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Remington Steele - Premiere Episode [VHS] (1982)

Stephanie Zimbalist , Pierce Brosnan  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts, James Read, Janet DeMay
  • Writers: Michael Gleason, Robert Butler
  • Producers: Richard De Roy
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Uav Corporation
  • VHS Release Date: March 19, 1993
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302747058
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,295 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The premier "Remington Steele" episode! February 15, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
"Try this for a deep dark secret. There great detective Remington Steele, he doesn't exist! I invented him. Follow. I always loved excitement so I studied, and apprenticed, and put my name on an office. But absolutely nobody knocked down on my door. A female private investigator seemed so... feminine. So I invented a superior. A decidedly masculine superior. Suddenly there were cases around the block! It was working like a charm. Until the day he walked in. With his blue eyes and mysterious past. And before I knew it, he assumed Remington Steele's identity. Now I do the work and he takes the bows. It's a dangerous way to live, but as long as people buy it, I can get the job done. We never mix business with pleasure. Well... almost never. I don't even know his real name!"
-Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist)-
This is how some of the episodes began, with this introduction by 'Remington Steele's' assistant, Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist). Now you know the whole story behind Remington Steele. The Remington Steele series were about the cases Remington Steele (Pierce Brosnan) and his associate Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist) cracked many difficult and complicated cases. Also starring were James Read as Murphy Michaels as their co-worker (only in the first season), Janet DeMay as Bernice Foxe their secretary (only for the first season), and Doris Roberts as Mildred Krebs (for the rest of the seasons). Showing occasionally was also Stephanie Zimbalist's father, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Daniel Chalmers, an old friend of 'Remington Steele'.
Anyway, this episode is the premier episode which explains almost everything about how Pierce Brosnan got to be Remington Steele. When Laura Holt is hired to proved security to some gems, she meets a mysterious Ben Pierson.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Conflict at it's finest! December 15, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Steele's Gold has it all.... intrigue, plot twists, verbal conflict between Steele and Murphy, Steele and Laura, Laura and Murphy... Top this all off with an unexpected ending and you have one of the most fun filled Remington Steele episodes ever made. The episode contains a masquerade party, a search for gold, and of course murder attempts around every bend. Enjoy!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of one of the greatest detective series September 11, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The first of the Remington Steele series!
Laura Holt is an able, intelligent detective, but sexism spills over when her agency is neglected because she is a woman. So, she invents a fictional superior named "Remington Steele," a man who no one ever sees.
Her business bustles until a man comes into her life, calling himself Remington Steele--the problem is, she doesn't know where he comes from, who he is, or what his real name is. "Steele" is handsome, sophistocated, worldly, debonair, and apparently gleans all of his life knowledge from an encyclopedic memory of old movies. But he also guards his secret past like gold.
Laura has no choice but to keep the man as a sidekick, despite the fact that he is hailed as a genius when she does all the work. Adding to the oddity of the situation is the fact that she is fast falling in love with him.
Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan reportedly didn't like each other, but they project a sizzling screen chemistry.
Brosnan manages to give a difficult character depth and an intriguing mystery, exuding precisely the cultured warmth that is needed. But Steele is clearly a very emotional man as well, whom Laura has a good influence on.
Zimbalist creates a very feminine career woman, a great role model. Laura is no Bond-babe. She is very pretty (not the standard Hollywood "pretty"--a natural prettiness) but is independent and strong-minded. You can sense her unhappiness when she is discounted as being a female private investigator.
First part of a really enjoyable series!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sets up the premise for the entire series. February 28, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
One of the best TV detective series of the '80's or 90's, Remington and Laura are great together, great plots, thrilling mysteries and sexual tension. These two were a class act.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i'm the biggest remington steele fan ever! January 15, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
It's not my favourite episode because I like ALL of them but it still is a very funny and interesting one! I've got all 89 episodes on videotapes and I have watched all of them about 5-7 times! My favourite episode is Steele Crazy After All These Years but all the other episodes rule too!
all you remington steele fans out there, e-mail me!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic August 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This episode of Remington Steele is just about the funniest one there is. We finally get a glimpse into Laura's life before the agency, there's lots of romance and that strip scene is absolutely priceless. I was rolling on the floor laughing. He's not the only one with a suspect past.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This episode brings back so many memories. August 2, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I'm a fan that died hard when they cancelled this show. The anticipation of a kiss between laura and remington steele would leave you almost breathless. This episode by far is one of my favorites because they finally kissed. I will admit the storyline was a bit cheesy but it was the from the "80's" era what else do you expect? I really enjoyed watching this episode again and I'm sure if you were a true fan you will too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Quality than original broadcast TV copies on VHS December 10, 2007
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Our family had VHS video copies of TV broadcasts of Remington Steele. We now have DVDs of 5 seasons. What a pleasure to watch. We have two TiVos in our home, and have downloaded Seasons 1 & 2 to the TiVos. My wife is the big Remington Steele fan, and now when she sits down to take a break, she can bring up a TiVo copy of one of the episodes, even resuming one she was watching earlier.

I like the fact that we can delete the episode from the TiVo, but also download it again later. For TiVo users with limited storage, consider buying an entire season, but only downloading a few shows at a time.

A quarter of a century later, and this show still has its ability to hold the viewer. The character - Laura Holt, played by Stephanie Zimbalist had been an inspiration to many young women to make the effort to succeed, even when others is wanting another gender. This is the show that introduced Pierce Brosnan, who went on to make greater fame.

It is also a wonderful treat to see Doris Roberts from 'back in the day'. Her warm and energetic ability has endured through the many seasons of Everyone Loves Raymond. For those of you that enjoyed her in her later years, come see her again.

This is safe and enjoyable family quality mystery adventure, without the potty-mouth four-letter words today's show think they must insert to be relevant. (I just can't allow my grand-children to share in some of the current shows because of language and words used that are never uttered in our home nor with any of the other families we associate with)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I like Remington Steele
I watched it once and gave it away. I like Remington Steele, but this was not one of their better shows.
Published 3 months ago by Ellen
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like this episode.
I thought this episode very strange. Maybe I just don't like westerns. It was like a slapstick western with too many characters. Read more
Published on April 28, 2010 by Tim Frisch
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing show!
What a show.... what a couple...
This is one of the best shows ever shown on tv. Intelligent, great writing, sexual tension, and comedy that would sum up the show of Remington... Read more
Published on November 27, 2002 by benjamin y. page
4.0 out of 5 stars Setting the tone
This episode sets the tone for Laura Holt as a bad role model for women. In her world, she can't inspire other women to be private detectives because she tells everyone that Mr. Read more
Published on March 14, 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Steele -- a fun glimpse into Laura's Mysterious Past
This is my favorite episode of "Remington Steele". We get a look at how Laura's past turned her into a "don't mix business with pleasure" professional. Read more
Published on December 14, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Steele a great buy!
Laura and Mr. Steele are hired by a baseball camp director, and go to the baseball trainee camp as trainees, making this episode amusing, as Mr. Read more
Published on February 13, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny, creepy, romantic, mysterious ride
One of the best episodes of Remington Steele that I've seen! The Steele agency ends up in one of its strangest cases ever, protecting a man from his wife and his wife and his... Read more
Published on September 13, 2000 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars superb as always
Remington steele does not disappoint - ever. This is the stuff legends are made of. A must see for all fans
Published on June 22, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE REMINGTON STEELE!
this episode is one of my favourites. I have all 89 episodes on videotapes and I have watched all of them about 5-7 times. Read more
Published on January 15, 2000 by Remington Steele :-))
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