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The Six Million Dollar Man (1973)

TV-PG | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 7 March 1973
After an astronaut and test pilot is catastrophically mutilated in a test plane crash, he is rebuilt and equipped with nuclear powered bionic limbs and implants.

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Richard Irving
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lee Majors ... Steve Austin
Barbara Anderson ... Jean Manners
Martin Balsam ... Dr. Rudy Wells
Darren McGavin ... Oliver Spencer
Charles Robinson Charles Robinson ... Prisoner (as Charles Knox Robinson)
Ivor Barry Ivor Barry ... Geraldton
Dorothy Green ... Mrs. McKay
Anne Whitfield Anne Whitfield ... Young Woman
George Wallace ... General
Robert Cornthwaite ... Dr. Ashburn
Olan Soule ... Saltillo (as Olan Soulé)
Norma Storch Norma Storch ... Woman
Maurice Sherbanee ... Nudaylah
John Mark Robinson John Mark Robinson ... Aide
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
M.J. Kane M.J. Kane
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Storyline

Colonel Steve Austin, astronaut and test pilot, is badly injured when he crashes while testing an experimental aircraft. A covert government agency (O.S.I.) is willing to pay for special prosthetics to replace the eye, arm, and both legs he lost in the crash. Highly advanced technology (bionics) built into them will make him faster, stronger, and better than normal. In return, they want him to become a covert Agent for the O.S.I. It will cost six million dollars to rebuild Colonel Steve Austin. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Six Million Dollar Man: The Moon and the Desert See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Surprisingly, Steve's bionic eye is not used at any point in this first adventure (except for regular vision). See more »

Goofs

In the hospital scenes, the electrocardiograph is heard beeping Steve's heartbeat, but a flat line is displayed. See more »

Quotes

Steve Austin: Yes sir?
General: Have you any idea what time it is?
Steve Austin: [looks up at the sky] About five to seven?
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Alternate Versions

The reedited version is retitled "The Moon and the Desert" Part 1 and 2. Among footage added is a lengthy introductory segment showing Austin's first moon landing. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Danny Phantom: The Million Dollar Ghost (2005) See more »

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One of the Greatest Series
4 May 2003 | by georgemgSee all my reviews

I was always a very scientific boy by nature from a very young age. I studied & understood everything about science. Won awards for it. I loved Star Trek, Space 1999, Battlestar Galactica, Nova, In Search Of, Jacques Cousteau, etc. Anything scientific. This show fit perfectly into this collection. One of the most compelling things I will always remember is the music in the opening credits...that military drum beat march, the crackle of mission control radio communications, the sound of the breakaway from the test plane where you learn what's really going on, the drama & rising tension of the music as the capsule malfunctions and the pilot loses his battle for control, it still gets me all fired up to this day! The opening credits and music to that show is one of the most intense I've ever seen. The other day I saw this TV commercial, it was for a national ISP, where they used a really cheapo thin sounding imitation of the music from the Six Million Dollar Man. To me it was an outrage! It made me so mad because it was so weak, that I had to stop what I was doing and go out onto the Internet and find not just the music but an MPEG video of the actual opening credits with the original music. I proceeded to watch it over an over again for about an hour. It still gives me a thrill and brought back so many memories of my youth! I wound up harassing my poor patient wife for about a half hour with a lecture on how important this show was to my upbringing & psychology. The positive "Can Do" attitude of Oscar Goldman and the OSI, the science and the men who put Steve Austin back together again! The computer schematics of all his mechanical parts. The surgery room and lights. The testing. "Gentleman, we can rebuild him, better than he was before. Better, Stronger, Faster." (!!) These are words to live by! It was like I was 8 years old again! Needless to say, I love this show.


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