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Release Date:
25 March 1994 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Danger. Excitement. Adventure. It's just another day in paradise
Plot:
Randolph Spencer and Martin Brubaker were ex-Navy SEALS-turned-mercenaries who hired themselves out as soldiers of fortune for a very high fee... See more »
User Reviews:
Silly, Dumb and a Lot of Fun! A-Team meets Miami Vice meets Bay Watch See more (14 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 10 of 54)

Hulk Hogan ... Randolph J. 'Hurricane' Spencer (22 episodes, 1994)

Chris Lemmon ... Martin 'Bru' Brubaker / ... (22 episodes, 1994)

Carol Alt ... Kelly LaRew (22 episodes, 1994)

Patrick Macnee ... Edward Whitaker (22 episodes, 1994)
Russ Wheeler ... Thunder / ... (21 episodes, 1994)
Ashley Gorrell ... Jessica Whitaker Spencer (19 episodes, 1994)
Jimmy Hart ... Jimmy (16 episodes, 1994)
Ed Leslie ... Brutus / ... (14 episodes, 1994)
Kiki Shepard ... Trelawny (10 episodes, 1994)
Jim Neidhart ... Kawolski / ... (9 episodes, 1994)
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Series Directed by
Douglas Schwartz (7 episodes, 1994)
Gregory J. Bonann (5 episodes, 1994)
Lyndon Chubbuck (2 episodes, 1994)
Gus Trikonis (2 episodes, 1994)

Michael Preece (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Michael Berk (22 episodes, 1994)
Gregory J. Bonann (22 episodes, 1994)
Douglas Schwartz (22 episodes, 1994)
Tom Greene (10 episodes, 1994)

David Braff (unknown episodes)
John Hill (unknown episodes)
Bruce Kalish (unknown episodes)
Deborah Schwartz (unknown episodes)
Jonathan Torp (unknown episodes)
William Whitehead (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Gregory J. Bonann .... executive producer (22 episodes, 1994)
Tom Greene .... supervising producer (22 episodes, 1994)
David W. Hagar .... producer (22 episodes, 1994)
Michael Berk .... executive producer (1 episode, 1994)
Douglas Schwartz .... executive producer (1 episode, 1994)

Kevin L. Beggs .... producer (unknown episodes)
Paul Cajero .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
John D'Andrea (22 episodes, 1994)
Cory Lerios (22 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Cinematography by
Alan Degen (unknown episodes)
 
Series Set Decoration by
William A. Cimino (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Erin Koplow .... makeup department head (22 episodes, 1994)
Mary Ann Valdes .... hair department head (22 episodes, 1994)
Diana Thomas-Madison .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1994)

Mike Fields .... special makeup effects artist (unknown episodes)
Lee Grimes .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Lynda Kyle Walker .... hair assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Buck Allen .... second second assistant director (22 episodes, 1994)
Polly Ann Mattson .... second assistant director (22 episodes, 1994)
Edward C. Dilks .... second assistant director: second unit (21 episodes, 1994)
John Isabeau .... first assistant director (21 episodes, 1994)
Mitchell Bock .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1994)

Jeffrey T. Barabe .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
Paul Sirmons .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Jeffrey Scott Taylor .... leadman (22 episodes, 1994)
Peter Damien .... construction coordinator (16 episodes, 1994)
Jack Reeves .... lead scenic (10 episodes, 1994)
Stephen I. Erdberg .... propmaker (2 episodes, 1994)
Sean Patrick Kennedy .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 1994)

William D. McLane .... assistant property master (unknown episodes)
Alan S. Reynolds .... charge scenic artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
John Sheridan .... boom operator (22 episodes, 1994)
Michael Simpson .... sound effects editor (3 episodes, 1994)
Michael Barnitt .... sound recordist: second unit (2 episodes, 1994)
David D. Mouery .... sound assist (2 episodes, 1994)
Rob Whitehurst .... boom operator: second unit (2 episodes, 1994)

Roy Braverman .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Peggy McAffee .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
George Nemzer .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Elmo Weber .... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Thomas Kittle .... special effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Stephen Brand .... visual effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Tom Akos .... stunts / stunt double / ... (6 episodes, 1994)
John Evanko .... stunts (5 episodes, 1994)
Brian Donahue .... stunts (3 episodes, 1994)
Scott Hubbell .... utility stunts (2 episodes, 1994)
Jim O'Rear .... stunts (2 episodes, 1994)
Bill Orsini .... stunts (2 episodes, 1994)

Jason Gray .... stunt rigger (unknown episodes)
Steve Hart .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Mike Massa .... utility stunts (unknown episodes)
Ron Michaels .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Craig Shugart .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Damian Vickers .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jimmy Waitman .... stunts (unknown episodes)
C. Ransom Walrod .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Scott Workman .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Bill McConnell Jr. .... camera (22 episodes, 1994)

Jerry Bertolami .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
Don Duffield .... key grip (unknown episodes)
C.W. Fallin .... director of photography: aerial unit (unknown episodes)
Gary Haselbusch .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Randy Lewis .... best boy electric (unknown episodes)
William McConnell .... focus puller (unknown episodes)
Edward Morey III .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Todd M. Short .... best boy grip (unknown episodes)
 
Series Animation Department
Paul Aichele .... assistant animator (21 episodes, 1994)
Dave Mullins .... 3D animator (21 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barnaby Smith .... costume supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Greg Connors .... colorist (22 episodes, 1994)

Andy Geisel .... post-production coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Location Management
Rick Callan .... locations (17 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Music Department
Moira Marquis .... music score engineer (17 episodes, 1994)

Kevin J. Edelman .... music supervisor (unknown episodes)
Matthias Weber .... music programmer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Brian Kay .... driver: honeywagon (22 episodes, 1994)

Ron Parsell .... driver (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Lee Dawson .... production assistant (1 episode, 1994)
Sean Patrick Kennedy .... assistant to dop (1 episode, 1994)
David Tripet .... executive in charge (1 episode, 1994)

Sondra Dee Boyachek .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Christopher Heyn .... script coordinator (unknown episodes)
Haley Jackson .... executive associate (unknown episodes)
Bret Kane .... office production assistant (unknown episodes)
Gary Lowe .... marine coordinator (unknown episodes)
C. Ransom Walrod .... marine coordinator (unknown episodes)
 

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45 min (22 episodes)
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Trivia:
Two different hotels were used as filming locations for the Whitaker-owned hotel. While Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa at the Walt Disney World Resort was used for the majority of the series, the Don Cesar Hotel in St. Petersburg was used in the pilot.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Grand Floridian logo is visible on car Kelly and her dream man get into.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate Anthology (2006) (V)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Silly, Dumb and a Lot of Fun! A-Team meets Miami Vice meets Bay Watch, 26 July 2015
Author: humbleradio from Tokyo, Japan

I don't care what anybody says, I think these were great fun! As I said in the title, it was A-Team meets Miami Vice meets Bay Watch.

Guns, Girls, Gangsters, Gadgets and Good old fashioned fun with a capital Thunder which starts with T and rhymes with P and stands for Pool, swimming pool, that is. This is an action adventure fantasy show full of explosions, machine guns, girls in bikinis, guys in, well, swimming trunks and heaps of ham acting. And nobody dies, either! That's right, not one person is killed-to-death on this show. Nobody. Nor is there even any blood in sight, well real sickening blood, that is. Sure, the cuts and scrapes that any action hero gets in a normal day on the job are there to be seen, but nothing like you'd witness even on the tamest action flick (or computer game) nowadays. So, for me, Thunder in Paradise is sort of like Scooby Doo, only LIVE action.

It's all good formula stuff: The good guys, ex-Navy SEALs, invariably get into some kind of mess and try to find a way out of it which undoubtedly complicates things into an even bigger mess. Along the way they save the girl (or girls!), save the beach, save the hotel, save the kind old man or anyone else who needs help, and put the bad guys away - for good! Not to mention, they always get the girl in the end. Well, almost always. Oh, did I mention the huge amount of gorgeous bodies in the background of almost every beach scene? I think this show might hold the record. Carol Alt, who co-starred in it, is no slouch either. But the reigning star of the show is 'Thunder' the scarab experimental one-off water weapon that 'Spence' has built for the Navy. Hi partner 'Bru', and buddy for life pilots the hi-tech craft through calm harbors, rough seas or bullet-riddled jungle lagoons. This thing goes anywhere. And so does the plot for that matter! But you can be sure, by the story's end our heroes will be banged-up, bruised and aching, but also smiling ear to ear back at their favorite beach watering hole, the Scuttlebutt Bar N' Grill, run by Carol Alt's character 'Kelly LaRue'.

The jokes and fun, action and fights between our heroes played by Hulk Hogan and Chris Lemon (yes, Jack's son), and whatever bad guys come along, is nothing short of fantastic mediocrity! And that's why I love it. It doesn't try to be perfect or even high brow. This is simply a fun, B-movie ride of adventure and melodrama in the same way the old serials used to be - you know, those shorts that inspired "Raiders of the Lost Ark"?

Anyway, I loved it. When TV was like this, (A-Team, etc.) when there were limits as to how serious a show could get or how much gore could be shown (or inferred) for general audiences to ingest we had a lot less problems occurring in society, didn't we? A connection? Cause and effect? Does media influence society? You decide. As for me, I've already decided. Besides, I don't want to turn this review into a Marshall McCluhan seminar. All I know is, innocent, good-natured fun like this wasn't influencing young minds and inspiring disturbing behavior in real life to go out and do nasty things, or worse yet, be immune and sensitized when someone else does. Can you say the same about today's TV shows, usually glorifying a sadistic serial killer, or having us see up-close the gruesome details of a crime scene investigation which spares no blood, guts, organs and sickening details of torture for our viewing pleasure? All that stuff is child's play for most children nowadays who can recite from memory how to cut up a body for disposal, use bleach to remove DNA from a crime scene or how a month-old corpse looks when dredged up from a river. Well, that may be your cup of tea, but I believe in garbage in / garbage out. And thankfully, we get to choose our own garbage.

You can have your torture and stylish autopsies. I'll take fun in the sun and silly paradise any day.

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