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The Martian Chronicles 

In the 21st century, Earth begins the colonization of Mars. However, things do not go as planned, at first due to the hostile Martian natives and later because of the self-destructive Earthmen.
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Series cast summary:
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 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 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 Vadim Glowna ...  Sam Hinston 3 episodes, 1980
Richard Heffer ...  Captain Conover 3 episodes, 1980
Derek Lamden Derek Lamden ...  Sandship Martian 3 episodes, 1980
Peter Marinker ...  McClure 3 episodes, 1980
Richard Oldfield ...  Captain Nathaniel York 3 episodes, 1980
Anthony Pullen Shaw Anthony Pullen Shaw ...  Edward Black 3 episodes, 1980
Burnell Tucker ...  Bill Wilder 3 episodes, 1980
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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. Members of a subsequent expedition are hypnotized into believing that they have landed in the childhood community of their leader and have been reunited with deceased family and friends, and they are poisoned by the Martians. Col. John Wilder leads a third expedition and learns that a chicken pox virus brought to Mars by the first two expeditions has almost eradicated the Martian population. A member of Wilder's team becomes obsessed with protecting Mars from Earthman and murders some of the others in Wilder's party, before Wilder kills him. Colonists arrive on Mars to settle, among them priests seeking God, and a lone Martian masquerades as the most desired persons of various settlers. Global war on Earth reduces man's natal planet to radioactive waste, and most of the settlers returned there prior to the holocaust. Wilder struggles to ... Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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... a warning to all mankind.

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Release Date:

27 January 1980 (USA) See more »

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Crónicas marcianas See more »

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Trivia

The miniseries was originally scheduled for release in September 1979 as a major kickoff to the 1979-80 season. Unfortunately, it fell victim to some negative publicity from Ray Bradbury himself. Although Bradbury had worked with scriptwriter Richard Matheson in adapting his book to the small screen, he was less than thrilled with the final production. At one point, shortly before the miniseries' scheduled release, Bradbury found himself the sole representative of the production at a press conference. When one reporter asked him what he thought of the miniseries, he responded candidly, "Booooooooring!" NBC soon shelved the miniseries and did not air it until January 1980. See more »

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In the final sequence, the image of the Wilder family, reflected in the canal, is NOT a mirror image of the family. See more »

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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. Oh, we could change the names, but the old names will still be there. So no matter how we touch Mars, we won't be able to really touch it. See, that'll make us angry. We'll get mad at that and just rip it up. We'll ...
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Haunting at times...
4 May 2000 | by DavcatSee all my reviews

I remember seeing this series when it was first shown circa 1980 in the UK, and could not wait till the next part was shown.

Of course the special effects weren't that special then - but I really don't think this takes much away from it. The sequences I like the most are the lights that appear to the monks, and save one when he tests them by throwing himself off a cliff on Mars. Very spiritual overtones here - makes me shiver now just to think of it.

Also, I love the way the Martians dress - the loose-fitting robes, and those masks - excellent. Their lack of cranial hair and gold eyes, also make for a very other-worldy effect.

I borrowed the video tape "version" of this film, but was dismayed to find that about 20 minutes had been cut out - beware! I read the superb Ray Bradbury novel this was based on (originally entitled The Silver Locusts) after I saw the series, and was suitably impressed. A great atmosphere in both, but much more in the novel, I think.


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