MacGyver (1985–1992)
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Thief of Budapest 

MacGyver obtains a watch in Budapest that contains top secret information on microfilm. However, a young Gypsy girl steals the watch from MacGyver and he must get it back.


John Patterson


Terry Nation (opening gambit written by), Stephen Downing (opening gambit written by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Dean Anderson ... MacGyver
Michael Constantine ... Hungarian Inspector Jan Messic
Bruce Abbott ... Russian agent Nikolaj Kossov
Kelly McClain Kelly McClain ... Jana
Sue Kiel Sue Kiel ... Reena
E.M. Margolese E.M. Margolese ... Alex
Charles Raymond Charles Raymond ... Stephan
Robert Hallak ... Bruno
John Prudhont ... Peter
Sid Haig ... Khan
Nicholas Kadi ... Nikolaj Grodsky
Charles Joseph Martin Charles Joseph Martin ... Cernik
T. Lee Griffin T. Lee Griffin ... Lanko
Magda Harout Magda Harout ... Woman
Jim Gosa Jim Gosa ... Grosz


MacGyver sneaks in a Middle Eastern tribal leader's camp to return a priceless thoroughbred, the theft of which was fared to start a tribal war which might sparkle a big one, is cornered, wins the duel unarmed on horseback and is picked up with the precious mount; that story ends well right there. Just back, Mac is personally asked to receive confidential information from fellow secret agent Nikolaj Grodsky in then communist Hungary's capital Budapast. He catches gypsy girl Jana picking his knife from his pocket, only to find after he lets her go she struck again already. The thief picked Nikolaj's pocket too, unnoticed, just before he's terminally hit by a car when running for Russian agent Kossov, who searches the corps in vain for his watch but sees Mac and Jana on traffic camera recordings and orders both brought in, helped by Hungarian police inspector Jan Messic. When Mac finds Jana, she tells him in tears to fear for her family as she already passed the watch to her brother ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Did You Know?


The minis are always shown in Red, White, Blue order, to represent the colors of the United Kingdom. See more »


When MacGyver exits the tent after stealing back the horse, the sky is clear, bright blue - no clouds. Just a few moments later when he reaches the beach, the sky is completely overcast and gray. See more »


[first lines]
MacGyver: [voice-over narration] There was a time when about the worst thing you can say about a man was that he was a horse thief. In some places, that's still true today. Particularly when the horse that gets stolen belongs to a king... and it's considered to be, maybe, the most expensive horse alive.
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MacGyver Theme
Written by Randy Edelman
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9 November 2020 | by bevo-13678See all my reviews

I like the bit where he uses his resourcefulness to get it of a tricky situation

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Release Date:

13 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Mono (seasons 1-3) (TV version)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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