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The Six Million Dollar Man (1973)

TV Movie  -   -  Adventure | Sci-Fi  -  7 March 1973 (USA)
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After an astronaut/test pilot is catastrophically mutilated in a test plane crash, he is rebuilt and equipped with nuclear powered bionic limbs and implants.


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Credited cast:
Barbara Anderson ...
Jean Manners
Oliver Spencer
Charles Robinson ...
Prisoner (as Charles Knox Robinson)
Ivor Barry ...
Dorothy Green ...
Mrs. McKay
Anne Whitfield ...
Young Woman
George Wallace ...
Robert Cornthwaite ...
Dr. Ashburn
Olan Soule ...
Saltillo (as Olan Soulé)
Norma Storch ...
Maurice Sherbanee ...
John Mark Robinson ...
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Colonel Steve Austin, astronaut and test pilot, is badly injured when he crashes while testing an experimental aircraft. A covert government agency (OSI) is willing to pay for special prosthetics to replace the eye, arm and both legs he lost in the crash. Highly advanced technology (Bionics) built into them will make him faster, stronger and better than normal. In return they want him to become a covert agent for the OSI. It will cost $6,000,000 to rebuild Steve Austin. Written by Brian W Martz <>

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7 March 1973 (USA)  »

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The Six Million Dollar Man: The Moon and the Desert  »

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The traditional bionics sound effects are not heard in this film as they wouldn't be introduced until the series began (though some prototype sounds can be heard during Austin's run in the desert). There is also a minimum of slow-motion photography used, though this would later become the show's trademark. See more »


The carrier plane is creating very little visible vapor, yet in the shot of the view from the chase plane that is beneath/behind the bomber, there is a thick contrail spewing from the carrier plane. See more »


Oliver Spencer: [Steve whispers something in Spencer's ear] Really? Oh, I haven't been called that since grammar school.
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Spoofed in Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002) See more »

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Has this show been forgotten?
28 January 2002 | by (Leicester,England) – See all my reviews

Just flicking through IMDB on a Monday evening, as you do, and have been stirred to write something through what can only be described as the apathy of others.

This show has only got ONE comment. (You're not supposed to comment on the other folk's remarks, but I'm not doing that, I'm writing to complain about the near absence of feedback, and the other writer thought it cool too).

Can anyone reading this please offer their opinion. I attended school in the seventies when this show was originally aired, and have fond memories of it. Later in life I spent many years travelling and working throughout the world and in the classic scene of many different nationalities coming together in the evening over a bottle of wine, few beers etc this show was one of the highlights of conversation. Surely people must remember back with glee the exploits of Steve Austin and his bionic implants. There was a time when a whole peer group (myself included) wanted to train as astronauts just to come a cropper at some point in order to be dragged out of the smouldering wreckage so we may be rebuilt in the new, improved style. That's what seventies youngsters dreamt of; embodying new technology in a personal and pretty literal way. I remember the start:- Steve Austin, a man barely alive. We can rebuild him.




It's a pity other people can't remember a little and perhaps write a bit more. Please get in touch.

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