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The Ray Bradbury Theater: Sun and Shaddow

A Mexican man resists when an American director tries to use his house as background for a beer commercial.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 6x8
Airdate: Saturday October 03rd, 1992

Director: Larry Parr
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

Guest Stars
John BachJohn Bach
As Lazlo
Gregory SierraGregory Sierra
As Ricardo Reyes
Stuart MargolinStuart Margolin
As Vincent

Co-Guest Stars
Ken BlackburnKen Blackburn
As Policeman (Esteban)
Vicky HaughtonVicky Haughton
As Maria Reyes
Lee Mete KingiLee Mete Kingi
As Tomas Reyes
James RobertsJames Roberts
As Andrew
Main Cast


In a Mexican town, Ricardo Reyes prepares for breakfast with his family. He looks out at the sky and enjoys the bustle of the crowd. His wife Maria warns him not to jinx it. A director and his full crew pull up and the director, Lazlo, starts ordering his men to set up the locale for filming a commercial and obsessed about the lighting. Over Maria's objections, Ricardo calls out to Lazlo and tries to get his attention. The director ignores him and Ricardo notices that his son Tomas is watching. Ricardo goes down to the stairs of his house where Lazlo is trying to film his shot and tells them to leave. Lazlo tries to bribe him but Ricardo refuses and orders his son into the house. When it's clear he won't back down, Lazlo orders his men to move down the street while Ricardo explains to the model, Kirsten, that he would have been satisfied if Lazlo had asked permission. Lazlo sarcastically asks permission and Ricardo refuses, saying he needs to learn good manners...

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Episode Notes
Bbased on the short story "Sun and Shadow" by Ray Bradbury. It was first published in The Reporter (March 17, 1953).

Episode Quotes
Lazlo: In all my years in the film industry, no one has behaved as that man is behaving.
Ricardo Reyes: It is past time someone behaved. I am the one.

Lazlo: Who do you think you are?
Ricardo Reyes: I did not know 'til now. I came upon myself by surprise. As long as there is one man like me in a town of ten thousand, the world will go on. Without me... chaos.

Ricardo Reyes: And we shall sit, eating and talking. Not photographs, not backdrops, not paintings, not stage furniture, any of us. But in our own way, actors, all of us. Very fine actors indeed.

Changes from the short story:

* The title is inexplicably changed, from "Shadow" to "Shaddow."
* Lazlo's character in the short story is unnamed.
* The character of Vincent doesn't exist in the story.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerTom Cotter (1)  |  Don Reynolds
ProducerChris Bailey (3)  |  Mary Kahn
Production DesignerRon Highfield
EditorChris Gurr
CastingSusan Forrest  |  Marianne Willison  |  Darlene Kaplan
Line ProducerJanine Dickens
First Assistant DirectorGeorge Lyle
Second Assistant DirectorPhee Phanshell
Music SupervisorDavid Greene (4)
Costume DesignerNgila Dickson
Make-upTrish Cohen
Key GripKevin Donovan
Camera OperatorPeter McCaffrey
Location ManagerLisa Kissin
Assistant EditorRob Jayne
Post Production SupervisorJohn Harcourt  |  Johannes Konigstorfer
GafferIan Beale
Director of PhotographyMatt Bowkett
Production SecretaryLynn Hargreaves
Art DirectorJennifer Ward
Post Production CoordinatorJane Crust  |  Steve D'Onofrio
Sound RecordistGraham Morris (2)
Third Assistant DirectorSarah Miln
Boom OperatorMyk Farmer
Production AccountantSally Campbell
Sound SupervisorJohn McKay (3)
Wardrobe AssistantEmily Carter
Best BoyMark Smith (3)
Executive In Charge Of ProductionNicholas Wry
Production ExecutiveRick Weaver (2)
Unit ManagerPeta Sinclair
Assistant To The Executive ProducerDel Mehes
Assistant To The ProducerNikki Walker
ContinuityRowena Yalland
Focus PullerFred Renata
HairTrish Cohen
ComposerAmin Bhatia
Construction ManagerPhil Chitty
Wardrobe SupervisorGavin McLean
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