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The Omega Man (1971)

GP  -  Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  1 August 1971 (USA)
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Army doctor Robert Neville struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race.

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Rosalind Cash ...
Lisa
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Dutch
Eric Laneuville ...
Richie
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Zachary
Jill Giraldi ...
Little Girl
Anna Aries ...
Woman in Cemetery Crypt
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Tommy
DeVeren Bookwalter ...
Family Member (as De Veren Bookwalter)
John Dierkes ...
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Monika Henreid ...
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Forrest Wood ...
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Storyline

Robert Neville, a doctor, due to an experimental vaccine, 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 »


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Also Known As:

La última esperanza  »

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Trivia

Early in the film, Neville sees a calendar dated March 1975, then remarks that the local cinema is offering Woodstock (1970) "for the third straight year". This indicates The Omega Man (1971) is set in 1977. (Heston himself mentions the year 1977 while recording his audio diary.) See more »

Goofs

When Robert Neville is shooting at The Family (who are behind a car), you can clearly see a fairly straight line of bullet holes running horizontal across the car. As this happens the tires pop even though it would appear the bullets never hit near them. The scene cuts away from the car. When it cuts back to the car, the bullet holes are gone. See more »

Quotes

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

In the title, the "O" that starts the word "Omega" is actually replaced with the Greek letter Omega. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Chuck: Chuck Versus the Muuurder (2011) See more »

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'Round Midnight
By Thelonious Monk
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Charlton Heston as the last man living !
27 December 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favourite sci-fi movies with Charlton Heston making credible the whole story for me. Anthony Zerbe is tremendous as the family leader as is the now deceased Lincoln Kilpatrick as Zerbes sidekick. Heston as seemingly the last man on earth brings feeling to the film in some cleverly scripted conversations with himself! In fact the script is punctuated by some great one liners! Quick-paced & tense with good supporting performances from Paul Koslo as "Dutch" & Rosalind Cash as "Lisa" Dated now it is, but still stands the test of time as a truly great 70's sci-fi & if you haven't seen it, then you are in for a treat. Great music too from Ron Grainer! Do not miss this one! A full 10 out of 10!


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