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"Starsky and Hutch" Pilot (1975)

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Original Air Date:
30 April 1975 (Season 1, Episode 0)
The two detectives investigating a double homicide, discover that the man and women who died were mistakenly murdered - it was the detectives themselves who were the intended targets. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

David Soul ... Det. Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson

Paul Michael Glaser ... Det. Dave Starsky

Michael Lerner ... Fat Rolly
Morgan Sterne ... D.A. Mark Henderson (as Albert Morgenstern)

Michael Conrad ... Cannell

Antonio Fargas ... Huggy Bear

Richard Ward ... Captain Dobey
Gilbert Green ... Frank Tallman

Carole White ... Mrs. Gretchen Knebel (as Carole Ita White)
Don Billett ... Steele

Gordon Jump ... Vinnie
Karen Lamm ... Patty
James Brodhead ... Tourist (as James E. Brodhead)

Douglas Fowley ... Lijah (as Doug Fowley)

Larry Manetti ... Stan

Simone Griffeth ... Secretary
Bill Smillie ... Apartment Manager

Buddy Lester ... Coley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Lynch ... Zane (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Barry Shear 
Writing credits
William Blinn (written by)

Produced by
Bret Garwood .... associate producer (as J. Bret Garwood)
Leonard Goldberg .... executive producer
Joseph T. Naar .... producer
Aaron Spelling .... executive producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
Cinematography by
Archie R. Dalzell (director of photography) (as Arch Dalzell)
Film Editing by
John Woodcock 
Art Direction by
Archie J. Bacon  (as Archie Bacon)
Set Decoration by
Bob Signorelli  (as Robert Signorelli)
Makeup Department
John Enzarella .... makeup artist
Jim Gillespie .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Norman Henry .... executive production manager
Ric Rondell .... production manager
Russel Wiles .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barry Stern .... assistant director
Charles Norton .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Anthony Bavero .... property master
Gordon Kirschbaum .... construction coordinator
Claudia Gilligan Ivanjack .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
David M. Ronne .... sound engineer (as David Ronne)
Stan Gordon .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Joseph Holsen .... sound editor (uncredited)
Richard LeGrand Jr. .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dutch Van Derbyl .... special effects
Jay King .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Gary Epper .... stunt double: David Soul (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni .... stunt double: Paul Michael Glaser (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Hamilton .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jeffrey W. Petersen .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darryl M. Athons .... costumes (as Darreyl Athons)
Robert Harris Jr. .... costumes (as Robert Harris)
Sylvia Liggett .... costumes
Jack Sandeen .... costumes
Andrea E. Weaver .... costumes: womens (uncredited)
Music Department
Rocky Moriana .... music supervisor
Steve Livingston .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Steve Bonner .... picture car mechanic (uncredited)
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
Jim Martell .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Stanley Storc .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
June Samson .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

90 min (including commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Australia:M (video rating) | Canada:G (video rating)

Did You Know?

Paul Michael Glaser didn't believe a TV series would follow the pilot.See more »
Continuity: Near the beginning of the film we see Starsky and Hutch about to get into their car in a very busy street, they themselves are virtually surrounded by onlookers, but as they get into the car and drive off the street is deserted.See more »
Det. Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson:There's something you oughtta know about Starsky and me. We're not like most partners. Y'know, usually there's the one guy who's kinda folksy. Kind that wants the best for everybody. The Pat O'Brien kind of guy. And then there's the other guy, the rough 'em up, hardnosed kind of guy. Well, that doesn't work for Starsky and me. See, we're both hardnosed, Rollie. And we don't like it when people don't give us everything we want.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Dumbo (1941)See more »


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The original Professionals, 5 May 2003
Author: haseeb uddin ahmad (rajiaahmad) from blackburn, england

This pilot for the successful TV series is a dark, gritty thriller which begins with a young couple being blown away in their car by two assassins. LA's toughest cops Dave Starsky and Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson are called onto the scene, believing that they were the intended victims, so they roam the seedy streets, looking for answers. They then realise that there are bad guys on both sides of the law. Compared to the series, this TV movie is considerably more serious. Although Starsky has several witty lines and the chemistry between him and Hutch is apparent, people are gunned down in cold blood and the two heroes trust no one but themselves. Soul and Glaser are good and the action sequences are raw and exciting, featuring a downtown car chase, a punch-up inside a gangster's mansion and the climactic chase/gunfight. S & H are the guys who clearly paved the way for the likes of Bodie & Doyle and Crockett & Tubbs, with their humorous banter and crimefighting antics. The first 2 seasons of S & H were pretty tough and violent, until they were told to tone it down and it became more corny.

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