Ten years ago / In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire… The A-Team.
I think its appropriate that we here at TCM honor the fab 4 that was the A-Team. Col. John “Hannibal” Smith, Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck, Capt. H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock and everyone’s favorite, Sgt. B.A. “Bad Attitude” Baracus.
The A-Team was a staple in every young boy’s life in the mid-80’s. Unless you were a douchebag. For those who don’t know the concept of this show, let me quickly break it down for you. During the Vietnam War, these 4 were assembled by Colonel Morrison to rob a Vietnamese bank to bring the war to an end. They succeeded in their mission, but upon returning to base everyone was dead including the Colonel. So, them robbing of the bank was never known to be a “legal” mission. So, all 4 were arrested and sent to prison. But before their court date, they escaped and an amazing television show ensued.
Colonel John Smith, better known as Hannibal was the leader of the bunch. Besides being a cigar smoking, smooth, MacGuyver thinking leader he was a Sea Monster. I know, it makes absolutely no sense. Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck was the pretty boy of the group. He always got with the womens’ and always seemed to con his way in to getting what he needed to kick ass. Capt. H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock was out of his goddamn mind. Nuff said about that. Sgt. B.A. “Bad Attitude” Baracus was the muscle and wheelman. He drove the greatest van in the history of vans. The GMC Vandura was a pimped out badass machine that could fly like an 80 pound crack whore in a category 5 hurricane.
No one could stop or catch the A-Team as much as they tried. They could get out of any situation. If you gave them an empty roll of paper towels, a few thumb tacks and 2 training wheels from a bicycle, they could make an armor plated tank. MacGuyver eat your friggen heart out. Also, for as many bullets that were shot during the show’s tenure, amazingly none hit any of the A-Team members. Either they were secretly invincible or their enemies just had horrible horrible aim. I’m gonna go with the invincible answer. I mean come on…B.A. being shot and killed? Just is not going to happen.
So, this brings us to present time. An A-Team movie has been approved by studios and will hopefully begin filming soon for a 2010 release date. No word on who is playing who. But here is what us at TCM would hope who plays who:
Hannibal will be played by Bruce Willis.
Face will be played by Jason Statham.
Murdoch will be played by Steven Weber.
BA will be played by Mr T. No one else can fill this spot except Mr T.
If any of you disagree with me or have other suggestions, let us know by commenting below. I will leave it off with the theme of this show that should be our national anthem.