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The Illustrated Man (1969)

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In 1930s, a psychotic drifter who's after the mystery woman who covered his whole body in illustrations that foresee distant future shows three of them (The Veldt, The Long Rain and The Last Night of the World) to a mesmerized traveler.

Director:

Jack Smight

Writers:

Ray Bradbury (book), Howard B. Kreitsek (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rod Steiger ... Carl
Claire Bloom ... Felicia
Robert Drivas ... Willie
Don Dubbins ... Pickard
Jason Evers ... Simmons
Tim Weldon Tim Weldon ... John
Christine Matchett Christine Matchett ... Anna (as Christie Matchett)
Pogo Pogo ... Peke
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Storyline

The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury, a collection of eighteen startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin, visions as keen as the tattooist's needle and as colorful as the inks that indelibly stain the body. The images, ideas, sounds and scents that abound in this phantasmagoric sideshow are provocative and powerful: the mournful cries of celestial travelers cast out cruelly into a vast space of stars and blackness, the sight of gray dust settling over a forgotten outpost on a road that leads nowhere, the pungent odor of Jupiter on a returning father's clothing. Here living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, Martian invasions are foiled by the good life and the glad hand, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets. Written by Stig Ohara

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Don't dare stare at the illustrated man.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Tätowierte See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

SKM See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The segment called "The Veldt," based on Ray Bradbury's 1950 short story, has been dramatized numerous times for radio, film and TV, including the sci-fi radio show "Dimension X" in 1951 and The Ray Bradbury Theatre: The Veldt (1989). See more »

Goofs

Just after Felicia has finished drawing the rose on Carl's hand, his hand is resting on a pillow and the rose can be seen in close-up. It is surrounded by four green leaves. Felicia then takes Carl outside to "look at it in the sunlight". Once outside, it can be seen that the rose is now surrounded by five green leaves. The leaves are also differently shaped. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Felicia: Each person who tries to see beyond his own time must face questions to which there cannot yet be proven answers.
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Wild animals affection-trained at Africa, U.S.A. See more »

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Referenced in Reflections of Evil (2002) See more »

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I don't understand
24 March 2004 | by buzinkSee all my reviews

I don't understand why this movie is rated so low. I think this a really great movie. It is strange, surprising, original and funny. It combines several genres and narratives. I like the main character, the silent and gruff illustrated man and the way he is filmed in the quiet surroundings of the lake and I like the futuristic design in some of the other scenes. I have always had weakness for these 'Canterbury tales'-like stories within a story and I especially like this film because the stories within he story are so diverse, while the movie does not become fragmented. The movie reminds me a bit of the 'books of blood' from Clive Barker, which consists of stories of 'ghosts', inscribed on the skin of a man ('written in blood').

If you like to be surprised, watch this movie!


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