The Illustrated Man (1969)

35mm film, Technicolor, Panavision
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Jack Smight.

Plot Summary

Willie meets a strange man named Carl who is covered in “skin illustrations” (), each one of which tells a story. Carl tells him three of those stories, about a form of , a visit to a mysterious planet and the .


Directed by: Jack Smight
Warner Bros.-Seven Arts presents a Jack Smight film
© MCMLXIX [1969] by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, Inc. and SKM Productions
Produced by: Howard B. Kreitsek, Ted Mann
Screenplay by: Howard B. Kreitsek
[From the Collection of Stories by]: Ray Bradbury [credited in possessory above title]
Director of Photography: Philip Lathrop
Film Editor: Archie Marshek
Music by: Jerry Goldsmith
Sound: Francis E. Stahl
Costume Designer: Anthea Sylbert
Make-up Supervisor: Gordon Bau
Hairstyles by: Ernest Adler
Hair Styling: Lenore Weaver
Rod Steiger's Skin Illustrations Designed by: James E. Reynolds
Special Effects: Ralph Webb
Art Director: Joel Schiller
Visual Arts Consultant: Richard Sylbert

Rod Steiger (Carl)
Claire Bloom (Felicia)
Robert Drivas (Willie)
Don Dubbins (Pickard)
Jason Evers (Simmons)
Tim Weldon (John)
Christie Matchett (Anna)
Pogo (Peke)

Alternative Titles

El hombre ilustrado – Spain, Spain (Castilian)
El hombre tatuado – Mexico
O Homem Tatuado – Portugal
L'homme tatoué – France
Ilustrowany człowiek – Poland
Den illustrerade mannen – Sweden
Den illustrerede mand – Denmark
Den illustrerte mannen – Norway
Kuvitettu mies – Finland
Uma Sombra Passou por Aqui – Brazil
O stigmatismenos – Greece
Der Tätowierte – Austria, West Germany
L'uomo illustrato – Italy
Человек в картинках – Soviet Union
いれずみの男 – Japan

Extracts included in
Fantastic Fantasy Fright-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (1996)
Tattooed Steiger (1969)

See also
The Illustrated Woman (1996)
The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985-1992)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.13 p.26
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  • Flesh and Blood no.5 (September 1995) p.12 – illustrated review (Video by Harvey Fenton)
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  • Kine Weekly no.3219 (21 June 1969) p.12
  • Legend no.36 (2001) pp.22-23 – soundtrack review (CD Reviews by Dirk Wickenden)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.36 no.427 (August 1969) p.163
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.238 no.16 (17 April 1968) p.2
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.238 no.25 (19 June 1968) p.23
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.239 no.9 (26 February 1969) p.123
  • Movietone News no.62-63 (29 December 1979) pp.42-45
  • Sight and Sound vol.38 no.3 (Summer 1969) p.159
  • Sight and Sound vol.43 no.2 (Spring 1974) p.100 – illustrated interview with Ray Bradbury
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.199 no.46 (1 March 1968) p.11 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.204 no.40 (14 February 1969) p.3
  • Today's Cinema no.9687 (20 June 1969) p.6
  • Variety 19 February 1969 pp.6


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.273
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  • Film Review 1970-71 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.223
  • Kine & TV Year Book 1970 p.112
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  • Screen World 1970 Volume 21 by John Willis (ed.) p.23 – illustrated credits
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.232-233