The Martian Chronicles (1980)

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Earth sends its first manned probe to Mars in 1999, and a jealous Martian murders the two astronauts when his wife has erotic dreams of meeting them. Members of a subsequent expedition are ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
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 Col. John Wilder (3 episodes, 1980)
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 Ruth Wilder (3 episodes, 1980)
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 Major Jeff Spender (3 episodes, 1980)
Christopher Connelly ...
 Ben Driscoll (3 episodes, 1980)
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 Commander Arthur Black (3 episodes, 1980)
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 Sam Parkhill (3 episodes, 1980)
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 Father Stone (3 episodes, 1980)
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 Genevieve Seltzer (3 episodes, 1980)
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 Elma Parkhill (3 episodes, 1980)
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 Anna Lustig (3 episodes, 1980)
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 Father Peregrine (3 episodes, 1980)
Linda Lou Allen ...
 Marilyn Becker (3 episodes, 1980)
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 David Lustig (3 episodes, 1980)
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 General Halstead (3 episodes, 1980)
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 Mr. K (3 episodes, 1980)
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 Christ (3 episodes, 1980)
Terence Longdon ...
 Wise Martian (3 episodes, 1980)
Barry Morse ...
 Peter Hathaway (3 episodes, 1980)
Nyree Dawn Porter ...
 Alice Hathaway (3 episodes, 1980)
Wolfgang Reichmann ...
 Lafe Lustig (3 episodes, 1980)
Maggie Wright ...
 Ylla (3 episodes, 1980)
John Cassady ...
 Briggs (3 episodes, 1980)
Alison Elliott ...
 Lavinia Spaulding (3 episodes, 1980)
Vadim Glowna ...
 Sam Hinston (3 episodes, 1980)
Richard Heffer ...
 Captain Conover (3 episodes, 1980)
Derek Lamden ...
 Sandship Martian (3 episodes, 1980)
Peter Marinker ...
 McClure (3 episodes, 1980)
Richard Oldfield ...
 Captain Nathaniel York (3 episodes, 1980)
Anthony Pullen Shaw ...
 Edward Black (3 episodes, 1980)
Burnell Tucker ...
 Bill Wilder (3 episodes, 1980)
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Earth sends its first manned probe to Mars in 1999, and a jealous Martian murders the two astronauts when his wife has erotic dreams of meeting them. Members of a subsequent expedition are hypnotized into believing that they have landed in the childhood community of their leader and have been reunited with deceased family and friends, and they are poisoned by the Martians. Col. John Wilder leads a third expedition and learns that a chicken pox virus brought to Mars by the first two expeditions has almost eradicated the Martian population. A member of Wilder's team becomes obsessed with protecting Mars from Earthman and murders some of the others in Wilder's party, before Wilder kills him. Colonists arrive on Mars to settle, among them priests seeking God, and a lone Martian masquerades as the most desired persons of various settlers. Global war on Earth reduces man's natal planet to radioactive waste, and most of the settlers returned there prior to the holocaust. Wilder struggles to ... Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Trivia

The miniseries was originally scheduled for release in September 1979 as a major kickoff to the 1979-80 season. Unfortunately, it fell victim to some negative publicity from Ray Bradbury himself. Although Bradbury had worked with scriptwriter Richard Matheson in adapting his book to the small screen, he was less than thrilled with the final production. At one point, shortly before the miniseries' scheduled release, Bradbury found himself the sole representative of the production at a press conference. When one reporter asked him what he thought of the miniseries, he responded candidly, "Booooooooring!" NBC soon shelved the miniseries and did not air it until January 1980. See more »

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Characters on Mars talk to characters on Earth with no perceptible delay in communication. Even at their closest approach, signals would take at least 3 minutes to travel the distance between Mars and Earth. See more »

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Maj. Jeff Spender: I just believe in things that were done. And there were so many things done here. Streets and houses and books and big canals and clocks and places with names - things that were used and touched for centuries. And I don't see how we could ever use them without feeling uncomfortable. Oh, we could change the names, but the old names will still be there. So no matter how we touch Mars, we won't be able to really touch it. See, that'll make us angry. We'll get mad at that and just rip it up. We'll ...
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Great book, but the show was a bit bland.
5 October 1999 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

The miniseries, based on the book of the same name by Ray Bradbury, is as faithful an adaptation as it could get. Unfortunately, it was a bit bland. Since it was made in the early 1980's, the special effects weren't very good, and the scene where the Martians chase Darren McGavin across the Martian landscape on the sandships comes across as almost comical. I will say this: the people who made the film did the best with what they had.


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