The A-Team (1983–1987)
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The Beast from the Belly of a Boeing 

The A-Team is called in to help out an airline when one of their planes is hijacked by a terrorist group. Hannibal and Face masquerade as airline executives to bargain for the release of ... See full summary »


Ron Satlof


Frank Lupo (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Peppard ... John 'Hannibal' Smith
Dirk Benedict ... Templeton 'Faceman' Peck
Melinda Culea ... Amy Amanda Allen
Dwight Schultz ... 'Howling Mad' Murdock
Mr. T ... B.A. Baracus
Andrew Robinson ... Jackson
Alan Stock Alan Stock ... Thomas
James MacKrell James MacKrell ... Airline pilot Larry Hertzog (as Jim McKrell)
Michael Swan ... Trigg
Jesse D. Goins ... Phillips
Milt Kogan ... T.K. / Fake doctor
Xander Berkeley ... Baker
Scott Lincoln ... Rourke
Mary Kate McGeehan Mary Kate McGeehan ... Stewardess
Melvin F. Allen Melvin F. Allen ... Orderly


The A-Team is called in to help out an airline when one of their planes is hijacked by a terrorist group. Hannibal and Face masquerade as airline executives to bargain for the release of the passengers in a prisoner exchange. Meanwhile Murdock and B.A. sneak aboard the plane through the cargo hold in an effort to help neutralize the hijackers. Things get dicey though when the plane takes off unexpectedly and B.A. becomes catatonic, thanks to his fear of flying. To make matters worse, Murdock is accidentally blinded when a gun discharges in his face and it's up to Hannibal to land the jet even though he has no flying experience. Written by R. Bernard Ment

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Release Date:

3 May 1983 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Xander Berkeley plays one of the hijackers who take over a Being 747. In "Air Force One" (1997), he also plays one of the hijackers who seize control of the titular plane, which is also a Boeing 747. See more »


In real life, the chances of survival would've been better in water than on land. The tower would not have to give a "false heading" to have them ditch the plane in the sea because that would be their best chance of survival. See more »


Face: [trying to come in for a landing with no fuel] When we crash...
B.A. Baracus: [panicked, clings to Hannibal and chokes him] We gonna crash? We gonna crash?
Hannibal: Face, get him off of me. Get him off me Face!
[Face beats B.A. with a metal tray repeatedly]
B.A. Baracus: [calmer] Sorry fellas, I lost my head for a second.
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Featured in The A-Team: Curtain Call (1984) See more »


You Are My Sunshine
Written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell
Sung by George Peppard and Dirk Benedict
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The Beast from the Belly of a Boeing
4 February 2020 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

From an era when hijacking a plane was as simple as ABC.

The United People's Resistance, a terrorist group has hijacked a plane and demand a ransom. The airline executives call in The A Team. They somehow managed to get hold of them very fast.

Before you know it, Hannibal and Face pretend to be Beller executives and swap themselves for two hostages. Meanwhile Murdock and BA smuggle themselves inside the plane. Murdock is declared sane by his doctor in this episode and relesed from the hospital.

The hijackers plan to parachute out of the plane before ditching it into the sea.

In a sense this was halfway there to be a Die Hard type episode. The main villain is played by Andrew Robinson, memorable as the psycho in Dirty Harry. Xander Berkeley has an early role as an henchman.

It is also a very silly episode as you can sense the producers wanted to shake the formula up a bit. The hijackers ask for permission to take off. When it is refused they then threaten to shoot the passengers. Beller airlines appear to be a two men and a dog operation. To top it all, footage is used from Airplane the Movie.

Hannibal's disguise is so bad. The hijackers actually figure out he is not one of the Beller executives.

On the plane he is temporary blinded by powder burns from a gunshot. So someone else has to attempt to land the plane but the Beller executives plan to crash the plane into the sea!

Even then this is an enjoyably daft episode.

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