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The Martian Chronicles 

In the 21st century, Earth begins the colonization of Mars. However, things do not go as planned, at first due to the hostile Martian natives and later because of the self-destructive Earthmen.
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Series cast summary:
 Ruth Wilder 3 episodes, 1980
 Ben Driscoll 3 episodes, 1980
 Commander Arthur Black 3 episodes, 1980
 Father Stone 3 episodes, 1980
 Genevieve Seltzer 3 episodes, 1980
 Elma Parkhill 3 episodes, 1980
 Anna Lustig 3 episodes, 1980
 Father Peregrine 3 episodes, 1980
Linda Lou Allen ...
 Marilyn Becker 3 episodes, 1980
 David Lustig 3 episodes, 1980
 General Halstead 3 episodes, 1980
 Wise Martian 3 episodes, 1980
 Peter Hathaway 3 episodes, 1980
 Alice Hathaway 3 episodes, 1980
Wolfgang Reichmann ...
 Lafe Lustig 3 episodes, 1980
Alison Elliott ...
 Lavinia Spaulding 3 episodes, 1980
Vadim Glowna ...
 Sam Hinston 3 episodes, 1980
 Captain Conover 3 episodes, 1980
Derek Lamden ...
 Sandship Martian 3 episodes, 1980
 Captain Nathaniel York 3 episodes, 1980
Anthony Pullen Shaw ...
 Edward Black 3 episodes, 1980
 Bill Wilder 3 episodes, 1980


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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... a warning to all mankind.


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Release Date:

27 January 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crónicas marcianas  »

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Did You Know?


A film version was previously mooted in 1964 with Gregory Peck in the lead. Alan J. Pakula and Robert Mulligan were supposed to produce and direct respectively. See more »


In the opening scene of "The Expeditions", the wires used to slowly lower the Mars probe are visible. See more »


Maj. Jeff Spender: You know, a race creates itself for a million years, refines itself, does everything it can to give itself respect and beauty, and then it dies - part in its own time, with dignity as it should be, but the other part... Does it perish of some majestic affliction? No, it doesn't. It dies of a disease that does not kill the youngest child on Earth. It's like saying that the Greeks died of mumps. Or the Roman Empire was decimated by athlete's foot.
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Great book, but the show was a bit bland.
5 October 1999 | by 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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