Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, 1985
Continuing with their Wilfred Brimley double-feature, this week around Dion Baia and J. Blake take on an 1980’s classic, and a pretty remarkable film on its own right (if not downright puzzling), 1985’s Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.
With a title like that, the boys are all in! Especially since Bond directing legend Guy Hamilton was brought in to helm this project. But Dion and Blake are kinda confused… Exactly what audience were the filmmakers aiming for- Kids or adults? Or was it purposefully muddled in that ’80’s sort of way? Why did it flop? Was there any blowback for a caucasian to play an asian in 1985, even though that was what the film was nominated for? And does Adam West have a cameo in it or not? And how about that ABC TV pilot from 2 years later? Well we’ve got a lot of questions, and hopefully enough answers to go around in this all new adventure that begins here, on this edition of Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers!
(Here is the 1987 ABC TV pilot, starring Roddy McDowall)
(Check out this overture for Remo Williams written by Craig Safan especially for the 2014 International Film Music Festival in Cordoba, Spain)
(Have a look at the 1985 TV spot for Remo)
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While I may enjoy other movies covered here more, this post gets to the heart of why I love SNMS! I’m roughly the same age as you guys and I’ve never met anyone else that has brought this movie up under any context. I saw it pop up on TV once in my childhood and had vague memories over the years of Remo dodging gun shots at close range and flicking the bullets out of a gun cartridge as if it were a Pez dispenser. Recently I bought the new Kino DVD that came out and had a blast watching it. I find the inconsistency in tone in this movie very fascinating.
I’ve listened to this episode twice now, that’s how much I like it! Please consider doing the 1984 Cloak and Dagger, you’ve mentioned it several times throughout the shows and I’d be very curious to see what you have to say about it!
Hey Carlos! Yeah, we absolutely love Remo Williams and wish more people knew the glory of when that adventure was only beginning! Ha. And we have brought Cloak & Dagger many times, and I’m sure we’ll cover this at some point. Thank you so much for your support and taking the time to message us!