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The Man from Earth (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | 13 November 2007 (USA)
An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine.

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An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine.

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From one of the acclaimed writers of Star Trek and The Twilight Zone comes a story that transcends both time and space...

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The Tony Todd character, "Dan", mentions that he is gonna go home and watch Star Trek. Tony Todd appeared in seven episodes and one video game of Star Trek since 1990, John Billingsley starred in Star Trek: Enterprise and screenwriter Jerome Bixby wrote several episodes of the original series. Richard Riehle also guest starred in episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation", "Star Trek: Voyager and "Star Trek: Enterprise". See more »

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Early on, Dr. Gruber professes to be a psychiatrist, a profession that is an M.D. However, toward the end of the movie, John Oldman refers to him as a psychologist, a Ph.D. See more »

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[first lines]
Dan: Hey buddy, you don't waste time, do you?
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References The X-Files (1993) See more »

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7th Symphony: 2nd Movement
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16 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If not the "best" science-fiction film ever made, Jerome Bixby's Man From Earth is certainly one of the most thoughtful. This movie reminds me of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Not with spaceships and effects, but with intelligent characters and exceptional dialogue, and that it left me with a sense of true wonder and joy, long after the credits ended. If the movie had been two hours longer I still would not have been bored, even though most of the film takes place in one small room. It's like watching a ninety minute Twilight Zone, with a perfect surprise ending. John Billingsly stands out, as does David Lee Smith, who may or may not be a caveman. The rest of the cast is good, but the script is the true star. And to anyone claiming this film is boring because we never leave the one room; Some of the very best Twilight Zones were just that. Good actors, good scripts, one or two locations. To anyone who's fed up with spaceships and explosions and Jar-Jar Binks, see this movie as a reminder of what science fiction has always been about.


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