April 21, 1997 12:00 PM

CBS (Fri, April 25, 8 p.m. ET)


Take that exclamation point as a warning. This TV movie, a revival of the rural demolition derby that ran on CBS from 1979 to 1985, is like a high school reunion where the erstwhile class cutups compare paunches and then strain backs trying to pull old stunts.

John Schneider appears fit as Bo, said to have been on the race-car circuit since the series ended. But his cousin Luke (Tom Wopat), described as a “senior smoke jumper for the Forestry Service,” looks too senior to be jumping into their hot rod through the passenger-side window as Bo revs up. The two return to Hazzard County for a homecoming party—organized by the ageless, or perennially aged, Uncle Jesse (Denver Pyle)—only to find that crooked developer Mama Max (Stella Stevens) has designs on the local swamp, happy home to assorted wildlife. While Bo and Luke out-drive and out-brawl Mama Max’s minions, their cousin Daisy (Catherine Bach) defends the environment. Now a mature Ph.D. candidate in ecology, she has outgrown the skimpy outfits of yore. What a bore.

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