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Release Date:
3 May 1977 (USA) See more »
A failed Quinn Martin pilot for a series starring a Hawaii-based government counter intelligence agency run by the indomitable Aunt Mary... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Roy Thinnes ... Johnny Paul

France Nuyen ... Tso-Tsing
Zulu ... Zulu
Ward Costello ... Captain Macintosh

Don Knight ... H.K. Muldoon

Ian McShane ... Sean Donovan / Father Horton / Colonel Millard Butler

Eric Braeden ... Ernest Graeber

Dennis Patrick ... Commander Yarnell
Alex Henteloff ... Dr. Edward Sherman
Frank Michael Liu ... Hikaru Sakai

Eric Christmas ... Father Murphy
Ernest Harada ... Hero Yamamoto
Harry Endo ... Dr. En-Ping
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frederick H. Bruns ... (uncredited)
Dan Cicogni ... (uncredited)
Cynthia Cookinham ... (uncredited)
Elissa Dulce Hoopai ... (uncredited)
Brian Fong ... (uncredited)
Jack Hisatake ... (uncredited)
Kimo Hugko ... (uncredited)
Joe Moore ... (uncredited)
Sam Peters ... (uncredited)
Ivan Splater ... (uncredited)
Lee Stetson ... Tanner (uncredited)
William Valentine ... (uncredited)
Janet Ritchey Wagener ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Jeannot Szwarc 
Writing credits
Paul King (written by)

Produced by
Marty Katz .... executive in charge of production
Paul King .... producer
Quinn Martin .... executive producer
Original Music by
Morton Stevens 
Cinematography by
Jack Whitman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jim Gross  (as James Gross)
Art Direction by
George B. Chan 
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson 
Production Management
Robert Enrietto .... unit production manager
Dick Gallegly .... production manager
Don Hall .... post-production supervisor
Edward Teets .... executive production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Enrietto .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Alex Bamattre .... sound editor
Editorial Department
Richard K. Brockway .... executive editorial supervisor (as Richard Brockway)
Music Department
John Elizalde .... music supervisor
Jack Lowry .... music editor
Other crew
John Conwell .... in charge of talent
Stephanie Spangler .... location manager (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

78 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG (video rating)

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Featured movie of the 8th episode of the sixth season of Mystry Science Theater 3000 (1989). It was accompanied by the short, "A Day at the Fair."See more »


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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Code Name: Failed Pilot, 13 February 2006
Author: editguy from United States

Another turgid action/adventure flick from the Quinn Martin Productions factory. Roy Thinnes plays undercover agent Diamond Head (Mr. Head, to you), working for his G-Man handler "Aunt Mary", looking for "Tree", who's on a mission to...well, just watch the movie.

This one deserved and got the full MST3K sendup. As the boys and various reviewers have pointed out, the movie "Fargo" had more Hawaiian locations than this film. Apparently shot on a puny budget, this movie highlights Hawaii's broken-down dive shops, gas stations, and cheapo hotels. Zulu -- later to star as Kono in Hawaii-Five-O -- appears as Thinnes' lumpy, inept sidekick, while France Nguyen models the Jenny Craig diet gone horribly wrong. Others sharing the flickering screen include a drunken Richard Harris knockoff, a George Takai imitator, a not-so-smart hit-man with sprayed-on Sansabelt slacks, and the villain "Tree", sporting a veddy British accent. You can pretty much figure out the plot halfway through the opening credits, but relax--just enjoy the giddy mediocrity of this 70's movie-of-the-week.

Whenever I think of this movie (and I think of this movie often), I catch myself humming the theme, written for flute and one knows why.

Trivia note--Diamond Head was directed by Jeannot Szwarc, one of three contract directors at Universal who would go on to make much bigger films, in his case Jaws 2. The others were John Badham (War Games), and a young fellow named Steven Spielberg...

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