The Dukes of Hazzard: Back to Hazzard, Way Back!

Dukes of Hazzard The Dukes of Hazzard was a very popular primetime show that ran on CBS for seven seasons, from 1979 until 1985. The series inspired a slew of merchandising sporting the faces of series stars John Schneider, Tom Wopat and Catherine Bach and of course their car, the high-jumping General Lee. There was also a Saturday morning animated series, a short-lived spin-off (which focused on Deputy Enos Strate), and two reunion movies in 1997 and 2000.

Over 25 years after the original series debuted, a feature film based on the series was released in 2005. The film starred Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Jessica Simpson, Burt Reynolds and Willie Nelson. Though there was no relation to the TV show beyond the title and premise, the film did moderately well, taking in $110 million worldwide. It was named the worst picture of the year by several critics but that’s not stopping the studio from going back to the till one more time.

The Dukes of Hazzard – The BeginningThe Beginning will detail Bo and Luke’s arrival in Hazzard County as well as their introduction to the General Lee and their first clash with Boss Hogg.

The story goes like this: Mischievous teenage cousins Bo (Jonathan Bennett) and Luke Duke (Randy Wayne) have been arrested for speeding once again. As a result, they’re paroled to the care of their Uncle Jesse (Willie Nelson) in Hazzard County for a summer of hard farm work. Before long, the Duke Boys learn that Boss Hogg (Christopher McDonald) plans to foreclose on their Uncle Jesse’s Farm. With help from their sexy cousin Daisy (April Scott), Bo and Luke vow to save the family’s property and moonshine business. Driving the General Lee, the Duke boys make Boss Hogg’s life miserable, concocting one crazy scheme after another. The film features many other Dukes of Hazzard characters including Rosco P. Coltrane (Harland Williams), Cooter (Joel Moore), Enos Strate (Adam Shulman), Hughie Hogg (Todd Grinnell) and Lulu Hogg (Sherilyn Fenn).

This direct-to-DVD film seems to be more closely tied with the feature film (Willie Nelson plays Uncle Jessie in both versions), than the TV series. Like the 2005 film, the DVD will be released in both a rated R and an ‘unrated’ version. I guess some people can’t get enough of those Daisy Duke shorts. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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  1. hazzard rose says

    I agree that this show is awful! No one but no one can be the real Duke boys! And Willie Nelson as Uncle Jesse?Oh please! He’s not man enough to even step into Denver Pyle’s overalls! abc family needs to wake up and smell the coffee!

  2. Catherine Brooke says

    Personally, I think both movies are really bad. I haven’t seen either of them, but the advertisements alone are enough to turn me off. You are right, no one can play those characters as the originals, did and they should not try in my opinion. I get sick and tired of people trying to make something over to fit the times. Leave things the way they are and let future generations see them as they are. We need some things left alone that teach values and morals, not the trash that we are coming up with today. If you don’t have an original thought, so mess with someone else’s

  3. David Counterman says

    I had bought both dvd’s and my family said that The Dukes of Hazzard Beginning. Was more true to the TV show than the movie.

  4. Gabriel says

    Excellent comment…the new movie is such a tasteless piece of crap that it should be removed from stores. Dukes of Hazzard was about FAMILY entertainment not this pot smoking topless crap.
    Anyway, there will never be anyone that can really play those roles as the originals did!

  5. Carla Peele says

    Why don’t these people do their RESEARCH??? Uncle Jesse RAISED Bo, Luke and Daisy— they did not come to him as teens! As often as they seem to be making 70s and 80s television into very BAD movie depections lately, why don’t they at least do it RIGHT and actually sit down and watch the show— ALL of the show, get all of the nuances. I have been trying to get my foot in the door as a screenwriter for 10 years now, and it offends me as a writer that they are making so very many movies and doing them half-assed. If I were to do a movie based on characters not my own (especially ones I loved), I would get the DVD sets! I would sit down and watch EVERY SINGLE EPISODE, make sure I was true to the characters. That I did it right. And, that it was a good storyline, not something lame and pointless…

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