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Release Date:
27 January 1980 (USA) See more »
... a warning to all mankind.
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 »
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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)
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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Additional Details

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Brazil:165 min (compact video version) | Germany:281 min | USA:293 min (DVD) | USA:360 min (TV) (including commercials) | France:110 min (theatrical version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

A 90 minutes version, edited out of three episodes of the series, was theatrically released in France a year before the complete version was weekly aired on television.See more »
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 »
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...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ghosts of Mars (2001)See more »


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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Sci-Fi With A Positive Message, 16 September 2006
Author: ShadeGrenade from Ambrosia

'The Martian Chronicles' came out when U.S. T.V. sci-fi was reaping the 'Star Wars' dividend with 'Battlestar Galactica' and 'Buck Rogers'. Based on the Ray Bradbury novel, it took a completely different tack, telling of the exploration and colonisation of Mars. Much of the book's poetry was lost in Richard Matheson's clumsy adaptation, but enough remained to make it rather more interesting than the latest skirmish with the Cylons or Draconians. In fact its almost on a par with the original 'Outer Limits'. Rock Hudson starred as 'Colonel John Wilder', and his permanent look of horror as American culture swamped the planet was the best thing about his performance. 'Chronicles' shouldn't be judged on the basis of its special effects, which is just as well, seeing as they're mostly terrible. However, the 'David Lustig' sequence in Part Two, the hilarious Christopher Connelly segment and moving performance by Barry Morse in Part Three, make this an above average sci-fi series. Great music too!

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