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The Illustrated Man (1969)


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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


Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Dec 19, 2006

Warner Bros. Pictures

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Rod Steiger does what he can to anchor this slightly dreary and depressing film version of Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man.

March 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Uma antologia mal disfarçada de unidade narrativa, o filme é terrivelmente datado e conta com um ritmo irregular, desperdiçando o material original de Bradbury.

January 27, 2007
Cinema em Cena

...sporadically interesting but mostly dull.

January 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Interesting if not totally successful adaptation of Bradbury's stories.

October 16, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

A peculiar sci-fi film that was loosely adapted from a Ray Bradbury book of short stories.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Rod Steiger's acting skills, Jerry Goldsmith's score and Claire Bloom's graceful presence are the only good points of this predictable and poorly executed film.
November 14, 2007

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Science fiction fans are forgiving people; human beings capable of enjoying a good old fashion sci-fi story even when it's one that's been overused or repeated over time, often to excess. This adaptation of "The Illustrated Man" was made for them; a film which was, unfortunately, a big fat disappointment from beginning to end. I guess I wouldn't call the film "bad", but it is boring and tedious; pretentious and less fascinating than it wants to be. By the time it got to the half-way point, I had ran out of sympathy.

The film is pretty entertaining near the beginning. I was actually beginning to like this thing in those moments, which were never fascinating, but none the less entertaining. A man who is simply wandering the world happens upon a man with fascinating body illustrations all over his torso and who-knows-where; that is the premise of the film. As it turns out, he got these "illustrations" from a sort of tattoo artist, but these tattoos came with a price. And that's really all there is to the film, but I suppose I'll have to go a little more "in-depth" if you want to believe me.

The rest of the film is the wanderer staring at the illustrations and getting visions; ones which the "illustrated man" ferociously warned him about earlier. Through these visions, we get to witness sequences which were directed with ambitions to be fascinating and fantastical, but end up being underwhelming. The film is slow-paced, which will piss of many people, including me. I don't mind slow-paced films; some of them use such pacing to think, make us sympathize, and whatnot; but that's just not what happens here.

Other than that, the film is a failure stylistically and intellectually. It's not necessarily an insulting bankruptcy of imagination, but none the less, it's not the work of a talented or original filmmaker. I had a big problem with the story-telling, which seems like it has ambitions to be off-kilter, but is really nothing but boring and nigh rubbish. Then there's the direction, which is sadly, just plain mediocre. Kind of like the movie, although some mediocre movies can have good direction. I've seen many films, and that's what I gathered. However, "The Illustrated Man" is a fascinating film looking for someone who can light it up. Under its skin, there lies something great; but the material here was nearly abused.

If there is one thing I liked about this movie, since for something not to be horrible I kind of HAVE to like at least something, it would be the actor Rod Steiger. I found something endearing and entertaining about watching the guy, and he literally takes up space and almost compels you to look straight at him. Yes, he's an interesting performer, but there's only one problem: I didn't care about his character. In fact, I didn't really give a damn about any of the characters, and their personalities felt shallow. They become boring and bland with this film.

I suppose that someday, there will be a remake of "The Illustrated Man", and that is without a doubt, the film that I want to see. There are more talented directors than Sr. Jack Smight, who crafted this mediocre son-of-a-bitch, and they need to share their vision of this story. It can be better told; or it can just fade away once again. None the less, you can't have "The Illustrated Man" a worse film. I imagine you can even improve. This adaptation should have been more than enough, but it was not handled by those who could work genuinely well with the story, the actors, or any of the material. So for that, "The Illustrated Man" is less of a visual wonder and more of a solid skip. It's not a bad movie; it's just not one that held my interest for more than twenty minutes.
April 30, 2011
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Ryan Marshall

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A collection of scifi short stories held together by the "Illustrated Man" and his unusually animated "skin illustrations" (do not make the mistake of calling them "tattoos" whatever you do !). A good cast make this film more effective than it may otherwise have been and Ray Bradbury's idiosyncratic and quirky style does come through in this limited sampling from the book. As one who enjoys Bradbury's works I found the film reasonably convincing and compelling.
December 16, 2010
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