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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful:

Great Idea. Good dialogue and acting... terrible ending!!

6/10
Author: Christian from Canada
5 March 2002

This sci-fi tale examines the fate and the human struggles involved in the incredible realization that a woman and two men may be the last surviving humans on Earth, following a peculiar catastrophy.

The analysis of selfishness, love, jealousy, money, work, accomplishment and the purpose of life are very well examined. All in the context of these extreme circumstances, the issues become very vibrant. The dialogue and acting help you feel the despair and distress of the characters.

Unfortunately, what could have possibly been one of the best black & white sci-fi movies, fell short- very short- in the end. The ending is uselessly incoherent, improbable and needlessly violent (a horrible fight on top of everything).

Still worth a watch for the first hour of the film.

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25 out of 33 people found the following review useful:

Yet Another Underrated Corman Film

10/10
Author: Space_Mafune from Newfoundland, Canada
17 June 2003

This very underrated low budget end of the world movie focuses on what drives men against one another. When the world's oxygen supply is inexplicably cut off for a short time, a trio of divers using oxygen tanks, a married couple named Harold (Anthony Carbone) & Evelyn Gern (Betsy Jones-Moreland) and their friend Martin Joyce(Robert Towne), suddenly find they are from all appearances the only 3 people left alive. But 2 men and 1 woman don't make for a very good mix we soon discover.

This is absolute fascinating to watch unfold. Jones-Moreland gives one of her finest performances and the final showdown between Harold and Martin in the Church is an unforgettable moment.

One problem the film has is it never really explains things enough...they just happen but maybe that's not such a bad thing after all come to think of it.

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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful:

Under-appreciated little gem

8/10
Author: ksmith19 from Chicago, IL
18 June 2005

This is a fine film that does much with almost nothing; shot on location in Puerto Rico without a finished script, 'The Last Woman on Earth' is a lean, mean post apocalyptic drama machine. Despite the poor print(s) the DVD was assembled from, Roger Corman's minor directorial genius shines through, especially in shots like the one where Harold, Martin and Ev all confront each other after coming back from the beach. Narratively efficient, suspenseful and even kind of thought-provoking, this film is a well-crafted low budget classic. Contrary to other comments here, the ending is great, especially considering how lame it could have been; at no point is the outcome certain in the way that predictable yawner 'Six String Samurai' was. And the fact that the poster is nothing like the actual film is a good thing, unless you're looking for Italian sexploitation trash. For a more reasoned assessment, check out Kim Newman's book 'Apocalypse Movies,' but if you're looking up this film you probably already know that one backwards and forwards. If you want an interesting and engaging vision of what the world might be like after it ends, you won't be disappointed here.

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Three's a Crowd

Author: BaronBl00d (baronbl00d@aol.com) from NC
3 June 2001

Harold and Evelyn Gern are "vacationing" in Puerto Rico, with friend/lawyer Martin when while scuba diving they realize that all the world's oxygen has left the atmosphere for some inexplicable reason. For all purposes and intent, they are the last human beings on Earth. What shall they do? Can two men and one woman coexist alone? Watch this film and those questions shall be answered. This film is very creative on many counts and it is a satisfying tale of what life might be like for a handful of survivors in a post-apocalyptic state. The film is a Roger Corman quickie/cheapie, yet don't make that keep you away. Corman is a good director and does know how to get the most with what he is given. The script is written by Robert Towne, and although it has holes, it is inventive and interesting. The acting by Anthony Carbone, Betsy Jones-Moreland, and Robert Towne as the trio is very good. Jones-Moreland is lovely and she gives a very good performance. Above all, the film reiterates the flaws that exist in each of us no matter what circumstances we are thrust into. On a side note, the same director, same crew, same actors, and same locations were used for a film simultaneously made with this one...Creature From the Haunted Sea. A word of advice: AVOID IT!, but see The Last Woman on Earth.

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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

Mild mannered end-of-the-world scenario

6/10
Author: eeegah from cinti., ohio
9 August 2005

I picked this slab-o cheese on a double billed disc w/ "The Attack of the Bee Girls" @ Meijer for 2 bucks. Now if you are a fan of B-Films, I highly recommend the trip to Meijer. They have a ton of cheap-o DVDs in a big crate. You can get 5 DVDs for 10 dollars. I also picked up a gem called "The Crippled Masters" (a 70s Kung-Fu Revenge flick, and yes, they are crippled). But, I'm getting way off on a tangent...

The Last Woman on Earth is an interesting film with some unintentional laugh-out-loud parts. What's interesting about it is how well mannered they are during the end of the world. There are two males and one female left alive after some kind of doomsday devise is detonated, which is never really explained. In this type of scenario you'd expect people to behave wildly; looting the electronics store, stealing Italian sports cars, driving a tank through the middle of downtown (as I believe this happened in a film called "The Quiet Earth"). Instead they wear pressed slacks, shave, mix cocktails (no one explains how they still have power, let alone ice cubes) and fight over one boat in a harbor full of 'em. This is not Corman's most entertaining film and you will find your attention slipping in and out, but for my money it beats the latest sitcom or reality show.

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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Moves along at a steady clip.

5/10
Author: CelluloidTime from NJ
11 May 2004

"Last Woman On Earth" moves along at a steady clip and has an exciting ending (with a disappointing conclusion).  It is a film that benefits from smart writing, an on location shoot, and an interesting meshing of script with Jazzy soundtrack. There is an underwater scene that was quite excellently filmed. For that matter, the whole film was quite excellently filmed.  Even though this film predates the first James Bond film, it has a bit of a "Dr. No" feel to it.  No, it is no "Dr. No", but neither was its budget a Bond budget. You're not missing much if you never see "Last Woman On Earth", but if you do see it you won't feel like you wasted 71 minutes of your life.  It's a pretty good film -- a sad little tale about good and evil.

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17 out of 27 people found the following review useful:

mostly cerebral action

3/10
Author: KDWms from Pocono Summit, PA
26 April 2003

A setting resulting from sci-fi; but heavy philosophizing in the vast majority of the film: Ev becomes the last woman on earth - well, at least, in Puerto Rico, where she is vacationing with her gambling-addicted, workaholic, material-oriented, not-quite-above-board husband, Harold; and their free-spirited lawyer friend, Martin. They emerge from a scuba-diving session and gradually realize that everyone else on the island - perhaps globally - has suffocated from a mysterious (but impermanent) breach of the oxygen supply. From this point, it is a psychological study of the differing priorities of the three characters. Viewers who are interested in interpreting some varieties of human behavior will find THAT in this movie. Others, however, may prefer more of the type of action which will NOT be found here.

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

Nice little Corman treat

6/10
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls
6 April 2005

On the 5th of April 2005, the legendary horror producer/director Roger Corman turned 79 years old and that was my reason (the obsessive geek I am) to re-watch one of his most overlooked films. Last Woman on Earth is a modest but ingenious SF-thriller that got pushed back and eventually forgotten due to other, bigger cinema projects handling about the same topic. That's quite regretful, as this is a well written and entertaining little film with quite some tension and above average acting performances. The plot is fascinating and follows a rich couple and their lawyer friend on vacation in Puerto Rico. When they make a day-trip out on the open sea to dive a sudden and unexplainable lack of oxygen kills off the isle's entire population…likely the whole world! They initially collaborate to survive and work out an escape plan, but pretty soon the first fights appear. The situation gets really complicated when the lawyer also develops feelings for … the last and only woman on earth. Like nearly every Roger Corman product, the film lacks budget and eye for detail. Yet, the Puerto Rican filming locations are beautiful the man's directing is very straightforward. The constantly increasing hopelessness of the characters is terrifically portrayed and the inevitable climax of paranoia is very impressive. The ending is somewhat disappointing (as other reviewers already pointed out) and hard to accept after the overall convincing first hour. But then again, it's not easy to shoot an appropriate climax to an apocalyptic-minded movie, is it? The three-headed cast delivers good performances. Especially compared to that other film Corman quickly shot in Puerto Rico – Creature from the Haunted Sea – this is a good and recommended picture. Pay close attention to Robert Towne, by the way. Around the time of Last Woman on Earth, he was still an unnoticed Corman pupil but he soon after became one of Hollywood's most praised scriptwriters.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

LAST WOMAN ON EARTH {Extended B&W Version} (Roger Corman and, uncredited, Monte Hellman, 1960) **

5/10
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta
20 August 2011

While not officially listed (on IMDb) as having been worked on by cult director Monte Hellman, he confirmed his involvement on this Corman cheapie during Criterion's Audio Commentary for his own TWO-LANE BLACKTOP (1971). In fact, it was one of four (3 originally helmed by Corman and another by himself) which he was commissioned to extend for TV showings: ironically, these alternate versions have since virtually become the official ones! I do not know which scenes Hellman devised for the film but it was interesting to note the cockfight in the very opening sequence, given that he would make the screen's best depiction of this violent sport with COCKFIGHTER (1974) – which Corman himself would produce! Incidentally, when I acquired the film under review, I was unaware that it was supposed to be in color (though, by all accounts, this had faded anyway in surviving prints): had I known, however, I would have made it a point to check out the version recently broadcast – in the original language – on late-night Italian TV!

Anyway, though the title had always struck me as intriguing (preceding THE LAST MAN ON EARTH by 4 years), the film was slapped with an unflattering – but, in retrospect, undeserving – BOMB rating by the "Leonard Maltin Movie Guide". Curiously enough, the picture it was shot back-to-back with i.e. the recently-viewed CREATURE FROM THE HAUNTED SEA (1961) – another Corman effort 'doctored' by Hellman and with which this shares its three leads – rates *1/2 in Maltin's book but it is a much less rewarding experience in my opinion! Yet one more picture made during this time and using the same locations was the war movie BATTLE OF BLOOD ISLAND (1960; which, however, Corman only produced) – collectively, the films would come to be known as "The Puerto Rican Trilogy" (and they were released as such on DVD as well).

To get back to the matter at hand, the plot of this one is pretty spare: a crooked businessman (Bogie look-alike Anthony Carbone), his girl (Betsy Jones-Moreland) and his lawyer (Edward Wain aka renowned scriptwriter Robert Towne, who also penned this) convene in the South American town to discuss his latest indictment However, while taking some time off deep-sea diving, the entire world population apparently expires from radioactive fall-out (hence the title)! Needless to say, Carbone is not the easiest guy to live with, so Moreland finds solace in the younger and more genteel Wain. This, of course, does not sit well with his 'boss', so we are treated to the usual eternal triangle dilemma albeit set against an apocalyptic back-drop – this idea in itself would have been great, had it not been already dealt with the previous year in THE WORLD, THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL (which actually added a racial issue to the fray and is a film I also own but have yet to watch) but, then, Corman was well-known for his shrewd commercial sense in concocting a quick cash-in to the next big thing (notably the reincarnation-themed THE UNDEAD {1957} following hot on the heels of the critically-lauded THE SEARCH FOR BRIDEY MURPHY {1956})!

Unfortunately, the narrative sticks to this one (rather drab) situation and, perhaps in view of the limited setting as well, does not develop further when Corman and Towne could pretty much have gone in any direction imaginable: given Carbone's self-confidence and ruthlessness, would it not have been logical for him to turn megalomaniacal rather than merely jealous! The latter stages, in fact, have him banishing Wain from the hotel they were living in but the latter and Moreland double-cross him by leaving together. He sets out in pursuit and finally confronts his romantic rival in a fortress (a good set-piece), with the unexpected – and strangely moral – ending then relocating to the inside of a church (as would THE LAST MAN ON EARTH itself oddly enough!), where the hero/interloper dies (soon after going blind from having received numerous blows throughout in the region of his eyes!) and the 'blessed' couple can have a go at saving their marriage!

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Well worth watching

6/10
Author: Thorsten-Krings from Germany
21 May 2008

This low budget offering from Roger Corman is not at all bad.

We have an unexplained but fairly cheap end of the world that only three people- two guys and a woman survive. So what the film does is make use of the drama and the erotic tension created by that triangle with the background of the end of the world. That makes it quite interesting, there's one woman, there are no alternatives and there can only be a winner and a loser.

With 70 minutes duration the screenplay really stretches the thin plot, which is basically one dramatic situation escalating, to its maximum. Couple of minutes less wsould have done. But all in all an enjoyable, well written, directed and competently acted film. Well worth watching

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