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Fantasy Island 

In this revival of the popular 1970s television series, Mr. Roarke and his three assistants run a tropical paradise where guests come in to have their wildest dreams and fantasies come true.
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Series cast summary:
Malcolm McDowell ...  Mr. Roarke 13 episodes, 1998-1999
Mädchen Amick ...  Ariel 13 episodes, 1998-1999
Edward Hibbert ...  Harry 13 episodes, 1998-1999
Fyvush Finkel ...  Fisher 13 episodes, 1998-1999
Cherisse Lamoureux Cherisse Lamoureux ...  'Hotel employee' Pilot 13 episodes, 1998-1999
Louis Lombardi ...  Cal 11 episodes, 1998-1999
Tracy R. Bautista Tracy R. Bautista ...  Hotel employee 9 episodes, 1998-1999
Sylvia Sidney ...  Clia 7 episodes, 1998
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In this revival of the popular 1970s television series, Mr. Roarke and his three assistants run a tropical paradise where guests come in to have their wildest dreams and fantasies come true. Written by Phil Fernando

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You know the dark places in the recesses of your mind? Meet your tour guide. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy

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USA

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English

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26 September 1998 (USA) See more »

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La isla de la fantasía See more »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Lenny Venito turned down the role of Cal. See more »

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Ariel: Voyeurism is so... unsatisfying.
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Referenced in South Park: City on the Edge of Forever (1998) See more »

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Daring, dark, brilliant
8 July 2003 | by lyonessNYCSee all my reviews

I'd caught a couple of episodes of this when it was on network TV, but it kept being moved around, and was tough to catch.

SciFi Channel shows it, and I find I adore this twisted version of the classic I loved as a child. It's darker, edgier, has a bit of a mean streak at times, but there's just something I love about it. Not quite sure what it is, but I could start with Malcolm McDowell's Mr. Roarke. I have to wonder if his first name is Prospero, considering all the other _Tempest_ parallels...Ariel, Cal(iban), even Miranda.

Nothing ever quite goes as planned in the guests' fantasies, but it's not always bad -- oftentimes they discover that what they wanted would not have satisfied, and the new solution is *far* better, even if it means major disappointment to start. Sounds treacly, doesn't it? Nope. There's a healthy dose of reality in this _Fantasy_ -- Roarke doesn't let guests get away with simply living out a dream. There's always something...extra. [wicked grin] Lessons to be learned.

It's not that Roarke's *always* mean -- there are guests he seems to genuinely like and takes care of accordingly. But there's also an angle of "Be careful what you wish for" that makes this version a cautionary tale as well as a fantasy. It does seem that he has his guests' best interests at heart, when it comes down to it. Realistically benevolent, as it were.

The bits about the budget are pretty funny too -- adds a touch of amusing realism to the fantasy angle.

It's a shame this show didn't make it. Sure, it wasn't the original. I liked the original too, for its own merits. But I really love this one, and wish it had stayed around longer.


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