Secrets of the Hart (1995)

Jonathan and Jennifer Hart head to San Francisco for a charity auction, where she discovers an old heart locket with a picture of Jonathan as a child. He never knew his family, so he quickly learns that he may have a sister and nephew. But this being Hart to Hart, someone has to die before its all over. Maybe a few people have to die, actually.

This is the first of the reunion movies to be directed by someone other than Peter Hunt. Here it’s Kevin Connor, who was behind From Beyond the Grave and Motel Hell. He also directed six episodes of the original series.

Marion Ross (Happy Days) and Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) play the aunt and nephew, while Wagner’s daughter Natasha plays Tibby, the wife of Bateman’s character. You also get small parts from Rodger Bumpass (Squidward from Sponge Bob Squarepants), comedian John Pinette, Pat Morita as a Japanese Jewish jeweler named Ling Goldberg, exploitation fave Ross Hagen, Taylor Negron, John Beck (Moonpie from Rollerball), Edward Mulhare from Knight Rider and Michael Parks (Earl McGraw himself!) and Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me, Dream On) as a murderous couple who clash with the Harts.

Sadly, this would be the final appearance of Lionel Stander died soon after making this. His appearance is really rough and his dialogue is often looped, so you can see it coming. It actually made me really emotional.

Not to get political, but as you can see from the clip above, Donald Trump makes an appearance. I really need to get on my Donald Trump as a character in fictional movies Letterboxd list. There’s Home Alone 2: Lost In New YorkGhosts Can’t Do ItTwo Weeks Notice54ZoolanderThe Little RascalsAcross the Sea of Time…man. An entire week of films ready for people to get upset about!

Want to see this movie? Just get the new Mill Creek Hart to Hart Movies Are Murder Collection. You’ll get eight total mysteries to enjoy, as well as all the Hart hijinks you can handle.

DISCLAIMER: This set was sent to us by Mill Creek. We appreciate it but it has no bearing on our review.

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