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"The Master" Max (1984)

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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
20 January 1984 (Season 1, Episode 1)
In the opening episode of this series John Peter McAllister is introduced as an American who remained in Japan after the War and became a Ninja... See more » | Add synopsis »
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"A ninja does not betray his destiny. You will die." See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Lee Van Cleef ... John Peter McAllister

Timothy Van Patten ... Max Keller

Shô Kosugi ... Okasa (as Sho Kosugi)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Abelar ... Mechanic

Claude Akins ... Mr. Trumbull
Gerry Black ... Truck Driver
John Di Fusco ... Man in Bar

Clu Gulager ... Mr. Christensen
John Lehne ... Havilland

Peter Looney ... Jim Powell

Bill McKinney ... Sheriff Kyle

Demi Moore ... Holly Trumbull
W.T. Zacha ... Bartender

Gregory J. Barnett ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Gene LeBell ... Brawler (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Robert Clouse 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Sloan  writer

Produced by
Judith Pritchard .... associate producer
Michael Sloan .... executive producer
Nigel Watts .... producer
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
Les Hooper 
Cinematography by
Michel Hugo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Neil Travis 
Casting by
Toni Howard 
Lynn Stalmaster 
Art Direction by
William McAllister 
Set Decoration by
Marc E. Meyer Jr. 
Production Management
Joe Boston .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chip Chalmers .... assistant director
Craig Huston .... first assistant director
Cathy Kinsock .... second assistant director
Dirk Petersmann .... first assistant director
Richard H. Prince .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Charles McCann .... supervising sound editor
Tom Ruff .... a.d.r. mixer
Denise Whiting .... adr editor
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects
Gary Davis .... stunt coordinator
Shô Kosugi .... stunt coordinator
Ed Anders .... stunt double: Lee Van Cleef (uncredited)
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt double: Lee Van Cleef (uncredited)
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Pat Romano .... stunts (uncredited)
Spice Williams-Crosby .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Kibbe .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Steve Potter .... assistant editor
Music Department
Bill Conti .... composer: theme music
Transportation Department
Marlo Hellerstein .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
June Christopher .... dubbed voice
Tamra Fitzgerald .... production secretary (as Tamera Fitzgerald)
Shô Kosugi .... ninja choreographer
Edward Mannix .... dubbed voice
Terry Morse Jr. .... production executive
Johnine Novosel .... assistant to producer
Tom Sawyer .... executive story consultant
Beverly Setlowe .... production coordinator
Tami Smight .... assistant to producer

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Sloan  creator

Ed Anders .... stunts: Lee Van Cleef
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts
Dick Durock .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
Michael M. Vendrell .... stunts
Dick Warlock .... stunts
Music Department
James D. Young .... music editor
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Christensen turns and fires his gun in Max's direction, a shot can be heard but no muzzle flash comes from the gun.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Rocky III (1982)See more »


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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
"A ninja does not betray his destiny. You will die.", 28 August 2010
Author: R C from United States

These are lines uttered by the antagonistic ninja played by Sho Kosugi (Revenge of the Ninja) in this episode of The Master, a dose of classic television kitsch from the 1980s, that golden decade of ninja schlock.

Western star Lee Van Cleef is miscast but still cool as the only occidental American ever to be trained as a ninja. He's returned to the U.S. to locate a long-lost daughter and along the way he meets freewheeling, van-driving Timothy Van Patten (notable as the scariest punk in Class of 1984), joining him in combating an evil real estate developer (Clu Gulager from Return of the Living Dead) looking to put up a mall on Demi Moore's father's land.

Fast-paced, easy-going viewing, and fun in innocuous 80s fashion, the show features exotic ninja weapons, the expected ninja wisdom, and the absolutely obligatory scenes of ninja martial arts training. For the curious, this episode is included in Mill Creek's Ninja Assassins DVD 10-Pack along with some other glorious ninja crapola.

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