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I saw this movie when I was a kid and was very disappointed that Cathy Lee Crosby looked nothing like Diana Prince, not even the costume! But I did like her portrayal of the Amazon Princess. She was strong, warm and really endearing. And I really liked the rivalry storyline between Diana and her "corrupted" sister who was lured by the things she could get for herself now that she was away from Paradise Island. That was very interesting because it wasn't resolved, her sister denounced how she was raised and Diana kept firm to her own beliefs. They agreed to disagree and there was still a mutual sisterly respect in the end. A little bit of depth in an otherwise shallow attempt at a pilot with a charming lead actress.
I actually sat through this movie waiting for the real WONDER WOMAN to pop out at any second. She never did?!! At first, I hated this horrible-not-even-close version... But about 3 years later I read how they were trying to market towards the working women's lib instead of the "superhero" fanatics. So, I pondered on that for a while thinking that yes, it was & sometimes still is a male dominated world. On that note, I sat through the movie again... but, again, it wasn't good. It didn't suck! But it's not the Wonder Woman we all know, love, & at one time or another pretended to be. Or pretended to be Superman with Wonder Woman. If I sat through a film called "The Wonder's of a Woman" then I may have given the film a chance...But thats not what it is. This is Diana Price who is from Paradise Island. She is smarter, she is keen, & she is a knockout. But where is the leaps, the strength, the spinning around letting your hair fall gracefully down her back & then changing to the stunning costume (& always hoping she would wear the cape or the swimsuit!) Nope, not in this movie! She changes at the hotel! Sorry, don't think so!(4) Z.
This compact 90 minute unsold pilot caused quite a stir when it
premiered on ABC in 1974. Even then comic book fans bemoaned the new
interpretation of the character. It's not really Wonder Woman but, a
modernized and scrubbed down version of a short lived incarnation of
her from then current issues of the Wonder Woman comic book. In this
version, after a short origin sequence, Wonder Woman, as Diana Prince,
secret government agent, under Steve Trevor, is given the job of
recovering a set of code books in the hands of a blackmailer.
The movie is entertaining. It's structured like an old time movie serial, each act has a cliffhanger ending with some new threat to Diana, who only appears in "costume" near the end. Not the traditional uniform, but a rather mod looking red, white and blue outfit, with a hidden golden lasso.
Providing menace is ace henchman, George. As played by Andrew Prine, who appears to be having a lot of fun, George's wish to kill the Amazon Princess is matched only by his desire to make love to her. (Don't worry, it's not a deep as it sounds).
Abner Smith, portrayed by a very charming Ricardo Montalban is George's boss and a great foil for Cathy Lee Crosby, who is over her head in this role, but tries hard.
As a side note, try counting the number of times, someone uses a telephone during the film.
A new drinking game could come out of this film!
As the previous reviewer has commented, fans of the "Wonder Woman" comic and the later effort by Lynda Carter will overall be very disappointed. Indeed, this is not the Wonder Woman we are used to (different 70's style "no cleavage" costume, blond hair) but Cathy Lee Crosby is indeed a wonder to behold. Having moved on from semi-pro tennis player with little acting experience, she holds her own well against foe Ricardo Montalban (although this "foe" has to be one of the most charming, non-threatening villains ever portrayed in a Super Hero film). Notable appearance by original "Price Is Right" gal Anitra Ford as a fellow Paradise Island "lady gone bad." Quirky highlights include a "James Bond" type arsenal of bracelets, a "hidden" not-so-magic lasso, and, low and behold, Wonder Woman actually checking in to a hotel (perhaps someone would notice she's really Diana Price?). And who could ever forget Artie Butler's catchy theme that sounds like it uses a Dentist's drill as the main instrument. Believe it or not, I do enjoy this TV Movie as an "alternative" Wonder Woman, but I'm just glad that ABC gave the Super Heroine another chance after this failed Pilot. The world may have never met Lynda Carter.
I caught this on TBS a while ago and recorded it. Every once in a
while, I dust off the VHS and watch it on a lazy day. Sure, a lot of
people will be turned off by this interpretation or different
perspective. However, I enjoy watching it because it reminds me of
simpler times (I hate being a grown-up), which is why I gave it a 10. I
don't watch it for any aesthetic value just a small reminder of my
Sure, the plot could have been better, but I like how this WW used more brain than brawn. I thought the different kind of bracelets were representative of the 70s and all her WW outfits were either red, white, or blue, or a combination. Also that blonds seemed to be a theme because Trevor was also.
During the amazon sister fight, it looked like Cathy Lee almost got the top of her head whacked from Anitra's javelin. I love the simple explanation of the burro. It's funny how the simplest things can be overlooked, even by the smartest of people. The real only show of her strength is when she pulled herself up over the glass wall.
Yes, it was campy and cheesy, but what about the Lynda Carter version? Especially when she would spin around and "poof" a wet suit and fins, or "poof" motorcycle riding gear, or "poof" horseback riding pants. I never saw anything like that in the comic. Yes, I have the complete series...LOLLLLLLL!
When I first saw this film, I was like many others and wanted to see Wonder
Woman in her traditional garb and as a brunette. What we got was Cathy Lee
Crosby, in her pre-That's Incredible! days. She wasn't the super heroine I
had heard about, what she was was a "Girl From Uncle" rip-off.
Also of note, this was made during the period when D.C. Comics, the publisher of the "Wonder Woman" comic book had taken away her powers and made her into a non-super powered woman with the explanation that all the amazons had left Paradise Island for another dimension to replenish their immortality, leaving Diana behind. Within a year, the Amazons returned to Earth and Diana had regained her powers.
An early attempt to "modernize" Wonder Woman for the 1970s. Everybody
seems to think this was boring or campy. I saw it on TV when I was 12.
While I admit it's not a great film it's not THAT bad!
Cathy Lee Crosby was totally miscast but she does the best she can. I loved how before each commercial there was a cliffhanger. Personally I was never bored and I loved the new uniform (the other one I always thought showed WAY too much skin). The movie was also (for its time) pretty violent. I remember being surprised when two characters were shot to death. It was off screen but still... Obviously this movie wasn't the big hit they expected so they went back to the original costume and hired Lynda Carter (who WAS Wonder Woman). So this didn't work but I have a soft spot for it.
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"Great Hera!" as Wonder Woman herself would exclaim, this 1974 TV movie
is a camped up campy fest , I had to check to make sure John Waters
himself didn't direct this version !
I remember this so well from my childhood , this incarnation of Wonder Woman was completely different from the '76 version with Lynda Carter, DC comics had not given the films producers full permission to use WW , so the producers of this film took lots of liberties with the character, her tools of the trade & storyline. Crosby's WW costume more closely resembles David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust Character than the Amazonian princess we know & love , very new wave glitter rock '74 style!
This bizarro camp fest is more in line with the WW of the late 60's when DC comics completely changed the storyline to make Diana Prince more of a female James Bond . the fun begins & things really get cooking when "The Price Is Right" uber model Anitra Ford co stars as Paradise Island Bad Girl "Ahn-jay-lah(think "Angela" with a snooty accent) who comes to this "man's world" to get her due. Fresh from her stint in "The Big Bird Cage" with Pam Grier ,Anitra Ford really lays on the bada** thick. Watch in amazement as her & Cathy Lee Crosby suddenly turn into male stunt doubles in drag during their fight scenes!! Anitras male stunt double is giving you major cottage cheese in his skin tight polyester pants & Woolworth's Brunette wig - a LAFF RIOT! Ricardo Montalban plays the villain "Abner" as his prototype for Mr. Roarke on "Fantasy Island" , the suave , debonair , ambivalent cucumber cool Casanova with a trick or 2 up his sleeve. Uh... my goodness, the acting, the script, the fight scenes , plus Artie Butler's wicked mini MOOG synthesizer keyboard soundtrack is the gold standard all 70's TV movie's must be measured against
A lot of people are disappointed with this version because it takes liberty with the storyline we all know & love & the fact its cheaply made, but if you are a fan of campy Queenius TV movies , this is right up your alley. Watch it tonite with a group of friends & get ready to pause during the "stuntmen in drag" fight scenes! Truly a Wonder, Woman!
This is first of all a made for TV movie and therefore it follows the idea of creative license. This movie is not meant to represent the past Wonder Woman but rather and updated version of the super-heroine. In the 70's Wonder Woman was reduced to being a normal human being, no divine inspiration there. IT's really unsettling to see that men still have problems with powerful women, however that was the concept of the 70's super-spy Wonder Woman. There were certain elements that remained, the invisible plane (cleverly it was never show like the TV series), the Amazonian hertiage was still there, and the golden belt and lasso. Wonder Woman has always been thought to be an above average woman and in this movie she is certainly that. Howver she does not the super powers that make her a hero. At the end of the day you have to summarize this movie as version of Wonder Woman, that deserves respect as much as the original concept of the character. Remember Wonder Woman stands for truth, sensitivity and compassion, regardless of her powers.
I don't know....maybe there is something wrong with me, but I actually
loved this flick the first time I saw it. Yes, it was ABC's first
treatment of the comic book heroine, even though it had little or no
resemblance to the original character. Still, I considered it a
down-to-earth interpretation which offered the same level of
excitement, and, perhaps, more accessible for those adults who -
(horrors!) - didn't care for comic books as children.
Taking a comic book hero to live action television or film can be very tricky. You somehow have to strike the right balance between the fantastic and reality - which is why I loved this feature.
Not many women would look good in the original Wonder Woman costume from the comic book! (Like myself and my bulges, for example..) It's safe to say, however, that more women would be more comfortable in the outfit worn by Cathy Lee Crosby. Her version of 'Wonder Woman' gives us a character who is more like an efficient secretary who also doubles as an agent with special skills and weapons at her disposal. In this movie, 'Wonder Woman' is blonde, but that's no problem for me either.
It could be that this treatment allows the more practical-minded among us to dream and fantasize. Who hasn't dreamed of leading the life of a 'James Bond' or 'Diana Rigg'-type of character? That's the appeal of this ABC movie. Anybody who grew up watching stuff like 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.', 'The Avengers', 'The Saint' or similar shows would enjoy this flick, even if they weren't big on 'Wonder Woman' as a kid! It's simply great adventure for most except the die-hard purists, I guess.
And I don't mind saying that around the time this movie came out, I dreamed of finding a similar outfit to wear! I had to be about 13 years old!
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