June 19th, 2005


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jimbojones
11:39 am - oh, those poor Chargers =(
There's gonna be a Dukes of Hazzard movie... holy crap.  I'm not entirely sure Burt Reynolds as Boss Hogg and Johnny Knoxville as Luke are really true to the original spirit, but... it looks kinda entertaining anyway.

Interesting note: this movie couldn't have been done at all until recently... because the car jumps will HAVE to be largely CGI.  The original show didn't end because of lack of viewers, it ended because they plain and simple broke so many Dodge Chargers filming those preposterous creek jumps that there just weren't  any more to be found.  (The best was when they'd leave the camera on the car a little too long after the jump and you could actually see the axles snapping... then camera cut and the General is haulin' balls like nothing's wrong.)  When the show originally started, the Charger was the least expensive musclecar with the right "image" for the show - which was important, because you break one beyond repair everytime you do one of those jumps the show was so famous for.  By the end of the run, it was by far the most expensive... because it was RARE.

 
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[User Picture] From: clme
Date: June 19th, 2005 - 09:54 am
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Wasn't there a similar problem in Starsky and Hutch, or am I thinking of another cop show?

Yeah, its not even like they could repair the broken axles on those, since they normally flexed the frames so much that the car was unrepairable. A lot of people really dont know how easy it is to destroy a car by 'jumping' it.


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: June 19th, 2005 - 01:08 pm
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Hmmm, I'm not sure. What did Starsky and Hutch drive?

Couldn't have been a problem to the same degree, anyway... there has NEVER been another show that wrecked as many freaking cars as the Dukes of Hazzard. They usually did, what, around five or six jumps a show?

That's an awful lot of dead Chargers. =\


 
[User Picture] From: staringgoldfish
Date: June 19th, 2005 - 08:38 pm
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Starsky and Hutch drove a Ford Torino. I seem to remember a whole lot of jumping on Knight Rider, too.


 
[User Picture] From: staringgoldfish
Date: June 19th, 2005 - 08:40 pm
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And now I have read the rest of the responses and now feel like a complete tool.


 
[User Picture] From: dixie_chicken
Date: June 19th, 2005 - 10:18 am
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You just found out about this?

Don't suppose you know Jessica Simpson is Daisy, then? And didn't even have the decency to dye her hair brown for it?


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: June 19th, 2005 - 11:29 am
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Ugh, yes, I did see that in the commercial. It looks like they got Daisy Duke confused with Elly Mae Clampett. (And possibly with Ginger Lynn.)

Actually Eve and I were just discussing whether or not Hollywood is willing to put out much in the way of variation in terms of starlets. My answer: not really. Your choices are "plastic blonde" or "exotic type" - all the Jessica Simpsons and Catherine Zeta-Joneses you could want, but good luck finding a girl-next-door brunette with a friendly smile.


 
[User Picture] From: staringgoldfish
Date: June 19th, 2005 - 12:59 pm
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I dunno, Katie Holms in Batman Begins might fit the GND description.

Still ain't no Carrie Fisher circa 1982, though.


 
[User Picture] From: herbaliser
Date: June 19th, 2005 - 12:59 pm
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hey, tom cruise managed it.


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: June 19th, 2005 - 01:06 pm
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Eh, sorta. Actually Katie Holmes did come up in the discussion - but she's about as close as you can get, and even there, in some ways she's kinda... I dunno, edgy. Catherine Bachman was sexy as hell back in the Dukes of Hazzard days, but no edge to her at all. Which every now and then is kinda nice to see, yanno?

We were also discussing whether or not Katie Holmes' marriage is a career move. I think so - she's got ten minutes of fame in terms of being the target of drooling internet fanboys' lust, but she isn't exactly overwhelming the Hollywood scene with her acting chops; Cruise is trying hard to mitigate a decline from his boyish-actor days and getting hitched to the sexy young thing all the boys know about puts him back in the limelight for a while...

I don't keep up with that stuff at all, but Eve was telling me that she saw something with the two of them getting grilled by the press right after announcing the marriage, and Cruise was wildly enthusiastic while she looked bored and didn't say a word. And apparently sometime later in a solo interview she got pinned down on the topic again and said something to the effect of "oh yeah, it's... great..." and still seemed like... err... the young starlet in the [young starlet / aging actor with connections and wealth] equation.


 
[User Picture] From: tawnyleona
Date: June 19th, 2005 - 06:58 pm
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And she's trying to do Julia Roberts' atrocious southern accent from "Steel Magnolias"...I hate the way she's saying "undercarriage" in the trailer.

Dammit, girl, you're from Texas. Just let it roll naturally!


 
[User Picture] From: tawnyleona
Date: June 19th, 2005 - 07:15 pm
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Hmm...I've read that 229 Dodge Chargers were used in the making of the series, with 210 being destroyed. I don't think that paltry amount would result in a shortage. The car was a 1969 Dodge Charger, and some 70s models were actually modified to look like the 1969.

And the car from Starsky and Hutch was a 1974 Ford Gran Torino Sport Coupe.

</redneck girl>


 
[User Picture] From: enotnert
Date: June 19th, 2005 - 07:52 pm
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if i am correct, they trashed 23 dodge chargers beyond repair in that show, another amusing thing, theyd switch between some of them with roll cages and without in some of the episodes (my brother bought all the dvd's or recent and ive been rewatching it)

another amusing tidbit, a guy in clemson has a real to life replica general lee, even to the shaved doors


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: June 19th, 2005 - 07:54 pm
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You're off by at LEAST an order of magnitude in how many Chargers got trashed beyond repair... that show ran HOW many seasons? And every... single... show had at least one creek jump, and creek jump = bent frame as well as snapped axles = that one's done for.


 
[User Picture] From: enotnert
Date: June 19th, 2005 - 08:03 pm
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im going on information from a guy who based almost his entire life off that damned show. . .

ill google it when i get back to clemson

they did a fucking load of work on those chargers before jumping them, and with having to waste that much time painting them you know. . from what he said they had a load of frames laying about as well.. . .

but chargers back then were easy to come by

i saw one of the new chargers the other day on a shipping truck. . . oh hawt


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: June 19th, 2005 - 08:15 pm
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from http://pages.prodigy.net/tcwinfk/gl-facts.html :

How many General Lees did they destroy making "The Dukes of Hazzard"?
The number I see popping up most often on the net (and other places) is 350.
BZZZZZZT! Wrong answer but thanks for playing. :-)
The actual number is 200 (give or take a car or two, I'm sure). But it's not 150 and it's not 350!

Update: I have an exact number now. Over the course of the series, they used 229 Chargers and 19 survived. So they destroyed a total of 210.

Update on update: Okay I've needed to update this information for quite a while. Better late than never! While the number still isn't 350, it is pretty close to 300. There were around 80 cars in addition to the 229 in WB's records.


 
[User Picture] From: enotnert
Date: June 20th, 2005 - 08:32 am
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he mightve had his facts reversed, rednecks do that on occasion

thanks for correcting me old wise jimbo, but i shall google when i get back to broadband, and if i have to goto the limit, i shall contact the makers of the show to find out!


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