Lost Treasure of Atlantis

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 14, 1994 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • No such conjunction of planets occurred anytime between 1962 and 2000. Even if it did, the gravitational force of any of the bodies involved other than the Moon would be non-existent, as mass and tidal force depends on the square and cube of the distance, respectively. All of the planets combined would at best only have a gravitational pull of 1.698% that of the Moon, or a tidal pull of .00575% of the Moon. This wouldn't affect volcanoes on Earth prior to the arrival of the Hecate meteor, as is shown here.

    • MacGyver asks who the "fella" is pictured on the Ark case at the academy, and Kelly identifies the representation as Hecate. Hecate is a female goddess.

    • MacGyver needs to relight a candle after accidentally blowing it out, but the close-up shows him lighting a clean, unused wick.

  • Quotes

    • Atticus: (seeing MacGyver rig a gadget) That's neat.
      MacGyver: Neat?
      Atticus: Neat.

    • Atticus: Bravo. I always said you were my brightest student. If only you'd applied yourself at university...
      MacGyver: Professor!
      Atticus: Quite right. Carry on.

    • Kelly: It's been torn apart.
      MacGyver: All right, don't touch anything. I'll call the police.
      Atticus: Nonsense! This is how it always looks. A neat office is the product of an empty mind.

    • MacGyver: There's no key for the magneto switch.
      Kelly: That's what I was trying to tell you. I removed it so they couldn't take off with the artifacts.
      MacGyver: That's a great idea. Where is it?
      Kelly: Out there.
      MacGyver: That's a bad idea.

    • Atticus: The planets must be orbiting closer to the alignment.
      Kelly: Or the gravitational shift of the alignment's making the volcano unstable.
      MacGyver: I hate when that happens.

    • Atticus: Come on, MacGyver. Still dawdling after all these years? You haven't changed.
      MacGyver: What, you have? You're the only man I'd know who'd plan an archeological dig in the middle of a civil war.
      Atticus: Whatever happened to that eager young student at university who was so anxious to explore ancient ruins and solve the mysteries of the ages?
      MacGyver: He remembers his last experience with you!
      Atticus: (laughing) You're not still bothered by that minor mishap?
      MacGyver: We were buried alive! That's minor?!
      Atticus: If I've always taught you anything in university, it's that the search for truth is never easy, MacGyver.

    • Atticus: I could barely afford the telegram I sent asking you to come. I hated to deceive you like that, but I had no option. You must believe me. I was at the end of my rope, MacGyver. Oh, please understand, you were the only person I could turn to.
      MacGyver: Story of my life.

    • Atticus: Are you sure this'll work?
      MacGyver: No.
      Atticus: Good, that's the MacGyver I know!

    • Kelly: I didn't think you needed anyone's help.
      MacGyver: You'd be surprised.

    • Atticus: But finding the treasure of Atlantis means more than wealth. It would prove that Atlantis really did exist, and there were times when people didn't live by war and conquest, but worshiped peace and knowledge. And if we were like that once, maybe we can be like that again. Finding the treasure of Atlantis means more than wealth.

    • Kelly: Why should we help you?
      Cleeve: Because the length of your lives is directly proportionate to how useful you are to me.

  • Notes

    • The German title is "Jagd nach dem Schatz von Atlantis", meaning "Hunt for the Treasure of Atlantis".

    • This is the first of two MacGyver television movies, and it is not part of the television series. It runs 1:32 without commercials.

  • Allusions