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The Illustrated Man
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Ray Bradbury (book)
Howard B. Kreitsek (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 March 1969 (USA) See more »
Don't dare stare at the illustrated man.
The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury, a collection of eighteen startling visions of humankind's destiny... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Rod Steiger ... Carl

Claire Bloom ... Felicia

Robert Drivas ... Willie

Don Dubbins ... Pickard

Jason Evers ... Simmons
Tim Weldon ... John
Christine Matchett ... Anna (as Christie Matchett)
Pogo ... Peke

Directed by
Jack Smight 
Writing credits
Ray Bradbury (book)

Howard B. Kreitsek (screenplay)

Produced by
Howard B. Kreitsek .... producer
Ted Mann .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Philip H. Lathrop (director of photography) (as Philip Lathrop)
Film Editing by
Archie Marshek 
Art Direction by
Joel Schiller 
Set Decoration by
Marvin March 
Costume Design by
Anthea Sylbert 
Makeup Department
Ernest Adler .... hair stylist
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
James E. Reynolds .... skin illustration designer: Rod Steiger
Lenore Weaver .... hair stylist
Production Management
Terence Nelson .... production manager (as Terry Nelson)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Nayfack .... second assistant director
Terence Nelson .... assistant director (as Terry Nelson)
Art Department
Ernie Denard .... greeneries (as Ernest Denard)
Frank L. Brown .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ward Preston .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Francis E. Stahl .... sound
Special Effects by
Ralph Webb .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Richard Sylbert .... visual arts consultant
Ron Stein .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
George Gordon Nogle .... camera operator (as George Nogle)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael J. Harte .... wardrobe (as Michael Hart)
Music Department
Paul Beaver .... musician: synthesizer (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Mitchell Lurie .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Samuel Matlovsky .... conductor (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Howard A. Roberts .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
David Strech .... music copyist (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Dorothy Aldrin .... script supervisor
Carl Lindstrom .... production coordinator
Frank Weatherwax .... dog trainer

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103 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Average Shot Length = ~6.8 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~7.1 seconds.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Definite breakaway from the mainstream, 17 May 2007
Author: ChromiumVortex from United States

Science-fiction films in the 1950s and 1960s more often than not were clichés of one another. Any one of us who watched "Creature Feature" on Saturday nights in the Washington, D.C. area back in 1970's and 1980's ought to know. Some of you out there may have picked up a similar program that featured horror and science-fiction movies. "The Illustrated Man" broke away from that overly trite mainstream of science-fiction movies that Gene Roddenberry shoved down the throats of many sci-fi buffs in the 1960's and 1970's. You were always being taken off guard by the next scene. You were not tortured with any egg-headed aliens or men with leprechaun ears or ray guns like on "Star Trek". Not that "Star Trek" was a bad show. It's just been over-plagiarized by movie producers of other science-fiction yarns. Rod Steiger gave this film his all, because although he was obnoxious as the illustrated man himself, he was like this either very charming, very intelligent, very family-oriented, or very caring individual in the stories that came alive whenever the young man drifter observed his body illustrations. Seeing so many different personalities played by one actor shows real talent in my opinion. I first saw "The Illustrated Man" on some local channel on a small black and white TV set my sister gave me for Christmas when I was living out in Los Angeles back in the 1990's. I saw it once again on a big-screen color TV set on the Sci-Fi Channel after I moved back to Northern Virginia and liked it both times I saw it. Nowadays and even in recent years past the sci-fi movie and television entertainment scene has either become inundated with virtual reality in the form of "Spiderman" or "Lost" or systematically sterile scripts in the form of "The X-files" or "Millenium". "The Illustrated Man" had unique qualities that set it apart from all the others. That to me is true science-fiction. Not imitating what the next movie director is doing.

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