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Archie To Riverdale and Back Again

Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again


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Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again (released on video as Archie: Return to Riverdale in the United States and Archie's Weekend Reunion in Australia) was a live-action television movie based on comic book characters published by Archie Comics. It was produced by DiC and premiered on NBC Sunday Night at the Movies in 1990.

The concept behind the movie was to combine the long-standing familiarity of Archie and the gang from the comics with adult issues. In this sense, it can be seen as being similar to other "updates" of family-friendly concepts for television such as The Bradys.

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To Riverdale and Back Again

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Archie Andrews, fifteen years after graduating from Riverdale High, has become a successful lawyer and is preparing to marry his fiancée, Pam, and move to "the big city." Before doing that, however, he returns home to Riverdale for his high school reunion.Archie and company are all now in their early thirties, with the trials and tribulations one might expect to have happened to such a group over the years:

  • Betty, a grade school teacher, is constantly bossed around by her crummy boyfriend, Robert. 
  • Veronica, having lived in France since graduation, has been married (and divorced) four times. 
  • Jughead, now a psychiatrist, is also a divorcé with a son, Jordan. Jughead carries emotional baggage that manifests itself in a terrible fear of women. (A running gag in the movie is Jughead's desperation to avoid seeing Big Ethel during his visit to Riverdale.)

This is played for laughs at the end when at the reunion it turns out that Big Ethel is no longer the gangly, awkward teenager she once was but is now a striking beauty. * Moose and Midge have gotten married and become chiropractors. They also have a son, Max, who hits it off with Jordan.

When Archie sees Betty and Veronica for the first time in fifteen years, all his old feelings for them come flooding back, threatening his engagement—and it doesn't help that the girls renew their pursuit of Archie, heedless of the fact that he has a fiancée. Meanwhile, Archie also tries to keep gym owner Reggie, helped along by an uncharacteristically menacing Mr. Lodge, from evicting Pop Tate from his soda shop. Archie ultimately saves the Chock'lit Shoppe, though he loses Pam in the bargain, and decides to stay in Riverdale. 

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CHARACTERS ACTORS
ARCHIE ANDREWS CHRISTOPHER RICH
BETTY COOPER LAUREN HOLLY
VERONICA LODGE KAREN KOPINS
JUGHEAD JONES SAM WHIPPLE
REGGIE MANTLE GARY KROEGER
MOOSE MASON JEFF HOCHENDONER
MIDGE MASON DEBIE DERRYBERRY
BIG ETHEL CINDY AMBUEHL

MR. WEATHERBEE

DAVID DOYLE
ROBERT MILLER MATT MCCOY
JORDON "JUGHEAD JR." JONES BILLY CORBAN
MISS GRUNDY FRAN RYAN
POP TATE MIKE NUSSBAUM
WORKER AT POPS CHRISTIAN HOFF
CHIP ROBERT MUNIC
MR. HYRUM LODGE JAMES NOBLE
JUDGE BROWN RAYE BIRK
PAM CHRISTINA HAAG
COACH CLAYTON J.D. HALL
LODGE'S CHAUFFER MONTY BLANE
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