The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury, a collection of eighteen startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin, visions as keen as the tattooist's needle and as colorful as the inks that indelibly stain the body. The images, ideas, sounds and scents that abound in this phantasmagoric sideshow are provocative and powerful: the mournful cries of celestial travelers cast out cruelly into a vast space of stars and blackness, the sight of gray dust settling over a forgotten outpost on a road that leads nowhere, the pungent odor of Jupiter on a returning father's clothing. Here living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, Martian invasions are foiled by the good life and the glad hand, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets.
Don't dare stare at the illustrated man.
Did You Know?
Make-up director Gordon Bau
and a team of eight assistants spent ten hours applying the temporary tattoos to Rod Steiger
's torso, plus another full day tattooing his hands, legs and lower body. See more
During the opening credits (at 5 minutes into the film..at the "Screenplay by" credits), as the camera circles above the characters swimming, the helicopter shadow can be seen in the lower right corner as it circles. See more
Each person who tries to see beyond his own time must face questions to which there cannot yet be proven answers.
There is a 2-minute cold open with no logos or credits. The Warner Bros. logo comes on at the two-minute mark, followed by the opening credits. See more