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While on the subject of background talent, wonder if John D.F. Black is still writing these days? Some of the very best scripts on Five-O were done by this very excellent writer, who worked very closely with Leonard Freeman on a number of the top stories.
Van Nuys, CA USA - Tuesday, June 29, 1999 at 19:15:57 (PDT)
Looking forward to have the FIVE-O videos on sale here over at Singapore. Hopefully that the local broadcasting authorities will repeat broadcast the whole series of HAWAII-FIVE-O in commemorating the belated Jack Lord famous for his role as Steve McGarret
Singapore, Singapore - Monday, June 28, 1999 at 14:45:12 (PDT)
A great deal of talk has centered around who should be cast as the Five-O team, but I have been wondering about who the director should be. The director is very important to a film. He/she sets the entire mood, flavor, and style of the picture. After having watched "Ronin" recently, I would be very happy to see John Frankenheimer ("Seconds", "The Manchurian Candidate", "52 Pick-up") as the director. I think he could bring the right amount of suspense, intrigue, and action to the film. Ironically, Khigh Deigh played a Chinese Communist agent in the Manchurian Candidate.
Prairie Village, KS USA - Monday, June 28, 1999 at 12:22:08 (PDT)
I'm looking forward to seeing a 5-0 movie but I must pray that a producer reads this note. Please do not insult the moral integrity of the origional show by using any actors that are real life drug addicts such as Gary Busey and that idiot Morton Downey Jr. PLEASE DON'T I COULD NOT WATCH.
Marlton, NJ USA - Sunday, June 27, 1999 at 21:13:46 (PDT)
While Alec Baldwin is my top choice to portray McGarrett, I would be just as pleased to see George Clooney in the lead. Detective Ryan Walker, his role in the short-lived "Bodies of Evidence" series, is one of my favorite TV cops. And other than James MacArthur, I can't see anyone else as Danno except D.B. Sweeney.
Atlanta, GA - Sunday, June 27, 1999 at 05:23:41 (PDT)
Here's an interesting thought. Over the past year I've become very involved in watching the Star Trek spinoff DEEP SPACE 9 (our local affiliate began running them 5 times a day in order, and so they finally made some sense, time and plot-wise). I couldn't understand why this show suddenly appealed so much until it hit me the other night. It is one of the few shows I've seen that closely parallels Hawaii Five-O in its moral outlook. Benjamin Sisko is one the few characters I've ever seen that has the same moral fibre as Steve McGarrett, being responsible for a large group of homogenous beings, having to oversee the law, rule of law and actual application of such, including those circumstances where the law becomes indistinct. He is a moral man, but not perfect, showing similar self-doubts and personality flaws as McGarrett (including a famous temper, extreme sense of responsibility and tunnelvision when he sets his mind to something). I've not been a huge fan of most of the Star Trek spinoffs, and could not understand why this one was different until I realized the similarities between the two shows and the two men. I'm not talking about all the aliens and such, but the basic approach. (Or am I just desperate to find a contemporary McGarrett in a time that so urgently needs one?) (Of course,no one can EVER replace the original Steve McGarrett in mho.) Does anyone else see this? Just curious. Take care all.
Los Angeles, CA USA - Friday, June 25, 1999 at 19:11:03 (PDT)
Can't wait to see the Hawaii Five-O movie. LITTO and FREEMAN should consider BOND actor, Pierce BROSNAN, for Steve McGarrett, Jr. McGarrett (like Jack Lord) has passed on and his son McGarrett, Jr. is recruited by Gov. Danno Williams to head Five-O. Jr., like his father, is a former Naval officer and at the time of his recruitment , is a tough cop working for Hololulu Police Department . Danno approaches Steve McGarrett, Jr. as he is paying his respects to his deceased father at Punchbowl Cemetery. The grave marker bearing the name, Steve McGarrett , USN, the same birthday and date of Jack Lord's demise would be a tribute to Hawaii's greatest reel cop. McGarrett, Jr. recruits Chin Ho Kelly's son, also a Honolulu Police Department cop, to be played by Hawaii's Jason Scott Lee. Keep the Hawaii Five-O theme. Give the Five-O cops new black 4 door sedan cop cars. Have McGarrett's old car (presently owned by a Honolulu resident) do a cameo. Jack Lord played Felix Leiter, James Bond's CIA counterpart in the the first Bond movie, "Dr. No." Wouldn't it be great if Bond actor, Pierce Brosnan, played McGarrett, Jr., in the first Hawaii Five-O movie? Brosnan could do for Hawaii Five-O what he did for the Bond franchise. No actor can play McGarrett like Jack Lord did. But Brosnan could play a believable McGarrett, Jr. better than anyone else could. LITTO and Mrs. FREEMAN I hope you read the guestbook. "Book 'em Danno!" "Gotcha Steve!" MAHALO FOR LISTENING!!!!!
William W. Silva
Hilo, HI - Tuesday, June 22, 1999 at 03:41:21 (PDT)
What a fantastic web site. I am a big fan of 5-0. However I have detected a couple of very significant overlooks in the life of Jack Lord on your site. First. The very first James Bond film was Dr.No.63'? The majority of the legacy of the Bond films always contained a CIA counterpart to 007. In Dr. No the counterpart was played by the coolest from that role EVER in 35 plus years..... JACK LORD! Also, according to a book written by William Shatner Jack Lord was the first choice to be.. Captain Kirk! Imagine that ??? 5-0 was the coolest. One final discovery. Tom Clancy novels feature a constant upstanding chacter known as Jack Ryan. Jack Ryan was Lords real name. Jack Lords early years had him living on the Chesapeake. So does Tom Clancy's fictional character JAck Ryan. The chacter is portrayed in movies by Harrison Ford. Ford could easily handle the McGarret role in the upcomming new movie. Did Clancy use Jack Lord and his personality as a basis for his excellant moral chacters' in his novels???? (Thanks for your feedback, but this site is not intended to cover Jack Lord's life and career in depth. There are other web pages which do this -- you can reach them from the links at the bottom of my main page or the Five-O Frequently Asked Questions page. -- MQ)
Marlton, NJ USA - Monday, June 21, 1999 at 21:23:10 (PDT)
Alohaz! Danno in place of Jack. Jackie for Chin Ho and keep the original Zulu for Kono which his name is "Kauhi" I am a little bias. Mahalo
Palm Desert, Ca USA - Sunday, June 20, 1999 at 22:08:34 (PDT)
I had the good fortune to live in the Five-O state a few years back. As many writers here have commented, nobody can really replace Jack Lord's Steve McGarret for the movie, but it's a dirty job and somebody's gonna have to do it. I nominate Alec Baldwin.
Frazier Park, CA - Friday, June 18, 1999 at 20:05:32 (PDT)
I would like to download the Hawaii 50 theme song in MP3 format for My dads 50th birthday party. the theme is Hawaii and i can not download the file from anywhere.please help me out. i am desprate. My email address is... Mikey42766@aol.com. PS the party is tomorrow june 19. thank you for your time. (See http://www.operationsmash.com/. -- MQ)
jersey City, NJ usa - Friday, June 18, 1999 at 10:06:28 (PDT)
Why is it in human nature to want to recreate great moments or great things from the past? That is what memories are for, and in the case of "Hawaii Five-0", that's what reruns are for,too. Let it rest in peace; greed and opportunism are the driving force behind the new movie. As a "Five-0" fan (since discovering reruns 13 years ago), I pull out one of my 175 episodes when I want to see it. A new movie will fail....(P.S.) Love your site, Mike...great stuff!
Orlando, FL USA - Friday, June 18, 1999 at 00:26:49 (PDT)
I want to say about with Hawaii Five-O is that I like the episodes which were, "Most Likely To Murder" (with Tom Skerritt), "Engaged To Be Buried" (with Simon Oakland and Erik Estrada), "Draw Me A Killer" (with Elliott Street), and other episodes. I have hated the episodes I've seen on Hawaii Five-O which were, "The Hostage", "The Ransom", "The Box", "McGarrett Is Missing", and others among them. There was a beautiful and such a gorgeous woman on that show who was on the two episodes named Marj Dusay. She was very, very beautiful. Maybe one of these days in the future if possible, I want to star on a movie called, "Hawaii Five-O" and play the characters as Steve McGarrett, the bad guy, and the victim who was the bad guy. It's just like on the old television show, "Mannix" with Mike Connors (whose real name is Krekor Ohanian) in it as Joe Mannix, when the bad guy is doing the crimes, then later gets shot dead by someone who had to do it, because he deserves it. There had been some episodes of some television shows and some movies (such as Back To The Future Parts 1, 2, and 3 and others) and other things, when a person would play 2 to 3 characters on them, but it's like that sometimes. That's all there is of what I have to say.
Atlanta, GA United States - Wednesday, June 16, 1999 at 15:31:18 (PDT)
I had occasion to post my suggestions a few months ago. Thinking things over, and after noting the emphasis by others on WHO SHOULD RECREATE JACK LORD, I have a different perspective on the issue. Regretfully,Jack Lord is gone. No one can recreate the magic that he personally brought to each episode. However, we all know what he (and Leonard Freeman)stood for: excellent, disciplined production values, the best scripts Hollywood has to offer, showcasing native Hawaiian heritage, that indescribably beautiful scenery and the musical genius of Morton Stevens. These are the things to focus on-these are the elements that combined to make the show a success 30 years ago. Forget trying to find the Jack Lord of the '90's. Focus on the basics. I suspect that, more than anything, this would make Lenny and JL proud.
Palatine, IL USA - Tuesday, June 15, 1999 at 20:01:49 (PDT)
make the movie but make it in the old style make us think jack will appear any moment love 50
bellmawr, nj usa - Friday, June 11, 1999 at 16:23:24 (PDT)
I think a movie should be made but, only if it is done first class. There can never be a replacement for Jack Lord, maybe a relative or son. Russell Wong should definitely be in there. And the black Mercury is a must!
San Clemente, Ca. USA - Friday, June 11, 1999 at 15:57:54 (PDT)
i look forward to a 5-0 movies as everyone else, but do not try to cast anyone in the role of steve mcgarrett. jack was and is the only steve. choose a relative or newcomer and make references to the old gang. james macarthur must be cast as the governor. i hope that ardent fans like us will be listened to.
dublin, oh usa - Thursday, June 10, 1999 at 11:08:32 (PDT)
Okay, it looks like there is going to be a major Hollywood feature film version of Five-0. Here are my picks for the cast. For McGarrett I pick James Woods for no other reason than he is hardassed enough. Plain and simple, McGarrett metes out a hard justice and I can picture Wood (sans the swear words) being a good McGarrett. Alec Baldwin will more look the part, but is he harsh enough for the role? I also think that the Danno second in command character should be played by an Asian this time around. I mean it is the 90s and in today's Five 0 we shouldn't have Asians relegated to the background and only allowed to speak dialogue like "Yes Boss," and "I'll get right on it boss." I have heard they might be going with Jackie Chan which would be great. How about Chow Yun Fat? I think he would even be better or may be Jett Li. Are there any good Samoan/Hawaiian/Pacific Islander actors out there for the Kono role? I really hated "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" because they didn't get a Samoan to play the Samoan character. It really took me out of the picture. I hope Hollywood doesn't make this mistake again. Let's leave the era of taped eyes and pancake make up behind us. About directors--How about John Woo? Maybe Tarantino? Tarantino should give up on making "Man from U.N.C.L.E." and make Five-0 Instead 'cause everyone knows that Five-0 is so much cooler.
San Francisco, CA USA - Wednesday, June 09, 1999 at 17:08:43 (PDT)
James McArthur - What's he doing now? My girlfriend heard he works with a cruise line & she wants to cruise with him. Please contact me if you know - email@example.com (This is news to me. An article from 1996 which discusses MacArthur's post-Five-O career can be found at http://starbulletin.com/96/10/21/features/story2.html. Since that time, he has appeared in one made-for-TV movie and is reportedly co-hosting a show about baby boomer types which has some connection with the Lutheran Church -- see http://www.aal.org/TOYL/. -- MQ)
Lonoke, AR US - Wednesday, June 09, 1999 at 09:41:43 (PDT)
Right, Mike! There was one screening for the participants in Hawaii, and from their various comments to me, all of the feeling that the pilot would not set the world on fire were correct. As a union member of one of the acting guilds, I am familiar with the creditworthiness of projects while shooting them. This one had a lot going for it in some of the casting (Russell Wong as an updated McGarrette type and James MacArthur as the governor of Hawaii, which role he SHOULD be allowed to reprise!) (also having Che Fong, Zulu and Truck together again was a wonderful sight to see!), but most of the plot structure was really weak and it probably would never have flown for more than a show or two based on what was being proposed, storywise. A good sign of a real "stinkeroo" in the business is when it is not even released as a summer replacement or fill. Networks are always happy to use projects that didn't make it as filler for the doldrums of summer. This show was not even considered for that. The most glaring continuity error (and the one which ultimately killed the show) was Chin Ho appearing alive and well... Kam did some fun work in it, and it would have been great to see him again as Chin Ho, even if unbelievable in the show's actual history... If news of a copy of this pilot ever appears on the film collector's market, I'll be sure to alert Mr. Mike (as the most responsible person I know) to handle such a thing - but don't hold your breath.
Van Nuys, CA USA - Tuesday, June 08, 1999 at 23:12:00 (PDT)
I think it is very unrealistic to expect Columbia House to release the failed Five-O pilot which, by all reports, was substandard. James MacArthur told me that he considered this show to be nothing more than an exercise on the part of CBS to strike fear into the heart of Mrs. Freeman over who owned the rights to the show! Just because a few hard-core Five-O fans want to see it hardly means it would be a commercially successful venture. Part of this pilot's appeal is the fact that like many other "collectibles," it is a rare item. As soon as it becomes available, practically no one will be interested! (Trust me, I've been through this with film music in the past.) I would much rather see someone expend their energy to get the show released commercially so that tapes of it could be bought in stores! (When I say "the show," I'm referring to other 278 episodes, not this pilot.)
Mr. Mike (the "boss" of the site ";-)
Vancouver, BC Canada - Tuesday, June 08, 1999 at 21:01:10 (PDT)
I hope that George Litto & Rose Freeman will follow up theier new Five-O movie, and possible sequels with an attempt, at a new TV series by 20004, in cooperation with CBS or USA Network? By that time the first motion picture will already be out on video and on TV,and can serve as the pilot for a new TV series? Or a new pilot can be filmed? To Rita the Five-O fan, who filmed for one day one set of the failed 1997 Pilot, and would like to see it. Why not get in touch with Columbia House,CBS and Karen Rhodes and others,who were involved and see if you can get it released on video as part of the Hawaii Five-O collection? Then we can all see it,as well as owning it.
San Francisco, Ca USA - Tuesday, June 08, 1999 at 01:26:23 (PDT)
Re: "I wish that CBS would show the 1997 failed TV Pilot for Hawaii Five-O starring "Gary Busy"as the head of Five-O as well as James Mac Aurtther as Gov. Dan Willaims and the rest of the original cast. It was Prodused By "Stephen Cannel"who blew it,but would still like to see what it was like?" As a 5-0 fan who was fortunate enough to film for one day on the pilot, I doubt it will ever see light of day legitimately. There were gaping plot holes and the chemistry didn't work too well with Gary Busey and Russell Wong (who should DEFINITELY be considered again for something!! The man is good!). The thing that ultimately killed it was the Cannell "formula" applied to a show that did not fit into that niche. I would love to see it myself from a personal point of view, but don't hold out much hope of that ever happening. George Litto and Rose Freeman will at least CARE about the characters, having a personal familiarity with them and respect for them. I'm optimistic.
Van Nuys, CCA USA - Monday, June 07, 1999 at 19:06:07 (PDT)
I really feel that realtime is important, and if the new Five-0 is a 1999 or 2000 production, I feel that McGarrett should be deceased or retired. He would be an 80 year old active cop, otherwise. That's just a crock from the get go. Anyway, there is NO other McGarrett except for Jack Lord. That will be apparant when this thing is released. My feelings are mixed on this venture; if they're going after the old feeling...forget it. If they're going for something new and different...it might fly. Let the old unit RIP.
San Pablo, Ca USA - Monday, June 07, 1999 at 12:43:45 (PDT)
I truly enjoy the Hawaii Five-O Home Page. I admire your devotion to the series and the depth of your research. Your page definitely rekindled my love for Five-O and convinced me to subscribe to the Columbia House series ... which, I recently discovered to my horror, consists only of the first FIVE volumes in Canada. I'm going to have to do some fancy footwork to get a hold of the other five. On the issue of the big-screen Hawaii Five-O, I do not see the commercial potential of doing it as a period piece, except perhaps by including a flashback to the 70's within a contemporary story. Off the top of my head, I can only think of "Boogie Nights" which successfully recreated the mood of the 70's and had only moderate success in theatres despite critical acclaim. The casting suggestions all seem to point to Harrison Ford as the lead. I would be very surprised if this ever happened. How about Mel Gibson or Bruce Willis? Heck, how about Samuel L. Jackson (if they can cast Will Smith as James West, why not?)? If we're looking for lesser-knowns, any of the younger actors that have left starring roles on "Law and Order" might fit too.
Laval, Quebec Canada - Saturday, June 05, 1999 at 20:26:30 (PDT)
I think "George Litto and Rose Freeman" should also use the original Hawaii Five-O Theme music from the TV series,in the beginning and at the end of theier new motion picture. I think the original theme is important,in order to provide the new motion picture with a real touch of Five-O. I hope James Mac Aurther will get the Govenor's role,and maybe "Kam Fong as Chin Ho Kelly's"long lost twin brother or causin as part of the new five-O Team? He could be seeking, who was responsible for Chin's murder years earlyer in a sequel? I wish that CBS would show the 1997 failed TV Pilot for Hawaii Five-O starring "Gary Busy"as the head of Five-O as well as James Mac Aurtther as Gov. Dan Willaims and the rest of the original cast. It was Prodused By "Stephen Cannel"who blew it,but would still like to see what it was like? Perhaps "Columbia House" video library which now offers ten volumes of the Hawaii Five-O collection for which I am now purchasing and very satisfied with,so far could be persuaded to obtain the failed 1997 TV Pilot as a part of the Five-O collector's editon for those who purhase at least the full ten volumes as treat to true Five-O fans,so we can view it,and see what it was like. Karen Rhodes,James Mac Aurther or Kam Fong and any of the original Hawaii Five-O cast who were in the 1997 failed Pilot. Please talk to CBS Network and Columbia House and see if it can be arranged to release it as part of the collection? CBS could recover some of theier lost investment in the TV Pilot by providing it to collectors.
San Francisco, CA USA - Friday, June 04, 1999 at 01:22:02 (PDT)
I love Jack Lord's hair.
danno from toronto
toronto, on canada - Thursday, June 03, 1999 at 12:35:11 (PDT)
i still really miss 5-0 still popular to this day is book em dano what a quote! well ithink jack lord could have made a great team with don johnson dano could be clint eastwood even though he wouldn't approve and chin could be played by arnold of happy days what do you think ???????? theres no 5-0 like the oringal
phila, pa usa - Tuesday, June 01, 1999 at 13:06:55 (PDT)
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