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The A-Team 

Four Vietnam vets, framed for a crime they didn't commit, help the innocent while on the run from the military.
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Complete series cast summary:
George Peppard ...  John 'Hannibal' Smith 97 episodes, 1983-1987
Dwight Schultz ...  'Howling Mad' Murdock 97 episodes, 1983-1987
Mr. T ...  B.A. Baracus 97 episodes, 1983-1987
Dirk Benedict ...  Templeton 'Faceman' Peck 96 episodes, 1983-1987
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At the end of their stint in Vietnam, Col. John "Hannibal" Smith and his team were framed for robbing the Bank of Hanoi (which they had done, but under orders), and sent to a US military prison. They escaped and went on the run, pursued first by Col. Lynch and later by Col. Decker. While on the lam, they became heroes for hire, working as good-guy vigilantes around the US or the world. Hannibal was their leader and an expert at disguises. Face was the team's con artist and ladies man. BA (officially "Bad Attitude") was their mechanic, but also took care of mayhem and intimidation. The final member of the Team, "Howling Mad" Murdock, was an expert pilot, and a certified lunatic--they broke him out of a mental hospital whenever they needed him for a mission. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Release Date:

23 January 1983 (USA) See more »

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The A-Team See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Trivia

The crime the team didn't commit was that their commanding officer in Vietnam, Colonel Morrison, ordered them to rob the Bank of Hanoi. The hope was that this would help bring the war to an end. The mission was successful, but when they returned to headquarters, the A-Team found it burned to the ground, and that Morrison was murdered by the Viet Cong. All the evidence that they were acting under orders vanished in the fire. See more »

Goofs

In order to have become a Green Beret BA Baracus would have to have undergone Airborne Training and completed a number of parachute jumps. Yet according to his mother he was afraid of flying even from an early age. However, given BA's tenacity and toughness, that doesn't discount the possibility that he did many parachute jumps simply because he wanted to face that fear and overcome it. In addition, given that Murdock's flying is blamed as well for BA's fear of flying, it's likely that his phobia was exacerbated dealing with his experiences with Murdock's piloting on duty. See more »

Quotes

B.A. Baracus: [about 'Howling Mad' Murdock] Guy's not long for this world!
Hannibal: I'm not sure he was ever in it.
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Alternate Versions

In the French version the character names of Face, Murdoch and B.A. were changed to Futé, Looping and Barracuda respectively. Additionally the main title theme was replaced with a French song. See more »

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Television defined the eighties
16 October 2000 | by Dean-67See all my reviews

Nothing defined the eighties so much as the television we watched. Dallas. The Young and the Restless. The Dukes of Hazzard. He-Man. The Greatest American Hero. Airwolf. Knight Rider.

In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they did not commit. They promptly escaped a maximum security stockade into the Los Angeles Underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they exist as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire...

The A-Team.

With a script any eight year old would love, the four members of the A-Team went off every week to somewhere in America to help someone who couldn't find help anywhere else. They battled impossible odds (with impossible storylines) and managed to stay one step ahead of the law. They were always predictable, heroic, and fun. God bless the eighties, and long live TV Land.


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