The Illustrated Man


Just as the original book is an anthology of science fiction stories, the Illustrated Man movie has a framing device to connect the fragmented story vignettes that are told. A young hobo falls in with an experienced traveler who at times frightens and entices him. The senior hobo (Rod Stieger) is covered from head to toe by tattoo illustrations that both enrich and curse him. He warns the young man not to stare too closely at them for too long, as they seem to come alive and portray tales. Each one in turn plays out a science fiction tale, a morality play, some bitter, some sweet, some perplexing. The movie reuses the same three principal actors in every story vignette, making it a bizarre, confusing task to try to re-identify each as their role changes from tale to tale. There is no connecting thread here, save for the continuing framing story of the young man becoming entranced by the illustrations. The older hobo claims he is searching for the woman who tattooed him to this extent, but it is unclear if she is real, a phantom, or an invention of his somewhat disturbed mind. By the time we get the entire tale of how the tattoos came to be, Rod has become romantically involved with the female tattoo artist. There is some suggestion that she has made a mark upon his soul by living with him for so long. But suddenly, she is gone, vanished, and he is forever searching for his lost love, his muse, his devil woman who has cursed him to live like this and thrown him to the hard, cruel world. Shocked and driven to the point of madness himself, the young man attempts to crush the old hobo's skull with a rock, and then flees himself, having now become the target of the old hobo's pursuit. There is no resolution to this, only an endless chase that continues ...... Show more


I have watched this movie once again today and this movie is really amazing. However, those who hate such films will not be disappointed, because the dialogues led by the main characters are brilliant. I know it gets a lot of stick for being the mainstream popular movie, but honestly I can not think of anything wrong with this movie online. There are some stages in this movie that I will remember until death. Music playing around is pure soul of that masterpiece. Easily to say, this movie has one of the best dialogues ever. I decided to upload The Illustrated Man here.... Show more

Directors: Jack Smight
Countries: United States
Release: 1969-03-26
Duration: 103 min
IMDb Rating: 6
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