The Cartier Affair

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The Cartier Affair
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  • Comedy
  • Crime
Written by
Directed by Rod Holcomb
Music by
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Leonard Hill
Cinematography Hanania Baer
Editor(s) Erwin Dumbrille
Running time 96 min. approx
Production company(s)
Distributor NBC
Budget $2.5 million
Original network NBC
Original release November 4, 1984

The Cartier Affair is a 1984 NBC TV movie that starred Knight Rider's David Hasselhoff and Dynasty's Joan Collins, which also featured Kojak's Telly Savalas (and, incidentally, was completed between season breaks of both Dynasty and Knight Rider). At the time of its release both Joan Collins and David Hasselhoff were nearing the height of their fame and a real Chemistry formed between the two leads. The Cartier Affair was a mildly amusing romp but won't go down in the history books as a great Hollywood movie, however the backstory of this great pairing makes for interesting reading.

David Hasselhoff said of his co-star, " Joan Collins is wonderful to work with, funny, very sexy and the consummate professional always prepared and line perfect." This went against popular belief at the time that Ms Collins was a diva on set and after several cast and crew of various productions came forward to sing Joan Collins praises, the general public came to see her in a new light. Additionally, Joan herself said that, because the roles she was offered tended to be either " the Villainess" or powerful, sometimes ruthless women, she had seen the lines blurred between public perception of the actress and the actual lady behind these roles. In one Instance Joan attended her sons school and delivered a speech essentially addressing this issue.

This came not long after starring in her sister " Jackie Collins" best-selling novels turned Films "The Stud"and "The Bitch" where Joan was labelled as such. Joan explained to an auditorium of young school boys that, just because someone plays a murderer doesn't mean you are a murderer. Eventually, after working with actors like David Hasselhoff, Gene Kelly, Fran Drescher and Shirley MacLaine, all of whom said of Joan how warm and professional she was, seemingly reinforcing the misconception that Joan was difficult. Furthermore, actors and actresses who carry on with " star like behavior" rarely sustain a long and successful career as Joan has.


Curt Taylor (David Hasselhoff) is released from California State Prison and to settle a debt he becomes a secretary for Cartier Rand (Joan Collins) as a form of amusing punishment, so that he can steal her jewels. During the course of his employment for Cartier, He falls in love with her, which complicates his primary mission to steal from her, Cartier reciprocates his feelings and the two begin an affair.

Cast and crew[edit]

Actor Role
Joan Collins Cartier Rand/Marilyn Hallifax
David Hasselhoff Curtis "Curt" Taylor
Telly Savalas Phillip "Phil" Drexler
Ed Lauter Lyndon Dean
Steven Apostle J J Phonopolous
Jordan Charney Ben Foley
Joe LaDue Russ Houser
Charles Napier Morgan Carroll
Randi Brooks Shirl
Rita Taggart Monica

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