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John Scheider's Collier & Co: Hot Pursuit

Fun Facts

John Schneider's car from the hit series The Dukes of Hazzard, The General Lee, sold on Ebay earlier this year for $9,900,500.

Three different cars were used to portray the Traveller in the film.

The stunt driver who performs the car jumps in the film is Lee Wyatt, son of famous stunt driver Al Wyatt, Jr., of Dukes fame.

Schneider stars alongside Amanda Bynes in the recently released film, Sydney White, a retelling of "Snow White" set against students in their freshman year of college in the greek system.

 

MOVIE REVIEW

John Schneider's 'Hot Pursuit'

By Belinda Elliott
CBN.com Daily Life Producer

CBN.com - Miss the country music, high-speed chases, and good ol’ boys of the Dukes of Hazzard? Pick up a copy of John Schneider’s Collier & Co. Hot Pursuit.

The movie, written and directed by Schneider, is a family-friendly film that offers entertainment for the whole family.

Schneider stars as the film’s main character, J.R. Collier, a role that is not too dissimilar from his beloved Bo Duke of Hazzard County. The shaggy blond is still driving a Dodge Charger, though this one is named “Traveller” in honor of General Lee’s famous horse.

Collier is a former race car driver who is now trying to win back his estranged wife (played by Schneider’s real wife) and make a living through a used car “business.” He acquires these cars by challenging their unsuspecting owners to a race in which the winner takes over ownership of the loser’s car.

His scheme seems to work quite well until he unknowingly snags a car that contains something valuable in its glovebox. It turns out the owner wants this item back, and he will stop at nothing to get it, including kidnapping Collier’s wife and daughter (played by Schneider’s real daughter).

In the film’s introduction, Schneider said he initially wrote the script in 1982 while Dukes of Hazzard was still enjoying a huge success. His motivation for writing the film, he said, was to offer a movie that was both fun and appropriate for the whole family.

He hits his mark with Hot Pursuit as the film offers clean humor, witty banter between characters, and, of course, the high-speed car chases that Dukes fans have grown to love.

The film is rated PG for mild language, violence, and thematic elements, but parents need not worry. The bad language is minimal and the violence subdued. Even the bad guys are more comical than dark or menacing.

Dukes of Hazzard fans will find themselves right at home with this band of characters. The film offers the same clean fun, romance, and humor prevalent in the long-running TV series (and ironically lacking in the atrocious Dukes of Hazzard movie). Fans will also enjoy a number of subtle references not only to the TV show that started Schneider’s career, but also to his stint on Smallville as well.

Schneider is charming as always in the role of Collier, and his wife and daughter also provide solid performances.

Though the film does offer some entertaining action sequences, more of these could have made the movie better. Given the project’s low budget (Schneider financed the film himself), the limited special effects are understandable, but Dukes fans may expect more high-flying car stunts than the film provides.

But overall, it is an enjoyable ride that is safe for the whole family.

The DVD, released last week, also offers numerous enjoyable bonus features including the director’s commentary, a commentary by the cast members, a gag reel, a making-of documentary, and a music video.

To learn more about the film, or to watch the trailer, visit www.collierandcomovie.com.

Watch an interview with John Schneider from The 700 Club earlier this year.

Read more movie reviews on CBN.com


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