Watch The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning
- 1 hr 35 min
The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning is a 2007 action-comedy film based on the popular TV series of the same name, which originally aired from 1979 to 1985. Directed by Robert Berlinger and written by Jonathan Davis, the movie serves as a prequel to the show, exploring the early adventures of the Duke cousins and their iconic car, the General Lee, in the small town of Hazzard, Georgia. The film begins with a glimpse into the turbulent childhood of Bo (Randy Wayne) and Luke Duke (Jonathan Bennett), who are depicted as childhood friends and troublemakers. As teenagers, the two cousins find themselves at a crossroad after getting into trouble with the law, leading them to be sent to live with their Uncle Jesse Duke (Willie Nelson). There, the boys try to start anew, working at his farm and fixing up cars. It is here that they come across a beat-up orange car called the General Lee, which they believe to be cursed but eventually end up restoring it to its former glory. Meanwhile, a corrupt businessman named Boss Hogg (Christopher McDonald) is attempting to take over Hazzard, Georgia, by bribing and intimidating local officials. Jesse Duke and other townspeople are opposed to Hogg's plans, including his proposal for a coal mine that would destroy the natural beauty of the town. However, Boss Hogg has eyes on Uncle Jesse's farm and aims to obtain it for himself. Bo and Luke, with the help of their friend Daisy (April Scott) and mechanic Cooter (Joel David Moore), vow to stop Boss Hogg and his goons, including his bumbling nephew, Hughie (Adam Shulman). The movie follows Bo and Luke as they engage in a series of high-speed car chases and stunts, including a race against Boss Hogg's driver, Gil (Sherilyn Fenn), and a daring escape from a police station. Along the way, the Duke cousins discover a conspiracy involving Boss Hogg's illegal activities, including his plan to sabotage the coal mine and profit from insurance fraud. Bo and Luke must rally the town together to stop Boss Hogg and his cronies before it is too late. The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning features the familiar elements of the TV series, including the iconic orange Dodge Charger, Confederate flag on the roof, and the Duke boys' signature entrance and exit through the car windows. However, the film also adds some new elements and modern updates, such as more prominent female characters, a grittier tone, and raunchy humor. April Scott's Daisy Duke is not just eye candy, but a strong-willed and capable character who holds her own among the male-dominated cast. In terms of performances, Randy Wayne and Jonathan Bennett capture the spirit of Bo and Luke Duke, respectively, with their Southern drawls and reckless attitudes. Willie Nelson brings his trademark laid-back charm to the role of Uncle Jesse, while Christopher McDonald chews the scenery as the power-hungry Boss Hogg. The film also features small appearances from other actors such as Harland Williams, Sherilyn Fenn, and Joel David Moore, who add some comedic relief and memorable moments. Overall, The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning is an entertaining action-comedy that pays homage to the original TV show, while also updating it for a modern audience. The film's emphasis on car chases, stunts, and humor will appeal to fans of the franchise, as well as those who enjoy popcorn flicks. Although it may not be a cinematic masterpiece, it is a fun ride with a likable cast and a lot of heart.