; most have been dreadful. This 1993 movie based on the 60's series of the same name falls somewhere in between those two categories, probably leaning a bit toward the dreadful side, but not dreadful in and of itself. The basic plot follows the TV story. Hillbilly Jed Clampett (played here by Jim Varney) strikes it rich one day when he was "shootin' at some food, and up from the ground come a-bubblin' crude. Oil that is. Black gold. Texas tea." (Couldn't resist!) Suddenly rich after he's paid $1 billion for his land, his family tells him that "Californy is the place you ought to be, so they loaded up the truck and they moved to Beverly. Hills that is. Swimming pools. Movie stars." (Couldn't resist again!)

So, once more Jed, Granny (Cloris Leachman), Ellie May (Erike Eleniak) and cousin Jethro (Diedrich Bader) are left to the task of settling into their new life with the help of Mr. Drysdale (Dabney Coleman) and Miss Hathaway (Lily Tomlin) and along for the ride we get a couple of villains played by Rob Schneider and Lea Thompson, who set out to get Jed's money for themselves.

This lacked the fun of the TV series. There were parts of it that were amusing. The Clampetts driving along the highway thinking that the middle finger was a California greeting springs to mind, for example. Overall, though, it really wasn't that funny. The cast was so-so. Varney and Leachman were all right. Eleniak, to me, didn't really capture Ellie May's sweet innocence, and Bader as Jethro didn't work for me. Jethro in the TV series was a dumb character, yes, but Bader's Jethro was both too dumb and too underplayed. Bader seemed to think he just had to look and sound stupid and that would be enough. He missed the mark completely. I don't think the Beverly Hillbillies work that well as a movie, either. As a TV series it was fine. You got it in half hour chunks (less counting commercials) and that was enough. Trying to keep it going for over an hour and a half without a break became tiresome after a while.

Dolly Parton was included as herself as, I guess, an entertainer the Clampetts (with their country background) would be familiar with. Aside from being recognizable, though, that didn't really do much for me, since I'm not a big Dolly fan. One appearance that did work, though, was from Buddy Ebsen. He, of course, was the original Jed Clampett on the TV series. It was a rather ingenious thought to bring him back for this movie, this time as the other well known character he played on television - private detective Barnaby Jones from the 1970's, whom Miss Hathaway hires to investigate the plot to get Jed's money. When the Barnaby Jones theme started to play I smiled, because right away I knew what (and who) was coming. Ebsen played it perfectly straight, when everyone else often seemed to be trying too hard for laughs. As a result, he was perfect.

It's not the worst remake of a TV series. Not by far actually. But it can't honestly be called good either, and with the TV series being just perfect at a half hour per episode, this started to get tired even before the one hour mark had hit. There just isn't really enough meat to the Clampetts to make a movie about them. (5/10)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beverly Hillbillies See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,525,375, 17 October 1993

Gross USA:

$44,029,386

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,405,220
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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