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"Harsh Realm" Pilot (1999)

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Original Air Date:
8 October 1999 (Season 1, Episode 1)
Lt. Hobbes, a young Marine, volunteers to test the military's newest tool, a virtual reality training... See more » | Full synopsis »
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From the creator of "The X-Files". One of the silliest television shows ever made. See more (11 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Scott Bairstow ... Lt. Thomas Hobbes

D.B. Sweeney ... Mike Pinnochio

Terry O'Quinn ... General Omar Santiago

Samantha Mathis ... Sophie Green

Rachel Hayward ... Florence

Sarah-Jane Redmond ... Inga Fossa

Max Martini ... Waters (as Maximilian Martini)
Michael David Simms ... Lt. Colonel Gilovich

Mark Houghton ... 3rd Officer

Ron Selmour ... Bartender (as Ronald Selmour)

Kurt Max Runte ... Unit Commander Forsch

Sylvesta Stuart ... Sergeant Peter McGonagle

Russell Porter ... Republican Guard Soldier

D. Neil Mark ... Sentry

José Vargas ... Latino Man (as Jose Vargas)
Dmitro Krasnogolov ... Bosnian Youth
Tassis Bifano ... Young Bosnian Girl

Robert Seckler ... Doorman
Vinnie ... Dexter the Dog
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gillian Anderson ... Video Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Lance Henriksen ... General (uncredited)
Carla Mack ... Refugee (uncredited)
Gerald Scarr ... Mutilated Soldier (uncredited)
Cameron K. Smith ... Republican Guard Soldier (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Daniel Sackheim 
Writing credits
Chris Carter (created by)

Chris Carter (written by)

James D. Hudnall  comic (uncredited)
Andrew Paquette  comic (uncredited)

Produced by
Chris Carter .... executive producer
George A. Grieve .... co-producer (as George Grieve)
Daniel Sackheim .... executive producer
Frank Spotnitz .... executive producer
Janace Tashjian .... co-producer
Tony To .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mark Snow 
Cinematography by
Joel Ransom (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Kewley 
Casting by
Marc Hirschfeld  (as Liberman/Hirschfeld Casting)
Meg Liberman  (as Liberman/Hirschfeld Casting)
Stacy Wise 
Production Design by
Graeme Murray 
Art Direction by
Greg Loewen 
Michael Diner (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Penny A. Chalmers  (as Penny Chalmers)
Costume Design by
Caroline Cranstoun 
Makeup Department
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker
Toby Lindala .... special effects makeup designer
Janet MacDonald .... hair stylist
Dianne Pelletier .... makeup artist
Shauna Magrath .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Thomas Newman .... lab crew (uncredited)
Geoff Redknap .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Vince Yoshida .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Steve Dunning .... post-production supervisor
George A. Grieve .... unit production manager (as George Grieve)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brent Crowell .... third assistant director
Mark D. Currie .... second assistant director
Alexis Labra .... trainee assistant director
Vladimir Stefoff .... first assistant director
Art Department
Matthew Clancy .... scenic carpenter
John Delaney .... storyboard artist
Gabriel Hardman .... storyboard artist (as Gabe Hardman)
Salmon Harris .... storyboard artist
Dan Lambert .... construction coordinator
David Perun .... property master
Lynda Chapple .... key props buyer (uncredited)
Adrian Dowell .... construction lead hand (uncredited)
Frank Haddad .... head greensman (uncredited)
Paula R. Montgomery .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Dennis Simard .... lead set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kevin Patrick Burns .... sound re-recording mixer (as Kevin Burns)
Jim Fitzpatrick .... sound re-recording mixer
Barbara Issak .... dialogue editor
Michael McGee .... sound mixer
David Melhase .... adr & foley editor
Roger Morris .... adr mixer
Myron Nettinga .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Thomas Nist .... sound effects editor (as Tom Nist)
Richard Taylor .... sound supervisor
Robert Ewing .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Bradley C. Katona .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Paul Longstaffe .... dialog & adr editor (uncredited)
Fred Tator .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
W.A. Andrew Sculthorp .... special effects coordinator (as Andrew Sculthorp)
Attila Vaski .... set supervisor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mat Beck .... visual effects producer
Ryan Thompson .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Jim Dunn .... stunt performer
Tony Morelli .... stunt coordinator
Nickolas Baric .... stunt performer (uncredited)
T.J. Shanks .... stunts: special skills (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Buckmaster .... gaffer (as Richard 'Bucky' Buckmaster)
Al Campbell .... key grip
Kevin Hall .... camera operator: "b" camera
Marty McInally .... Steadicam operator
Marty McInally .... camera operator: "a" camera
Michael Bruce Adams .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Cory Budney .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Reid Cohoon .... dolly grip: "b" camera (uncredited)
Kevin Haverty .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer (uncredited)
Simon Jori .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (uncredited)
Richard Sinclair .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Chris Turner .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Glen Winter .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Heike Brandstatter .... casting associate
Coreen Mayrs .... casting: Canada
Lisa Ratke .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jojo MacDowall .... breakdown artist (uncredited)
Jojo MacDowall .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Barry Cohen .... on-line editor
Michael Hofacre .... assistant editor
Scott Klein .... master colorist
Beth Tashjian .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Jon Mack .... singer: songs
Larold Rebhun .... scoring mixer
Jeff Charbonneau .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tim Fortin .... transportation captain
Mike Sassen .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Mary Astadourian .... executive assistant: Chris Carter
Ron Blecker .... military technical advisor
Debbie Coe .... animal trainer
Suzanne Cross .... location production assistant
Terri Depaolo .... assistant: Tony To (as Terri DePaolo)
Rick Dugdale .... key production assistant
Michele Fazekas .... assistant: Frank Spotnitz
Craig Forrest .... location manager
Charles Forsch .... assistant: Chris Carter (as Chuck Forsch)
Rob Fournier .... armourer
Rob Fournier .... stunt performer
Ken Hovgaard .... production assistant
Cathy Lauzon .... head accountant
Helen MaComb .... production coordinator
Ramsey McDaniel .... title designer: main titles
Nancy Mosher Hall .... assistant: Daniel Sackheim and Tony To, Vancouver
Alison Rou .... assistant: Daniel Sackheim
Tom Teotico .... production assistant
Helga Ungurait .... script supervisor
Amber Woodward .... assistant: Chris Carter
Derek Carlson .... background performer (uncredited)
Rob Fournier .... armorer (uncredited)
Anil Patadé .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)
S. Steven Sach .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Kent Sponagle .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Raliegh Wilson .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Shane Zander .... laboratory assistant (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chris Carter  created by

Casting by
Coreen Mayrs 
Makeup Department
Leah Ehman .... assistant makeup artist
Rachel Griffin .... special makeup effects artist
Leanne Rae Podavin .... special makeup effects artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Akram Fakhfakh .... assistant director: second unit
Akram Fakhfakh .... second assistant director
Debra Herst .... third assistant director
Art Department
John Burke .... scenic artist
Kenny Gibbs .... props
Greg Venturi .... graphic artist
Sound Department
Chris Glyn-Jones .... boom operator
Jason W. Jennings .... sound effects editor
Gary Krause .... sound effects editor
Eric Lamontagne .... sound mixer
Jon Lavender .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Harry Tomsic .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Adam Stern .... digital artist
Nick Allen .... stunts
James Bamford .... stunt double: D.B. Sweeney
Sylvain Cameron .... stunts
Jim Dunn .... stunts (2 episodes)
Jovan Nenadic .... stunt double
Scott Nicholson .... stunts
Marshall Virtue .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Justin Bergler .... clapper loader: "b" camera
David Gray .... still photographer
A.J. Vesak .... aerial camera operator
Joe Waistell .... first assistant camera: second unit
Tony Whiteside .... best boy grip
Casting Department
Scott Baldyga .... casting assistant
Transportation Department
James Perenseff .... transportation captain
Other crew
Bonnie Judd .... dog trainer
Ryan Judd .... assistant trainer
Karen McCullough .... assistant production coordinator
Art Pickering .... assistant to writer
Jay St. Louis .... assistant location manager
Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (presented in Dolby Surround)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The word "a-hole" is uttered by Pinocchio in the pilot episode, the first time this word was used on network television.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Inside 'Harsh Realm' (2004) (V)See more »


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5 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
From the creator of "The X-Files". One of the silliest television shows ever made., 25 June 2004
Author: practiced_bravado from San Antonio, TX

In the fall of 1999, Chris Carter's "Harsh Realm" debuted on the Fox Network to some of the lowest ratings ever for a premiere. Taking over the slot vacated by the cancelled "Millennium", it was an adaption of an obscure sci-fi comic book. The comic had dealt with "pocket universes", but Carter's show dumped its characters and used the concept of virtual reality to tell stories.

Unfortunately, "The Matrix" had been released earlier in the year and this show probably looked like some kind of bad rip-off to the public. It played out like a cross between that landmark film and Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now". As you would guess, the mix just didn't work. It was pretty cheesy.

In fact, during it's short three episode run, "Harsh Realm" dealt with the idea of fate and it had, believe it or not, a "savior" for those stuck inside the VR. Actress Samantha Morton had the misfortune of saying the line "You're The One!" near the end of the pilot episode. It was funny, something I don't think the show wanted to be.

After "The Matrix", Carter's new show was too little, too late and was doomed from the start. Even if "The Matrix" hadn't come out, this show still probably wouldn't have succeeded. It was just plain bad. It needed to be a movie because the limited budget of TV was not enough to bring out the vision this concept really needed.

Oh, well. We all make mistakes. Mr. Carter, I forgive you.

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