The Pretender: Island of the Haunted
is the second of two made-for-TV movies based on the television series The Pretender
The Pretender is an American television series that aired on NBC from 1996 to 2000. The series starred Michael T. Weiss as Jarod, a genius and former child prodigy with "the ability to become anyone he wants to be," i.e., to flawlessly impersonate anyone in virtually any line of work...
. It originally aired on TNT
Turner Network Television is an American cable television channel created by media mogul Ted Turner and currently owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner...
on December 10, 2001.
The film begins with Jarod working as a professor and searching for a mysterious artifact. Both he and Ms. Parker received e-mails containing a photograph of their mothers standing side by side at the end of the previous film, and it is revealed that the artifact Jarod is searching for appears in the photograph, engraved on a wall behind the two women. Jarod's search leads him to a shopkeeper who shows Jarod a small hidden compartment below his store, where the picture of his mother and Mrs. Parker was apparently taken. The shopkeeper believes the shop to be haunted, as occult worship once took place there, and tells Jarod that the engraving on the wall is evidence of this. Meanwhile, Ms. Parker visits the store and leaves with a small doll, then returns to the Centre, where she shows the doll to Angelo. Angelo goes into a fit, drawing a perfect picture of the engraving, and then draws a picture of an old monastery, calling it an "Evil Place" and chanting 'Evil People, Evil Place' repeatedly. The monastery is on the Isle of the Haunted, where Jarod has gone to find his mother. Ms. Parker follows.
A hunt begins for a set of scrolls containing prophecies on the Isle of Carthis. Jarod (Michael T. Weiss) and Ms. Parker (Andrea Parker) form an uneasy alliance in order to learn the history behind The Centre. While tracing her lineage, Ms. Parker discovers that her supposed father, Mr. Parker (Harve Presnell), is actually her uncle, and that she is actually the daughter of William Raines (Richard Marcus). The Centre's original founder, Ms. Parker's ancestor, is revealed to have once resided on Carthis. In light of these discoveries, Ms. Parker's allegiance starts to waver. She turns Jarod over to the Centre authorities once they reach the mainland, but later confronts her "father", Jarod, Raines, and Lyle (James Denton) onboard their plane. When Jarod goads Mr. Parker into looking at the text of the scrolls, Parker is stunned by what he reads. He grabs the scrolls, then leaps out of the plane to his apparent death.
After a pitched gun battle, the plane's pilot is killed. Using his aircraft knowledge, Jarod is able to convince Lyle and Raines to release him so he can safely land the plane. He succeeds, and escapes soon afterward. With Mr. Parker seemingly dead, Mr. Raines assumes control of the Centre, and the chase between Jarod and Ms. Parker resumes. In addition, Lyle begins working independently to capture Jarod, and Raines makes it clear that Ms. Parker will face severe consequences if she fails to bring Jarod in first. During one of Jarod and Ms. Parker's infrequent phone conversations, Ms. Parker expresses sympathy for Jarod and his mission, but warns that she will continue to try and capture him.
The story ends with the coveted scrolls washing up on a deserted beach. Their text seems to prophesy both the formation of the Centre and the appearance of Jarod.
- Michael T. Weiss
Michael Terry Weiss is an American actor best known for playing the title role in The Pretender.-Early life:Weiss was born in Chicago, Illinois. His father was a steel-industry executive and his mother was a homemaker. He has a sister, Jamie Sue Weiss, who became a make-up artist for television...
- Andrea Parker
Andrea Nicole Parker is an American actress and former ballet dancer.-Career:Parker began ballet training at age 6 and at age 15 she joined a professional dance company. She quit her career in ballet after three years of touring and trained to become an actress while working as a bartender...
as Miss Parker
- Patrick Bauchau
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- Jon Gries
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- Harve Presnell
Harve Presnell was an American actor and singer. He began his career in the mid 1950s as a classical baritone, singing with orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States...
as Mr. Parker
- Richard Marcus as William Raines
- James Denton
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as Mr. Lyle
- Paul Dillon
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- Diana Leblanc
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- John Bourgeois
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as Brother Menenicus
- Jack Langedijk
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as Brother Rinaldus
- Julian Richings
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as Brother Clote
- Dean McKenzie as A Triumvirate Sweeper
- Chloe Randle-Reis as Cryptkeeper's Daughter (as Chloe Randle Reis)
- Sam Ayers
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as Sam the Sweeper (uncredited)
- Glenn Bang as Mr. Parker's Doctor (uncredited)
- Neil Crone
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as Owner, The Alley Sports Bar (uncredited)
- Kim Myers
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as Jarod's mother (uncredited)
- Frank McAnulty as Brother Theo (uncredited)
- Conrad Coates
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as Adama (uncredited)