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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 ...
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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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Trivia

The segment called "The Veldt," based on Ray Bradbury's 1950 short story, has been dramatized numerous times for radio, film, and TV, including the sci-fi radio show Dimension X in 1951, and The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985) in 1989. See more »

Goofs

During the opening credits (at 5 minutes into the film..at the "Screenplay by" credits), as the camera circles above the characters swimming, the helicopter shadow can be seen in the lower right corner as it circles. See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Indestructible Man (1992) See more »

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I don't understand
24 March 2004 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I don't understand why this movie is rated so low. I think this a really great movie. It is strange, surprising, original and funny. It combines several genres and narratives. I like the main character, the silent and gruff illustrated man and the way he is filmed in the quiet surroundings of the lake and I like the futuristic design in some of the other scenes. I have always had weakness for these 'Canterbury tales'-like stories within a story and I especially like this film because the stories within he story are so diverse, while the movie does not become fragmented. The movie reminds me a bit of the 'books of blood' from Clive Barker, which consists of stories of 'ghosts', inscribed on the skin of a man ('written in blood').

If you like to be surprised, watch this movie!


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