The Beverly Hillbillies is a 1993 comedy motion picture based on the 1962-1971 television series of the same name, directed byPenelope Spheeris and starred Jim Varney, Diedrich Bader, Erika Eleniak, Cloris Leachman, Lily Tomlin, Dabney Coleman, Lea Thompson, Rob Schneider and Penny Fully.
It was released on October 15, 1993 by 20th Century Fox.
Plot[edit | edit source]
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Jed Clampett (Jim Varney), a hillsman of humble station, accidentally discovers oil on his land while shooting at a rabbit. Ozark Mountain Oil, interested in purchasing his land, offers him $1 billion for the property.
Unsure of what to do, Jed consults his sister, Pearl Bodine (Linda Carlson), during a family dinner. Pearl suggests a change of scenery for Jed's daughter, Elly May (Erika Eleniak), would be a good thing. Having made up his mind and accepted the money, Jed, his daughter, his mother-in-law Granny (Cloris Leachman), and his nephew, Jethro (Diedrich Bader), Pearl's son, load up Jethro's old, dilapidated truck with their possessions and move to Beverly Hills, California.
Milburn Drysdale (Dabney Coleman), the CEO of the Commerce Bank of Beverly Hills (where Jed's money is stored), sends out his secretary/assistant, Miss Jane Hathaway (Lily Tomlin) to meet the Clampetts at their new estate. Miss Jane calls the Beverly Hills Police after the Clampetts arrive, mistaking them for burglars.
Upon learning of Miss Jane's mistake at the police station, Mr. Drysdale briefly fires her, but seeing that Jed insists that he still wants her to watch over his affairs, Mr. Drysdale rehires her.
The Clampetts settle into their new surroundings. Mr. Drysdale pushes his reluctant son, Morgan Drysdale (Kevin Connolly), into befriending Elly May, to whom he eventually develops an attraction. Miss Jane is also smitten by Jethro, who seems ignorant of her affections.
Jed requests Miss Jane's assistance in helping him search for someone who will help change Elly May into a woman. Woodrow Tyler (Rob Schneider), an employee in Drysdale's bank, catches wind of this and contrives a scheme with his con artist girlfriend, Laura Jackson (Lea Thompson), to steal Jed's money by having her marry Jed. She poses as a French etiquette teacher, Laurette Voleur, and asks for work. "Laurette" feigns romantic interest in Jed, which eventually causes him to propose marriage to her.
Shortly before the wedding, Granny hears Laura and Woodrow talking about the scam. Granny reveals herself to the pair and threatens to expose their scam to Jed, and then "the weddin' will be off!!" But before she can, they capture her, restrain her, and have her institutionalized at the Los Viejos Nursing Home so she cannot contact Jed.
At the wedding, Woodrow prepares to transfer all of Clampett's money in Drysdale's bank to a Swiss account on his laptop computer when the couple says "I do". Miss Jane, realizing Granny is missing, goes to the office of Barnaby Jones (Buddy Ebsen), and after learning where Granny is, poses as a nurse and breaks her out. Granny and Miss Jane arrive at the wedding and foil Laura and Tyler's plan when Miss Jane grabs a shotgun and blows the laptop to bits.
The police arrest Laura and Woodrow while Jed decides that since the wedding was off, they would have "one hellacious shindig."
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Jim Varney - Jedidiah D. 'Jed' Clampett
- Diedrich Bader - Jethro Bodine/Jethrine Bodine
- Erika Eleniak - Elly May Clampett
- Cloris Leachman - Daisy May "Granny" Moses
- Dabney Coleman - Mr. Milburn Drysdale
- Lily Tomlin - Miss Jane Hathaway
- Lea Thompson - Laura Jackson "Laurette Voleur"
- Rob Schneider - Woodrow Tyler
- Penny Fuller - Margaret Drysdale
- Kevin Connolly - Morgan Drysdale
- Linda Carlson - Aunt Pearl Bodine
- Buddy Ebsen - Barnaby Jones
- Leann Hunley - Miss Arlington
- Robert Easton - Mayor Jasper
- Dolly Parton - Herself
- Zsa Zsa Gabor - Herself
Production[edit | edit source]
"The Beverly Hillbillies" was filmed from February 22, 1993 to May 4, 1993 in Beverly Hills, Pasadena & Los Angeles, California.
It was also the final film appearance of Buddy Ebsen, who passed away in July of 2003.
Box Office[edit | edit source]
During its first weekend, "The Beverly Hillbillies" grossed $9,525,375 at the box office & moved up to number 1 two weeks later.
The total worldwide gross was $57,405,220, making it a moderate box office success.
Critical Reception[edit | edit source]
The film received mostly negative reviews, with a 24% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Roger Ebert gave the film half a star out of a possible 4, arguing that it did not capture the appeal of the original, and did not improve the source material.
He also added that "The Beverly Hillbillies" was a major disappointment for director Penelope Spheeris after her surprising triumph with Wayne's World only two years before, saying, "When directors make a wonderful movie, you look forward to their next one with a special anticipation, thinking maybe they've got the secret. If it turns out they don't, you feel almost betrayed. That's how I felt after The Beverly Hillbillies, one of the worst movies of this or any year."
Desson Howe from the Washington Post said that "despite the overall thinness, there's a great spirit afoot" and also added that it was "a TV-cultural guilty pleasure to see this charming, dust-covered series from the 1960s gussied up and ready to go."
The Austin Chronicle's Marjorie Baumgarten praised the cast (especially Jim Varney), saying that the "characterizations are all perfect, pushing things to the edge of silliness but minus the cornpone. As patriarch Jed Clampett, Jim Varney emerges from his Vern and Ernest characters with spectacular results."