The A Team

The A Team

1983 - United States

"In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive 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." 

A group of ex-Vietnam Commandos band together to form an unlikely partnership in order to assist the victims of injustice, whilst on the run themselves for a crime that they did not commit. Each member of the team possessed his own specialist talent, Hannibal Smith (George Peppard), the leader of the group was a master of disguise, Howling Mad Murdoch (Dwight Shultz) was the pilot sprung from a psychiatric hospital in order to join the team, BA -standing for Bad Attitiude- Baracus (Mr.T -real name Lawrence Tureaud) was a master mechanic, and Faceman (Dirk Benedict) was the procurer of all the teams material needs. Eventually the A-Team became government agents and were joined by special effects expert, Dishpan (Eddie Velez). The series enjoyed great success on both sides of the Atlantic with its comic strip style of action packed adventures.

Published on November 25th, 2018. Written by Laurence Marcus for Television Heaven.

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