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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
27 January 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
... a warning to all mankind.
Plot:
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... See more »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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Cast

 (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)
Milton Subotsky .... producer (3 episodes, 1980)
Richard Berg .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1980)
Charles W. Fries .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1980)

Charles M. Fries .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Stanley Myers (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ted Moore (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Eunice Mountjoy (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Caro Jones (unknown episodes)
James Liggat (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Design by
Assheton Gorton (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume Design by
Cynthia Tingey (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Colin Arthur .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Jeanette Freeman .... key hair stylist (unknown episodes)
George Frost .... makeup designer (unknown episodes)
Mark Reedall .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Graham Ford .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Thomas Fries .... post-production supervisor (unknown episodes)
William P. Owens .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Malcolm Stuart .... executive in charge of production (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Bracknell .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
John Stears .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Stuart Rose .... propmaker (unknown episodes)
Rodger Shaw .... property master (unknown episodes)
John Spottiswood .... scenic artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Ron Davis .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Bob Jones .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Teddy Mason .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
George Stephenson .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
John Stears .... special effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Jonathan Angell .... model maker (unknown episodes)
Jon Bunker .... model maker (unknown episodes)
Ray Caple .... matte artist (unknown episodes)
Enid Malik .... model maker (unknown episodes)
Mick Mindoodt .... visual effects assistant (unknown episodes)
Henry Richardson .... visual effects liaison (unknown episodes)
Arthur Stovell .... visual effects technician (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Kindred .... model photographer: second unit (unknown episodes)
Mike Roberts .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
K.H. Wallis .... camera operator: aerial sequences (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bridget Sellers .... wardrobe supervisor (3 episodes, 1980)

Yvonne Zarb Cousin .... wardrobe assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Michael John Bateman .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Marcel Durham .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
John Jympson .... supervising editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Richard Harvey .... composer: additional music / composer: electronic music (unknown episodes)
Laurie Holloway .... composer: additional music (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Rufus Andrews .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Ron Atkinson .... production administrator (unknown episodes)
Cheryl Leigh .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Sam Silver .... gold contact lenses (unknown episodes)
John Whalley .... production executive (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
Brazil:165 min (compact video version) | Germany:281 min | USA:293 min (DVD) | USA:360 min (TV) (including commercials) | France:110 min (theatrical version)
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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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mission to Mars (2000)See more »

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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Great, 19 May 2005

This mini series was great. Comparing it to big budget features like Star Wars is unfair.Its much more intelligent than Star Wars. Star Wars is also not real Science Fiction its Fantasy. Well, enough about Star Wars. If you like the Twilight zone or Star Trek, I believe you'll love this program. Yes its dated, but the genius of Ray Bradbury shines through. I found the film to be better than the Illustrated man or Fareheight 451. There's not a lot of Action, but its not suppose to be an action film. Its very methodical and will leave you thinking at the end.The acting isn't great, but its good to see Roddy MacDowell again. Hes an Icon like Peter Cushing or Pam Grier. All together its a classic!

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