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"Profit" (1996) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1996-

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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
8 April 1996 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Name You Can't Trust
Plot:
Jim Profit works for a multinational company, and isn't above using any means necessary to get ahead... See more »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Clever, sharp, multi-layered and dark. Superbly directed and acted See more (49 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 18)

Adrian Pasdar ... Jim Profit (8 episodes, 1996-1997)

Lisa Darr ... Gail Koner (8 episodes, 1996-1997)

Lisa Blount ... Bobbi Stakowski (8 episodes, 1996-1997)

Jack Gwaltney ... Pete Gracen (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
Allison Hossack ... Nora Gracen (8 episodes, 1996-1997)

Keith Szarabajka ... Charles Henry "Chaz" Gracen (8 episodes, 1996-1997)

Lisa Zane ... Joanne Meltzer (8 episodes, 1996-1997)

Sherman Augustus ... Jeffrey Sykes (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
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Series Directed by
Robert Iscove (4 episodes, 1996-1997)
 
Series Writing credits
David Greenwalt (4 episodes, 1996-1997)
John McNamara (3 episodes, 1996-1997)

Series Produced by
Stephen J. Cannell .... executive producer / producer (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
David Greenwalt .... executive producer (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
Robert Iscove .... co-executive producer / producer (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
John McNamara .... executive producer (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
Connie Dolphin .... associate producer (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
Fiona Duncanson .... associate producer (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
W.K. Scott Meyer .... co-producer (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
John B. Moranville .... producer (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
 
Series Original Music by
Walter Murphy (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
Mike Post (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Cinematography by
Peter F. Woeste (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
Rodney Charters (3 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Film Editing by
Alan L. Shefland (4 episodes, 1996-1997)
Casey O. Rohrs (3 episodes, 1996-1997)
 
Series Casting by
Simon Ayer (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
 
Series Production Design by
Richard Hudolin (1 episode, 1996)
 
Series Art Direction by
Glen W. Pearson (7 episodes, 1996-1997)

Bridget McGuire (unknown episodes)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Michael Bethune (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
Lesley Beale (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
 
Series Costume Design by
Gregory Mah (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
 
Series Makeup Department
Dianne Pelletier .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
Michael Pachal .... hair stylist (7 episodes, 1996-1997)

Debra Regnier .... assistant makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Hugh Spencer-Phillips .... production manager (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sheila Carpenter .... second assistant director (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
John Mavrogeorge .... third assistant director (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
Richard Coleman .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1996-1997)
Tim Sereda .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1996-1997)

Andy Mikita .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Gordon Bellamy .... construction sculptor (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
Frank Haddad .... head greensman (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
Brent Lane .... property master (7 episodes, 1996-1997)

Chris Claridge .... construction coordinator (unknown episodes)
Barry Kootchin .... head scenic artist (unknown episodes)
Kimberley Regent .... property buyer (unknown episodes)
Chris Sneddon .... construction foreman (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Ken Biehl .... sound re-recording mixer (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
Jim Harrington .... foley artist (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
Michael Keeping .... foley artist (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
Greg Stewart .... sound re-recording mixer (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
David Husby .... sound mixer (7 episodes, 1996-1997)

Stephen Cheung .... adr mixer / dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Andrew Chamberlayne .... special effects coordinator (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Michelle Comens .... visual effects coordinator (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
Marusha Xeros .... visual effects coordinator (6 episodes, 1996-1997)

Eric Alba .... visual effects supervisor: Northwest Imaging & FX (unknown episodes)
Steward Burris .... computer graphic artist: North West Imaging & FX (unknown episodes)
Paul Patrick Quinn .... visual effects producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Kirk Jarrett .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 1996-1997)
Danny Virtue .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 1996-1997)

Scott Nicholson .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew Mulkani .... key grip (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
Paul Slatter .... gaffer (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
Julian Chojnacki .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1996)
David Crone .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1997)
Lecily Corbett .... assistant camera (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Casting Department
Stacey Levy .... casting associate: Los Angeles (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
Lindsay Walker .... casting: Vancouver (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rena Campbell .... assistant costume designer (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
 
Series Music Department
Libby Pedersen .... music editor (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
Mike Post .... composer: theme music (6 episodes, 1996-1997)

David Sibley .... music supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Allan Morgan .... transportation coordinator (7 episodes, 1996-1997)

James Perenseff .... transportation manager: Cannell (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Kim Cowan .... unit publicist (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
Grace Curcio .... assistant: Stephen J. Cannell (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
Kyle Ham .... assistant to co-executive producers / assistant to executive producer (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
Bruce L. Brownstein .... location manager (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
Candice Field .... script supervisor (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
Shana Fischer Huber .... assistant to executive producer (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
Erica Maletz .... production coordinator (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
Scott Steyns .... playback coordinator (6 episodes, 1996-1997)
Jacqueline Lovejoy .... publicist (4 episodes, 1996)

Danny Ho .... computer playback operator (unknown episodes)
Susan Murray .... assistant production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Darren Robertson .... playback coordinator (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
45 min (7 episodes) | 90 min (pilot)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »

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Trivia:
Entertainment Weekly included Profit in its 25 Greatest Cult TV Shows Ever" at position #14 in the September 29, 2009 issue.See more »
Quotes:
Charles Henry "Chaz" Gracen:The day he gets hit by a bus, I believe in God again.See more »
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42 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Clever, sharp, multi-layered and dark. Superbly directed and acted, 16 October 2005
Author: Richard Brunton from Edinburgh, Scotland

Profit poses many interesting questions, even before you watch the series. It was applauded by critics and failed when broadcast, so who got it wrong? The critics, the network, or perhaps it was the audience?

After watching the DVD, I'm convinced. This time the critics were spot on.

The creators looked to the corporate world and brought a complete sociopath into it, then layered style galore, and managed to keep the costs down and still produce some excellent drama which, although slightly dated in looks, could compete well with today's programming with its dark and edgy feel.

Series The series opens strongly in the first few episodes, the dating is apparent more in the quality of picture than anything else although some hairstyles do give away the years quite effectively as well as the phones they use, other than that you'd be forgiven for mistaking the release date.

There's a great sense of direction early on in the series and a real sense of Profit controlling and just how truly amoral he really is. The character is crafted so well and the events of each episode carefully orchestrated to show his slight and careful manipulation of other characters in order to manoeuvre them to his needs and his ultimate goal.

Unfortunately the careful crafting of the episode and the power of the character of Profit seems to dull towards the end of the series. His involvement in events becomes more direct, more obvious, much less clever. He actually feels much more like a henchman running to keep up with events around him than the opening sociopath.

That said, the first half of the series really does keep the focus on his power and manipulation, and to great effect. The whole premise of the show is superb, concentrating on the truly driven character at the centre, a character with no morals at all.

The episodes are multi-layered and complex, weaving multiple threads of the storyline together building them to a strong and very satisfying conclusion. They are dark and edgy yet it's not all serious and there is a far bit of comic value in the series ranging from the darkly comic to the odd moment of silliness. Neither overpowers the main feel of the movie though and these moments are well woven into the series.

One of the main devices used throughout the series is the voice-over of Profit, this is used to open and close each episode as well as providing insight throughout and some further exposition. Surprisingly this works really well as it does make you feel as though Profit is leading you through this journey as he does so many characters in the series. It's not so much used to say "Here's what's happening" but more "Here's what I'm going to make happen", it takes you right into his world from the opening moment.

Pasdar is superb as Profit, as is Szarabajka who plays the MD of G&G, there are some really strong performances from secondary characters throughout the series.

The two man team of David Greenwalt and John McNamara have done a wonderful job of developing this character and threading together the episodes, as well as the threads within each episode.

Sound: DDStereo The audio was clear and a very good soundtrack carried through the series. There was no real need for anything over Digital Stereo as there aren't any moments of loud action or explosions. The contrast of levels between shouts and whispers were good so that no volume adjustments were required.

Picture: 1.33:1 You can tell from the film style that this is from the nineties, it lacks the crispness of today's television, yet that's not a distraction. The picture does look really good, even on the then futuristic computer animation. The picture is good and clear with great colours and lighting particularly when visiting Profit's own private home. There's not an abundance of camera work and hand-held here, but there are some excellently filmed and framed scenes, with great use of crane and dolly shots.

Extras: Seven episodes including two hour pilot, Featurette with interviews and discussion from the creator and stars, Audio Commentaries on some episodes with Pasdar, Greenwalt and McNamara.

The Commentaries are interesting and entertaining, but perhaps the strongest and most revealing is that of the Pilot where the creators and main star give away most of the information you'll hear later on.

There's a lot of insightful discussion into the creation and development of the show and of the Profit character, as well as the story behind the sell of the series. It really does sound as though the show was developed around the character.

The discussions give us an impression of how much the actor was involved, how deep the character development of the series was, and how the relationships between the characters and the people on set developed and grew.

There's not many commentaries I can say this about, but this one really gets you excited about the show, the filming and the acting. Their passion for the character and the series really does get under your skin.

This passion extends into the other commentaries, all except the final episode which is surprisingly disappointing after the bar being raised so high on the first. There's little incisive examination of the episode, what was going to happen, and what could have been.

The featurette takes off where the commentaries left and builds more on the relationships of the characters and crew, as well as delving further into the darkness of Profit the series and the character.

Overall Profit is clever, sharp and superbly directed. It's a very clever and complex tale which when watched now, really does show that it heralded the dark and edgy television which we are now craving more and more of today. Who would have thought that watching someone this evil would be so enjoyable?

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