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'Cooter': Skip New 'Dukes of Hazzard'

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  1. CowboyPrincess

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    'Cooter': Skip New 'Dukes of Hazzard'
    Jul 13, 6:08 PM EST

    The Associated Press

    ATLANTA -- If television's "Crazy Cooter" has his way, fans of the "Dukes of Hazzard" may be speeding away from a new movie version of the cornpone classic faster than the Duke boys running from Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane.

    Ben Jones, a former Georgia congressman who played the wisecracking mechanic on the popular series from 1979-85, said profanity and sexual content in the film make a mockery of the family friendly show.

    "Basically, they trashed our show," said Jones, who now lives in the mountains of Washington, Va. "It's one thing to do whatever movie they want to do, but to take a classic family show and do that is like taking "I Love Lucy" and making her a crackhead or something."

    Jones said he read a script of the movie, which is scheduled to be released next month, and that it contained profanity, "constant sexual innuendo and some very clear sexual situations."

    On Wednesday, Jones wrote an open letter to fans on his web site, cootersplace.com, urging them to stay away.

    "From all I have seen and heard, the "Dukes" movie is a sleazy insult to all of us who have cared about the "Dukes of Hazzard" for so long ... ," Jones wrote. "Unless they clean it up before the August 5th release date I would strongly recommend that true blue Dukes fans hold their noses and pass this one up."

    A spokeswoman at Warner Brothers pictures, which is releasing the movie, did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment on Wednesday.

    "The Dukes of Hazzard" was a surprise hit for CBS, combining with "Dallas" to earn some of the highest Friday-night ratings in television history.

    The show pitted "good-ol' boys" Bo and Luke Duke and their moonshine-running Uncle Jesse against the crooked politician Boss Hogg and his bumbling henchman, Sheriff Coltrane, in fictional Hazzard County.

    Reruns of the show began airing on the CMT network this year, earning some of the best ratings ever on the country music cable channel.

    In the movie, Johnny Knoxville, who made his name on MTV's controversial stuntfest "Jackass," and Seann William Scott, who starred in the raunchy "American Pie" movies, play the main characters.

    Pop star turned reality TV icon Jessica Simpson plays Daisy Duke.

    Jones was elected to Congress in 1988 as a Democrat.

    He lost his bid for a third term in 1992 after his district was redrawn, then lost two other bids for House seats, one in Georgia and another in Virginia.

    He owns Cooter's Place, a "Dukes" memorabilia shop in Gatlinburg, Tenn. and plans to open another in Nashville. He also is an organizer of "Dukesfest," an annual outdoor concert and convention celebrating the show in Bristol, Tenn.
  2. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    I'll skip it. Call me corny but I loved the Dules TV Show. IT was what I loved as a kid. I was 15 when it came on and I loved fast cars and beautiful girls and country music. This new rendition just can't be as good.

    And one other thing. Have they run out of ideas in Hollywood? Seem like with movies like this, the Honeymooners and others, people just have no imagination.
  3. Qwickdraw

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    "It's one thing to do whatever movie they want to do, but to take a classic family show and do that is like taking "I Love Lucy" and making her a crackhead or something."

    Get Hollywood on the phone... we've got a new movie idea!
    Courtney Love should be available....
  4. Kangaroo

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    Cajun a 20+% drop in theater ticket sales answer that question. That and when they do make them they tend to be real crapy
  5. Cajuncowboy

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    Geez, I can see why the drop. Honestly, there are so few movies I want to go see. The last one that I really wanted to see was National Treasure. It was a unique story and had good actors. I did take the kids to go see Madagascar. That was good. Kids loved it. That was all I cared about. Well that and they didn't have foul language in it.
  6. junk

    junk I've got moxie

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    I loved the original Dukes as much as any one, but it was in desperate need of an update. Quite simply, watching reruns now, that show is flat out cheesy and ridiculous. A "family friendly" show like that which Crazy Cooter desires won't put butts in the seats. Does anyone find it ironic that a guy named "Cooter" and family friendly are in the same sentence together?

    I don't know what this new one will be like, but the guys who directed it were the same ones who did Super Troopers. I expect a few laughs.

    I agree though on Hollywood in general remaking everything. Some originality would be nice.
  7. BrAinPaiNt

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    Agreed...I tried to watch that show a year or so ago and I could not believe how bad the show really was once I was no longer a kid.

    Man it was just flat out terrible for so many different reasons.
  8. BrAinPaiNt

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    Yep.

    I keep waiting for the next Quentin or M.Night movie...at least they are new, even if they give tribute to older films.

    Bewitched is out now and they are also working on I dream of Jeanie.

    It is either old movies redone or old TV shows redone.

    Look at this list of tv shows made to movies (off the top of my head)

    The Dukes of Hazzard
    I Dream of Jeanie (in the works)
    Bewitched
    Swat
    The Flintstones
    The Honeymooners
    The Brady Bunch
    The Beverly Hillbillies
    Transformers (in the works)
    Mission Impossible
    The Avengers
    Dragnet
    The Little Rascals
    Zoro
    Sgt Bilko
  9. CowboyPrincess

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    I bet Catherine Bach knew that Chicken of the Sea was Tuna and not Chicken....

    Honestly... I haven't had any desire to see the new Dukes of Hazard movie... zero desire.

    Once more, I haven't had a movie come out that has drawn me to the Theater in yrs... I just wait for the movie to get to Blockbuster for renting.

    Can't see me wasting 7 to 10 bucks a ticket to see Jessica Simpson, Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott and Willie Nelson try to act... BORING
  10. BrAinPaiNt

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    I will go one step further...I will wait till it comes on one of the movie channels (hbo, showtime etc)

    Although I have to admit that Sean William Scott normally makes me laugh in whatever he is in because he looks so goofy....but I just can not see either he or knoxville looking or acting anything like Wopat and Schneider (sp?)
  11. Kangaroo

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    My next question when are they going to quit paying Julie Roberts and other big names 25mil to make a movie.

    They go after big names to try and sell bad movies. Hollywood is relying to much on big name actors to draw a crowd the problem is I do not go to a movie based on who is staring in it I go by if the plot or the storyline appeals to me.
  12. BrAinPaiNt

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    Well I don't go to the movies either way...but buying DVDs....

    Many times if it looks like a good movie I will get it.

    But also I figure if some actors are in it then it is probably at least a decent movie.

    Such as Denzel Washington - now there have been a couple of his I was not to thrilled with (the out of time movie I did not care for) but for the most part he usually winds up being in decent movies.

    Same with Tom Hanks.....Normally although the movie may not always be great, I can almost always get a little something out of a movie if Gary Oldman is in it...he is just so good yet so underated.

    So...sometimes a few of those stars will sway me to buy a movie even if it looks like it might not be the best movie.
  13. CowboyPrincess

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    Same here.. If the movie has Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Denzel Washington, Mel Gibson, Morgan Freeman (sp) or Jim Carrey (in most cases)...I will buy it on DVD cuz their track record for great movies is so high and I'm sure it won't be a waste of my money

    Paying big bucks for actors/actresses doesn't make a movie great... ie: JLo and Ben's movies sucked mud.

    There is a Jim Carrey movie that I want to get, but I can't remember the name of it.. Mr ???. About an actor that assumes a fallen soldiers ID and opens a movie theater.... Anyone know what I'm talking about???
  14. silverbear

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    Oh yeah, teenage boys didn't lock themselves in the bathroom with visions of Daisy Duke runnin' through their minds back then... LOL...

    Even so, I never thought I'd take the advice of a "Cooter" but there ain't much about this movie that makes me want to run out and plunk down my hard-earned dollars...

    We had ol' Ben as one of our guests for the Apple Blossom Festival a few years back, he was the kind of "celebrity" the Festival can afford... he brought along one of the original General Lees, he had the foresight to buy one of 'em when the series ended... it's probably worth 150-250k today...

    How do you trash one of the stupidest shows in the history of television??

    And of course, the TV show would have happily done the same, if the censors back then would have allowed it... to claim that it was morally pure is quite laughable...

    My absolute favorite part of the show was Waylon Jennings singing:

    Just a good ol' boy
    You know my momma loves me
    But she can't understand
    They keep a-showin' my hands
    And not my face on TV...

    Followed by that wicked chuckle that suggested HE understood why it worked that way...
  15. Yeagermeister

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    When I heard Jackarse and Stifler were playing Bo and Luke I decided I'd pass on it.
  16. silverbear

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    Al Pacino is the only actor I know will never, ever let me down... I have a notion the worst movie he ever made was still at least semi-entertaining, simply because he was in it...
  17. Yeagermeister

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    Godfather 3.....nuff said lol
  18. silverbear

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    "We Were Soldiers" is the best war movie I've ever seen, by a wide margin...
  19. CowboyPrincess

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    I totally agree with you. It also doesn't hurt that the sexiest actor (IMO) did it... gotta love Mel Gibson....
  20. CowboyPrincess

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    Most people I know didn't like "The Truman Show", but I thought it was great...

    Oh BTW.. it was Mr. Majestic that I was trying to remember...

    I think those two movies are Jim Carreys best movies...

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