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"Fantasy Island" Pilot (1977)

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Original Air Date:
14 January 1977 (Season 1, Episode 1)
Wealthy businesswoman Eunice Baines attends her own funeral; jaded hunter Paul Henley becomes the prey; and World War II veteran Arnold Greenwood relives 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
Alan Gornick .... 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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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A great introduction to an old favorite, 28 February 2009
Author: fantasyislander65 from United States

This is the first pilot film for the television series, and it's often praised by critics (who all seem to love the dark side exhibited by Mr. Roarke in this introductory outing) for its emphasis on the less-than-happy execution and ending. The fantasies looked harmless enough on the surface: a World War II veteran wanted to revisit the interlude he had with a young American woman in London; a rich woman wanted to attend her own funeral, to find out who truly cared about her and who didn't; and a hunter wanted for once to become the hunted. But each story had a twist...did the hapless WWII vet really kill that poor girl in the middle of a bombing raid? Could the rich woman put even the least trust in her relatives, who had good reason to hate her for her overbearing control of the family company? What was the true reason the hunter wanted to be the one under the gun? Roarke teased and taunted sometimes, but when things got down to the wire, he revealed a caring side after all. His midget assistant, Tattoo, looked on with a mysterious gleam in his eye and the barest ghost of a smile, keeping his own counsel. When these two brought your fantasy to life, that was it: you were stuck, and you had to see it through to the bitter end. The concept clicked so well with the TV-viewing public that another pilot movie was filmed, and that led to the weekly series, which went on to run for seven seasons.

If you're familiar with "Fantasy Island" only through the series and think it's just too saccharine, give this movie a whirl (it's available on the first-season DVD of the show). You just might change your mind. (Besides, what's wrong with happy endings? We need more of them in this world!)

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