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The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)

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Based on the popular television sitcom from the '60s, this comedy features a backwoods Arkansas widower, Jed, who moves to Beverly Hills with family members in tote after signing over rights to his oil-rich land--and making a load of cash. Soon the new folks in town are the targets of a scheming couple trying to get their hands on Jed's fortune. Watch for celebrity cameos--including TV's Jed, Buddy Ebsen, as Barbaby Jones!

Cast

Jim Varney
as Jed Clampett
Erika Eleniak
as Elly May Clampett
Diedrich Bader
as Jethro Bodine/Jethrine
Lily Tomlin
as Miss Jane Hathaway
Dabney Coleman
as Mr. Drysdale
Buddy Ebsen
as Barnaby Jones
Dolly Parton
as Herself
Linda Carlson
as Aunt Pearl
Penny Fuller
as Margaret Drysdale
Kevin Connolly
as Morgan Drysdale
Lyman Ward
as Chief Gallo
Leann Hunley
as Miss Arlington
David Byrd
as Mr. Mackey
David Crowley
as Danforth
Patrick Cranshaw
as Reverend Mason
Eric Edwards
as Fat Elmer
Mickey Jones
as Spittin' Sam
Robert Easton
as Mayor Amos Jasper
Don McNatt
as Billy Bob
Amy Golden
as Girl in Bathroom
Annalee Spheeris
as Girl in Car
Eddie de Harp
as Guard at Wedding
Ronan O'Casey
as Man at Party
Taylor Gilbert
as Woman at Party
Marti Muller
as Woman at Party
Stan Mazin
as Dancer
George Foster
as Musician
Jason Roberts
as Delivery Boy
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Critic Reviews for The Beverly Hillbillies

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (10)

Four writers worked on the script, and they all should hang their heads in shame.

Full Review… | May 13, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's thin stuff, but the ingratiating naivete of the characters and the aw-shucks friendliness of the cast are disarming, and it becomes easy to just let this go down as a country tune with some moonshine on the side.

Full Review… | May 13, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Director Spheeris should be ashamed of herself.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

You'll hate yourself for enjoying this, but enjoy it you will.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Tomlin finds the humor and the heart in these hillbillies. The rest is just crude oil.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Imagine the dumbest half-hour sitcom you've ever seen, spin it out to 93 minutes by making it even more thin and shallow, and you have this movie. It's appalling. It's not even really a good version of whatever it was that made the TV series appealing.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Beverly Hillbillies

I've seen this comedy so many times back in the day, though far from good, this a mediocre comedy to say the least. The film did possess a few good laughs, but the acting was not good and the script was pretty bland. For mild entertainment value, the film does its job. If you're looking for a great comedy that's memorable, then this isn't it. The film is mediocre to say the least, and this film is quite forgettable. The Beverly Hillbillies is not a film that withstands multiple viewings. The film makes you laugh, but the problem is that there's really no substance to its plot. Mindless entertainment comes to mind when I think of this flick, and overall it's mediocre. This is one of those films that could maybe have been good, instead it suffers far too much from a poorly written script. Though this is better than The Dukes of Hazzard film, this one still lacks anything to truly please an audience. This film is mildly amusing with a few good laughs, but is never anything good or great either. Director Penelope Spheeris succeeded once with a comedy with Wayne's World. This comedy is mediocre with a few good laughs here and there, but misses the mark at being a good comedy.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

I like remakes of shows sometimes and this was one of them. I find that I like this one just as much as the old version. Varney lends a serious tone and is nothing like Ernest and I enjoyed seeing him do something more dramatic. I love Ernest but I always knew Varney was capable of pulling off a more serious role. He was outstanding in this and 90% of the reason why I watched it. When I saw Varney come down the stairs in a black hat, pants, jacket and a white shirt, I thought, "Weeee, doggie. Seeexxxyyy." Lily Tomlin was just hilarious and I couldn't help but have a smile on my face when she appeared on screen. I realized that with her, Dolly Parton and Dabney Coleman, it was a 9 to 5 reunion. Diedrich Bader as 'Jethro Bodine' was so mindless and I cracked up when he thought he had figured out how to bowl. He kind of reminded me of Ernest, but without the charm. I like Lea Thompson but I hated her character, 'Laura Jackson'. She was a cold hearted con artist and 'Woodrow Tyler' was no better. But Rob is great in this one as well. Cloris Leachman was a hoot as 'Granny' and I've been a fan since I saw her as the witch in 'Hansel and Gretel'. Erika Eleniak as 'Elly May' was fitting and I think she did a great job. It was so funny to watch them shoot people the bird because they thought that was how people said 'hi' in CA. But, I'll still have to say that Varney rules!! One of my favorite lines was, "That's real nice, son. This here's what I carry". And Varney picks up a huge rifle and points it at those hooligans.

Stacy Avary
Stacy Avary

Super Reviewer

Diedrich Bader is really the only reason to see this movie. He does some brilliant work in it.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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