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The A-Team 2 Isn't Happening: Here's Why The Sequel Was Cancelled

While the first movie was intended to kick off a franchise The A-Team 2 didn't move ahead. Here's why the sequel was cancelled.

While the original was poised to launch a new franchise, where why The A-Team 2 didn't move ahead. The A-Team is a classic action series from the 1980s that starred George Peppard, Dirk Benedict, Dwight Schultz, and Mr. T as an elite Special Forces unit. The foursome are framed for a crime they didn't commit and go on the run, and each episode found them helping out people in need against various criminals and villains. The show was famous for its catchphrases, action sequences, gadgets and the fact that in spite of constant gunfire and explosions, it had little in the way of fatalities.

The A-Team came to an end after five seasons and ranks alongside the likes of Miami Vice as an iconic 1980s TV show. An A-Team movie spent years in development hell, with director John Singleton once signed on, who had Woody Harrelson (Zombieland: Double Tap) in mind for Murdock an Ice Cube for B.A. Joe Carnahan eventually stepped behind the camera, with Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton Jackson and Sharlto Copley playing Hannibal, Face, B.A. and Murdock respectively. It was released in 2010 to a mildly positive response, with the consensus being it was a fun but forgettable blockbuster.

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The film was meant to kick off a series but here's why The A-Team 2 was canceled.

The A-Team Movie Underperformed

Despite its name cast and blockbuster status The A-Teamdidn't do great numbers. The budget was an estimated $110 million but it made less than $80 million domestically. Factoring in home video sales and international box-office it made roughly $220 million in total, but considering marketing and other costs, it was a definitive financial disappointment.

The Cast And Director Quickly Ruled Out An A-Team 2

The crew behind the movie wasted no time pretending The A-Team 2 was still coming after its release. Joe Carnahan stated the movie didn't make enough to justify another, which Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson would mirror in later interviews. Little is known about the plot for a potential sequel, other than the original movie ending with a tease Jon Hamm's (Good Omens) Agent Lynch would be a major threat.

An A-Team TV Reboot Was Announced In 2015

While there's been no sign of life on a new movie, in 2015 Deadline reported The A-Team was being rebooted for a new show. Chris Morgan (The Fast & The Furious) was set to produce this new version, which would have featured some female members on the team as they actively tried to clear their names and uncover a conspiracy.

There's been no real news on this reboot since it was announced, so it may not be happening anymore. While Joe Carnahan's movie has its fans, The A-Team 2 is very unlikely to be revived at this point.

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Liam Neeson
Col. John "Hannibal" Smith 
Bradley Cooper
Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck 
Jessica Biel
Charissa Sosa 
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
B.A. Baracus 
Sharlto Copley
"Howling Mad" Murdock 
Patrick Wilson
Gerald McRaney
General Morrison 
Henry Czerny
Director McCready 
Yul Vázquez
General Javier Tuco 
Brian Bloom
Pike, Screenwriter 
Maury Sterling
Terry Chen
Omari Hardwick
Chopshop Jay 
David Hugghins
Oskar Shunt 
Jacob Blair
Agent Blair 
Rad Daly
Agent Daly 
Kyle Riefsnyder
Agent Kyle 
Andrew Coghlan
Army Hospital Attendant 
James O'Sullivan
Army Hospital Courier 
C. Ernst Harth
Crematorium Attendant 
Stefan Arngrim
Crazy Howard Little 
Christian Tessier
Tahoe Prison Deputy 
William Stewart
Tahoe Inmate #1 
Marc-Anthony Massiah
Tahoe Inmate #2 
Kwesi Ameyaw
Dutch Customs Agent #1 
Robert Conway
Dutch Customs Agent #2 
Gardiner Millar
Prison Warden 
Anita Brown
Attractive Prison Guard 
Alex Madison
General Tuco's Wife 
Benny Hernandez
Mexican Captor #1 
Jimmy Ortega
Mexican Captor #2 
Bo Anzo
Mike "The Operator" 
Neil Schell
Army Meddac Hospital XO 
Leah Carnahan
Army Meddac Nurse 
Michael St. John Smith
Cemetary Chaplain 
Shaw Madson
Station Polizei 
Katie Boskovich
FOB French Reporter 
Tony Ali
Morrison's Arab Goon #1 
Sam Radjinia
Morrison's Arab Goon #2 
Billy Wickman
Flight Control Tech 
Brendan Penny
C130J Pilot #1 
Jeanne-Melanie Haasbroek
Army Hospital Therapist Elke 
Tom Butler
Judge Advocate #1 
John Carnahan
Judge Advocate #2 
Charles Cooper
Judge Advocate #3 
Dirk Benedict
Pensacola Prisoner Milt 
Dwight Schultz
German Doctor #1 
Don Knodel
German Doctor #2 
Natalie L. James
Lynch Secretary 
Vince Murdocco
Pike Goon #1 
Fraser Aitcheson
Pike Goon #2 
Jason Schombing
Flight Control Commander 
Stephane Fromont
Gate Guard 
Frank Maier
German Fisherman 
Anne Maier
German Wife 
Hitesh Jogia
Iraqi Liaison #1 
Marwan Al-Shami
Iraqi Liaison #2 
Ali Bordbar
Iraqi Liaison #3 
Jennifer Cheon
Lynch Woman 
Peter Fletcher
Police Captain 
Alfred Jajjo
Mint Worker 
Jon Johnson
Honor Guard 
Craig Loblaw
Police Detective 
Patrick Merle
Frankfurt Police Officer 
Julian Paul
Prison MP 
Rafael Pellerin
Soccer Kid 
Ralph Shaw
Ukulele Performer 
Darin Wong
Killer Operative 
Corey Burton


Joe Carnahan
Director, Screenwriter 
Alan Silvestri
Composer (Music Score) 
Alex Young
Ann Goobie
Location Manager 
Ben Bray
Stunts Coordinator 
Betsy Heimann
Costume Designer 
Brian Bloom
Pike, Screenwriter 
Bryan Korenberg
Properties Master 
Calvin Wimmer
First Assistant Editor 
Candice Stafford
Charles Wood
Production Designer 
Coreen Mayrs
Craig Henighan
Supervising Sound Editor 
Dan Bronson
Costumes Supervisor 
Dan Hermansen
Art Director 
David K. Arnold
Second Assistant Director 
Deborah Aquila
Debra Wiebe
Key Hairstylist 
Digital Domain
Animator, Visual Effects 
Digital Domain
Animator, Visual Effects 
Douglas Higgins
Set Designer 
Elizabeth Wilcox
Set Decorator 
Frank Lupo
Frank Torres
Stunts Coordinator 
Heike Brandstatter
Helen Veronica Jarvis
Supervising Art Director 
Visual Effects 
Iain Smith
James E. Price
Visual Effects Supervisor 
Jim Brebner
First Assistant Director 
Jim May
Joe Carnahan
Director, Screenwriter 
John Burke
Set Designer 
Jules Daly
Kendrick Wallace
Visual Effects Producer 
Lee Cleary
First Assistant Director 
Lori McCoy-Bell
Department Head Hair 
Marc Silvestri
Executive Producer 
Mark Bunting
Second Assistant Director 
Mauro Fiore
Michael Corrado
Set Designer 
Michael Diner
Art Director 
Michael Pohorly
Second Assistant Director 
Mike Vezina
Special Effects Supervisor 
Moving Picture Company
Visual Effects 
Nancy Brown
Set Designer 
Noriko Watanabe
Hair Styles, Makeup 
Noriko Watanabe
Hair Styles, Makeup 
Norma Hill-Patton
Department Head Makeup 
Owen Walstrom
Stunts Coordinator 
Peter Ochotta
Set Designer 
Phil Neilson
Second Unit Director 
Prime Focus
Visual Effects 
Ridley Scott
Executive Producer 
Roger Barton
Ross Fanger
Executive Producer, Unit Production Manager 
Ross Fanger
Executive Producer, Unit Production Manager 
Skip Woods
Soho VFX
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Sophie Leclerc
Visual Effects Producer 
Spike Seldin
Stephen J. Cannell
Stewart Bethune
Unit Production Manager 
Susan Lambie
Script Supervisor 
Tony Scott
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The A-Team assembles a top-rate cast only to ditch the show's appealingly silly premise for explosive yet muddled blockbuster filmmaking.Read critic reviews

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A man who loves when a plan comes together, Hannibal Smith (Liam Neeson) leads a close-knit team of elite operatives. Framed for a terrible crime, Smith and his men go rogue, using their special talents to clear their names and find the perpetrator. Hot on their trail is Charissa Sosa (Jessica Biel), who was once involved with a member of Smith's team and has sworn to capture them, no matter what it takes.

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    PG-13 (Intense Sequences of Violence|Intense Sequences of Action|Language|Smoking)

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    Adventure, Action

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  • Director:

    Joe Carnahan

  • Producer:

    Jules Daly, Alex Young, Iain Smith, Stephen J. Cannell, Spike Seldin, Tony Scott

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    Joe Carnahan, Brian Bloom, Skip Woods

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  • Distributor:

    20th Century Fox

  • Sound Mix:

    Dolby, DTS

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The A-Team (season 2)

Season of television series

The A-Team
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes23
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 20, 1983 (1983-09-20) –
May 15, 1984 (1984-05-15)

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List of episodes

The second season of the action-adventure television series The A-Team premiered in the United States on NBC on September 20, 1983, and concluded on May 15, 1984, consisting of 23 episodes.


Opening credits[edit]

The second season's opening credits consisted of scenes taken from Season 1's "Til' Death Do Us Part", "West Coast Turnaround", "Black Day at Bad Rock", "A Small and Deadly War", and "One More Time". Season 2's "The Taxicab Wars", "Steel", "Water, Water Everywhere", and "The Only Church in Town".

Version 1[edit]

Version 1 was Melinda Culea's final season

  • Hannibal launches the cannon at a pursuing Jeep in Season 1's "Mexican Slayride" (as previous version).
  • The helicopter chase from the Season 1 episode "Til' Death Do Us Part".
  • Hannibal was dressed as the aquamaniac, tempting Colonel Lynch in Season 1's "Mexican Slayride".
  • Hannibal disguised as an old woman in Season 1's "One More Time".
  • Hannibal disguised as a hippy doctor in Season 1's "West Coast Turnaround".
  • Hannibal prepares to step out of the helicopter in Season 1's "Mexican Slayride" (as previous version).
  • Face in taxi going through a car wash in Season 1's "Til' Death Do Us Part".
  • Face in the back of the A-Team van in Season 1's "A Small and Deadly War" (actual shot not used in that episode).
  • Face posing as Dr. Dwight Pepper in Warden Beale's office in Season 1's "Pros and Cons".
  • Another shot of Face, taken from Season 1's "A Small and Deadly War".
  • Amy smiling in Season 2's "The Only Church in Town" (actual shot not used in that episode).
  • Amy laughing in the back of the A-Team van in the final act of Season 1's "One More Time" (actual shot not used in that episode).
  • Amy at the wedding reception in Season 1's "Til' Death Do Us Part".
  • Amy in the disused warehouse in Season 1's "The Beast from the Belly of a Boeing".
  • Murdock in the catering truck, coughing after eating shaving cream, in Season 1's "Til' Death Do Us Part".
  • Murdock singing in the make shift aircraft in Season 1's "Holiday in the Hills".
  • Murdock reveals himself as the bride in Season 1's "Til' Death Do Us Part".
  • Murdock emerges from the wrecked car, hat on sideways, and head crooked, in Season 1's "West Coast Turnaround".
  • B.A. bursts into the Mexican bar while making his entrance in Season 1's "Mexican Slayride" (as previous version).
  • B.A. breaks into a smile while holding up his fist, at the end of Season 1's "Black Day at Bad Rock".
  • B.A. turns his head around to see what Hannibal is doing in Season 1's "Mexican Slayride" (as previous version).
  • The car (driven by Hannibal, B.A., and Murdock) crashes into the front of the sheriff's office in Season 1's "Pros and Cons" (as previous version).
  • The helicopter (piloted by Murdock) forces the mobsters' car off the road in Season 1's "The Rabbit Who Ate Las Vegas" (as previous version).
  • A Jeep flips over as Hannibal throws a grenade in Season 1's "Mexican Slayride" (as previous version).

Version 2[edit]

Version 2 of the Season 2 opening credits removed shots of Melinda Culea, and replaced them with more scenes for the rest of the characters:

  • Hannibal launches the cannon at a pursuing Jeep in Season 1's "Mexican Slayride" (as previous version, note that Melinda Culea can still briefly seen behind Hannibal).
  • The helicopter chase from the Season 1 episode "Til' Death Do Us Part" (as previous version).
  • Hannibal was dressed as the aquamaniac, tempting Colonel Lynch in Season 1's "Mexican Slayride" (as previous version).
  • Hannibal disguised as an old woman in Season 1's "One More Time" (as previous version).
  • Hannibal disguised as a hippy doctor in Season 1's "West Coast Turnaround" (as previous version).
  • Hannibal prepares to step out of the helicopter in Season 1's "Mexican Slayride" (as previous version).
  • Face saying goodbye to sister Teresa at the end of Season 2's "The Only Church in Town".
  • A cylon walking past causes Face to double take in the Season 2 episode "Steel".
  • Face posing as Dr. Dwight Pepper in Warden Beale's office in Season 1's "Pros and Cons" (as previous version).
  • Another shot of Face, taken from Season 1's "A Small and Deadly War" (as previous version).
  • Murdock in the catering truck, coughing after eating shaving cream in Season 1's "Til' Death Do Us Part".
  • Murdock singing in the make shift aircraft in Season 1's "Holiday in the Hills" (as previous version).
  • Murdock disguised himself as "Captain Cab", as he talks to a sock puppet named "Socki", but breaks into safe in Season 2's "The Taxicab Wars".
  • Murdock reveals himself as the bride in Season 1's "Til' Death Do Us Part" (as previous version).
  • Murdock emerges from the wrecked car, hat on sideways, and head crooked, in Season 1's "West Coast Turnaround" (as previous version).
  • B.A. bursts into the Mexican bar while making his entrance, in Season 1's "Mexican Slayride" (as previous version).
  • After throwing an opponent over the bar, B.A. turns his head to give an angry glare, in Season 2's "Water, Water Everywhere".
  • B.A. breaks into a smile while holding up his fist, at the end of Season 1's "Black Day at Bad Rock" (as previous version).
  • B.A. turns his head to see what Hannibal is doing in Season 1's "Mexican Slayride" (as previous version).
  • The car (driven by Hannibal, B.A., and Murdock) crashes into the front of the sheriff's office in Season 1's "Pros and Cons" (as previous version).
  • The helicopter (piloted by Murdock) forces the mobsters' car off the road in Season 1's "The Rabbit Who Ate Las Vegas" (as previous version).
  • A Jeep flips over as Hannibal throws a grenade in Season 1's "Mexican Slayride" (as previous version).


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The A-Team (film)

2010 film by Joe Carnahan

The A-Team is a 2010 American action thriller film[4] based on the 1980s television series of the same name created by Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell. Directed by Joe Carnahan and written by Carnahan, Brian Bloom, and Skip Woods, the film stars Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson and Yul Vazquez. The film tells the story of a Special Forces team who, imprisoned for a crime they did not commit, escapes and sets out to clear their names. The film was produced by Cannell,[5]Tony Scott, and (as executive producer) his brother Ridley Scott.[6][7]

The film had been in development since the mid-1990s having gone through a number of writers and story ideas and being put on hold a number of times. Neeson, Cooper, and the rest of the cast joined in summer 2009, and filming took place around Canada later that year. The film was theatrically released on June 11, 2010 by 20th Century Fox. It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the cast and action sequences but criticized the script. A sequel was initially anticipated, but after the film grossed just $177 million worldwide against its $110 million budget, plans were scrapped.


John "Hannibal" Smith is held captive in Mexico by two Federal Police officers working for renegade General Javier Tuco. Hannibal escapes and sets out to rescue his friend Templeton "Face" Peck, who is held captive at Tuco's ranch. Hannibal saves Face after enlisting his teammate Ranger, B.A. Baracus, driving to the rescue in BA's modified GMC Vandura. Pursued by Tuco, they stop at a nearby Army Hospital to recruit the services of their pilot Howling Mad Murdock. They flee in a medical helicopter, chased by Tuco, in a dogfight that leaves BA with a phobia of flying. The battle ends when they lure Tuco's helicopter into American airspace, where it is shot down by an F-22 Raptor for trespassing, killing Tuco and his men.

Eight years later in Iraq, Hannibal is contacted by CIA Special Activities Division operative Lynch, who assigns them on a black operation to recover U.S. Treasury plates and over $1 billion in cash slated to move out of Baghdad in an armored convoy. Hannibal's commanding officer, General Morrison, consents to the operation but Face's former girlfriend, Defense Criminal Investigative ServiceCapt. Charissa Sosa, tries to discourage the team against getting the plates. The mission is successful, but when the team returns to base, both the money and Morrison's vehicle are destroyed by soldier Brock Pike and his men from the private security firm Black Forest. Without Morrison (the only proof that they were authorized to act), Hannibal, Face, Murdock, and BA are court-martialled, sentenced to ten years in separate prisons, and dishonorably discharged. Because the plates were her responsibility, Sosa also ended up court-martialled and is demoted to lieutenant.

Six months later, Lynch visits Hannibal in prison and tells him that Pike may be trying to sell the plates with the help of an Arab backer. Hannibal, who has been tracking Pike on his own, makes a deal with Lynch: full reinstatement and clean records for his team in return for the plates. Lynch agrees and Hannibal escapes, breaking out Face, BA, and Murdock in the process. The team hijacks a C-130, which is later destroyed by ReaperUCAVs, but not before the team parachutes away in an M8 tank stashed aboard and make it to the ground safely. The team moves to reclaim the plates and are able to kidnap Pike's backer. It is revealed that the backer is actually General Morrison in disguise since he plotted with Lynch and Pike to steal the plates but teamed up with Pike to double-cross Lynch and fake his death. Lynch orders an airstrike to kill the team and Morrison, but the team manages to escape while Morrison dies in the explosion.

Hannibal arranges to meet Sosa on board a container ship at the Los Angeles Port, saying he will hand over "Morrison" and the plates. Face then calls Sosa on a drop phone he planted on her at a train station earlier, and conspires a different plan with her. It all unfolds according to plan until Pike, who is now working with Lynch, blows up the container ship with a bazooka and chases Face to near death. BA (having converted to Buddhism while in prison) finally gives up his pacifist ways and confronts Pike before breaking his neck and spinal cord, killing him and saving Face's life. Hannibal leads Lynch into a container with Murdock, who, wearing a covered bullet-proof helmet filled with ketchup, is portraying Morrison. Lynch shoots at Murdock's head, believing that he killed Morrison, and is later tricked into admitting that he stole the plates, but is subsequently caught and arrested by Sosa for his crimes.

CIA agents led by a separate "Lynch" come and claim custody of the original one. Despite their success and proving themselves innocent, the military still arrests the team for escaping from prison, also a crime; they and Sosa are angered by this, since it is only being done so Sosa's boss does not have to fill out paperwork. Sosa's boss even tries to cover their tracks because of their screw up. Sosa is reinstated to captain, but she promises to do all she can to set the team free and kisses Face as everybody is led into a prison van. In the van, the team starts saying that the system has burned them again, but Hannibal tells them that there is always a way out of any situation, and turns towards Face, who smiles and says "I don't want to steal your line, boss, but... I love it when a plan comes together" and opens his mouth, revealing a handcuff key given to him by Sosa through the kiss. The final scene includes a narration (spoken by Corey Burton) similar to the show's opening narration.


In a post credits scene, original series actors Dirk Benedict (Face) and Dwight Schultz (Murdock) have cameos with their film equivalents Bradley Cooper and Sharlto Copley. Benedict plays Face's fellow tanning bed client, credited as "Pensacola Prisoner Milt," and Schultz plays the German neurologist who examines Murdock.


Locations and filming[edit]

The entire film was shot at various locations in Canada including Kamloops, Vancouver, Cache Creek and Ashcroft,[11]British Columbia, with much of the studio works being done at Mammoth Studios.[12][13][14] Other footage was included as well, such as aerial shots of the Cologne train station (though erroneously referred to as Frankfurt Central Station in the movie) as well as an aerial shot of the Frankfurt skyline.[15]Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake is also featured in the German escape scene where a number of base buildings and landmarks are clearly visible, as is the false canopy painted under the CF-18s. The Royal Canadian Air Force along with some USMC squadrons are the only Hornet users to have the false canopy painted on the bottom. American markings were digitally added later. The Hawaii Mars Martin Mars water bomber, based at Sproat Lake, British Columbia, is also used in one scene of the movie to cross the Atlantic.[16]


The film had been in development since the mid-1990s, going through a number of writers and story ideas, and being put on hold a number of times. Producer Stephen J. Cannell hoped to update the setting, perhaps using the Gulf War as part of the backstory.[17][18]John Singleton was initially assigned to direct, but in October 2008 he pulled out of the project.[19] When Singleton was still attached to the project as director, Ice Cube was approached for the role of B.A. Baracus.[20]

Initially greenlit on a production budget of $80 million,[11] the final cost of the film was $110 million,[3][21] which came down to around $100 million after tax credits.[2]


In June 2009, Variety revealed that Liam Neeson was in negotiations with 20th Century Fox to star as Hannibal Smith,[22] and Bradley Cooper announced to MTV News[23] that he would be playing the role of Templeton Peck after he first denied the rumors saying that he was not involved and insisted that he had not seen any script.[24]

On August 26, 2009, reported that mixed martial arts fighter Quinton Jackson would play the role of B.A. Baracus in the upcoming film,[25] but this was later denied by a representative for Jackson.[26] In September 2009, The Vancouver Sun suggested that Jackson has been attached to the role and was postponing his fight at UFC 107 with Rashad Evans due to filming for The A-Team. Filming started in Vancouver in late 2009, and Jackson's involvement was then confirmed.[27][28]

On September 15, 2009, Variety confirmed the casting of Neeson, Cooper and Jackson. They additionally reported that Sharlto Copley and Jessica Biel were in final negotiations to join the cast. Copley would be playing the role of H.M. Murdock and Biel would be playing the ex-lover of Face who is a disillusioned and ruthless Army officer in charge of pursuing the team.[29] 20th Century Fox later confirmed that Copley and Biel were cast in the film.

The first official pictures of Neeson, Cooper, Copley and Jackson in character included one which features the iconic van in the background.[14]

On October 30, 2009, Dwight Schultz confirmed that he had filmed a cameo scene for the movie.[30] This news was followed on November 23, 2009, that Dirk Benedict would also make a cameo.[31] Schultz and Benedict played Howling Mad Murdock and Templeton Peck respectively in the original series. Mr. T, the original BA Baracus, did not appear in the film. In an interview with Wendy Williams, he said he did not like doing a cameo appearance in a film based on the original series he once did.



In February 2010, it was announced a series of comics for the movie would be released beginning in March. Written by Carnahan and Chuck Dixon, the series, The A-Team: War Stories is a prelude to the film, featuring one-shots focusing each on Hannibal, Face, BA, and Murdock.[32] A second series, The A-Team: Shotgun Wedding, is a tie-in to the film by showing an all-new adventure set after the quartet escaped. Film director Joe Carnahan and Tom Waltz collaborated to pen the series.

Jazwares released a line of action figures featuring the four main characters, plus the GMC Vandura.

Video game[edit]

An application for the iPhone was released as part of the marketing blitz for the film. The A-Team application is a side-scrolling, third person, action shooter game. Produced by RealNetworks the game includes voice-overs from B.A. Baracus.[33]


The film's first trailer was released January 8, 2010.[34] The film's second trailer was released April 1, 2010.[35] The film premiered in Los Angeles on Thursday June 3, 2010, at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. Liam Neeson arrived in The A-Team custom Chevrolet G20 van; Bradley Cooper and Sharlto Copley rode in on a real U.S. Army tank.[36][37] The film opened nationwide on June 11, 2010.[38]

The film premiered in the United Kingdom on July 27, before going on general release the next day. The event was attended by the four team members along with Jessica Biel, and the A-Team van.[citation needed]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on December 14, 2010 on DVD and Blu-ray.[39] It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 27 in Australia and on November 29, 2010 in the UK. An extended cut was also released, pushing the running time to 133 minutes.[40] Two of the most noteworthy additions in the extended cut were the two cameo scenes of the original Face and Murdock, which were pushed back after the end credits in the original cut due to pacing.[41]


Critical response[edit]

The A-Team received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 49% based on 208 reviews with an average rating of 5.4/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The A-Team assembles a top-rate cast only to ditch the show's appealingly silly premise for explosive yet muddled blockbuster filmmaking."[42] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 47 out of 100 based on 37 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[43] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[44]

Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly says of the film: "It's trash so compacted it glows".[45]Richard Corliss of Time magazine calls the film "the best in a mediocre line-up of summer-action flicks". He goes on to say the film lacks "a coherent plot and complex characterization", though he does note that these qualities "are irrelevant to the genre".[46]Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine calls the film, "big, loud, ludicrous and edited into visual incomprehension", but "pity the fool who lets that stand in the way of enjoying The A-Team".[47] In contrast, Lou Lumenick of the New York Post, who titled his piece "Pity the fool who sees 'The A-Team'", was among the most critical, calling the film "overlong, overblown and utterly forgettable."[48]The Hollywood Reporter criticized the film's story, character development and logic, calling it "nearly writer-free",[49] while the St. Petersburg Times was far more positive, calling the film "literally a blast" from start to finish, and praises it for "containing more thrills than the average shoot-em-up".[50]

Film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said The A-Team is an incomprehensible mess, criticizing the film for being as shallow as the television series, which he describes as "punishment" when drawn out to a two-hour-long film.[51] Stephen Whitty of The Star-Ledger complained the film makers remembered little more from the television series than a Dirty Dozen gimmick and compares the film to the "awful" Smokin' Aces by the same director.[52]


Dirk Benedict, who played Templeton "Faceman" Peck in the TV series, spoke of regretting his cameo, stating "You'll miss me if you blink. I kind of regret doing it because it's a non-part. They wanted to be able to say, 'Oh yeah, the original cast are in it,' but we're not. It is three seconds. It's kind of insulting."[53]

Mr. T, the original B. A. Baracus, was offered a cameo, but turned it down, feeling it would not be right for him to appear in the film if he did not play Barracus.[54] In a 2010 interview with Script magazine director Joe Carnahan claimed that Mr. T, after viewing scenes from the film, thought the final product was "the greatest thing in the world".[55] After the premiere of the film Mr. T allegedly stated that he had become disillusioned and felt the story emphasized sex and violence, and that it was unfaithful to the original series.[56] An attorney for Mr. T later stated that the actor had not yet seen the film and could not comment on it.[57]

Dwight Schultz, who played the TV series' "Howling Mad" Murdock, issued a statement to his official fansite that the film "pays homage to the series while it eschews its essential working premise: a band of capable military brothers for hire determined to save underdog and usually poor civilians from scum. ... The team characters are sufficiently different and, with so many roles reversed from the original, one could say they are not really derivative, save for their names." He also noted that Sharlto Copley's Murdock "is faithful to the original, but at the same time is big screen twisted and right at home with the new team."

In the psychiatric hospital scene, Reginald Barclay, Schultz's character from Star Trek: The Next Generation, is credited during the opening title of a film, as is G.F. Starbuck, referencing Lieutenant Starbuck, Benedict's character from the original Battlestar Galactica.[58]

Box office[edit]

The film fell slightly short of expectations for its opening weekend, earning $26 million, as opposed to the initially predicted $30–35 million.[2] The film opened behind The Karate Kid, which took in $56 million.[59][60] The film opened in the UK/Ireland on July 28, 2010, and came at No. 3 in at the box office with a first weekend haul of $5.6 million.[3] As of August 26, 2010[update], The A-Team had taken over $77.2 million at the U.S. box office, and $100 million internationally, for a worldwide total of over $177.2 million.[3]


Award Category Nominee Result
IGN AwardBest Action MovieThe A-TeamNominated
Teen Choice AwardChoice Summer MovieThe A-TeamNominated
Taurus AwardHardest HitBrian Machleit (stunt double)Won


The soundtrack album of The A-Team was released on June 21, 2010,[62] by Varèse Sarabande.[63] On December 1, 2009, it was announced that Alan Silvestri would compose the film score.[64] Silvestri recorded his score with a 90-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony at the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox.[65]

Track listing

All music is composed by Alan Silvestri unless stated otherwise.

1."Somewhere in Mexico" (Uses original The A-Team Theme composed by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter)2:12
2."Saving Face"3:32
3."Alpha Mike Foxtrot"4:29
4."Welcome to Baghdad"4:22
5."The Plan"6:11
6."Court Martial"3:09
7."Putting the Team Back Together"3:39
8."Flying a Tank"6:10
10."Retrieving the Plates"4:09
12."Safehouse Aftermath"4:58
13."Shell Game"2:44
14."The Docks (Part 1)"7:35
15."The Docks (Part 2)"5:47
16."I Love It When a Plan Comes Together" (Uses original The A-Team Theme composed by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter)5:26
Total length:72:28

Songs used in the film are:

Cancelled sequel[edit]

Neeson, Cooper, Copley and Jackson originally expressed interest in doing a sequel.[66][67] Joe Carnahan has expressed interest in directing a sequel and said it will depend on DVD and Blu-ray sales and rentals.[68] On March 10, 2011, Cooper stated that the film had not generated enough revenue for there to be a sequel.[69] This was confirmed by Liam Neeson in a webchat.[70] Neeson later commented in early 2012 that he understood why the film was not successful: "I watched it about two months ago and I found it a little confusing and I was in the thing. I just couldn’t figure out who was who and what’s been done to him and why, a little bit."[71] Later in 2013 Carnahan said on his Twitter account "For the record guys and as much as I appreciate all the A-TEAM love. There will NOT be a sequel. It didn't make enough $$$ and that's that."[72]


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