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


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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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Release Date:

13 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kelly McClain's voice is obviously, and at times poorly dubbed; it's not certain if it is her voice or that of someone else. See more »


Budapest is located in the Eastern part of Hungaria. The border to Austria is several hours away. Therefore, the car chase cannot possibly reach the Austrian border after just a few miles driving. 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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Loved seeing McGyver steal the King's horse and...SPOILERS
23 March 2009 | by donbren-1See all my reviews

I loved seeing MacGyver steal the king's horse, unpack a saddle from his own back pack, and then ride right passed the shiny new gray American vehicle hidden under the canvas in the bandits' camp. * All this while out-riding the whole gang of seasoned saddle-ready bandits, doing the knight's lance trick, unseating the king of the bandits in the process. * And, then out running the bandits down the beach through the water, and all this before being helli-lifted into the sky while still astride the beautiful white horse, whinnying as MacGyver comments "I don't blame you, I hate heights, too!" as the bandits ride helplessly below

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