Illustrated Man

The Illustrated Man

Director: Jack Smight

Cast: Jack Smight, Rod Steiger, Claire Bloom, Robert Drivas

     
 

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This science fiction fantasy is taken from the stories of Ray Bradbury. Carl (Rod Steiger) has a tattooed torso of bizarre illustrations done by his wife Felicia (Claire Bloom). Each one tells a story about the future, and when Will (Robert Drivas) meets The Illustrated Man in a hobo jungle en route to California, Carl warns him not to look too closely at the

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This science fiction fantasy is taken from the stories of Ray Bradbury. Carl (Rod Steiger) has a tattooed torso of bizarre illustrations done by his wife Felicia (Claire Bloom). Each one tells a story about the future, and when Will (Robert Drivas) meets The Illustrated Man in a hobo jungle en route to California, Carl warns him not to look too closely at the pictures on his person. One story has Carl, Felicia, Will and another man stranded on a planet plagued by perpetual rainstorms. Another has Will as a marriage counselor who watches in horror while Carl and Felicia's children plan their deaths. The third futuristic saga has Will observing Carl and Felicia on the top of a mountain as they plan to kill their children. After the three stories, Will is plagued by futuristic nightmares of Carl coming to kill him in this depressing and pessimistic film.

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This Ray Bradbury adaptation is a well-intentioned but deeply flawed affair. The biggest problem with The Illustrated Man is that it forgoes the sense of wonder that infuses Bradbury's work. Instead, screenwriter/producer Howard Kreitsek and director Jack Smight go for a psychological, message-conscious approach that often steamrolls over the subtleties of the material in an attempt to make it feel 'serious.' As a result, "The Veldt" and "The Last Night On Earth" feel more like lectures than stories (they also suffer because their twist endings are telegraphed long before they get a chance to unfold). The best of the stories is "The Long Rain," where the psychological approach fits the introspective tone of the story. The film's framing device is frequently more interesting that the stories it surrounds: it benefits from a compelling sense of mystery and committed performances by Rod Steiger, Robert Drivas and Claire Bloom (all of whom also figure prominently in the stories). Unfortunately, the framing device fizzles out with a lame 'open ending' likely to leave most viewers scratching their heads. In short, The Illustrated Man is a misfire that is likely to disappoint viewers who expect it to live up to its heady ambitions.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/22/2013
UPC:
0883316690796
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
8,792

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rod Steiger Carl
Claire Bloom Felicia
Robert Drivas Willie
Don Dubbins Pickard
Jason Evers Simmons
Tim Weldon John
Christine Matchett Anna
Pogo Peke the Dog

Technical Credits
Jack Smight Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Howard b. Kreitsek Producer,Screenwriter
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
Ted Mann Producer
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Archie Marshek Editor
Terry Nelson Asst. Director
James E. Reynolds Consultant/advisor,Special Effects
Joel Schiller Art Director
Anthea Sylbert Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Weatherwas Consultant/advisor
Ralph Webb Special Effects
Ray Bradbury Source Author

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