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The Six Million Dollar Man (1973)

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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Barbara Anderson ...
Jean Manners
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Oliver Spencer
Charles Robinson ...
Prisoner (as Charles Knox Robinson)
Ivor Barry ...
Geraldton
Dorothy Green ...
Mrs. McKay
Anne Whitfield ...
Young Woman
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Robert Cornthwaite ...
Dr. Ashburn
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Saltillo (as Olan Soulé)
Norma Storch ...
Woman
Maurice Sherbanee ...
Nudaylah
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 <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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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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Trivia

Author Martin Caidin reportedly based the character of Dr. Rudy Wells on a real-life doctor who was doing experiments with bionics (though not to the superhuman extent of his fictional counterpart). See more »

Goofs

Applies only to the reedited "Moon and the Desert" syndicated version: Top of the set backdrop and studio lighting visible in the shot showing Austin and another astronaut preparing to leave the moon. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Rudy Wells: Steve, you got a positive genius for antagonizing the wrong people.
Steve Austin: I know, it's story of my life.
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Spoofed in Archer: Double Trouble (2011) See more »

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A damn fine film adaptation!
15 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A very well done adaptation of Caidin's fine book, it has some interesting differences from the later show. Oscar Goldman, as played by Darrin McGavin is way more heartless and is intent on getting the governments worth out of Steve. Steve is much more mentally distressed and early on, suicidal after being maimed. It played more for adults, with an espionage theme (as did the second 90 minutes installment, Wine Women and War, with perenial bad guy Eric Braeden). It's very close to the book, but eliminates the female Israeli assigned to help Steve. It's very watchable even today and I wouldn't be surprised to see a big budget version get made.


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