The A-Team 1.01,02 Mexican Slayride (1983, TV) – 4/10 review

George Peppard: John "Hannibal" Smith
Melinda Culea: Amy Amanda Allen
Tim Dunigan: Templeton "Face" Peck
Dwight Schultz: "Howling Mad" Murdock
Mr. T: Bosco "B.A." Baracus
Executive Producer: Stephen J. Cannell
Co-Executive Producer: Frank Lupo
Writer (Series’ Creator): Frank Lupo
Writer (Series’ Creator): Stephen J. Cannell
Writer: Frank Lupo
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell
Director: Rod Holcomb
William Lucking: Colonel Lynch
Philip Sterling: Grant Eldridge
Sergio Calderon: Valdez
Ron Palillo:
Melody Anderson: Avon – Airplane Salesgirl
William Windom: Al Massey
Stunt Coordinator: Craig R. Baxley
Second Unit Director: Craig R. Baxley

A-Team, The 1.01,02 Mexican Slayride (1983)

Reporter Al Massey gets himself kidnapped in Mexico but friend and fellow reporter Amy Allen can’t get anyone to help or take her seriously when he doesn’t report in. She hears about a team of mercenaries called the A-Team and sets out to find if they really exist and if she can hire them.

4/10

It’s rather difficult to see what made the A-Team such a successful show from this pilot. It doesn’t have an interesting or even convincing story and the script is regularly so awful, it is as if the makers presume audiences don’t watch their show with the sound on. George Peppard doesn’t even play himself all the way through enlisting a back-of-wig double even for some dialogue scenes. The two things that do stand out about this pilot episode are a number of terrific vehicle stunts and, unforgettably, Mr T. He delivers the gruff exterior / sweet interior character with considerable charm and charisma and would be rewarded by becoming an international icon.

This A-Team, The episode contains bad language and violence.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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