Fantasy Island (1977–1984)
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Pilot 

A wealthy businesswoman attends her own funeral; A jaded hunter becomes the prey; A World War II veteran relives his romance with a woman he met in England.

Director:

Richard Lang

Writer:

Gene Levitt
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ricardo Montalban ... Mr. Roarke
Bill Bixby ... Arnold Greenwood
Sandra Dee ... Francesca Hamilton
Peter Lawford ... Grant Baines
Carol Lynley ... Elizabeth 'Liz' Hollander
Hugh O'Brian ... Paul Henley
Eleanor Parker ... Eunice Hollander Baines
Victoria Principal ... Michelle
Dick Sargent ... Charles Hollander
Tina Sinatra ... Connie Raymond (as Christina Sinatra)
Hervé Villechaize ... Tattoo (as Herve Villechaize)
Peter MacLean ... Hunter #3, Alex Davidson
Nancy Cameron Nancy Cameron ... Angel Shermin 'Most Beautiful Girl in the World'
Cedric Scott ... Hunter #2, Gitu Umbah
John McKinney John McKinney ... Hunter #1, Hugh Addams
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Storyline

A wealthy businesswoman attends her own funeral; A jaded hunter becomes the prey; A World War II veteran relives his romance with a woman he met in England.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1977 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Arcadia, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Definitely darker
5 July 2004 | by balkasterSee all my reviews

Quite agree with ubik-11 and togolane: I remember this film being much darker than the series, and I haven't seen it since I was a kid (the difference left that much of an impression). In fact, seeing the film after the series had begun, I got the impression that it was never intended to be a series, hence retooling was needed. The sense I got was that the guests were a bit evil themselves, and were lured to the island to get their comeuppance. Roarke was definitely sinister, unlike the series version, and this struck me as a horror movie. Assuming my memory is correct, the feel was like a mix of "And Then There Were None"/"Ten Little Indians", Stevenson's "The Bottle Imp" and "The Most Dangerous Game". The later series version with Malcolm MacDowell was closer in spirit to this than was the series version with Montalban.


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