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Dana Lambert (as Lesley Warren)
Ta-Tanisha ...
Maryana 'Gabby' Renfrow (as Ta Tanisha)
Ivor Barry ...
Chief Inspector Banco
John Alderson ...
John S. Ragin ...
Pharmacist (as John Ragin)
Michael St. Clair ...
Elaine Church ...
Pharmacist's Wife
Edgar Winston ...
Police Sergeant
Joseph Lancaster ...
Kirk Scott ...


A picture perfect extraction mission in a white dominated African country goes suddenly awry when an interrogator arrives unexpectedly. A well disguised member of the MI team is wounded but is aided by an angel of mercy with a secret past and reward seeking friend. As their fondness for each other grows, Paris serves as an all too convincing decoy while the rest of the team searches for their lost comrade. Written by David Foss

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21 November 1970 (USA)  »

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Voice artist Vic Perrin can be heard several times, including as the voice of the policeman with whom Chief Inspector Banco converses during the car chase near the end and as the voice of the helicopter pilot on the two occasions that he has dialogue. See more »


When Barney is in the secret room with Maryana, he asks her about her family and she writes on her slate. The overhead shot of her writing shows the words "All dead" on an otherwise freshly-cleaned slate, but in a side shot as she continues writing, the slate suddenly has evident chalk dust and the remains of words incompletely erased to allow for more writing. See more »


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Person on Tape: [voice on tape] Good morning, Mr. Phelps. For the past ten years, the all-white government of African East Victoria has held Dr. Frederick Koldah prisoner. Now Koldah, black leader of a movement for the establishment of a biracial democracy, a symbol of freedom for all Africa, is seriously ill. Koldah has been transferred to a hospital in the capitol where, according to our best information, he is receiving little or no treatment and is under intensive interrogation. Your mission, ...
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Superior Fifth Season Outing that Made Good Use of a Contemporary Subject
9 November 2008 | by (Ukiah, California) – See all my reviews

Like the previous season's "Terror," "Hunted" was a rare episode of "Mission: Impossible" that seemed to take place in the real world. Although the name of the country was fictional, the episode could have been about then-real life apartheid Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) or South Africa. For many years after this episode was aired, it was one of the few shows that seemed not to age, unlike the many Iron Curtain and banana republic episodes that seemed outdated as soon as the series ended. Ironically, events have outrun "Hunted," too, as majoritarian rule has taken over in this part of Africa -- though with sometimes tragic results, as in Zimbabwe.

This show has a number of things to recommend it. For once, the teaser simply begins with Jim Phelps getting his taped mission; too often, the teaser was wasted film, as the audience was shown something that then was described on the tape. Bruce Geller's insight had been that by using a taped message to explain the mission, the writers could eliminate an entire act that would have been necessary to provide the same information — but the use of the teaser during the last three seasons of the series was an unnecessary change in format.

Like the previous season's "Death Squad," this episode also focuses on Barney; ironically, the mission itself is accomplished without much effort, and the show becomes a rescue story and not a typical example of Mission derring-do (although there are still some touches of the usual disguises, local costuming, and the like). Paris is also given a larger task here than in some of the other fifth season outings, and he gets more than he bargained for as he tries to act as a decoy drawing the police away from where Barney is hiding.

Unlike the other, more personal "Barney story" in the previous season's "Death Squad," Greg Morris doesn't get a chance to show off any of Barney's usual technical wizardry. Most of his scenes are quiet, character-driven moments with the lovely actress Ta-Tanisha as the deaf seamstress Maryana. Morris' quiet underplaying serves those scenes as well as it usually did his cool, unflappable secret agent, and his scenes with the young actress are some of his best work in the series.

This episode is also largely Dana-free (a good thing any time that that happens this season), and for once Doug's presence as a doctor serves well as the surrogate Willy, whose character was being considered for elimination from the series (something that, thankfully, wasn't done). Mention also should be made of some good performances by the supporting players, especially Ivor Barry as Chief Inspector Banco (an unreconstructed supporter of white rule) and Herbert Jefferson as Maryana's scheming cousin, who's happy to turn in the fugitive for the reward. There's also a brief appearance by a *very* young Joe Morton (his first credited role) as a clerk in a pharmacy (identified, correctly, as a "chemist" shop on the window) who assists Paris, whom he believes has helped free an anti-apartheid leader. In sum, "Hunted" is both a rare good fifth season show — and one of the best at that.

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