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"Fantasy Island" Pilot (1977)

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Original Air Date:
14 January 1977 (Season 1, Episode 1)
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. | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Ricardo Montalban ... Mr. Roarke

Bill Bixby ... Arnold Greenwood

Sandra Dee ... Francesca Hamilton

Peter Lawford ... Grant Baines

Carol Lynley ... Elizabeth 'Liz' Hollander

Hugh O'Brian ... Paul Henley

Eleanor Parker ... Eunice Hollander Baines

Victoria Principal ... Michelle

Dick Sargent ... Charles Hollander

Tina Sinatra ... Connie Raymond (as Christina Sinatra)

Hervé Villechaize ... Tattoo (as Herve Villechaize)
Peter MacLean ... Hunter #3, Alex Davidson
Nancy Cameron ... Angel Shermin 'Most Beautiful Girl in the World'

Cedric Scott ... Hunter #2, Gitu Umbah
John McKinney ... Hunter #1, Hugh Addams

Karin de la Penha ... Barmaid (as Elizabeth Dartmoor)

Ian Abercrombie ... Bartender
Pat O'Hara ... Air Raid Warden (as Patrick O'Hara)
Dick Ryal ... Dart Player (as Richard Ryal)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Toby Holguin ... Island Kid (uncredited)

Herb Mendelsohn ... Hollandar Ghoast (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Richard Lang 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gene Levitt  written by

Produced by
Leonard Goldberg .... producer
Shelley Hull .... associate producer
Aaron Spelling .... producer
Original Music by
Laurence Rosenthal 
Cinematography by
Archie R. Dalzell (director of photography) (as Arch Dalzell)
Film Editing by
John Woodcock 
Art Direction by
Paul Sylos 
Set Decoration by
Jeff Haley 
Makeup Department
Judith A. Cory .... hair stylist (as Judy Alexander Cory)
William Lyon MacKenzie .... makeup (as Will MacKenzie)
Production Management
William A. Calihan Jr. .... production manager (as William Calihan)
Norman Henry .... executive production manager
Dick Reilly .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Derwin .... assistant director (as William Derwin)
Kalai Strode .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Candace Suerstedt .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ted Cooper .... property master
John Hollis .... construction co-ordinator
Kirk S. Heinlen .... assistant property master (uncredited)
John Sweeney .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Seymour S. Klein .... sound engineer (as Seymour Klein)
Michael O'Corrigan .... sound editor (as Michael Corrigan)
John Strauss .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Larry L. Fuentes .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Marneen Fields .... stunt diver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Smith .... electrician
Allan Gornick Jr. .... underwater cinematographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joanne Haas .... costumes
Robert Harris Jr. .... costumes (as Robert Harris)
Music Department
Rocky Moriana .... music supervisor
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (uncredited)
Lonnie Sill .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Cindy Dunne .... executive consultant
Jane Ficker .... script supervisor
Rita Lundin .... wrangler (uncredited)
Lee Sollenberger .... animal trainer (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gene Levitt  creator

Cinematography by
Irving Lippman 
Casting by
Al Onorato 
Joe Scully (1978-1980)
Sound Department
Christopher Chulack .... sound editor
Richard Friedman .... sound editor
Doug Grindstaff .... sound editor
Don Isaacs .... sound editor
Al Kajita .... sound editor
Hank Salerno .... sound editor
Larry Singer .... sound editor
Luke Wolfram .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Ken Speed .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Bill Millar .... special visual effects
Whitey Hughes .... stunts
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Greg Walker .... stunts
James Winburn .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician
Serge Poupis .... first assistant camera
Joseph Staton .... second assistant camera
Other crew
Art Scholl .... pilot
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Additional Details

100 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
The Dark Side of the Island, 8 November 2002
Author: ubik-11 from Planet Gong

The previous comments seem to relate to the TV series rather than to the pilot. I haven't seen this in 25 years, but I remember it being far darker than the series. I remember people getting their fantasies with horrific consequences, much like the classic "Monkey's Paw" horror story, or the tale of the genie who grants wishes with literal precision only to have them go horribly awry. Mr. Roarke seemed malicious if not downright evil, and Tattoo was a scary little imp who made you uneasy because of his ability to appear and disappear unseen. I know they had to tone it down to make it a weekly series, but it wasn't too many seasons before it turned into another "Love Boat" where every episode ended with Barbi Benton falling in love with Don Knotts.

Am I the only one who remembers the original made-for-TV movie as a horror movie? I used to tell people that you would never see the pilot on TV again for this reason, but I think it's been long enough. They could show it, if the demand were there. I see Amazon wants $50 for the video; that's too much for my pocketbook. Maybe I'll find a used copy somewhere and answer my own question.

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