Fantasy Island: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (14 Jan. 1977)

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A wealthy businesswoman wants to attend her own funeral; a jaded hunter wants to be the hunted one; and a World War II veteran wants to relive his romance with a woman he met in England.

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Arnold Greenwood
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Francesca Hamilton
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Elizabeth 'Liz' Hollander
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Paul Henley
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Eunice Hollander Baines
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Michelle
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Charles Hollander
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A wealthy businesswoman wants to attend her own funeral; a jaded hunter wants to be the hunted one; and a World War II veteran wants to relive his romance with a woman he met in England.

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Definitely darker
5 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Quite agree with ubik-11 and togolane: I remember this film being much darker than the series, and I haven't seen it since I was a kid (the difference left that much of an impression). In fact, seeing the film after the series had begun, I got the impression that it was never intended to be a series, hence retooling was needed. The sense I got was that the guests were a bit evil themselves, and were lured to the island to get their comeuppance. Roarke was definitely sinister, unlike the series version, and this struck me as a horror movie. Assuming my memory is correct, the feel was like a mix of "And Then There Were None"/"Ten Little Indians", Stevenson's "The Bottle Imp" and "The Most Dangerous Game". The later series version with Malcolm MacDowell was closer in spirit to this than was the series version with Montalban.


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