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Director:
Writers:
William F. Leicester (screenplay) and
Richard Matheson (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
8 March 1964 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
By night they leave their graves, crawling, shambling, through empty streets, whimpering, pleading, begging for his blood! See more »
Plot:
When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Seems like a great film ...but for all the wrong reasons? See more (157 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Vincent Price ... Dr. Robert Morgan
Franca Bettoia ... Ruth Collins
Emma Danieli ... Virginia Morgan
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart ... Ben Cortman
Umberto Raho ... Dr. Mercer (as Umberto Rau)
Christi Courtland ... Kathy Morgan
Antonio Corevi ... Governor (as Tony Corevi)
Ettore Ribotta ... TV Reporter (as Hector Ribotta)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Ruth Collins (voice) (uncredited)
Rolando De Rossi ... (uncredited)
Giuseppe Mattei ... New People Leader (uncredited)
Alessandro Tedeschi ... Passerby (uncredited)

Directed by
Ubaldo Ragona (Italian prints) (as Ubaldo B. Ragona)
Sidney Salkow (uncredited in Italian prints)
 
Writing credits
William F. Leicester (screenplay) and
Richard Matheson (screenplay) (as Logan Swanson)

Richard Matheson (novel "I Am Legend")

Furio M. Monetti  screenplay
Ubaldo Ragona  screenplay (as Ubaldo B. Ragona)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Harold E. Knox .... associate producer
Robert L. Lippert .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
Bert Shefter 
 
Cinematography by
Franco Delli Colli 
 
Film Editing by
Gene Ruggiero 
Franca Silvi 
 
Production Design by
Giorgio Giovannini 
 
Set Decoration by
Brunello Serena Ulloa 
 
Costume Design by
Angiolina Menichelli  (as Lilly Menichelli)
 
Makeup Department
Piero Mecacci .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Lionello Meucci .... assistant production manager
Vico Vaccaro .... production manager
Luciano Volpato .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carlo Grandone .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Enzo Silvestri .... sound engineer
Armando Timpani .... sound recordist
Bruno Zanoli .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alfonso Avincola .... still photographer (uncredited)
Angelo Lannutti .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Alvaro Lanzoni .... camera operator (uncredited)
Renato Pedrini .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Federico Tocci .... key grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carmen Frosali .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alfonso D'Artega .... orchestrator
Norman B. Schwartz .... music editor (as Norman Schwartz)
 
Other crew
Rita Agostini .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Franco Rispoli .... production secretary (uncredited)
Ermete Santini .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Damned Walk at Midnight" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
86 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2007) | Germany:16 | Portugal:M/12 | UK:PG (2007) | UK:X (1966) | USA:Unrated

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Trivia:
Although this is much more faithful to the book than The Omega Man (1971) and I Am Legend (2007) which are based on the same novel, it changes the main character's name from Robert Neville to Robert Morgan, while the other two leave it unchanged.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: At the beginning, when Morgan goes out searching for corpses to incinerate, after he puts a man and a woman into the back of his car, it is possible to see the two actors moving themselves to settle down in the back of the car.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Robert Morgan:Another day to live through. Better get started.
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Movie Connections:
Version of The Omega Man (1971)See more »

FAQ

Where does the story take place?
Why is Morgan immune to the disease?
Does this film feature vampires or zombies?
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47 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
Seems like a great film ...but for all the wrong reasons?, 5 September 2004
Author: tostinati from United States

I like this film, and definitely associate it with my childhood, via the inside cover of an old issue of Famous Monsters that pictured a vampire arm groping around the door for Vincent Price. I gazed at that photo as the magazine wore out, for years before I actually got to see the film.

Vincent Price is always good to see. But as he is not a terribly physical actor, he looks awkward doing some of the things he is called on to do here, like dragging a body to the edge of a pit and heaving it in, pounding a stake into a vampire heart, or hurling a mirror across the room in disgust and despair. Not standing about with cocktail in hand, dressed to the nines and oozing wicked sophistication, he looks about as out of place as Cary Grant would setting a trash can out at the curb.

I ask, in the title of this review, if we like this film "for all the wrong reasons" because, inescapably, I find it pitched at a sort of self-pity, tapping into the allure of images of yourself alone at the center of the human universe, of satisfied contemplation of the stupid folly of Man the Scientist, the Politician, the Warrior, that will bring the end of his own species. --In a word, it seems to inhabit a place that is the near-exclusive province of the truly isolated, disaffected and fantasy-prone adolescent.

Being aware of this demographic skew doesn't invalidate the real and strong emotional place the film creates and enables anybody else to inhabit. But I do wonder about the effusive, near-idolatrous over-analysis this film has been known to elicit. I think it would be a pity if, through the growing cult of this film, we come to be less moved by horror --the whole precept on which Matheson's novel and the film are based-- than seduced by the film's image of post-apocalyptic solitude, which can lapse into full-blown gloating misanthropy with just a slight nudge.

I find Last Man oppressively tragic and sobering and depressing-- and always, always utterly absorbing. Even tenth time watched, it feels like you are watching your own funeral, listening to nothing less than taps being sounded for your own species. This is, not to be too glib, the films greatest strength AND weakness.

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