The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985–1992)
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A Sound of Thunder 

A company provides big game hunters with expeditions to the past to kill dinosaurs. They only have one rule that's there to protect the timeline: Never ever get off the beaten path. Violation of this rule is punishable by death.


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Ray Bradbury (screenplay), Ray Bradbury (story)

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Episode cast overview:
Kiel Martin ... Eckles
John Bach ... Travis
Michael McLeod Michael McLeod ... Agent (as Micheal McLeod)
Michael Batley Michael Batley ... Hunter (as Micheal Batley)
John McDavitt John McDavitt ... Hunter


In the future, a time travel agency offers "The Time Safari", where clients may kill dinosaurs, specifically selected by the team, in order to not change the environment and consequently past. During one expedition, the traveler becomes scared and leaves the protective path, with catastrophic results. Written by Gislef

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Release Date:

11 August 1989 (France) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Travis: Didn't you write a book... "Dinosaurs I Have Known"?
Eckles: Mere fantasy.
Travis: Right. You know nothing until today.
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Spoofed in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror V (1994) See more »

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A Classic Story With Great Implications
27 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I have seen so many portrayals of time travel into the past that every story must deal with the mutability of time. If one event goes awry, the entire future over millennia will be altered. It could mean the destruction of the future that created the time traveler. In this one, Kiel Martin (D.J. on "Hill Street Blues") is your prototype, bored big game hunter. He has killed everything that presents a challenge to the hunting community. Now he is going after the biggest carnivore of all, the T-Rex. He pays big bucks to a time traveling group that takes guys like him back in time to hunt. He is an arrogant, self-centered jerk. When the leader explains the pitfalls of failing to follow directions, he smugly ignores him. Unfortunately, when he does see his quarry, he panics. The story and the Bradbury episode have one of the most dramatic conclusions of all time, one that lives with us to this day. It has even has brought about a term in cosmology. This is pretty well done, all in all.

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