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The Flintstones (1994)

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In this live-action feature of the cartoon show, Fred Flintstone finally gets the job he's always wanted, but it may just come at a price.

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Brian Levant
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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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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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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

At least than 35 writers worked on the film. Steven E. de Souza turned in the original draft in 1987, though Michael Wilson's 1992 draft later became the working model. When director Brian Levant signed on, he recruited Gary Ross to handle the screenplay; Ross turned in his draft in 1993. This was junked. Various other writers, including Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, worked on the script before Levant was finally happy in August of 1993. Though just three writers ended up being credited, a total of 32 people (including Levant and producer Bruce Cohen) were awarded the film's Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay. See more »

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Quotes

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

The Universal Pictures logo is 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 »

Connections

References The Young and the Restless (1973) 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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A perfect movie
19 July 2017 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

If there's such a thing as a perfect movie, The Flintstones is it. It's absolutely hilarious, with no downtime and no dated jokes. If you've seen the original Hanna Barbara cartoon, you'll probably pee from laughing so hard, and if you haven't, well, you'll still probably pee from laughing so hard. I saw this movie in the theaters when I was a little girl and laughed my head off, thinking it was the first movie to ever make caveman jokes. Just last week, I watched my DVD for the hundredth time and laughed just as hard.

John Goodman as Fred Flintstone, Rick Moranis as Barney Rubble, Elizabeth Perkins as Wilma, and Rosie O'Donnell as Betty are all totally perfect. The original song is included at the start and end of the film, and all the throwbacks to the cartoon are side-splittingly funny. Modern touches are incredibly clever and tie in seamlessly to the setting. For example, the Flintstones go to the drive-in movies to watch "Gorge Lucas's Tar Wars", and the band The B-52s guest star in a swanky nightclub as "The BC-52s".

In the film, Fred and Wilma help their best friends adopt a child, and in return, Barney helps Fred get a promotion at work. But, as the incredibly dumb Fred moves up the corporate ladder, he just might get duped by the slippery smooth Cliff, played by Kyle MacLachlin, and his secretary, a young Halle Berry who gets her own theme music whenever she walks in the room.

It's silly and lovely, and best of all, Elizabeth Taylor puts the finishing touch on the film in her role as Wilma's mom. It's my favorite of her performances; pretty much every one of her lines has become a permanent phrase in my household. If only she'd been given more screen time! But, as she says in the movie, "Let's not let a little thing like that spoil the party—Conga line!"


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