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The Illustrated Man (1969)

PG | | Sci-Fi | 26 March 1969 (USA)
Sci-Fi anthology consisting of three segments - The Veldt, The Long Rain and The Last Night of the World. The stories are told to a curious traveler by a man whose entire body is covered with tattoos and represent three of them.

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Carl
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Felicia
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Willie
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Pickard
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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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Sci-Fi

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26 March 1969 (USA)  »

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Der Tätowierte  »

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2.35 : 1
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Kirk Douglas was keen to play the lead role. He had also previously owned the rights to Ray Bradbury 's " Something Wicked This Way Comes " and "The Martian Chronicles ". See more »

Goofs

Just after Felicia has finished drawing the rose on Carl's hand, his hand is resting on a pillow and the rose can be seen in close-up. It is surrounded by four green leaves. Felicia then takes Carl outside to "look at it in the sunlight". Once outside, it can be seen that the rose is now surrounded by five green leaves. The leaves are also differently shaped. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Remade as The Ray Bradbury Theater: The Veldt (1989) 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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