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The Omega Man (1971)

Lone survivor, doctor Robert Neville, struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race while fighting The Family, a savage luddite death cult formed by the zombie-like infected to erase the past.

Director:

Boris Sagal

Writers:

John William Corrington (screenplay), Joyce Hooper Corrington (screenplay) (as Joyce H. Corrington) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charlton Heston ... Neville
Anthony Zerbe ... Matthias
Rosalind Cash ... Lisa
Paul Koslo ... Dutch
Eric Laneuville ... Richie
Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Zachary
Jill Giraldi Jill Giraldi ... Little Girl
Anna Aries Anna Aries ... Woman in Cemetery Crypt
Brian Tochi ... Tommy
DeVeren Bookwalter ... Family Member (as De Veren Bookwalter)
John Dierkes ... Family Member
Monika Henreid Monika Henreid ... Family Member
Linda Redfearn ... Family Member
Forrest Wood Forrest Wood ... Family Member
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Storyline

Due to an experimental vaccine, Dr. Robert Neville is the only survivor of an apocalyptic war waged with biological weapons. The plague caused by the war has killed everyone else except for a few hundred deformed, nocturnal people calling themselves "The Family". The plague has caused them to become sensitive to light, as well as homicidally psychotic. They believe science and technology to be the cause of the war and their punishment, and Neville, as the last symbol of science, the old world, and a "user of the wheel", must die. Neville, using electricity, machinery, and science attempts to hold them at bay. Written by Roald E. Peterson III <slz13@cc.usu.edu>

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Pray for the last man alive. Because he's not alone. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Am Legend See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$8,720,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The television newscaster reporting about the spreading of the disease in Neville's flashback is Matthias before getting infected and becoming the leader of The Family. See more »

Goofs

When Neville exclaims, ''Damn! It's jammed!'' he isn't actually saying anything, he's simply gritting his teeth in frustration. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[the last man on earth wrecks his car]
Neville: There's never a cop around when you need one.
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Crazy Credits

There is a 2-minute cold open with no logos or credits. The Warner Bros. logo comes on at the two-minute mark, followed by the opening credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the common version of this film, the scene where Richie tells Neville that he should either kill the Family or cure them takes place inside Neville's apartment. In an alternate version, the scene takes place on the rooftop, where Neville has a large water tank and a .50 caliber machine gun. See more »

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Coming Into Los Angeles
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Written by Arlo Guthrie
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User Reviews

 
Here's The Beef - This Is Prime Chuck.
25 April 2000 | by Jeope!See all my reviews

What we got right here is a prime sampling of Charlton Heston's 1970s renaissance, that's what. Prime Chuck. The Hest. The MAN. In all his ageing, fading glory. From the very beginning we see a sweaty, swarthy and downright bad Chuck rollin' in his five-oh (a la Vanilla Ice, I suppose), scouring the streets of a skeletal near-future Los Angeles. And as the last man on earth, it's the least he can do. Only this is the future with a demonic hitch - Chuck must defend himself at every darkening turn from an evil cult of postwar mutants, led by the maniacal cool-as-ice Matthias. This aggrevated Luddite soul-brother crew's primary aim it seems, is to rid the world of Chuck - while they're not oozing cool and spouting kitschy new-age philosophies. In response, what we as viewers receive is Chuck at his absolute baddest (take that how you wish). In a film where Hest's teeth practically take second billing, we hear him say all the things Chuck was born to say: Damn, bastards, God, SOB and so on.

It's one hell of a ride, dated badly from the first moment we see Chuck pop a tape in the 8-Track. Thus, when you feel the need for cheese, simply mix in "The Omega Man" - and a little prime Chuck.


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