The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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The Man Who Was Never Born 

Earth awaits a terrible fate in the far future, so a 20th Century astronaut and a typically hideously malformed future Earthling go back in time hoping to change history. They target a ... See full summary »

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Leonard J. Horn (as Leonard Horn)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Landau ... Andro
Shirley Knight ... Noelle Anderson
John Considine ... Lt. Bertram Cabot
Maxine Stuart ... Mrs. McCluskey
Karl Held Karl Held ... Capt. Joseph Reardon
Jack Raine ... Old Man (scenes deleted)
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Earth awaits a terrible fate in the far future, so a 20th Century astronaut and a typically hideously malformed future Earthling go back in time hoping to change history. They target a beautiful young woman just before she gives birth to the scientist who created the bio-warfare agent which ravages the future Earth and all humans. But how can the repulsive Andro succeed when he's likely to be shot on sight ? Written by Dave Stevens

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future | earth | time | hypnosis | hypnotic | See All (13) »


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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

28 October 1963 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Captain Joseph Reardon was born in 1933. See more »

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Narrator: It is said that if you move a single pebble on the beach, you set up a different pattern, and everything in the world is changed. It can also be said that love can change the future, if it is deep enough, true enough, and selfless enough - it can prevent a war, prohibit a plague, keep the whole world whole.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Miri (1966) See more »

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The End of Mankind
15 February 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When the astronaut Joseph Reardon accidentally travels through a time warp, he lands on a devastated Earth in 2148 A.D. He stumbles upon a mutant called Andro that explains that an ambitious scientist called Bertram Cabot Jr. had developed a bacterium that caused a biological disaster and the mankind became infertile mutants. Reardon decides to bring the Andro to 1963 to warn the authorities and prevent the disaster. However, Reardom feels that is dying after crossing the time warp and asks Andro to kill Cabot; then vanishes and Andro lands alone on Earth. He uses hypnotic suggestion to have normal appearance and goes to a boarding house seeking out Bertram Cabot Jr. But after meeting the young Noelle Anderson, he learns that she is Bertram Cabot´s girlfriend and Bertram Cabot Jr. has not been born yet. What will Andro do to save mankind?

"The Man Who Was Never Born" is so far the best episode of "The Outer Limits". The screenplay is very well-written, with drama and "A Beauty and the Beast" romance. The conclusion with open end is excellent and without time paradox. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "O Homem que Nunca Nasceu" ("The Man Who Was Never Born")


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