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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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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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The World Is Dead. One Survivor. Then The Others. Crawling In Darkness. The Strangest Sect Of All. *Hunting The Last Man On Earth.* See more »


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La última esperanza  »

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British studio Hammer Films had previously contemplated a film adaptation of Richard Matheson's book under the title of "The Night Creatures", written by Matheson himself. The project was ultimately deemed too graphic, floundered and eventually died. See more »

Goofs

After Neville tries to chase after Richie, but is unable to catch him, and decides to head to the bar, there is a series of four long pull-out shots of Los Angeles. On the fourth shot, it is clearly an aeriel photograph taken of the city due to the sudden blurred image, and is not something that was actually filmed. 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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Crazy Credits

The opening credits feature the credit "Based on a book by Richard Matheson", and does not give the title of the actual book, I Am Legend. See more »

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Referenced in 28 Days Later... (2002) See more »

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Rock 'n' Soul Music
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Written by Barry Melton, Bruce Barthol, Gary Hirsh, Country Joe McDonald and David Cohen
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Overall, terrific science-fiction

In typical rock-em, sock-em Heston style, he battles the bad guys in a not to shabby, but now somewhat dated sci-fi adventure. Still, an excellent movie with a terrific premise, and great plot, as mankind is nearly destroyed by nuclear/biological warfare, and Heston struggles to survive as the last sane man in a diseased and dying world.

Flashbacks of events leading to this disaster really make this movie come alive. A little melodrama, however is apparent in the scenes of "the family", and the movie does show its age with the language and color of the 70's culture.

I'm not sure how some people may take the ending of this movie. I don't remember any big fuss about it in 1971, so I guess it won't be an issue now. A good movie, with a sad, yet hope-filled happy ending, this film is yet another feather-in-the-cap for Charlton Heston when he was in his sci-fi movie making period (Planet of the Apes, Soylent Green) in his great career, and this particular "social statement" movie of the 70's remains relevant to this day.


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