The Flintstones and the Rubbles are modern stone-age families. Fred and Barney work at Slate and Company, mining rock. Fred gives Barney some money so he and Betty can adopt a baby. When Fred and Barney take a test to determine who should become the new associate vice president, Barney returns the favor by switching his test answers for Fred's, whose answers aren't very good. Fred gets the executive position, but little does he know that he's being manipulated by his boss to be the fall guy for an embezzlement scheme.Written by
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Mitch Markowitz was hired to write the script. His version was said to be a cross of The Grapes of Wrath (1940). Markowitz commented that "I don't even remember it that well, but Fred and Barney leave their town during a terrible depression and go across the country, or whatever that damn prehistoric thing is, looking for jobs. They wind up in trailer parks trying to keep their families together. They exhibit moments of heroism and poignancy." This was apparently too sentimental for Richard Donner. See more »
Fred is not behind his mother in law when she steps in front of him after Barney offers him a briefcase. See more »
Hey, back to work! You guys had a break two days ago!
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The film is book-ended with live-action versions of The Flintstones (1960) opening and closing credits:
Fred Flintstone knocks off from work and picks up his family and the Rubbles and takes them all to the drive-in cinema
the Flintstones and Rubbles return home and go to bed, but when Fred puts the cat out it locks him out of his house.
Making a live-action, feature film out of a cartoon show is definitely not an easy task, but the creators of this film pulled it off. THE FLINTSTONES is one of the most entertaining family films to come along in a good while. The great cast has a ball, particularly Elizabeth Taylor as Fred Flintstone's mother-in-law. Highly recommended!
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