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The Illustrated Man (1969)

M  -  Sci-Fi  -  26 March 1969 (USA)
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The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury, a collection of eighteen startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin, visions as keen as the tattooist's ... See full summary »

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Carl
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Felicia
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Willie
Don Dubbins ...
Pickard
Jason Evers ...
Simmons
Tim Weldon ...
John
Christine Matchett ...
Anna (as Christie Matchett)
Pogo ...
Peke
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The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury, a collection of eighteen startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin, visions as keen as the tattooist's needle and as colorful as the inks that indelibly stain the body. The images, ideas, sounds and scents that abound in this phantasmagoric sideshow are provocative and powerful: the mournful cries of celestial travelers cast out cruelly into a vast space of stars and blackness, the sight of gray dust settling over a forgotten outpost on a road that leads nowhere, the pungent odor of Jupiter on a returning father's clothing. Here living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, Martian invasions are foiled by the good life and the glad hand, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets. Written by Stig Ohara

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Don't dare stare at the illustrated man.

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When Jack Smight contacted Ray Bradbury about buying the rights to "The Illustrated Man", Bradbury informed him he would sell it if Smight hired Burt Lancaster, Paul Newman or Rod Steiger for the lead role. See more »

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When Carl first arrives at Felicia's house, Felicia is wearing a black robe with a 2 inch wide green satin trim on the sleeves. In the scene where she gives Carl a glass of lemonade and then holds his hand, it is plainly visible that the trim is completely torn along a seam. Felicia then walks into another room and starts unfolding something at a table. The same seam is visible again, but it's now intact and not torn. See more »

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Felicia: Each person who tries to see beyond his own time must face questions to which there cannot yet be proven answers.
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Wild animals affection-trained at Africa, U.S.A. See more »

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An interesting and intriguing movie!
20 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The power of a movie is how well it sticks with you. This one I saw at a drive-in back in 1970, and though I only considered it average at the time, one scene stuck with me through the years. The setting in rural depression-era United States helps set the mood of the meeting of a young drifter and a hardened hobo.

Recently I acquired a used VHS tape of it and watched it through, and I remember why it stuck with me so well and so long. Not always well done, but yet it has power. The character Carl, well portrayed by the acting of Rod Steiger, starts to tell stories, and they take the young Willie, portrayed by Robert Drivas, on a wild mental ride that changes both their lives. I recommend it highly, and hope one day it will be out on DVD.


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