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"The A-Team" (1983) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1983-1987

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The A-Team -- Film students interview Joe Carnahan, director and co-writer of the 20th Century Fox film "The A-Team."
The A-Team: Season 5: Episode 13 -- The A-Team uncovers a plot to assassinate an attorney general.
The A-Team: Season 5: Episode 12 -- A girl runs away with her father's top-secret documents.
The A-Team: Season 5: Episode 11 -- Murdock goes under cover to investigate an assassination plot.
The A-Team: Season 5: Episode 10 -- Murdock is made a god on an island where the natives mine diamonds.

Overview

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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Release Date:
23 January 1983 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Heroes for hire.
Plot:
Four Vietnam vets, framed for a crime they didn't commit, help the innocent while on the run from the military. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Formula, but in a good way. (And read on for some myths to be exploded.) See more (96 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 172)

George Peppard ... John 'Hannibal' Smith (97 episodes, 1983-1987)

Dwight Schultz ... 'Howling Mad' Murdock / ... (97 episodes, 1983-1987)

Mr. T ... B.A. Baracus (97 episodes, 1983-1987)

Dirk Benedict ... Templeton 'Faceman' Peck (96 episodes, 1983-1987)
John Ashley ... Narrator / ... (84 episodes, 1983-1986)
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Series Directed by
Michael O'Herlihy (20 episodes, 1984-1986)
Dennis Donnelly (12 episodes, 1983-1985)
Craig R. Baxley (9 episodes, 1984-1986)
David Hemmings (9 episodes, 1984-1986)
Tony Mordente (8 episodes, 1984-1986)
Arnold Laven (6 episodes, 1983-1985)
Christian I. Nyby II (5 episodes, 1983)
Ron Satlof (5 episodes, 1983)
Sidney Hayers (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Gilbert M. Shilton (3 episodes, 1983-1984)
Bruce Kessler (2 episodes, 1983)
Guy Magar (2 episodes, 1983)
Bernard McEveety (2 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Writing credits
Stephen J. Cannell (97 episodes, 1983-1987)
Frank Lupo (97 episodes, 1983-1987)
Stephen Katz (10 episodes, 1984-1985)
Bill Nuss (9 episodes, 1985-1987)
Richard Christian Matheson (8 episodes, 1983-1986)
Thomas E. Szollosi (8 episodes, 1983-1986)
Mark Jones (8 episodes, 1984-1985)
Babs Greyhosky (6 episodes, 1983-1984)
Patrick Hasburgh (5 episodes, 1983)
Burt Pearl (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
Steven L. Sears (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
Danny Lee Cole (3 episodes, 1984-1986)
Paul Bernbaum (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Tom Blomquist (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jeff Ray (2 episodes, 1983-1984)

Series Produced by
John Ashley .... producer / co-executive producer (97 episodes, 1983-1987)
Stephen J. Cannell .... executive producer (97 episodes, 1983-1987)
Jo Swerling Jr. .... supervising producer (97 episodes, 1983-1987)
Frank Lupo .... co-executive producer / executive producer (96 episodes, 1983-1987)
Gary Winter .... associate producer (49 episodes, 1983-1984)
Alan Cassidy .... associate producer (38 episodes, 1984-1987)
Rob Bowman .... associate producer (34 episodes, 1985-1987)
Steve Beers .... associate producer (27 episodes, 1984-1986)
Patrick Hasburgh .... producer (13 episodes, 1983)
Tom Blomquist .... producer (13 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Original Music by
Pete Carpenter (97 episodes, 1983-1987)
Mike Post (97 episodes, 1983-1987)

Garry Schyman (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Bradley B. Six (61 episodes, 1983-1985)
Frank E. Johnson (35 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Film Editing by
Albert J.J. Zúñiga (31 episodes, 1983-1986)
Chris G. Willingham (29 episodes, 1983-1986)
Ron Spang (20 episodes, 1984-1987)
Howard Terrill (18 episodes, 1983-1985)
David Latham (8 episodes, 1985-1986)
Michael T. Elias (4 episodes, 1983)
David Ramirez (4 episodes, 1986)
George R. Rohrs (3 episodes, 1983)
Buford F. Hayes (3 episodes, 1984)
Gloryette Clark (2 episodes, 1983-1985)
John Elias (2 episodes, 1983)
Larry Lester (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
John J. Dumas (2 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Casting by
Victoria Burrows (36 episodes, 1985-1987)
Peg Halligan (14 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Art Direction by
Carlos Berben (50 episodes, 1984-1987)
Sherman Loudermilk (20 episodes, 1983)
Charles L. Hughes (13 episodes, 1983-1984)
William Cruse (5 episodes, 1984)
Al Rohm (5 episodes, 1985)
Vincent M. Cresciman (4 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Robin Royce (36 episodes, 1985-1987)
Sam Gross (29 episodes, 1983-1984)
Richard Friedman (10 episodes, 1983)
Raymond Paul (10 episodes, 1985)
Charles Korian (7 episodes, 1984)
Robert L. Zilliox (3 episodes, 1983)
Robert C. Furginson (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Costume Design by
Kent Warner (5 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Makeup Department
Elaina Cizek .... hair stylist (87 episodes, 1983-1986)
Ve Neill .... makeup artist (61 episodes, 1983-1986)
Scott H. Eddo .... makeup artist (21 episodes, 1983)
Janna Phillips .... makeup artist (9 episodes, 1986-1987)
Elizabeth Rabe .... hair stylist (8 episodes, 1986-1987)
Paul Sanchez .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1986)

Michael R. Jones .... special makeup effects artist (unknown episodes)
Elaina P. Schulman .... hair stylist / key hair stylist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Stephen Sassen .... unit production manager (64 episodes, 1983-1986)
Matthew N. Herman .... executive in charge of production (55 episodes, 1984-1987)
Gary Winter .... executive in charge of post-production (48 episodes, 1985-1987)
John Peter Kousakis .... unit production manager (20 episodes, 1986-1987)
Michael J. Maschio .... production manager / executive production manager (13 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Craig R. Baxley .... second unit director (97 episodes, 1983-1987)
Craig West .... second assistant director / first assistant director (36 episodes, 1983-1986)
Garry A. Brown .... second assistant director (34 episodes, 1984-1987)
Jon Paré .... first assistant director (28 episodes, 1984-1987)
Andy House .... second assistant director / first assistant director (27 episodes, 1983-1984)
John Peter Kousakis .... first assistant director (19 episodes, 1984-1986)
David Newman .... second assistant director (19 episodes, 1984-1986)
Robin Chamberlain .... first assistant director (16 episodes, 1983-1984)
Christian Drew Sidaris .... second director (13 episodes, 1983)
Stephen Sassen .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 1983)
Glen Sanford .... second assistant director: second unit (3 episodes, 1983)
Jerram A. Swartz .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1983)
Patrick A. Duffy .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1984)

Chip Chalmers .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Terry Ballard .... property master (21 episodes, 1984-1985)
William A. Petrotta .... property master (19 episodes, 1985-1986)
Nino Candido .... property master (18 episodes, 1983-1984)
Ernie Sawyers .... property master (17 episodes, 1983)
Robert Bleckman .... property master (17 episodes, 1986-1987)
Alan Sims .... property master (4 episodes, 1985)
Kelly Osborn .... painter (2 episodes, 1986)

Matt Furginson .... property assistant (unknown episodes)
Kenneth Milfred .... lead man (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recording mixer (79 episodes, 1983-1987)
Jim Cook .... sound re-recording mixer (77 episodes, 1983-1987)
Dick Wahrman .... sound effects coordinator / sound effects supervisor (72 episodes, 1984-1987)
'Fast' Eddie Mahler .... sound mixer (69 episodes, 1983-1987)
Dean Okrand .... sound re-recording mixer (47 episodes, 1984-1986)
John Norman .... sound re-recording mixer (20 episodes, 1983-1984)
Bill Marky .... sound mixer (20 episodes, 1984-1985)
Nick Alphin .... sound re-recording mixer (12 episodes, 1986-1987)
Darryl Linkow .... sound mixer (5 episodes, 1984)
Alan Bernard .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 1986)
Hoppy Mehterian .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1985)

Mark Server .... adr mixer (unknown episodes, 1983-1984)
Greg Curda .... foley mixer (unknown episodes)
William Jacobs .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Lee Strosnider .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Richard Taylor .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Al Di Sarro .... special effects (96 episodes, 1983-1987)
Scott Forbes .... special effects technician (10 episodes, 1984)
Bruno Van Zeebroeck .... on-set coordinator (8 episodes, 1983-1987)

Frank Ceglia .... special effects foreman / special effects technician (unknown episodes)
Robert Cole .... special effects (unknown episodes)
Ken Speed .... special effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Craig R. Baxley .... stunt coordinator (97 episodes, 1983-1987)
Norman Howell .... stunts / stunt performer / ... (92 episodes, 1983-1987)
Tony Brubaker .... stunts / stunt performer / ... (91 episodes, 1983-1987)
Bob Orrison .... stunts / stunt performer / ... (72 episodes, 1983-1986)
Steven Chambers .... stunts / stunt performer / ... (70 episodes, 1983-1987)
Henry Kingi .... stunt driver / stunts / ... (47 episodes, 1983-1986)
Steve Boyum .... stunts / stunt performer (44 episodes, 1983-1986)
John Borland .... stunts / stunt performer (34 episodes, 1985-1987)
Kenneth John Borland Jr. .... stunts (31 episodes, 1985-1986)
Charles A. Tamburro .... stunt helicopter pilot (29 episodes, 1983-1986)
Andy Epper .... stunts / stunt performer (14 episodes, 1983-1986)
Tommy J. Huff .... stunt driver (14 episodes, 1983-1986)
Diana Valentine .... stunts / stunt performer / ... (11 episodes, 1983-1985)
Steve Vandeman .... stunts / stunt performer (10 episodes, 1983-1986)
John Cade .... stunts / stunt performer (8 episodes, 1983-1985)
Al Leong .... stunts (8 episodes, 1984-1986)
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (5 episodes, 1983-1985)
Walter Robles .... stunts (5 episodes, 1983)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (5 episodes, 1984-1986)
Eddy Donno .... stunts (4 episodes, 1983)
Bobby Porter .... stunts (4 episodes, 1984)
Gary Hymes .... stunt performer (3 episodes, 1984-1986)
Monty Jordan .... stunt driver / stunts / ... (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt driver (2 episodes, 1983-1986)
John Wesley .... stunts (2 episodes, 1983-1986)
Jack Verbois .... stunt performer / stunts (2 episodes, 1983-1985)
Will Harper .... stunts (2 episodes, 1983)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (2 episodes, 1983)
Thomas Robinson Harper .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 1984)

Bobby Bass .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jophery C. Brown .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Nick Dimitri .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Dick Durock .... stunts (unknown episodes)
George Fisher .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Allan Graf .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Leslie Hoffman .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jeff Imada .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Steven Ito .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Lane Leavitt .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Ron Oliney .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Verlin Mathews .... key grip (97 episodes, 1983-1987)
Bob Bergdahl .... camera operator (61 episodes, 1983-1985)
David Marsik .... gaffer (57 episodes, 1983-1985)
Michael Santoro .... grip foreman (46 episodes, 1985-1987)
Don Marshall .... gaffer (36 episodes, 1985-1987)
Henry M. Lebo .... camera operator (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
William Norton .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1986-1987)
Gary Baum .... assistant camera (10 episodes, 1985-1986)
Nick Brown .... gaffer (4 episodes, 1984)
Rebecca Redshaw .... video tape supervisor (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
Kevin Edwards .... grip (4 episodes, 1986)

John Earl Burnett .... first assistant camera: second unit, additional photography (unknown episodes, 1984-1987)
Gregory Beard .... key grip: second unit (unknown episodes)
Arthur R. Botham .... director of photography: second unit (unknown episodes)
William E. Hines .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Michael J. Jacobs .... special still photographer (unknown episodes)
Robert Schoenhut .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Nigel Seal .... second assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Gerald B. Wolfe .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Peg Halligan .... casting associate (40 episodes, 1983-1985)
Simon Ayer .... casting executive (13 episodes, 1986-1987)

Dottie O'Brien .... extras casting (unknown episodes)
John O'Brien .... extras casting (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sheila Mason .... costume supervisor / costume department supervisor / ... (88 episodes, 1983-1987)
Joy Tierney .... wardrobe: women (57 episodes, 1984-1987)
Richard Butz .... wardrobe: men (25 episodes, 1984-1985)
Darryl Levine .... wardrobe: men (23 episodes, 1983-1984)
Kent Warner .... costume supervisor (23 episodes, 1983-1984)
Jan Kemp .... wardrobe: men (20 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jered Green .... wardrobe: men (16 episodes, 1986-1987)
Daniel J. Lester .... costume supervisor (12 episodes, 1983)
Dianne Cohoon .... wardrobe: women (3 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music supervisor / music coordinator (97 episodes, 1983-1987)
Steve Mccroskey .... music editor (47 episodes, 1983-1986)

Andy D'Addario .... music scoring mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Kenneth A. Owen .... mechanic (48 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jim Sharp .... transportation coordinator / transportation captain (47 episodes, 1983-1985)
Steve Imbler .... transportation coordinator (39 episodes, 1985-1987)
Joe Richardson .... driver (13 episodes, 1983)
Wayne Williams .... transportation captain (2 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Other crew
Grace Curcio .... assistant: Mr. Cannell / assistant to producers (97 episodes, 1983-1987)
Cosmo Genovese .... script supervisor (84 episodes, 1983-1987)
Joan Etchells .... budgeting and estimating / production accountant / ... (61 episodes, 1983-1985)
Gary DeGalla .... location manager (36 episodes, 1984-1987)
Bob Lewis .... production accountant (36 episodes, 1985-1987)
Coleen Cannon .... script supervisor: second unit (30 episodes, 1983-1984)
Lisa Cochran-Neilan .... production coordinator (29 episodes, 1984-1986)
Mark Jones .... story editor (24 episodes, 1984-1985)
Bill Nuss .... story editor (24 episodes, 1985-1987)
Richard Christian Matheson .... story editor (23 episodes, 1983-1984)
Thomas E. Szollosi .... story editor (23 episodes, 1983-1984)
Gina Neilson .... production coordinator (22 episodes, 1983-1984)
Priscilla Taussig .... production coordinator (19 episodes, 1985-1986)
Louis Farah .... set paramedic (18 episodes, 1983-1984)
Peter M. Robarts .... location manager (18 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ralph Alderman .... location manager (17 episodes, 1983-1984)
Rosemarie Abelson .... staff coordinator (13 episodes, 1983)
Larry K. Johnson .... script supervisor (13 episodes, 1983)
Jane Wilson .... production coordinator (13 episodes, 1983)
Valerie Mickaelian Kucera .... production coordinator (13 episodes, 1986-1987)
Ronald M. Quigley .... location manager (7 episodes, 1983-1984)
James McCabe .... location manager (7 episodes, 1983)
Steve Stafford .... aerial coordinator (6 episodes, 1983-1984)
Kokayi Ampah .... location manager (6 episodes, 1984-1985)
Sidney Ellis .... story editor (5 episodes, 1986)
Don Garrison .... location manager (3 episodes, 1984)
Nigel Mercer .... intern (2 episodes, 1983)
Peter M. Tobyansen .... location manager (2 episodes, 1986)

Art Scholl .... pilot (unknown episodes, 1982-1984)
Lou Flirpa .... dialogue coach (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
60 min (including commercials) | Argentina:60 min | Israel:45 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Australia:M (some episodes) | Netherlands:6 (DVD rating) | Singapore:PG | USA:TV-PG

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Three cast members have prior U.S. military experience: George Peppard served in the Marines, while Eddie Velez served in the Air Force, and Mr. T was an MP in the U.S. Army.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Throughout the series, the stunt doubles used to stand in for the actors are often very obviously not the actor in question. This is consistent with other action/adventure TV shows from the same era and ilk.See more »
Quotes:
B.A. Baracus:Shut up, fool.See more »
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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Formula, but in a good way. (And read on for some myths to be exploded.), 11 December 2002
Author: Victor Field from London, England

Some '80s shows that were hits at the time really don't hold up well today, but some very definitely do. "Moonlighting" was one of them, and so was this creation of Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell. (Lupo later came to a parting of the ways with Cannell and inflicted "Werewolf" and "Something Is Out There" on the world. Blub.)

Like most of the people commenting on "The A-Team," I used to watch it as a kid (well, a teenager really). It had likeable heroes, comedy, action, top music (unlike most TV producers, Cannell billed Mike Post and Pete Carpenter in the main titles with the stars) ... the lot. The plots weren't exactly loaded with endless twists, but that was part of the fun - who else looked forward to the week's DIY montage where the quartet built that week's weapons? (As Hannibal pointed out in one of the novelisations, it's amazing how the bad guys always locked them up with precisely what they needed to escape.)

And contrary to popular belief, our heroes did get hurt from time to time (the clip show episode "Curtain Call" used Murdock being shot as an excuse for his comrades to hold a remembrance of episodes past; in "The Battle Of Bel Air" the helicopter containing the A-Team crashed at the end of the climax, injuring everyone EXCEPT B.A. Baracus); occasionally episodes started with someone actually getting murdered (the man in the exploding car in "Skins," one of the battling convicts in "Pros & Cons"). The show didn't dwell on it, true, but it was there.

This remains Cannell's most successful show as an independent producer, and demonstrates how he's more adaptable than the more critically acceptable Steven Bochco (this is not to put down Bochco, but can you imagine the man with the would-be violinist for a dad coming up with shows as wildly different as "The Greatest American Hero," "Top of the Hill" and "Wiseguy"?). It was fun in the 1980s, and it's fun now. Which is a lot more than can be said for "The Professionals."

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