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"Fantasy Island" Return to Fantasy Island (1978)

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Original Air Date:
20 January 1978 (Season 1, Episode 2)
Career woman Margo Dean's assistant Lowell Benson hopes to romance her; a couple who gave up their daughter for adoption want to see the girl; and Lucy Fleming, who lost her memory on her honeymoon, wants to relive it to cure her amnesia. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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An incredibly underrated series with dark overtones - 2nd TV Movie See more (2 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Ricardo Montalban ... Mr. Roarke

Adrienne Barbeau ... Margo Dean

Horst Buchholz ... Charles Fleming

Joseph Campanella ... Brian Faber

George Chakiris ... Pierre

Joseph Cotten ... Simon Grant

Pat Crowley ... Lucy Faber

Laraine Day ... Mrs. Grant

George Maharis ... Lowell Benson

Cameron Mitchell ... Raoul

France Nuyen ... Kito

Karen Valentine ... Janet Fleming

Hervé Villechaize ... Tattoo
John Zaremba ... Dr. Croyden
Kevi Kendall ... Pat
Kristine Ritzke ... Carol

Nancy McKeon ... Ann
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Larry Moran ... Runner #2 (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
George McCowan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marc Brandel  writer

Produced by
Michael Fisher .... producer
Leonard Goldberg .... executive producer
Shelley Hull .... associate producer
Aaron Spelling .... executive producer
Original Music by
Laurence Rosenthal 
Cinematography by
Archie R. Dalzell (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Woodcock 
Art Direction by
Alfeo Bocchicchio 
Paul Sylos (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Antony Mondello  (as Tony Mondello)
Costume Design by
Nolan Miller (women's wardrobe designed by)
Makeup Department
Joe DiBella .... make-up (as Joe Di Bella)
June Miggins .... hair stylist
Production Management
Norman Henry .... executive production manager
Floyd Joyer .... production manager
Al Kraus .... supervising production manager
Dick Reilly .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Nicholson .... assistant director (as Jim Nicholson)
Lindsley Parsons III .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Fred Collins .... construction co-ordinator
Gordon Kirschbaum .... supervising construction co-ordinator
Jerry McFarland .... property master
Claudia Gilligan Ivanjack .... painter (uncredited)
Charles R. Lipscomb .... lead man (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don Higgins .... sound editor
Dean Hodges .... sound engineer
Dick Le Grand .... sound editor
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Larry L. Fuentes .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Richard Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Marneen Fields .... stunt diver (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Smith .... electrician
Ron Veto .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Susan Newell .... casting supervisor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chad Harwood .... costumes
Andrea E. Weaver .... costumes (as Andrea Weaver)
Editorial Department
Arnold Baker .... assistant post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Virgil E. Hammond III .... post-production (uncredited)
Music Department
Franklin Jones Jr. .... music scoring mixer
Rocky Moriana .... music supervisor
Other crew
Craig Baron .... standby carpenter
Hazel W. Hall .... script supervisor (as Hazel Hall)
Series Cast
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Kimberly Beck ... Cindy

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
Joe Staton .... second assistant camera (as Joseph Staton)
Other crew
Art Scholl .... pilot
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100 min | 60 min
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23 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
An incredibly underrated series with dark overtones - 2nd TV Movie, 1 September 2002
Author: Shamenize from Kentucky

First, the factual - This is the second of two 90 minute (2 hours with commercials originally) TV movies which served as pilot episodes for the series which ran from 1978 to 1984. Originally broadcast on January 20th, 1978. Available on VHS from Front Row Video, can occasionally be found on DVD for 5 to 8 dollars at your local flea market/online seller - print is okay, turn down the bass because there's some irritating low freq background noise.

Now, the opinion - WOW! WHAT an incredibly underrated series! Twilight Zone for the masses, Night Gallery for the Saturday Night TV set. But as amazing as the series was, the two tv movies which preceded it were even moreso. Mr. Roark treats the island guests much as a sometimes impatient father speaks to his child - short for a moment but then blunting his tone with the next sentence. And while the series took a much lighter tone, in this movie we're left with more of a question as to whether Roark is an angel or a devil. He seems to delight in the twisting of his client's fantasies but still (for most cases, at least) provides a happy, somewhat storybook ending. Those doubts are pointed out best as a guest asks Tattoo - "Just what IS your Mr. Roark?!" to which he replies - "Some people call him.... (as he glances towards Heaven) and some people call him...... (as he glances downward to Hell)". "And what do YOU call him?" "I just call him Meester Roark!".

The three stories here go something like this: Barbeau as the businesswoman with a heart of ice whose assistant (Chakiris) only wants to spend a weekend with her and free the woman he's sure hides inside her. Campanella and Crowley as the infertile couple who only want to see the child they gave up for adoption 12 years earlier. And the most Twilight Zoneish story, Karen Valentine as the woman who lost all her memory on her honeymoon with Horst Bucholz because of a horrible, traumatic event and now wants to relive that night in an attempt to regain her memory.

Definitely a little darker in feel than the regular series and the scoring by Laurence Rosenthal definitely brings much to the overall feel of this particular trio of stories. This one is a keeper if you can find the dvd. No, its not anamorphic, remastered or widescreen but its 94 minutes of pure fun.

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