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The Illustrated Man (1969)

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In 1930s, a psychotic drifter who's after the mystery woman who covered his whole body in illustrations that foresee distant future shows three of them (The Veldt, The Long Rain and The Last Night of the World) to a mesmerized traveler.

Director:

Jack Smight

Writers:

Ray Bradbury (book), Howard B. Kreitsek (screenplay)
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Collection of stories featuring different characters. The recurring theme is the conflict of the cold mechanics of technology and the intimacy of human nature. The unrelated stories are ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rod Steiger ... Carl
Claire Bloom ... Felicia
Robert Drivas ... Willie
Don Dubbins ... Pickard
Jason Evers ... Simmons
Tim Weldon Tim Weldon ... John
Christine Matchett Christine Matchett ... Anna (as Christie Matchett)
Pogo Pogo ... Peke
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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. Written by Stig Ohara

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Taglines:

Don't dare stare at the illustrated man.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Tätowierte See more »

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Production Co:

SKM See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Average Shot Length = ~6.8 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~7.1 seconds. See more »

Goofs

Just after Felicia has finished drawing the rose on Carl's hand, his hand is resting on a pillow and the rose can be seen in close-up. It is surrounded by four green leaves. Felicia then takes Carl outside to "look at it in the sunlight". Once outside, it can be seen that the rose is now surrounded by five green leaves. The leaves are also differently shaped. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Felicia: Each person who tries to see beyond his own time must face questions to which there cannot yet be proven answers.
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Wild animals affection-trained at Africa, U.S.A. See more »

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An interesting and intriguing movie!
20 August 2005 | by IthiliensrangerSee all my reviews

The power of a movie is how well it sticks with you. This one I saw at a drive-in back in 1970, and though I only considered it average at the time, one scene stuck with me through the years. The setting in rural depression-era United States helps set the mood of the meeting of a young drifter and a hardened hobo.

Recently I acquired a used VHS tape of it and watched it through, and I remember why it stuck with me so well and so long. Not always well done, but yet it has power. The character Carl, well portrayed by the acting of Rod Steiger, starts to tell stories, and they take the young Willie, portrayed by Robert Drivas, on a wild mental ride that changes both their lives. I recommend it highly, and hope one day it will be out on DVD.


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