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The Persuaders!, Set 1


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Product Details

  • Actors: Tony Curtis, Roger Moore
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 676 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DC14E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,470 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Persuaders!, Set 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on four discs
  • Commentary on the pilot episode by Roger Moore, producer Robert S. Baker, and executive in charge of production Johnny Goodman
  • Roger Moore and Tony Curtis biographies
  • Photo gallery

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

PERSUADERS, THE - COLLECTION ONE

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Between heroic spells as the Saint and James Bond, Roger Moore was teamed with Tony Curtis in The Persuaders, a derivative but fun series about a couple of millionaire dilettante adventurers who swan around the world competing for the attention of beautiful women and getting involved in perplexing mysteries. Moore is Lord Brett Sinclair, an upper crust Brit of impeccable breeding, while Curtis is Danny Wilde, an up-from-the-streets self-made man whose trademark is a pair of brown gloves. The allegedly tasteful Brett and the crasser Danny both model a succession of garish early-'70s fashions while their pursuits of duplicitous women usually wind up with the women getting away and the heroes stuck with each other. Set 1 includes the first 13 episodes, running about 52 minutes each. --Kim Newman

Customer Reviews

It is a colorful work of art.
Justin Playfair
If you like R. Moore, The Saint, and/or Tony Curtis, you'll love this.
BBC FAN
It is very tongue-in-cheek, escapist fun.
Maria P. Montgomery

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 27, 2004
Back in the later 60's Tony Curtis ran afoul of the MJ laws in California, so he moved to Merry Ole England to work. Strange to think of him doing that, and even farther back, Robert Mitchum doing time because of simple infractions that today would barely get a fine in California. A lot of the work Curtis did during that period was just paying the bills, but this sort lived series (two years), did a wee bit more...or should that be Moore? In his post-Saint removal of halo, and pre-Bond days, Moore joined with Curtis to make a great mix of Who Dun Its. Sort of Charlie's Angels for the ladies!
Moore plays the typically upper crust Brit born with the silver spoon in his mouth, Lord Britt Sinclair, old money in other words...Curtis is brassy new money in Daniel Wilde, a self-made Yank Millionaire. They naturally dislike each other intensely, but come to a grudging respect when Judge Fulton (Lawrence Naismith doing his "Bosley routine") sets them to solving crimes that Scotland Yard cannot touch. They are super tales done with panache, when Moore and Curtis were at their peak. With witty dialogue, fast paced scripts directed by Roy Ward Baker, the series was fun from beginning to end. Especially funny was the episode that was a take off of the Old Alec Guinness Movie..."Kind Hearts and Coronets" (1949) where Guinness played nearly a dozen family members being systematically bumped off. Moore gets to do a nifty turn in various family roles who are being eliminated with Moore next on the list.
So don't wait till someone persuades you...a must more any Moore and Curtis fan.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Justin Playfair on May 31, 2004
I bought this series based on the two listed stars. I had never seen any of the episodes and was completely unaware that it ever existed. Now having been brought up during the Golden Age of Television Detectives (Columbo, Kojack, Streets of San Francisco, Banacek, etc.) I would have expected a rip-off of some sort. To my delight, this exceeded my expectations by miles! Roger Moore and Tony Curtis are great together. They are somewhat hammy but this series has a charm that can't be explained that make all of it fun. It is not cheap! They have on location adventures in some of the most fascinating places in Europe. It is a colorful work of art. A true 70's "Austin Powers" atmosphere and seems to be a cross between that and 'The Avengers' without the English eccentrics bent on taking over the world. There is occasional camp, but it is funny! Roger Moore wore his own line of clothes in this series and now I know where he got the idea of the Safari jacket. Tony Curtis is an American in exile (as an Actor) and filled in his time while in England with Moore in this series and he is older but still has that "Great Leslie" personality (from 'The Great Race") to carry him through awkward moments. The story writers do a good job here and the character of "the Judge" is our old friend "Argus" , the builder of the ship Argo from "Jason and the Argonauts". There is a lot of Psychedelic lunacy included and plots revolving around interesting things. This is well worth your time and attention and I look forward to the next DVD set! It was only on for one season but you have a full 26 episodes in Volumes I & II together.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2004
This series is very entertaining but is marred by an out of sync audio transfer. Once again A&E has released a DVD title without doing any kind of quality control check before going to market. Too bad. I quite enjoyed the show, but the out of sync audio will relegate this title to the rental only queue.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wonderer on January 11, 2006
There are actually TWO funny and interesting audio commentaries in this Set 1 with Roger Moore, Robert Baker and Johnny Goodman: Episodes OVERTURE and THE TIME AND THE PLACE. Photo Gallery (no behind the scenes) and some new pictures of Roger signing the restored Aston Martin DBS. Four seperate Amaray-style cases in box. Check out the french edition (AMICALEMENT VOTRE) for a lot more interesting extras. Sadly the English/American people will never know anything about the enormously popular German dub that added wit, double meanings and ironic fun. The two send up each other a lot more... In all, 24 episodes were filmed (not 26), 13 are in this set. Codefree Discs, not code 1.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mudge fiskbrunder on January 8, 2008
Loved the series as a kid. Was very disappointed that all the audio is way out of sync on the DVDs. Don't A & E have any quality control? They must have slept through this one. very amatuerish. Boo! Rubish! You're all fired! To add insult, it's a box set that isn't even a whole series, for the money they charge for it.what a bunch of cheese bags. I'm going to complain to A & E.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on February 13, 2004
I saw an episode of this once randomly, and didn't get into it. But then I got the DVDs for Christmas, watched the amazing pilot, and I was hooked. I've blown through the rest of the episodes here at an amazing rate, and can't wait for the next set, though I'm sad there will only be one more. I definitely recommend seeing the pilot first. I think that's why I didn't like the episode I saw years ago. The pilot sets up the chemistry between the stars, and the humor.
What surprised me the most was how high-budget this show appears to be. I'm used to watching Secret Agent and The Saint, both of which I love. In those British shows, whenever the characters are in a foreign location, there is a quick stock-footage establishing shot of the location followed by the same studio backlot. Which is fine, once you're used to it. I was expecting the same thing from The Persuaders, but was thrilled to see the actual actors, clearly on location in spectacular settings throughout Europe, mainly on the beautiful French Riviera. The pilot includes a car chase (well, race actually) between Moore's Aston Martin DBS and Curtis's Ferrari Dino along beautiful windy roads (forshadowing the similar Aston Martin/Ferrari race on the same roads in the Bond movie Goldeneye two decades later). The sequence is shot in split-screen, which is again very unusual for the British adventure shows of the period that I am used to. There was obviously money spent on this show, and you can see it everywhere on screen, from the great cars and locations to the talented film directors like Peter Hunt (On Her Majesty's Secret Service) and Val Guest to the big stars themselves. Moore and Curtis have great chemistry together, and make a teriffic team.
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