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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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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 »


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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. (Neville himself mentions the August 5, 1977 while recording his audio diary.) See more »

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When Neville and Lisa ride on the motorcycle it is obvious that the driver is not Charlton Heston, but a stunt double. See more »

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

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Theme from A Summer Place
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Music by Max Steiner
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Watch this movie once. Give it some time, and then you'll want to watch it again.
11 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is personally my favorite film. However, I can understand why this one-time sci-fi/horror flick views more like a comedy today. The film has dated more than other films from '71/72, and with the special effects bar haven risen astronomically since that time there is little hope for the film to grow even older gracefully. And a shirtless, oily, middle-aged, often over-acting Charlton Heston doesn't exactly shout hero or Academy Award. But THE OMEGA MAN has its moments, in particular its unexpected, and unexpectedly touching, finale. Add to that worthwhile ending a legendary Ron Grainer (Dr. Who, The Prisoner) soundtrack and some very quotable dialogue ("Thanks alot, you cheating bastard") and THE OMEGA MAN rounds itself out into a very memorable movie.

Unfortunately, Warner Bros. has continually delayed the release of OMEGA MAN on DVD - 4 years now counting. Maybe during the wait someone there will realize the potential this movie has a video game. Our heroic player must track The Family down by day and fend them off by night in a bunkered-up penthouse. Like the DVD, it's wishful thinking.


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