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Director:
Writers:
John William Corrington (screenplay) and
Joyce Hooper Corrington (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 August 1971 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Pray for the last man alive. Because he's not alone. See more »
Plot:
Army doctor Robert Neville struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Is your blood that colour? See more (210 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charlton Heston ... Neville

Anthony Zerbe ... Matthias

Rosalind Cash ... Lisa

Paul Koslo ... Dutch

Eric Laneuville ... Richie

Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Zachary
Jill Giraldi ... Little Girl
Anna Aries ... Woman in Cemetery Crypt

Brian Tochi ... Tommy

DeVeren Bookwalter ... Family Member (also as De Veren Bookwalter)

John Dierkes ... Family Member
Monika Henreid ... Family Member

Linda Redfearn ... Family Member
Forrest Wood ... Family Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Goldstein ... Last Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Boris Sagal 
 
Writing credits
John William Corrington (screenplay) and
Joyce Hooper Corrington (screenplay) (as Joyce H. Corrington)

Richard Matheson (novel "I Am Legend")

William Peter Blatty  uncredited screenplay

Produced by
Walter Seltzer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ron Grainer 
 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William H. Ziegler  (as William Ziegler)
 
Casting by
Jack Roberts (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Art Loel  (as Arthur Loel)
Walter M. Simonds 
 
Set Decoration by
William L. Kuehl 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Jean Burt Reilly .... supervising hair stylist
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sherry Wilson .... hairdresser (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Frank Baur .... unit production manager
Hal Klein .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Don Roberts .... assistant production supervisor (uncredited)
Ted Swanson .... assistant production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald Roberts .... assistant director
Barry Steinberg .... apprentice assistant director (uncredited)
Ted Swanson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Frank L. Brown .... set dresser (uncredited)
Robert Lamb .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Red Turner .... prop master (uncredited)
Ken Walker .... leadman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert Martin .... sound (as Bob Martin)
Gene Lloyd .... cableman (uncredited)
Norman Webster .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Paul Pollard .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Joe Canutt .... action coordinator
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Brookfield .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Tap Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Courtney .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Duran .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Ekins .... stunt double: Charlton Heston (uncredited)
Gary Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (uncredited)
Harold Jones .... stunts (uncredited)
Kim Kahana .... stunts (uncredited)
Wayne King Sr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Kingi .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy N. Sickner .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Wanda Ann Yates .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernie Abramson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Warren E. Boes .... best boy (uncredited)
Lydia Clarke .... still photographer (uncredited)
William Classen .... key grip (uncredited)
Alfred Cline .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jack Morrow .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Gregory Nowak .... second grip (uncredited)
Henry Polito .... fourth grip (uncredited)
Lee Wilson .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Margo Baxley .... costumer
Bucky Rous .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Ralph H. Martin .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
George 'Red' Callender .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Victor Feldman .... musician: vibes (uncredited)
Clare Fischer .... musician: organ (uncredited)
Ron Grainer .... conductor (uncredited)
Ron Grainer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Milt Holland .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Plas Johnson .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Raymond Turner .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ed Dutton .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Shirley Cohen .... production assistant
Michael Rachmil .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Bill Stern .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Ray Tostado .... special equipment (uncredited)
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Ωmega Man" - International (English title)
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Runtime:
98 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:NRC | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Australia:A (original rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Canada:PG (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 (1971) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (1993) | USA:GP | USA:PG

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the film, the plague that causes the end of the world was unleashed by germ warfare as the result of a border war between China and Russia. In fact, China and Russia had some very serious border skirmishes during 1969 that had many world leaders concerned about the possibility of an all-out war between the Communist superpowers.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the shots showing dead bodies in the wake of the spreading "disease," the camera briefly focuses on a policeman, dangling upside-down out of his car. During the shot, the "dead" cop's jaw moves.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Century of Black Cinema (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Omega Man - Where Have All The People GoneSee more »

FAQ

What is 'The Omega Man' about?
Was Matthias in the I am Legend novel?
What is that big round object on top of Neville's gun scope?
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129 out of 150 people found the following review useful.
Is your blood that colour?, 15 June 2004
Author: waugh24 from London, England

People knock this film. Yes it has many flaws but some slack should be cut. It was 1971, Hollywood was in a desperate time of recession and change. 'Easy Rider' had blown a hole in the side of the school of thought that the studios had subscribed to. Suddenly, story material that would never have been tackled by the major studios prior to this time was emerging.

'The Omega Man' was of course an adaptation of Matheson's novel and is a second film version of it. But the technical challenges were vast. Find a time of day when L.A.'s deserted? Do me a favor! It's a miracle they got anything decent on film. Yes there are distant cars in the back of that zoom out at the top of the film but these guys didn't have computers did they?

Anyway, Heston looks amusingly dated in the role of Neville wearing his safari jacket and skintight tracksuit while he prowls the 'deserted' streets. The thing about Chuck is he just LOOKS like a film star. Just driving a car he grabs your attention. The supporting cast here are less engaging. An afro and 'Hey man' too many perhaps. The writers seemed desperate to tap into 70s pop culture. A sure-fire way to date your film.

The camera crew on this film must have gone straight onto 'Quincy' after they'd finished this. It's bizarre. There are dolly moves for no reason whatsoever (when Heston first enters his apartment and later before he discovers the sardine tin), zooms that hit the end stop so hard they almost bounce back and roving pans where you actually feel for the operator while he tries to find where the hell Chuck's car's gone. But this is one of the things that makes 70s cinema so great. The raw elements of film-making are on display.

Ron Grainer's score is genius in places and god awful in others. It goes from the brilliant main title theme to the woeful chase music when Heston pursues the leading lady. There's also the typically almost pink-tinted blood. Why couldn't they get blood right back then?

'The Omega Man' is an engaging, thought-provoking but very dated piece of cinema. The last image of Heston is immortal even if the film's hair-dos are not. Watch it, enjoy it and cut it some slack.

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