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The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning (2007)

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Teenaged cousins Bo and Luke Duke spend their first few weeks in Hazzard County getting into trouble running outlawed liquor in order to save their Uncle Jesse's farm.

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Shane Morris
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Randy Wayne ... Luke Duke
Jonathan Bennett ... Bo Duke
April Scott ... Daisy Duke
Joel David Moore ... Cooter
Harland Williams ... Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane
Sherilyn Fenn ... Lulu Hogg
Willie Nelson ... Uncle Jesse Duke
Christopher McDonald ... Jefferson Davis 'Boss' Hogg
Todd Grinnell ... Hughie Hogg
Adam Shulman ... Enos Strate
Gary Cole ... The Balladeer (voice)
Trishelle Cannatella ... Ali Handy
Jennifer Hill ... Brooke Handy
Rufus Dorsey ... DMV Examiner
Joe Gieb ... Carnival Midget
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Storyline

In this prequel re-telling of the famous 1979-1985 TV series of the same name, the teenage mischievous Duke boys, cousins Bo and Luke (Jonathan Bennett and Randy Wayne), are arrested for reckless driving and possession of illegal fireworks. They are sent to live with their Uncle Jesse (Willie Nelson) at his farm in rural Hazzard County in an unnamed southwestern state. Bo and Luke's orphaned dowdy cousin Daisy (April Scott) soon joins them hoping to find a place in her life. Jesse is also a moonshiner who struggles to make ends meet and soon employs a willing Bo and Luke to be his runners to deliver his 'special' White Lighting whiskey to all parts of the county after observing their driving skills using a fixed-up orange-painted 1969 Dodge Charger which they named 'The General Lee'. But it doesn't take long for Bo and Luke to find a worthy opponent in the form of the cigar-chomping J.D. 'Boss' Hogg (Christopher McDonald), the corrupt city commissioner of the nearby small town and ... Written by Larry B.

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The dawn of the Duke dynasty: the speedy, sexy story begins. See more »


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Rated R for sexual humor and dialogue | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dukes of Hazzard 2 See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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Kristin Cavallari was rumored to play Daisy Duke. See more »

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The stains Daisy makes on the bartenders T-shirt (when she applies for a job) disappear in the next shot. See more »

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weak leads and unfunny
21 November 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Bo Duke (Jonathan Bennett) gets arrested in Chickasaw County, GA for creating mayhem with his driving. Four counties over, his cousin Luke Duke (Randy Wayne) is arrested for causing fireworks mayhem. The boys are sent to work for uncle Jesse Duke (Willie Nelson) who is selling his moonshine "medicine". Daisy Duke (April Scott) is an awkward church-going virgin. Rosco P. Coltrane (Harland Williams) is the sheriff in Hazzard County. Boss Hogg (Christopher McDonald) runs the town and actually has a piece of Jesse's business. He is looking to expand and threatening to foreclose on Jesse's farm. At school, Daisy introduces her cousins to Cooter (Joel David Moore) in auto shop class. The boys find a 1969 Dodge Charger on the bottom of a swimming hole and restore it christening it 'The General Lee'.

This is a lot of T&A, sometimes bare and plenty in tight outfits. Obviously, the filmmakers know what they're going for. This is a softcore B-movie with whatever scraps they can gather. A prequel to Dukes was always going to be a high hill to jump. This is giving up before they started. None of this is that good. Sadly, none of it is expected to be good. They lured Willie Nelson back and brought out an unfunny version of Harland Williams. The two young new actors lack the charisma to lead. April Scott has her impossibly skinny waist and her Barbie-like figure. The story is a mess and none of it is funny.


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