History Trivia / TheATeam

16th Aug '17 9:21:44 PM nombretomado
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* XMeetsY: NBC President Brandon Tartikoff pitched the series to Creator/StephenJCannell (the co-creator) as "a cross between ''Film/TheDirtyDozen'', ''Series/MissionImpossible'', ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'', ''Film/MadMax'', and ''Series/HillStreetBlues'', with Creator/MrT driving the car."
14th Aug '17 3:10:36 AM Cindylover1969
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** While other details are different, the season 2 episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS2E2RecipeForHeavyBread Recipe For Heavy Bread]]" and the season 4 episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS4E9MindGames Mind Games]]" bear many similarities. The villains are both [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Viet Cong]] war criminals turned mob bosses, both named General Chow (despite being separate characters), and the plot of both episodes revolves around the team trying to trick this elusive General Chow into revealing himself so he can be taken down.

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** While other details are different, the season 2 episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS2E2RecipeForHeavyBread Recipe For Heavy Bread]]" and the season 4 episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS4E9MindGames Mind Games]]" bear many similarities. The villains are both [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Viet Cong]] war criminals turned mob bosses, both named General Chow (despite being separate characters), and the plot of both episodes revolves around the team trying to trick this elusive General Chow into revealing himself so he can be taken down. Both episodes, indeed, came from Creator/StephenJCannell's typewriter.
12th Aug '17 9:31:01 AM ClintEastwood
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* ApprovalOfGod: While Dwight Schultz was negative about the film, he was ''very'' complimentary of Sharlto Copley as Murdock.

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* ApprovalOfGod: While Dwight Schultz Creator/DwightSchultz was negative about the film, he was ''very'' complimentary of Sharlto Copley as Murdock.Murdock.
* BoxOfficeBomb: Budget, $110 million. Box office, $77,222,099 (domestic), $177,238,796 (worldwide). Sadly the final film released during producer Stephen J. Cannell's life (he received posthumous credits on ''21 and 22 Jump Street''). Another one of the producers, Iain Smith, didn't have a major film billing until ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', writer/actor Brian Bloom didn't deal with major league cinema again, and ''The A-Team'' series has yet to return to action outside of the video game ''VideoGame/LegoDimensions'' (a game driven in part by nostalgia franchises of TheEighties, which may be a damning compliment for the A-Team).



** Whilst only Dirk Benedict & Dwight Schultz took up the invitation, a cameo was also offered to Mr. T - he declined, with Mr. T saying in different interviews that it was because he felt the film was too violent or because he wanted to actually reprise his role of B.A. Baracus.

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** Whilst only Dirk Benedict & and Dwight Schultz took up the invitation, a cameo was also offered to Mr. T - he declined, with Mr. T saying in different interviews that it was because he felt the film was too violent or because he wanted to actually reprise his role of B.A. Baracus.



* PromotedFanboy: Sharlto Copley loved the A-Team as a kid and his favourite character was Murdock. It even got better from him getting the role: he and Dwight Schultz (the original Murdock) got a chance to meet and hang out, and simply loved each other. Dwight teared up watching Sharlto's audition video and after watching it got up and [[HeartWarmingMoments gave Sharlto a hug, told him he ''was'' Murdock, and promptly wrote on his (Dwight's) site "Murdock is dead. Long live Murdock!" because he loved Sharlto's portrayal so much.]]

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* PromotedFanboy: Sharlto Copley Creator/SharltoCopley loved the A-Team ''the A-Team'' as a kid and his favourite character was Murdock. It even got better from him getting the role: he and Dwight Schultz (the original Murdock) got a chance to meet and hang out, and simply loved each other. Dwight teared up watching Sharlto's audition video and after watching it got up and [[HeartWarmingMoments gave Sharlto a hug, told him he ''was'' Murdock, and promptly wrote on his (Dwight's) site "Murdock is dead. Long live Murdock!" because he loved Sharlto's portrayal so much.]]
12th Aug '17 9:27:14 AM ClintEastwood
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* ActingForTwo: Quite often, especially among actors playing villains. Notable examples include:
** George Peppard playing Hannibal, and a mook that Hannibal fights in the episode "Judgement Day."

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* ActingForTwo: Quite often, especially among actors playing villains. Notable examples include:
**
include George Peppard playing Hannibal, and a mook that Hannibal fights in the episode "Judgement Day."



* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The show was more popular in Belgium and the Netherlands than it was in the United States, and Dwight Schultz and Dirk Benedict are still going over there for interviews and conventions.
** Was also very popular in the UK; its popularity for ITV contributed to the 1980s rating decline of ''Series/DoctorWho''. Creator/MrT appeared in panto as the Genie in ''Aladdin'', and appear in an advert for Snickers.



* HostilityOnTheSet: Creator/MrT and George Peppard didn't get along very well on the set. Arguments were fed by the fact that Mr. T became the real star of the show, despite Peppard's being a 'proper movie actor'. Things got even worse when Peppard learned that Mr. T was paid more than he was.



* TroubledProduction: It didn't start out as one, but it sure flamed into one in a hurry. For starters, George Peppard, who had a reputation for being notoriously moody, made clear that he (and the other stars, with the exception of Dwight Schultz) did not want Melinda Culea (or any female) to be added as full on team members. Then, budgets were cut and scripts would be handed out with varying degrees of completeness. Finally, with ratings tanking, relations between Peppard and Creator/MrT grew so toxic that producers hired Peppard's friend, RobertVaughn to try and smooth things over. It didn't work and the show was cancelled. T and Peppard eventually buried the hatchet before Peppard's death.

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* TroubledProduction: It didn't start out as one, but it sure flamed into one in a hurry. For starters, George Peppard, who had a reputation for being notoriously moody, made clear that he (and the other stars, with the exception of Dwight Schultz) did not want Melinda Culea (or any female) to be added as full on team members. Then, budgets were cut and scripts would be handed out with varying degrees of completeness. Finally, with ratings tanking, relations between Peppard and Creator/MrT grew so toxic that producers hired Peppard's friend, RobertVaughn Creator/RobertVaughn to try and smooth things over. It didn't work and the show was cancelled. T and Peppard eventually buried the hatchet before Peppard's death.
16th Jul '17 7:36:52 PM jormis29
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** John Singleton was originally set to direct when the project was at Universal.

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** John Singleton Creator/JohnSingleton was originally set to direct when the project was at Universal.
12th Jul '17 9:00:48 AM CrowTR0bot
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Added DiffLines:

** In one episode, Creator/IsaacHayes plays a prisoner at the mercy of the top of the prison's pecking order. This seems like a huge reversal of fortunes compared to his time as [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork The Duke of New York]].
4th Mar '17 2:17:10 PM DragonFury117
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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The show was more popular in Belgium than it was in the United States, and Dwight Schultz and Dirk Benedict are still going over there for interviews and conventions.

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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The show was more popular in Belgium and the Netherlands than it was in the United States, and Dwight Schultz and Dirk Benedict are still going over there for interviews and conventions.
2nd Jan '17 7:15:08 AM themisterfree
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* ChannelHop: While the TV series was produced with Universal, the movie came from Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox.

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* ChannelHop: While the TV series was produced with Universal, the movie came from Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox.Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox (possibly because Cannell's company had been bought by Fox in the 90s; Universal however still holds the distribution rights to the shows he co-produced with them).
19th Dec '16 10:23:14 PM Cindylover1969
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* CaliforniaDoubling: As the team goes all over the USA and overseas, this trope applies in most episodes (the pilot is a rare exception, as some shooting [[IncrediblyLamePun (both kinds)]] did take place in Mexico where most of it takes place).



** Was also very popular in the UK; its popularity for ITV contributed to the 1980s rating decline of ''Series/DoctorWho''. Creator/MrT would later appear in an advert for Snickers.

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** Was also very popular in the UK; its popularity for ITV contributed to the 1980s rating decline of ''Series/DoctorWho''. Creator/MrT would later appeared in panto as the Genie in ''Aladdin'', and appear in an advert for Snickers.
19th Sep '16 5:18:48 PM CumbersomeTercel
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