The Dukes of Hazzard
Release year: 2005
Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Screenwriter: John O’Brien, Jonathan L. Davis, Gy Waldron (characters)
Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Jessica Simpson, Burt Reynolds, Willie Nelson, Lynda Carter, M.C. Gainey
Cousins Bo (Scott), Luke (Knoxville) and Daisy (Simpson) help their uncle (Nelson) run a moonshine business while constantly getting into trouble with the local Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane (Gainey). When corrupt local county commissioner Boss Hogg (Reynolds) evicts their uncle from his farm, the cousins sets out to save their farm and find out what Hogg is up to.
Based on the 1980s TV-series by the same name, Dukes of Hazard is a movie more focused on girls in hot pants, muscle cars and laughs than on story and that is okay. Anyone expecting rocket scientist or Oscar material from this, haven’t done their homework or even heard of the Tv-series at all. Not to mention of the leading stars. With Scott (American Pie, 1999) and Knoxville (The Ringer, 2005) as the leading men, it is no surprise that the humour is both dumb and goofy and Simpson (Employee of the Month, 2006) is certainly a better singer than an actress but she sure does look good in those short shorts. But the movie brings fun and nostalgia with legendary country singer Nelson (Wag the Dog, 1997), bar fights and off course, General Lee!
One of the original cars was used as a close-up car. It’s a ’68 Charger converted to look like a ’69 and the original engine was replaced by a brand-new Hemi engine. The car was used for a few close-up scenes and then sent back to Warner Bros.
Picture copyrights: Warner Home Video