The Flintstones

The Flintstones

Brian Levant (1994)

86min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The casting is almost perfect, the re-creation of Bedrock is masterly and the special effects are clever without being overly intrusive. And yet this live-action version of the classic 1960s TV cartoon series seems somewhat lacklustre - in fact, one critic's advice for those thinking of seeing the film was, "Yabba dabba don't!". Between them, the scriptwriting trio and director Brian Levant manage to lose the boisterous fun that made the Hanna-Barbera original so endearing, and not even John Goodman's exuberant Fred or Elizabeth Taylor's sly mother-in-law can atone. The abundant comic slapstick will appeal to youngsters, but, a few Stone Age anachronisms apart, the film just isn't that funny.

Summary

Blue-collar caveman Fred Flintstone is promoted to an executive position at work and unwittingly becomes embroiled in an embezzlement scheme - thanks in no small part to his seductive new assistant. Live-action version of the cartoon comedy, starring John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Rosie O'Donnell, Halle Berry and Elizabeth Taylor.

Cast & Crew

Fred Flintstone John Goodman
Wilma Flintstone Elizabeth Perkins
Barney Rubble Rick Moranis
Betty Rubble Rosie O'Donnell
Cliff Vandercave Kyle MacLachlan
Miss Stone Halle Berry
Pearl Slaghoople Elizabeth Taylor
Mr Slate Dann Florek
Hoagie Richard Moll
Joe Rockhead Irwin Keyes
Pebbles Elaine Silver
Pebbles Melanie Silver
Director Brian Levant
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Available on: video and DVD
Comedy Children's