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With Earth destroyed in a nuclear war, Colonel Wilder finds himself alone with his family on Mars. To rebuild what he has lost, Wilder chooses to make Mars his new home.

Director:

Michael Anderson

Writers:

Ray Bradbury (novel), Richard Matheson
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Col. John Wilder
Gayle Hunnicutt ... Ruth Wilder
Bernie Casey ... Major Jeff Spender (credit only)
Darren McGavin ... Sam Parkhill
Christopher Connelly ... Ben Driscoll
Nicholas Hammond ... Commander Arthur Black (credit only)
Joyce Van Patten ... Elma Parkhill (credit only)
Roddy McDowall ... Father Stone
Bernadette Peters ... Genevieve Seltzer
Maria Schell ... Anna Lustig (credit only)
Fritz Weaver ... Father Peregrine (credit only)
Linda Lou Allen Linda Lou Allen ... Marilyn Becker (credit only)
Michael Anderson Jr. ... David Lustig (credit only)
Robert Beatty ... General Halstead (credit only)
James Faulkner ... Mr. K (credit only)
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Storyline

With Earth destroyed in a nuclear war, Colonel Wilder finds himself alone with his family on Mars. To rebuild what he has lost, Wilder chooses to make Mars his new home.

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1980 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Keep an eye out for Laurie Holden (A.K.A. Andrea from The Walking Dead) as Marie Wilder, the young daughter of Rock Hudson's lead character, Colonel John Wilder. She was 11 years old. See more »

Goofs

Hathaway speaks as if he served on the third expedition with Wilder, describing what Spender said about wanting Mars for the Martians. However, Hathaway wasn't on the third expedition shown in "The Expeditions." Parkhill and Wilder were the only survivors of that expedition. See more »

Quotes

Col. John Wilder: What is your secret of life on Mars?
Wise Martian: Tir. This is the planet Tir.
Col. John Wilder: Tir, yes.
Wise Martian: Secret? There is no secret. Anyone with eyes can see the way to live.
Col. John Wilder: How?
Wise Martian: By watching life. Observing nature and cooperating with it. Making common cause with the process of existence.
Col. John Wilder: How?
Wise Martian: By living life for itself, don't you see. Deriving pleasure from the gift of pure being.
Col. John Wilder: The gift of pure being...
Wise Martian: Life is it's own answer. Accept it and enjoy it, day by day. Live as well as possible. Expect no more. Destroy ...
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Connections

Remade as The Ray Bradbury Theater: Silent Towns (1992) See more »

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