Acapulco H.E.A.T. (1993–1994)

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Acapulco H.E.A.T. (TV Series 1993–1994)

Ashley, formerly of MI6, and Mike Savage, formerly of the CIA, are co-leaders of the H.E.A.T. team, a group of specialists recruited to fight a secret war against international terrorism. Based in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the team operates throughout the Caribbean and around the world behind the unlikely cover of being the owners and models for a fashion company specializing in beach wear.
USA
Mexico
France
IMDb   5.8 /10
TheMovieDb    4.8 /10
RottenTomatoes
TV.com  6.9 /10
FilmAffinity   3.3 /10
Creators
Creator Max A. Keller
Creator Micheline H. Keller
Information
Release Date1993-09-27
Runtime
GenreAction, Adventure
Content Rating
Awards
CompanyBalenciaga Productions, Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée, Les Films du Triangle
CountryUSA, Mexico, France
LanguageEnglish
Ashley Hunter-Coddingtonas Ashley Hunter-Coddington
Mike Savageas Mike Savage
Catherine 'Cat' Avery Pascalas Catherine 'Cat' Avery Pascal
Krissie Valentineas Krissie Valentine
Tommyas Tommy
Marcosas Marcos
Arthur Smallas Arthur Small
Mr. Smithas Mr. Smith
Claudioas Claudio
James Healey
James Healey
Strakeas Strake
Colonel Rodriguezas Colonel Rodriguez
Alejandro Subirats
Alejandro Subirats
Edwin Torresas Edwin Torres…
Andre Sokolas Andre Sokol
Cornelia Johnsson
Cornelia Johnsson
Crystalas Crystal
Susan Pari
Susan Pari
Princess Sabellaas Princess Sabella
Hugo Napier
Hugo Napier
Prince Edwardas Prince Edward

Acapulco H.E.A.T.

Acapulco H.E.A.T. was a 1993 syndicated television series. It followed the adventures of the Hemisphere Emergency Action Team (H.E.A.T.), a group of top-secret agents based in Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco in Mexico, recruited by "C-5", a secret, inter-governmental coalition to fight terrorism and other international crimes. To keep a low profile, the team posed as models and photographers representing a beach-fashion business. The show returned for a second season (production started in 1996) with a new and smaller cast; it aired in Europe in 1997, and in the USA during 1998–99.


Synopsis

Led by Ashley Hunter-Coddington (Catherine Oxenberg), a former MI6 operative, and Mike Savage (Brendan Kelly), a former CIA agent, the H.E.A.T. members fight international terrorism and other crimes. They receive their assignments from "Mr. Smith" (John Vernon), the mysterious head of C-5, a secret governmental organization linked to the United Nations. The team operates from both Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and internationally under the 'cover' of a beach fashion enterprise. The team's members are: Catherine "Cat" Avery Pascal (Alison Armitage), a former cat-burglar who had to choose between life imprisonment and working in H.E.A.T. for a year in order to have a "clean-slate"; Tommy Chase (Michael Worth), a martial arts expert with a deep understanding of human psychology; Brett Richardson (Spencer Rochfort), a former Navy SEAL with a vast knowledge of explosives; Krissie Valentine (Holly Floria), a computer genius who can do anything with computers, no matter the situation and, who eventually becomes romantically involved with teammate, Marcos Chavez (Randy Vasquez), a member of Mexico's Los Federales, and whose local contacts in their base-of-operations prove very helpful; Arthur Small (Graham Heywood), owner of Acapulco H.E.A.T. Beach Fashion who manages both the team's logistics and its members' false identities in the "Beach Fashion Enterprise" and, Claudio Divanti (Fabio), owner of the hotel where the team is headquartered.

Catherine ("Cat") Avery Pascal and Tommy Chase are the only original characters to return in Season Two. The Season Two storyline explained the time gap (about 3 years) between seasons by stating that the (Season One) H.E.A.T. team had disbanded a few years after the events of Season One. In the interim, "Cat" became a beach-fashion photographer, and Tommy became a "lone wolf". The two were recruited by ex-spy Nicole Bernard (Lydie Denier) and her protégée, Joanna Barnes (Christa Sauls) a computer expert. They continued fighting international crime backed by private investors; their "cover": owners of a beach-fashion boutique ("Acapulco HEAT Beach Fashion").


Production

The show initially produced only one season (1993–94). Following a two-year hiatus, Acapulco H.E.A.T. was brought back for a second season with a mostly new cast. This second season was produced in 1996 for worldwide distribution but also aired in the U.S. during the 1998–99 television season. A total of 48 episodes were made and have developed a fan base and international audience. The series continues to be broadcast on cable and streaming channels. A feature film is in development based on the series and several major studios are considering the project for production.

The show had a memorable theme song, "I Feel the Heat," sung by Sable Jeffries (first season) and Pepper Mashay (second season).


Cast and characters

Season 1 (1993–94)

  • Ashley Hunter-Coddington (Catherine Oxenberg) – A former British MI6 operative and one of the co-leaders of the H.E.A.T. team. She is the daughter of an ambassador. Her mother was killed by Red Brigade members while she was still a child. This traumatic event triggered the need to become a government agent. Her codename is "Sarong" and she worked undercover as a fashion photographer and beach fashion designer.
  • Michael "Mike" Savage (Brendan Kelly) – A former CIA agent and co-leader of the H.E.A.T. team. He also posed as a photographer for the agency and his codename is "Platform".
  • Catherine (Cat) Avery Pascal (Alison Armitage) – A French ex-cat burglar, who was required to join the team after being arrested for her crimes. She had to stay with the team for a year in order to avoid prison sentence. She eventually accepted that being on the side of justice was far better. She poses as one of the models of the agency and her codename is "High Dive".
  • Brett Richardson (Spencer Rochfort) – A former Navy SEAL and the team's weapons and explosive expert. Posed as one of the team's models and his codename is "Deep End".
  • Krissie Valentine (Holly Floria) – A computer expert. She provides the team with useful information and research for their missions. Poses undercover as one of the models of the agency and, through the season, got romantically involved with Marcos. Her codename is "Spring Board".
  • Marcos Chavez (Randy Vasquez) – A member of the Federales in Mexico and an expert in undercover missions. He was romantically involved with Krissie. He poses as the one responsible for providing transportation for the equipment the team uses during their work in fashion (and actually, with the equipment used on their missions). Most of his family members have served as providers of useful information. His codename is "Agua Azul".
  • Tommy Chase (Michael Worth) – A government member responsible for personality analyses. He is an expert in martial arts and has the "zen warrior" mentality. Poses as one of the team male models; his codename is "Backflip".
  • Arthur Small (Graham Heywood) – Owner of the beach fashion enterprise, Acapulco Heat beach fashion, which served has the cover for the H.E.A.T. members. Also helped sort out the logistics of each mission.
  • Claudio Divanti (Fabio) – Owner of the hotel where the team have their headquarters. Used to flirt with Ashley, much to Mike's dislike.
  • Mr. Smith (John Vernon) – One of the government representatives of C-5, a secret coalition that tasks H.E.A.T. with their missions. C-5 was composed by various members of the U.N. He is seen only via video link.

Season 2 (1998–99)

  • Catherine (Cat) Avery Pascal (Alison Armitage) – Between the first and second seasons, she became a beach-fashion photographer. As one of the original members of the H.E.A.T. team, she now had to deal with the responsibility of being her own boss. Her new cover was of one of the owners of a small boutique called "Acapulco HEAT Beach Fashions".
  • Tommy Chase (Michael Worth) – Between the first and second seasons, he started seeing the world with more cynical eyes. He launched a personal fight against drug dealers and small crime. He is the other original member of the H.E.A.T. team to join the new team incarnation. His new cover was of an employee of the small boutique "Acapulco HEAT Beach Fashions".
  • Nicole Bernard (Lydie Denier) – A former French spy that re-organized the H.E.A.T. team to help her track a stolen necklace, but decided to keep working with them. Her cover was of one of the owners of a small boutique called "Acapulco HEAT Beach Fashions". Very serious, she has trouble trusting people, though she has plenty of trust in her new allies.
  • Joanna Barnes (Christa Sauls) – The new computer expert of the team and a protégée of Nicole. She can do anything with a computer, though she can never explain how or what she did. Her cover was of one of the employees of the small boutique "Acapulco HEAT Beach Fashions". Though naive, she struggles to keep up a serious appearance.

In Season 2 episode 'Blood Ties', original cast members from Season 1, Spencer Rochfort and Randy Vazquez, returned for a special appearance as their characters Brett Richardson and Marcos Chavez.

Notable guest stars

  • James Healey as Niel Strake (Season 1)
  • Pedro Armendáriz Jr. as Colonel Rodriguez (Season 1)
  • Clifton Collins Jr. as David Kern (Season 1)
  • Tristan Rogers as John Hardy (Season 1)
  • James Booth as Andre Sokol (Season 1)
  • Neil Dickson as Green Victory Agent (Season 1)
  • Christopher Neame as Werner Steinholtz (Season 1)
  • Liliana Komorowska as Frederika Fluke (Season 1)
  • Vaitiare Hirshon as Carmen Chavez (Season 1)
  • Julie Bowen as Danielle Perkins (Season 1)
  • Nicholas Ball as Derek Perkins (Season 1)
  • Andrew Divoff as The Raven (Season 2)
  • David Carradine as Victor Garrison (Season 2)
  • Chase Masterson as Gwen (Season 2)
  • Catherine McGoohan as Natasha Simonova (Season 1) and Sister Margaret (Season 2)
  • Tom Paolino as Finley Fairfax (Season 2)
  • Richard Lynch as Elliot Roth (Season 2)

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122September 28, 1993May 21, 1994
226September 23, 1998June 5, 1999

Season 1 (1993–94)

The first season was produced for syndication in the United States for the 1993–94 television season.

List of Acapulco H.E.A.T. season 1 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written byOriginal air dateProd.
code 
1
2
1
2
"Code Name: Checkmate (Parts 1 & 2)"Kevin James DobsonMolly Glenmore & Steve Hayes & Daniel FicaSeptember 25, 1993101–102
33"Code Name: Honeymoon Lost"Sidney HayersSteve Hayes & Daniel FicaOctober 9, 1993103
44"Code Name: Strange Bedfellow"Henri SafranSteve Hayes & Daniel FicaOctober 16, 1993109
55"Code Name: Million Dollar Ladies"
"Vanished"
Sidney HayesSteve Hayes & Daniel FicaOctober 23, 1993111
66"Code Name: Feminine Institution"Harry AmbroseSteve Hayes & Daniel FicaOctober 30, 1993105
77"Code Name: Desert Dragon"Harry AmbroseSteve Hayes & Daniel FicaNovember 6, 1993112
88"Code Name: Archangel"Henri SafranMolly Glenmore & Daniel FicaNovember 13, 1993104
99"Code Name: Arabesque"Sidney HayersMolly Glenmore & Daniel FicaNovember 20, 1993107
1010"Code Name: Body Double"Harry AmbroseSteve Hayes & Daniel FicaNovember 27, 1993113
1111"Code Name: Perfect Specimen"Harry AmbroseSteve Hayes & Daniel FicaDecember 4, 1993106
1212"Code Name: Easy Riders"Sidney HayersSidney Hayers & Daniel FicaJanuary 22, 1994115
1313"Code Name: Rip Van Winkle"Sidney HayersMolly Glenmore & Daniel FicaJanuary 29, 1994114
1414"Code Name: The Stalking Horse"Sidney HayersDaniel FicaFebruary 5, 1994119
1515"Code Name: Frame-Up"Sidney HayersSteve Hayes & Daniel FicaFebruary 12, 1994108
1616"Code Name: Ghosts"Sidney HayersSteve Hayes & Daniel FicaFebruary 19, 1994116
1717"Code Name: Stranded"Sidney HayersSteve Hayes & Daniel FicaFebruary 26, 1994120
1818"Code Name: Shamrock"Harry AmbroseSteve Hayes & Daniel FicaMarch 5, 1994110
1919"Code Name: Stalemate – Part 1"Harry AmbroseMolly Glenmore & Daniel FicaApril 30, 1994117
2020"Code Name: Stalemate – Part 2"Harry AmbroseMolly Glenmore & Daniel FicaMay 7, 1994118
2121"Code Name: Deep Six"Sidney HayersStory by : Jon Hardy & J. Barry Herron
Teleplay by : Steve Hayes & Daniel Fica
May 14, 1994121
2222"Code Name: Assassin"Harry AmbroseMolly Glenmore & Daniel FicaMay 21, 1994122

Season 2 (1998–99)

The second season was produced in 1996 for European distribution and airing in 1997, but was not syndicated in the United States until the 1998–99 television season. The dates listed below are the U.S. airdates.

List of Acapulco H.E.A.T. season 2 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed byOriginal air date (U.S.)Prod.
code 
231"Code Name: The Raven (Part 1)"
Henri SafranSeptember 23, 1998201
242"Code Name: The Raven (Part 2)"Henri SafranSeptember 30, 1998202
253"Code Name: Spear of Destiny"Frank CharlesOctober 7, 1998208
264"Code Name: Day of the Dead"Henri SafranOctober 14, 1998218
275"Code Name: Dream Girl"Peter GeorgeOctober 21, 1998209
286"Code Name: The Killing Club"Henri SafranOctober 28, 1998206
297"Code Name: Mr. Paradise"Brianne MurphyNovember 4, 1998213
308"Code Name: The Mouse That Squeaked"Brianne MurphyNovember 11, 1998221
319"Code Name: Easy Green"Frank CharlesNovember 18, 1998203
3210"Code Name: Dangerous Bait"Frank CharlesNovember 25, 1998205
3311"Code Name: Million Dollar Man"Brianne MurphyDecember 2, 1998223
3412"Code Name: Death of a Friendship"Henri SafranJanuary 23, 1999216
3513"Code Name: Sister Soothsayer"Frank CharlesJanuary 30, 1999207
3614"Code Name: Hot Chains"Brianne MurphyFebruary 6, 1999217
3715"Code Name: Till Death Do Us Part"Henri SafranFebruary 13, 1999212
3816"Code Name: Cumshaw"Brianne MurphyFebruary 20, 1999211
3917"Code Name: Phantom"Henri SafranFebruary 27, 1999224
4018"Code Name: Bucket of Blood"Henri SafranMarch 6, 1999210
4119"Code Name: Cult Zero"Henri SafranMarch 13, 1999214
4220"Code Name: Blood Ties"Henri SafranApril 24, 1999215
4321"Code Name: Matador"Henri SafranMay 1, 1999222
4422"Code Name: Juice"Henri SafranMay 8, 1999204
4523"Code Name: Lollipop, Lollipop"Brianne MurphyMay 15, 1999219
4624"Code Name: The Stolen Leg"Peter GeorgeMay 22, 1999220
4725"Code Name: Flight 401"Henri SafranMay 29, 1999225
4826"Code Name: I Remember"Henri SafranJune 5, 1999226

Home media

Mill Creek Entertainment released the entire series on DVD in Region 1 in 2006. On May 6, 2008, Mill Creek Entertainment released Acapulco H.E.A.T.- The Complete series, an 11-disc boxset featuring all 48 episodes of the series.

As of 2010, these releases have been discontinued and are out of print. As of 2014, all episodes from season 1 can be watched on YouTube, at the Keller Entertainment Group official Acapulco H.E.A.T. channel.

  • First season DVDs: contain all episodes, with dual soundtrack (English and Spanish); also include several extras, such as promotional pictures, interviews and bios of the cast, and some TV promos.
  • Second season DVDs: contain all episodes, with dual soundtrack (English and Spanish); also include several extras, such as promotional pictures, cast bios, interviews with Michael Worth and Lydie Denier, and a TV promo. The first and second episode contain production commentaries by Worth.
DVD nameEp #Release date
Acapulco H.E.A.T.: The Complete First Season22June 27, 2006
Acapulco H.E.A.T.: The Complete Second and Final Season26October 31, 2006
Acapulco H.E.A.T.: The Complete Series48May 6, 2008