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Release Date:
20 January 1984 (USA) See more »
The Master Is Here! He's the supreme warrior. Even his eyes can kill you. His student is the supreme heartthrob. His eyes can melt you
An aging American ninja master and his headstrong young apprentice search for the elder man's daughter. Full summary »
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Lee Van Cleef ... John Peter McAllister / ... (13 episodes, 1984)

Timothy Van Patten ... Max Keller (6 episodes, 1984)

Series Directed by
Sidney Hayers (3 episodes, 1984)
Gordon Hessler (3 episodes, 1984)
Ray Austin (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Writing credits
Michael Sloan (11 episodes, 1984)
Susan Woollen (7 episodes, 1984)
Tom Sawyer (3 episodes, 1984)

Series Produced by
Michael Sloan .... executive producer (13 episodes, 1984)
Joe Boston .... producer (11 episodes, 1984)
Martin M. Goldstein .... associate producer (7 episodes, 1984)
Larry Whelan .... associate producer (7 episodes, 1984)
Judith Pritchard .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1984)
Nigel Watts .... producer (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Original Music by
Les Hooper (13 episodes, 1984)
Bill Conti (6 episodes, 1984)
Series Cinematography by
Robert F. Sparks (9 episodes, 1984)
Frank Beascoechea (3 episodes, 1984)
Series Film Editing by
Edwin F. England (6 episodes, 1984)
Beryl Gelfond (3 episodes, 1984)
Buford F. Hayes (3 episodes, 1984)
Artie Mandelberg (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Casting by
Vicki Rosenberg (4 episodes, 1984)
Series Art Direction by
William McAllister (8 episodes, 1984)
Joseph M. Altadonna (5 episodes, 1984)
Series Set Decoration by
Richard Friedman (7 episodes, 1984)
Marc E. Meyer Jr. (6 episodes, 1984)
Series Makeup Department
Jean Austin .... hair stylist (11 episodes, 1984)
Webster C. Phillips .... makeup artist (11 episodes, 1984)
Series Production Management
Donald L. Gold .... production manager (11 episodes, 1984)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chip Chalmers .... assistant director / second assistant director (13 episodes, 1984)
Dirk Petersmann .... first assistant director / assistant director (5 episodes, 1984)
G. Warren Smith .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1984)
Cathy Kinsock .... first assistant director / second assistant director (2 episodes, 1984)
Jerome M. Siegel .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Art Department
Jim Ellis .... property master (4 episodes, 1984)
Roger Pancake .... property master (4 episodes, 1984)
Bill Hudson .... property master (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Sound Department
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound mixer / production sound mixer / ... (11 episodes, 1984)
Charles McCann .... supervising sound editor (3 episodes, 1984)
Gordon Webb .... cable person (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Special Effects by
Jack Monroe .... special effects (8 episodes, 1984)
Phil Cory .... special effects (5 episodes, 1984)
Series Stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt double: Lee Van Cleef / stunts (13 episodes, 1984)
Shô Kosugi .... stunt coordinator (13 episodes, 1984)
Phil Adams .... stunt coordinator (8 episodes, 1984)
Gary Davis .... stunt coordinator (5 episodes, 1984)
Ed Anders .... stunt double: Lee Van Cleef (2 episodes, 1984)
Pat Romano .... stunts (2 episodes, 1984)
Spice Williams-Crosby .... stunts (2 episodes, 1984)
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (1 episode, 1984)
Dick Durock .... utility stunts (1 episode, 1984)

Michael M. Vendrell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
James Kibbe .... lighting technician (13 episodes, 1984)
Series Casting Department
Joseph D'Agosta .... casting (6 episodes, 1984)
Monica Swann .... casting (6 episodes, 1984)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shelly Levine .... costume supervisor (11 episodes, 1984)
Karen Kaufman .... costumer: ladies / costumes: ladies (6 episodes, 1984)
Lynette Bernay .... costumer: ladies / costumes: ladies (5 episodes, 1984)
Series Editorial Department
Larry Lorden .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 1984)
Neil Mandelberg .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Music Department
Bill Conti .... composer: theme music (13 episodes, 1984)

James D. Young .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Marlo Hellerstein .... transportation coordinator (5 episodes, 1984)
Hank Nesel .... transportation coordinator (4 episodes, 1984)
Ron White .... transportation coordinator (3 episodes, 1984)
Series Other crew
Shô Kosugi .... ninja coordinator / technical advisor / ... (13 episodes, 1984)
Tom Sawyer .... executive story consultant (13 episodes, 1984)
Tami Smight .... assistant to executive producer / assistant to producer (13 episodes, 1984)
Gene Kraft .... title designer (12 episodes, 1984)
Terry Morse Jr. .... production executive (12 episodes, 1984)
Beverly Setlowe .... assistant to producer / production coordinator (12 episodes, 1984)
Cliff T.E. Roseman .... location manager (9 episodes, 1984)
Esther Beardslee .... production coordinator (7 episodes, 1984)
Tamra Fitzgerald .... post-production coordinator / production secretary (7 episodes, 1984)
Sally Roddy .... script supervisor (7 episodes, 1984)
Michael J. Burmeister .... location manager (2 episodes, 1984)
June Christopher .... dubbed voice (2 episodes, 1984)
Edward Mannix .... dubbed voice (2 episodes, 1984)
Johnine Novosel .... assistant to producer (2 episodes, 1984)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Master Ninja" - USA (video title)
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60 min | 60 min (13 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Continuity: When Okasa throws a shuriken to the Master, a guard is clearly standing behind him with a gun pointed at him. After the shot of Okasa ducking away, we cut back to the Master but the guard is no longer there.See more »
Max Keller:Hi, I'm Max Keller.See more »


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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Decent ninja series from the 80's, 27 September 2001
Author: raven118 from New York, NY

This Master aired on NBC in 1984 during the ninja craze of the 80's. It only lasted thirteen episodes. It starred Lee Van Cleef and Timothy Van Patten. Van Cleef plays John Peter McAlister, a ninja who comes to America from Japan searching for his long-lost daughter. Once in America, he meets Max Keller, played by Timothy Van Patten, who teams up with McAlister to help find his daughter. Along the way, the duo travel in an A-Team-like van and engage in various adventures while helping those in need. McAlister also teaches Keller the finer points of ninjitsu in his spare time. The Master takes place in various cities across America, however, it was shot entirely in Los Angeles, CA. Sho Kosugi also appears in a handful of episodes as Okasa, an evil ninja hunting McAlister.

While I enjoyed this series, the casting was questionable. Lee Van Cleef was a fine actor, but he was totally miscast in this series. He was in no shape to do any of the fighting required for this series. He is quite obviously stunt doubled by Sho Kosugi(wearing a skull cap!) in almost all of the fight scenes. Van Patten is also stunt doubled in some of the fight scenes.

This series was released as a series of seven videos with the name Master Ninja.

If you enjoy ninja flicks or martial arts in general, give this a try.

P.S. Look for a pre-Striptease Demi Moore in the first episode.

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