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A Miracle of Rare Device 

Two drifters, Robert and William, stumble across a desert mirage while evading their nemesis, Ned. The two men soon realize that the mirage shows each viewer the city where they'd like to be, and start selling views.

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Ned Bantlin
Desmond Kelly ...
Old Man (as Des Kelly)
Barbara Laurenson ...
Old Woman
Helen Jarroe ...
Woman
Ben Vere-Jones ...
Young Man
Roy Wesney ...
Old Man #2
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Xanadu Young Man
Peter Dennett ...
Farmer
Annie Ruth ...
Farmer's Wife
Baden Campbell ...
Farmer's Son
Sarah McLauchlan ...
Farmer's Daughter
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Two drifters, Robert and William, stumble across a desert mirage while evading their nemesis, Ned. The two men soon realize that the mirage shows each viewer the city where they'd like to be, and start selling views.

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14 July 1989 (France)  »

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1.33 : 1
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William: Are we the pure at heart?
Robert: Nah. Not like the kids who came through today, who saw anything they wanted to see. Not like the big folks with them, born in wheat fields and by God's grace wandering the world. Nah, we're not the big children, not the little children. Willie, I'm glad to be alive. You know the morning air, early, on the road. Maybe we take it easy, don't think, relax.
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It's What We Are That Lets Us See
25 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

This is another of Bradbury's sentimental tales. A couple of men are constantly losing out (partly because they are kind and gentle men). They have an adversary who follows them and because he has more business acumen, manages to swoop in at the last minute and take what they have earned. One day, after thinking they have evaded his pursuit, the two chance upon a passage in some rocks and see a mirage of a magnificent city. They decide to charge admission to look at it, and, strangely, each viewer sees it differently, but always in a highly emotional way. One artistic type sees Coleridge's Xanadu, another Paris. Of course, the bad guy shows up and files a claim on the property (he has been watching them and takes the money they've gotten). When this guy looks at the mirage he sees nothing and throws a fit. Of course, you can see the point Bradbury was making about what we are making us a party to a larger universe. I really liked this.


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