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The Flintstones (1994)

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In a parallel modern-day Stone Age world, a working-class family, the Flintstones, are set up for an executive job. But they learn that money can't buy happiness.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Goodman ... Fred Flintstone
Elizabeth Perkins ... Wilma Flintstone
Rick Moranis ... Barney Rubble
Rosie O'Donnell ... Betty Rubble
Kyle MacLachlan ... Cliff Vandercave
Halle Berry ... Miss Stone
Elizabeth Taylor ... Pearl Slaghoople
Dann Florek ... Mr. Slate
Richard Moll ... Hoagie
Irwin Keyes ... Joe Rockhead (as Irwin '88' Keyes)
Jonathan Winters ... Grizzled Man
Harvey Korman ... Dictabird (voice)
Elaine Silver Elaine Silver ... Pebbles
Melanie Silver Melanie Silver ... Pebbles
Hlynur Sigurðsson ... Bamm-Bamm (as Hlynur Sigurdsson)
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Storyline

The Flintstones and the Rubbles are modern stone-age families. Fred and Barney work at Slate and Company, mining rock. Fred gives Barney some money so he and Betty can adopt a baby. When Fred and Barney take a test to determine who should become the new associate vice president, Barney returns the favor by switching his test answers for Fred's, whose answers aren't very good. Fred gets the executive position, but little does he know that he's being manipulated by his boss to be the fall guy for an embezzlement scheme. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild innuendos | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Flintstones: The Live-Action Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$46,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$130,512,915

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$228,000,000
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DTS | Dolby SR

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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Since the villain's plan called for finding a patsy to pin the blame on, logically they should have "promoted" the employee who scored the *lowest* on the test instead of the highest. They wanted the dumbest, most gullible person possible since he presumably would have been the least likely to figure out exactly what was going on. While looking at the test scores, Cliff expresses his knowledge of Fred being a "dunce and witless" and may very likely know that his test had to have been switch which someone else. They also should have terminated the person with the *highest* score, for the opposite reason, which they did after checking the scores and assumed that Barney had to be the one that Fred had switched tests with. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Foreman: Hey, back to work! You guys had a break two days ago!
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Crazy Credits

There are no logos at the beginning of the film. After the opening scene, we get a live-action version of the cartoon opening, which concludes with the main characters at a drive-in movie theater. The movie they see starts with a parody of the Universal Pictures logo, designed in Bedrock fashion: it features a prehistoric Earth with the single continent of Pangaea and reads "UNIVERSHELL". It is also accompanied by the 1960s theme music from Revue Productions (which Universal owned), which is fitting for a 1960s cartoon adaptation. See more »

Alternate Versions

A credit for Mel Blanc as Dino was added to home video versions. The speed of the credits scroll was adjusted to make room without extending the music. See more »


Soundtracks

(MEET) THE FLINTSTONES
Written by William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, and Hoyt Curtin
Performed by The B-52's (as The BC-52's)
Courtesy of Reprise Records
Recorded and Mixed by Tom Durack
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I liked it, what can I say?
16 June 2008 | by on_the_canSee all my reviews

I was 8 years old when this movie came out and remember really liking it despite the lackluster reviews it received from not only critics but most of my friends as well. I don't remember anybody out and out hating it, it just kinda got one of those "meh" grunts whenever it was mentioned.

Now I'm twenty three and I just watched it again and I gotta say, I still think it's pretty damn good. And unless you just simply are not of a fan of the Flintstones cartoons I don't see how you can not like this film. It plays like an extended episode of the series, with a plot not unlike something we have seen in our Saturday morning reruns, but loaded with enough clever one liners and risqué humor to elevate it to a much more adult oriented comedy. It's also got tons of sight gags and background jokes that you will likely need some multiple viewings to appreciate. Not to mention the sheer scope and execution of the sets, costumes and animatronic and CG dinosaurs are really something to admire, especially for its day.

The actors all play their parts well too, John Goodman and Rick Moranis as Fred and Barney are the standouts but there's nobody here that I thought fell short. Yes, I would have liked to have seen Betty portrayed with somebody with more curves in the right places...I mean she was the hottie in the cartoon and Rosie O'Donnell's physique definitely doesn't live up, but you have to give credit where credit is due and while she may not look quite the same, she plays the part well and has the voice and trademark giggle down perfectly.

Is this a fantastic film no...but I enjoy it every time I watch it and I think the attention to detail and obvious care that went into making this movie alone should keep it entertaining for years to come and considering its unlikely anything quite like this will ever be done again outside of its sequels, I would not be surprised if this movie eventually earns its respect among film buffs in the future.


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