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The Flintstones (1994)

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In this live-action feature of the cartoon show, Fred Flintstone finally gets the job he's always wanted, but it may just come at a price.

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Brian Levant
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Goodman ... Fred Flintstone
Elizabeth Perkins ... Wilma Flintstone
Rick Moranis ... Barney Rubble
Rosie O'Donnell ... Betty Rubble
Kyle MacLachlan ... Cliff Vandercave
Halle Berry ... Miss Stone
Elizabeth Taylor ... Pearl Slaghoople
Dann Florek ... Mr. Slate
Richard Moll ... Hoagie
Irwin Keyes ... Joe Rockhead (as Irwin '88' Keyes)
Jonathan Winters ... Grizzled Man
Harvey Korman ... Dictabird (voice)
Elaine Silver Elaine Silver ... Pebbles
Melanie Silver Melanie Silver ... Pebbles
Hlynur Sigurðsson ... Bamm-Bamm (as Hlynur Sigurdsson)
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Storyline

The Flintstones and the Rubbles are modern stone-age families. Fred and Barney work at Slate and Company, mining rock. Fred gives Barney some money so he and Betty can adopt a baby. When Fred and Barney take a test to determine who should become the new associate vice president, Barney returns the favor by switching his test answers for Fred's, whose answers aren't very good. Fred gets the executive position, but little does he know that he's being manipulated by his boss to be the fall guy for an embezzlement scheme. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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6 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1994 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Kiviset ja Soraset See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$46,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$130,512,915

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$228,000,000
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DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At least than 35 writers worked on the film. Steven E. de Souza turned in the original draft in 1987, though Michael Wilson's 1992 draft later became the working model. When director Brian Levant signed on, he recruited Gary Ross to handle the screenplay; Ross turned in his draft in 1993. This was junked. Various other writers, including Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, worked on the script before Levant was finally happy in August of 1993. Though just three writers ended up being credited, a total of 32 people (including Levant and producer Bruce Cohen) were awarded the film's Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay. See more »

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Fred and Barney's test slabs are (not) chipped and broken. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Foreman: Hey, back to work! You guys had a break two days ago!
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Crazy Credits

The Universal Pictures logo is designed in Bedrock fashion: it features a prehistoric Earth with the single continent of Pangaea and reads "Univershell". It is also accompanied by the 1960s theme music from Revue Productions (which Universal owned), which is fitting for a 1960s cartoon adaptation. See more »

Alternate Versions

When aired on USA, the movie featured scenes cut from the final releases and made for TV viewing, as Universal often does.
  • A scene of Fred activating the garage door and pedaling the Flintmobile inside;
  • Wilma cutting the tail off his zebra suit he wore on his first day of being an executive followed by him saying they're gonna go find the biggest steak in the world and that Wilma would cook it;
  • Extra dialogue from Cliff when he threatens to fire Fred unless Fred fires Barney;
  • Wilma, Betty and the kids walking to the clothing store;
  • Barney at an unemployment office;
  • Extra dialogue in the meeting room where Fred says that the model factory could never build full sized houses;
  • Wilma pretending her car broke down at the gates of Slate & Company in order to knock out the guard so she and Betty could go in and get the Dictabird.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

PREHISTORIC DAZE
Written by David A. Stewart and Siobhan Fahey
Performed by Shakespear's Sister (as Shakespears Sister) & The Holy Ghost
Courtesy of London Records
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A hearty attempt, but it just doesn't work...
6 October 2002 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Live-action adaptation of Hanna-Barbera's TV cartoon brings prehistoric blue-collar family man Fred Flintstone to life with the help of John Goodman, exceptional in the role. The world of Bedrock is excitingly captured, all the surrounding details look right, but unfortunately the script is a pale, shapeless mess. Also, who cast Rosie O'Donnell as neighbor Betty Rubble, the Snow White of the Sabertooth set? O'Donnell is far too brash and distracting as Betty, who was mostly around in the TV show as a foil for Fred's wife Wilma (adequately played by Elizabeth Perkins). O'Donnell should have instead played Fred's mother-in-law, although Elizabeth Taylor is game for this loudmouthed harridan. There are some laughs here--although not big ones--while the "plot" is weaker than any of those written for television. ** from ****


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