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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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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26 March 1969 (USA)  »

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Make-up director Gordon Bau and a team of eight assistants spent ten hours applying the temporary tattoos to Rod Steiger's torso, plus another full day tattooing his hands, legs and lower body. See more »


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 »


[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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It WAS real
31 October 2004 | by (Londoner Lost in Texas) – See all my reviews

OK, too wild..I was about 7 when I saw this movie in the UK. I have thought over the years it was just an odd dream I had but there it was, on t.v. late one night. Totally freaked me out. Steiger is a major under rated actor to this generation. (umm it was 30 years ago I first saw the movie. You do the math) No wonder I thought it was a dream...a veratiable kalidascope of images. the kids with the lion. That house. It is well worth watching if only to see why you shouldn't do drugs. The 60's LSD influence is very strong here i think. All these years I was fascinated by tattoos and now I know why. Its the sort of film you never forget but cant clearly recall. There's no telling what it did to my subconscious.

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