At the end of their stint in Vietnam, Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith and his team were framed for robbing the Bank of Hanoi (which they had done, but under orders), and sent to a US military prison. They escaped and went on the run, pursued first by Colonel Francis Lynch and later by Colonel Roderick Decker and finally by General Harlan "Bull" Fullbright. While on the lam, they became heroes for hire, working as good-guy vigilantes around the United States or the world. Hannibal was their leader and an expert at disguises. Templeton "Face(man)" Peck was the team's con artist and ladies man. Bosco Albert "BA" (or "Bad Attitude") Baracus was their mechanic, but also took care of mayhem and intimidation. The final member of the Team, H.M "Howling Mad" Murdock, was an expert pilot, and a certified lunatic--they broke him out of a mental hospital whenever they needed him for a mission.
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Heroes for hire.
Did You Know?
portrayed Face in the pilot The A-Team: Mexican Slayride
(1983). The role was soon recast with Dirk Benedict
playing the part, because Dunigan was deemed "too young and too tall." According to Dunigan, the team was supposed to be made up of Vietnam veterans, and the Vietnam War ended during his sophomore year of high school. See more
Throughout the series the team is shown being pursued around the country by a squad of Military Police (MPs). MPs have no jurisdiction or authority off a military installation, and certainly do not travel around the country chasing after suspects. The job of tracking down and arresting deserters is assigned to the FBI--not MPs. See more
We're flying this time, aren't we?
Yes, we are.
You're not going to drug me this time. I'm going to keep my eye on you.
In that case, do you want the last swallow of your milk?
[B.A. realizes he's been had, raises his fist and then collapses
In the French version the character names of Face, Murdoch and B.A. were changed to Futé, Looping and Barracuda respectively. Additionally the main title theme was replaced with a French song. See more
Referenced in The Recruit