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The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!

Year: 1997
Cast:  John Schneider, Tom Wopat, Catherine Bach, James Best, Denver Pyle, Sonny Shroyer
Director: Lewis Teague
Writer: Gy Waldron

What happens when a buxom, cigar-chompin’ businesswoman named Mama Max blows into Hazzard County and threatens to pave over the local swamp and plow under Uncle Jesse’s farm to build a theme park? Anyone with half a brain knows it’s up to Bo and Luke, those good ol’ Duke boys, to save the day.

What do ya say we make one more run?

The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! was first broadcasted April 25 1997 on CBS. In case you forgot , cousins Bo and Luke Duke were a pair of redneck Robin Hoods, battling with Boss Hogg and his henchman, Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, to protect the good people of fictional Hazzard County, with a minimum of three car chases per episode. Since its network demise in 1985, the Dukes have been–in the immortal words of their theme song–straightenin’ the curves and flattenin’ the hills in syndication. The ex-CBS series is the Nashville Network’s highest-rated show.

Now the Dukes are back in a two-hour movie. To save their beloved town, not to mention their ornery Uncle Jesse , the boys challenge Mama Max (Stella Stevens) to a race. If the General Lee, the Dukes’ supercharged, Dixie-playing ’69 Charger, can outrun Mama Max and her ‘Double Zero’, the amusement park plans are scrapped. Expect plenty of car chases.

Most of the original cast (including the General Lee) is back for the reunion with a few exceptions. Sorrell Booke, the scheming Boss Hogg, died in 1994; Waylon Jennings is not returning as the show’s narrator (aka the Balladeer); and Flash, Rosco P. Coltrane’s beloved pooch, is in doggy heaven. The theme song, originally croaked by Jennings, will instead be crooned by Wopat and Schneider, both of whom have pursued musical careers since Dukes was canceled.