Moonlighting

Moonlighting

Director: Robert Butler

Cast: Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley

     
 

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First telecast in early 1985, the 2-hour pilot film for the lighthearted TV detective series Moonlighting opens with fashion model Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepard) discovering that her business manager has skipped with her fortune. The only asset she has left is the ramshackle Blue Moon Detective Agency, manned by acerbic David Addison (Bruce Willis). Maddie takesSee more details below

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First telecast in early 1985, the 2-hour pilot film for the lighthearted TV detective series Moonlighting opens with fashion model Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepard) discovering that her business manager has skipped with her fortune. The only asset she has left is the ramshackle Blue Moon Detective Agency, manned by acerbic David Addison (Bruce Willis). Maddie takes an immediate dislike to David, while he considers her a sexual conquest-to-be. The twosome continues to bicker their way through their first case, pausing for amenities only when it appears that both of them are about to be bumped off. Once safely back in the office, their verbal guerilla warfare resumes, leading the viewer to expect marvelous things from the subsequent Moonlighting TV series. Little of the series' fabled self-consciousness (talking directly to the audience, making references to the quality of the scriptwriting, etc.) surfaces in the Moonlighting pilot, but the film works well despite this "drawback." The series itself aired until May of 1989.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Greg Fagan
"The light that burns brightest burns fastest," one recalls when watching Moonlighting: The Pilot. This show made one of the more glittering TV debuts of the '80s, only to fade before the end of its fifth season. Mixing mystery, romance, and comedy, the series introduced Bruce Willis as David Addison, the head of a detective agency that was designed to lose money -- supermodel Maddie Hayes's (Cybill Shepherd) money, to be precise. Of course, wise guy Addison and princess Hayes set off sparks the moment they meet, and their chemistry assures that she will, after promising to shutter the operation and send this obnoxious clown packing, wind up joining him to run the agency. That such a cookie-cutter setup -- oh yes, they crack a convoluted case between banter sessions -- would yield an absolutely delightful 93 minutes can only be explained as one of those lightning-in-a-bottle TV miracles, thanks largely to the principals. Shepherd has never appeared quite as natural as she does here, and Willis establishes the charming persona that would eventually make him a big-screen star. His screen test for the role is included on the VHS tape, and he even adds running commentary to the DVD, along with creator Glenn Gordon Caron (Now and Again).
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Although the style of the series would be quirkier than the pilot episode of Moonlighting, that two-hour start does display the excellent timing between Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd that made the show a hit. Their level of banter, which can be compared favorably with some of the best screwball comedies, seems to have appeared full-blown right from the start. The characters would grow deeper over the run of the show, adding a level of poignancy to their verbal dueling, but it is easy to see from this episode why the show was picked up for a series. There is nothing all that mysterious about the murder mystery storyline, but what is on screen is a greater mystery - a case of actors bringing out the comedic best in each other.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2000
UPC:
0013131101430
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cybill Shepherd Madelyn "Maddie" Hayes
Bruce Willis David Addison
Allyce Beasley Agnes DiPesto
Robert Ellenstein Heinz
Jim McKrell Alan
James Karen Plastic Surgeon
Rebecca Stanley Susan Kaplan
Dennis Lipscomb Simon
Frederick Coffin Pawnbroker
Mary Hart Actor
Henry Sanders Investigator #1
Liz Sheridan Selma
Dennis Stewart Blond Mohawk
Joe Whipp Investigator #2
Rachel Bard Grandma
Blake Clark Newsstand Man
Suzanne Fagan Female Driver
Sam Hennings Jonathan Kaplan
Joan McMurtrey Mother
John Medici Andre
Brian Thompson Simon's Man
Michel Voletti Maitre D'

Technical Credits
Robert Butler Director
Glenn Gordon Caron Producer,Screenwriter
Jay Daniel Producer
William Hiney Production Designer
Lee Holdridge Score Composer
Michael D. Margulies Cinematographer
Robert Turturice Costumes/Costume Designer

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