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Ray Bradbury (book)
Howard B. Kreitsek (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 March 1969 (USA) See more »
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Don't dare stare at the illustrated man.
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The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury, a collection of eighteen startling visions of humankind's destiny... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Dated, but the core still shines bright. See more (38 total) »

Cast

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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)
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
 
Stunts
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)
 
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Dorothy Aldrin .... script supervisor
Carl Lindstrom .... production coordinator
Frank Weatherwax .... dog trainer
 

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103 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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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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Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
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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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Dated, but the core still shines bright., 19 September 2007
Author: Muldwych from South Korea

'The Illustrated Man' shows how good a writer Ray Bradbury was, not to mention how his head was full of fascinating ideas. It shows this because the film is incredibly dated today, from the acting styles to the visions of the future we witness. And yet I remained engrossed throughout, because beneath the anachronisms and barmy notions lie the same powerful film that resonated with me as a child.

A lot of the film has little to do with the title character, although Rod Steiger's menacing performance will never let you forget the man with all-over body tattoos that come to life if you stare too hard. Also, Steiger himself has multiple roles throughout, and he delivers them with a mix of the theatrical bellow and long-faced stoicism of the period, but they still have their impact. Meanwhile of greater interest are the short stories each tattoo reveals. Like Bradbury's 'The Martian Chronicles', this film is a collection of tales woven around a central premise. We view his fears about where human society is heading, thanks to the all-pervading intrusion of technology into our lives.

I'm reminded of a Poe line - "without music or an intriguing idea, colour becomes pallor, man becomes carcass, home becomes catacomb, and the dead are but for a moment motionless". What becomes of the human soul when the machines take over? Add the all-embracing pallor and single-chrome fashion of a typical 1960s vision of the future, and you have a very bleak picture indeed. Yet that's how people saw things then (our guesses on things to come will look just as ridiculous soon enough), and the central theme, given how far we've progressed technologically in the interim, cannot be any less relevant. I'm glad our modern perspective yearns for more colour though - never mind technology killing our souls - the achromatic architecture would make anyone suicidal enough already.

Sojourns into futurity do of course suggest sci-fi trappings. Even putting aside the fact that predictions of the future quickly become dated, Ray Bradbury was never scientifically accurate at the time he wrote his stories. In 'The Martian Chronicles' for example, it is possible to breathe on Mars, water flows through canals, and a few blasts from a rocket's engines can terraform the atmosphere. 'The Illustrated Man' takes the same liberties with reality. Yet to dismiss it because of nonsensical scientific premises is to miss the point. The settings are not more than fabulous window dressing - fantasy masquerading as sci-fi. It is the exploration of the human condition in each tale that Bradbury is concerned with, and they are timeless.

As such, while time has not been entirely kind to this screen adaption of 'The Illustrated Man', its emotional core remains intact. The Bradbury flair for the weird and the wonderful is untarnished, and his thoughts still clear. You just need to take a good long look at a rainbow afterwards.

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