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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
George Wallace ...
General
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

Stock footage from Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970) is used in this film. Notice just before Steve goes into get his bionics attached - the warm up of the computers is the scene where Colossus is activated. 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

Steve Austin: [to Dr. Rudy Wells] Dr. Frankenstein, I presume?
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Connections

Referenced in The Sons of Tennessee Williams (2010) See more »

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Fantasy
23 April 2002 | by (Rockford, IL) – See all my reviews

This was truly a great series to watch growing up. Who wouldn't want super strength and super speed? I remember in the movie or maybe it was one of the early shows where there was a guy in a rural area (farm maybe?) who looks out over a flat field and sees a man tearing up the road. In the early days, Steve ran pretty fast, as opposed to the slow motion used later.

The movie was set up very well. A man has an internal battle going on when he loses both his legs, his right arm and his left eye. He didn't want to become a machine. Then, later as he is getting used to the idea of being "bionic," he sees an accident and goes to rescue a little girl who is trapped inside. As he rips the door off, and reaches for the pinned girl, something in the car tears a part of his arm. After rescuing the girl, the mother see the arm and screams. So much for being the hero. I wished they would have kept that conflict going a little while longer. Not overplay it...Just keep it going. But, they weren't sure the show would be picked up, so they resolved the conflict...


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