The Illustrated Man (MOD)

Rod Steiger plays the tattoo-covered title role in this fascinating vision of doom and danger based on the classic short story collection by futurist Ray Bradbury.

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Genre:   Drama
Director:   Jack Smight
Writers:   Howard B. Kreitsek
Cast:   Rod Steiger, Claire Bloom, Robert Drivas, Don Dubbins, Jason, Jason Evers, Tim Weldon, Christie Matchett
Theatrical Release Date:   04/01/1969
The Illustrated Man (MOD)
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Illustrated Man, The

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Flawed yet worthwhile Ray B adaptations

By Q at Djunaboard

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  • Great Performance
  • Intelligent


  • Needlessly Verbose
  • Uneven
  • Visually Unimaginative

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Comments about Illustrated Man, The:

An omnibus film, an adaptation of a collection of short stories of Ray Bradbury of the same name is unfortunately too literal and lacks visual imagination to make it truly come alive. Rod Steiger, playing multiple roles including the eponymous "illustrated man," gamely try to hold everything together. Some set pieces, such as the Venusian landscape perpetually drenched in downpour, are interestingly realized, and "The Last Night of the World" does pack some punch in the way a TWILIGHT ZONE episode might work. Jerry Goldsmith's uncommonly lyrical and spare score is a big asset. Should be of interest to the fans of the author, Steiger and moody, '60s-style fantasy films.

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