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 (Series Cast [32])

Rock Hudson ... Col. John Wilder (3 episodes, 1980)

Gayle Hunnicutt ... Ruth Wilder (3 episodes, 1980)

Bernie Casey ... Major Jeff Spender (3 episodes, 1980)
Christopher Connelly ... Ben Driscoll (3 episodes, 1980)

Nicholas Hammond ... Commander Arthur Black (3 episodes, 1980)

Darren McGavin ... Sam Parkhill (3 episodes, 1980)

Roddy McDowall ... Father Stone (3 episodes, 1980)

Bernadette Peters ... Genevieve Seltzer (3 episodes, 1980)

Joyce Van Patten ... Elma Parkhill (3 episodes, 1980)

Maria Schell ... Anna Lustig (3 episodes, 1980)

Fritz Weaver ... Father Peregrine (3 episodes, 1980)
Linda Lou Allen ... Marilyn Becker (3 episodes, 1980)

Michael Anderson Jr. ... David Lustig (3 episodes, 1980)

Robert Beatty ... General Halstead (3 episodes, 1980)

James Faulkner ... Mr. K (3 episodes, 1980)

Jon Finch ... 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)

Phil Brown ... Narrator (3 episodes, 1980)

Laurie Holden ... Marie Wilder (2 episodes, 1980)

Series Directed by
Michael Anderson (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Writing credits
Ray Bradbury (3 episodes, 1980)
Richard Matheson (3 episodes, 1980)

Series Produced by
Andrew Donally .... producer (3 episodes, 1980)
Charles M. Fries .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1980)
Milton Subotsky .... producer (3 episodes, 1980)
Richard Berg .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1980)
Charles W. Fries .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Original Music by
Stanley Myers (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Cinematography by
Ted Moore (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Film Editing by
Eunice Mountjoy (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Casting by
Caro Jones (3 episodes, 1980)
James Liggat (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Production Design by
Assheton Gorton (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Costume Design by
Cynthia Tingey (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Makeup Department
Colin Arthur .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1980)
Jeanette Freeman .... key hair stylist (3 episodes, 1980)
George Frost .... makeup designer (3 episodes, 1980)
Mark Reedall .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Production Management
Graham Ford .... production manager (3 episodes, 1980)
Thomas Fries .... post-production supervisor (3 episodes, 1980)
William P. Owens .... production manager (3 episodes, 1980)
Malcolm Stuart .... executive in charge of production (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Bracknell .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1980)
John Stears .... second unit director (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Art Department
Rodger Shaw .... property master (3 episodes, 1980)
Stuart Rose .... propmaker (2 episodes, 1980)
John Spottiswood .... scenic artist (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Sound Department
Ron Davis .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1980)
Bob Jones .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 1980)
Teddy Mason .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1980)
George Stephenson .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Special Effects by
John Stears .... special effects supervisor (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Visual Effects by
Ray Caple .... matte artist (3 episodes, 1980)
Henry Richardson .... visual effects liaison (3 episodes, 1980)
Jonathan Angell .... model maker (2 episodes, 1980)
Jon Bunker .... model maker (2 episodes, 1980)
Enid Malik .... model maker (2 episodes, 1980)
Mick Mindoodt .... visual effects assistant (2 episodes, 1980)
Arthur Stovell .... visual effects technician (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Kindred .... model photographer: second unit (3 episodes, 1980)
Mike Roberts .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1980)
K.H. Wallis .... camera operator: aerial sequences (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne Zarb Cousin .... wardrobe assistant (3 episodes, 1980)
Bridget Sellers .... wardrobe supervisor (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Editorial Department
Michael John Bateman .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1980)
Marcel Durham .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1980)
John Jympson .... supervising editor (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Location Management
Rufus Andrews .... location manager (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Music Department
Richard Harvey .... composer: additional music / composer: electronic music (3 episodes, 1980)
Laurie Holloway .... composer: additional music (3 episodes, 1980)
Series Other crew
Ron Atkinson .... production administrator (3 episodes, 1980)
Cheryl Leigh .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 1980)
Sam Silver .... gold contact lenses (3 episodes, 1980)
John Whalley .... production executive (3 episodes, 1980)

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Brazil:165 min (compact video version) | Germany:281 min (PAL DVD version) | USA:293 min (DVD) | USA:360 min (TV) (including commercials) | France:110 min (theatrical version) | West Germany:251 min (TV) (edited)
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Robert Powell was asked to play the Jon Finch cameo.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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.See more »
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35 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
A dated but enjoyable series, 8 October 2004
Author: DPMay from Birkenhead, England

I saw "The Martian Chronicles" as a child during its first UK transmissions between 1980 and 1984 then didn't see it for many years but so many moments from it stuck with me.

Now I've just had my video tapes of it out and watched it again for the first time in 8 years or so. The series looks very dated now in terms of special effects, photography, costumes and even in the acting - typical of late seventies US television rather than what we see today. The dates of man's arrival of Mars are now known to be rather ambitious and of course the whole "cold war" idea is something that film & television has moved on from nowadays.

Despite these faults, I still found the three episodes to be highly enjoyable. Its certainly not Star Wars or even 2001, but The Martian Chronicles gives us a refreshingly different kind of science fiction. The series is not so much about martians as about humans and many human feelings are explored - loneliness, bereavement, faith, nostalgia, vanity, greed...

What I really liked was the realization of the martian landscapes - even watching it now there's a real feeling of it being an alien planet and the strange stone monoliths and spheres linger in the memory.

Rock Hudson I found okay as the lead. Some say he's too bland but he's not meant to be a big hero or even a particularly dominant character. It's a relaxed performance that allows the story lines, rather than Mr Hudson himself, to come to the fore.

Although each episode lasts 90 minutes, they're broken up into shorter stories which are more easily digestible, although a couple of sequences are played out a little too long. The direction is functional for the most part but there are some nice touches along the way - for instance when the second expedition lands and the fog slowly clears to reveal the ship to be in what appears to an American town is very well done, and then there's a very Prisoner-esque shot early in episode three when Rock Hudson opens the double-doors of the base back on Earth and finds it deserted.

The music's quite good too!

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