Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988)
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Don't Eat the Snow in Hawaii 

Magnum's old Navy buddy is dead and the Navy says he was a cocaine smuggler. Magnum sets out to prove his buddy was framed.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Pamela Susan Shoop ...
W.K. Stratton ...
Ensign Healy (as W. K. Stratton)
Allen Williams ...
Naval Medical Examiner
Captain J. Cooly, USN
Dorit Stevens ...
Greta (as Yuliis Ruval)
Ski (as Jeff Mackay)
Seaman Wolfe
Murray Salem ...


Continuing his quest to prove his dead Navy buddy, Lt Dan Cook, innocent of cocaine charges, Magnum begins his own investigation of the Hawaiian cocaine trade. With the help of TC, Rick, and Dan's sister, he delves more and more deeply into the seamy underworld of smuggling. Finally he confronts a crime lord who both he and Dan had known from their previous tours of duty in Vietnam. Magnum has to deal with this crime boss if he is to establish Dan's innocence. Written by Charles Delacroix

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11 December 1980 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode (now comprised of two parts that originally aired together on December 11, 1980) is the only one where the Ferrari 308 GTS that Magnum drives has a license plate of "56E-478". By the second episode, Magnum, P.I.: China Doll (1980), it had a "Robin 1" vanity plate. See more »


When Magnum is pursued by the beaten up car, after it goes over the cliff edge, he screeches his Ferrari to a halt, burning rubber from his tyres as he does so, leaving obvious black marks on the tarmac. However, after he drives off again, one of his pursuers climbs back onto the now empty road, which is also clear of tyre marks; it suggests that they filmed the crash, destruction of the car, and the climb back to the road before they filmed the scenes with Magnum. See more »


Thomas Sullivan Magnum III: [angrily confronting his former superior officer] What's all this crap about Dan Cook smuggling coke?
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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OK - not as good as the series that followed
11 December 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Thomas drives to pick up a old friend from an military airbase. However he finds his friend has supposed OD'd on drugs that he was attempting to smuggle. Not believing this story Magnum investigates the suspected murder and uncovers a conspiracy that goes back decades and involves officers in the military, stolen gold and hit men.

This is essentially the pilot for the TV show and as such it's hard to watch it looking back. The TV show had a real sense of fun and Selleck quite often had his tongue in his cheek but that was something that developed over a bit of time. Here there isn't any time to develop that sort of familiarity and it is all a bit serious. The plot plays like a straight crime drama, but it's way too far fetched to be convincing - some of the plot twists are just ridiculous! These would have been better if it had been played like they knew it wasn't serious, but because it's played pretty straight it's hard to go along with it.

With the performances it's the same - Selleck has the same charisma that he displayed through the TV series, but again he's hampered by the need to play it mostly straight. Hillerman, Mosley and Manetti all play their roles well

  • TC is the most relaxed but Higgins and Rick are still to be filled out in

the series. Also some small roles going for Judge Reinhold, Fritz Weaver and Robert Loggia. But mostly the performances are introductions rather than characters that are developed over the course of the movie.

The film is hampered by the need for the plot to all tie nicely around the 'Nam flashbacks of Magnum and his buddies and it loses quite a lot because of it. But looking back it's hard not to see the improvements that were made in the series - the lack of the famous theme music in the pilot is one, I love that tune and it did take away from the effect to not have it!

Overall the potential is there, and indeed was realised for the series, but this is a poor film by itself.

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