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Moonlighting - The Pilot Episode [VHS] (1985)

Cybill Shepherd , Bruce Willis , Allan Arkush , Robert Butler  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley, Robert Ellenstein, Jim McKrell
  • Directors: Allan Arkush, Robert Butler
  • Writers: Glenn Gordon Caron
  • Producers: Artie Mandelberg, Barbara Hall, Charles H. Eglee, Glenn Gordon Caron, Jay Daniel
  • Format: Color, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • VHS Release Date: January 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003L9AU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,989 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Some television ages well, some doesn't. For every Mary Tyler Moore Show that still rocks, there's a Family Ties that's painfully mired in its era. One would think this would be the case for Moonlighting, the detective series of the mid-1980s starring Cybill Shepherd (on a career rebound) and Bruce Willis (then unknown). The ingredients are all there: '80s fashion, hourlong TV mystery plots, Wayfarer sunglasses... Fortunately--and gloriously--this is not the case. As fresh as it was when it first aired, Moonlighting is a prime example of groundbreaking television at its peak and a timeless lesson in the science of star chemistry. Shepherd, as the ice-queen model Maddie Hayes, and Willis, as the "do bears bear, do bees be?" hipster-doofus David Addison, were the quintessential match made in hell, thrown together under dubious circumstances. In this pilot episode, Shepherd, having discovered that her accountant has left her broke, proceeds to liquidate her assets, including the City of Angels Detective Agency, headed up by Willis. However, thanks to a dead body that pops out of an elevator, the two pair up to solve a case involving a broken watch and some pilfered Nazi loot, hoping to get some publicity (and cash) for their newly rechristened Blue Moon Investigations. The plot is negligible, involving a dead jogger, a mohawked hit man, and a sadistic henchman, but the mystery was never Moonlighting's selling point--it was the sparring, the swearing, the sparks that Willis and Shepherd created together. Watching these two at their best (before the series slid downhill when they finally slept together), you'll realize that neither has ever been paired with a better costar; they bring out something in each other that's undiluted antagonism mixed with irresistible attraction. Discounting some of Shepherd's fashion choices and hairstyles, and Willis's, well, hair (he had some), this is timeless farce and screwball comedy in the tradition of His Girl Friday, snappily penned by Glenn Gordon Carron. Also featuring Allyce Beasley as rhyming secretary Agnes DiPesto, the only supporting character in the series who could intrude upon the Shepherd-Willis repartee without upsetting their rhythm. --Mark Englehart

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
With the first two season of "Moonlighting" now out on DVD, the demand for just the pilot episode will be considerably less than before. But there is still something special about our introduction to Dave and Maddie, especially since it is more fun to remember the beginning of the series than to recall how it all ended. Written by Glen Gordon Caron and directed by Robert Butler, the "Moonlighting" pilot aired as a two-hour television movie on March 3, 1985 (in retrospect the "in like a lion, out like a lamb" idea certainly fits this show). The chief charms here were both the amount of dialogue that Caron was cramming into the script and the sparks that were flying between the two stars. Little did we know there would be much more of both in the future. At this point we were simply excited by the idea that not having flies on you is a good thing and that if you are being questioned by the police bringing a pair of sunglasses or ordering pizza with your one phone call would be good things.

Maddie Hayes (Cybil Shepherd) is a famous ex-model known as the "Blue Moon Girl," because of the ads she did for a shampoo. When her accountant embezzles her fortune, Maddie has to sell off the few failing businesses she owned as tax write offs. One of those is the City of Angels Detective Agency, run by David Addison (Bruce Willis), who wants to keep his job, his staff and his company car(s) (not necessarily in that order). So he tries to talk Maddie into forming a partnership. The only problem is that, at least at first, they cannot stand each other. He thinks she is a "blonde piece of fluff" and she considers him a "sissy fighter." So the question is can they make it through the pilot without falling in love with each other.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another Poor DVD transfer March 9, 2000
Format:DVD
I was hoping for better, I love Moonlighting, but as usual a third party has handled the transfer. DVD is great if the encoding is done correctly, but once again on this DVD it has not. It is not good enough that any non moving part of the picture "freezes" very noticibly constantly throughout the DVD, I would rather watch the VHS copy. And I know this is not only happening on TV Shows, some of the movies are just as bad. If we the public, just accept this, nothing will be done and DVD`s will carry on coming out at this poor level. I have shown this disc to many friends, some of which couldn`t watch it all the way through because the constant background moving/frozen/moving/frozen made them feel ill. 10/10 for Bruce & Cybill, 1/10 for the transfer :(
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best tv show ever January 10, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I grew up in the 80s watching Moonlighting when i was in my 20s. I fell i love with that show and the incredible chemistry between Bruce Willis and Cybil Sheppard. There will never be a chemistry like that ever again with any other tv characters. Cybil is gorgeous, and Bruce is handsome, and to watch them together is pure magic. I think Moonlighting was the greatest show in tv history. It was original, imaginative, innovative and ground-breaking. I've yet to see a tv show that can match it. Everyone loved to watch David and Maddie fight and banter back and forth with the funny dialogue. That was the main reason we all tuned in was to see the sparks fly. Moonlighting introduced the world to Bruce Willis, one of Hollywood's most underrated actors ever. He's one my all time favorite actors, and once Moonlighting ended, his career really took off, but no one will ever forget his stint on Moonlighting. I'm obsessed with that show and am glad to see that the pilot episode is finally on dvd. I had that episode on vhs for over a decade. The theme song is also one of my top ten favorite songs ever. I recommend this disc as a shining example of a timeless show. Yes, if you can look past the fashions and haircuts, this show is timeless. My only wish is that they decide to release the ENTIRE series on dvd, not just the pilot. I'm sure it will sell out. Many of the people reviewing the dvd are wondering why Cybil Shepard wasn't in the audio commentary. Well i hate to break it to the fans, but in real life Cybil doesn't really like Bruce Willis, especially during the last season of the show. She has publicly stated back then that she couldn't stand him at all. I'm sure her feelings mellowed a bit over the years, but i really doubt she'd want to sit in the same room with him to do an audio commentary.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pilot Episode April 26, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
At about an hour and a half in length, this is the pilot episode, the one that set the standard for the show. It is fast paced, witty, charming, and romantic. All the best qualities that the show retained until near the end of it's run. If you ever enjoyed Moonlighting, you'll love this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning February 6, 2003
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Now, where are the DVD's with the complete seasons? Come on! Cybill and Bruce deserve a digital treatment! I remember watching the show when I was thirteen, and I loved it. It's good to see the pilot episode again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hell on High Heels June 14, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The chemistry between "Maddie" and "David" is classic, like Tracy and Hepburn. My teenagers and I used to tape every episode, they were so witty. Please, put the whole series on DVD. It's an instant seller of a classic madcap comedy.
A New England viewer
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by don1126
3.0 out of 5 stars David & Mattie
Not as fun as I remembered. Cybill - lovely/classy as ever. Bruce - cute as a button. Repartee OK I guess. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kandy Langford
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth a revisit
Starting thinking about this old series , so ordered the pilot. Wow, how in the world did anyone ever think this was so good, it should be a series from this. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Robert Wanslow
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD!
I love David and Maddie! I just got it yesterday and watched it The first Thing I noticed this Movie is in stereo unlike the one included in the set is mono. Read more
Published on September 15, 2012 by Lita Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars $15 for 1 Episode???
I wanted to get this DVD cause I liked the show but when I noticed that the pilot by itself is more than the whole Season 1 I said forget it. Read more
Published on November 25, 2007 by T. Norris
5.0 out of 5 stars FYI
SEASON TWO AND THREE STARTS WITH THE PILOT,SO WHY BY THE PILOT IF YOU DONT HAVE TO????????
Published on January 30, 2006 by nom de plume
4.0 out of 5 stars No Way!!
There's no way I would pay more than $20 for this dvd. I will wait to purchase this. Just like all dvd's this will be released again and with a new digitally remastered transfer. Read more
Published on May 25, 2005 by S. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GREATES NEWS FOR THIS YEAR
MOONLIGHTING SEASONS 1 & 2 ON DVD AS SOON AS I GOT THE EMAIL FOR PREORDER I ORDERED IT

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Published on May 16, 2005 by R. Baram
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Wait for the DVD's !!!!!
I hope its true that Moonlighting is FINALLY coming to DVD. It seems every crappy show on TV is now out on DVD. I can't stand most of the garbage currently on TV. Read more
Published on March 11, 2005 by Jeep Guy
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