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The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 8 March 1964 (USA)
When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter.

Directors:

Ubaldo Ragona (as Ubaldo B. Ragona), Sidney Salkow

Writers:

William F. Leicester (screenplay), Richard Matheson (screenplay) (as Logan Swanson) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Dr. Robert Morgan
Franca Bettoia ... Ruth Collins
Emma Danieli Emma Danieli ... Virginia Morgan
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ... Ben Cortman (as Giacomo Rossi-Stuart)
Umberto Raho ... Dr. Mercer (as Umberto Rau)
Christi Courtland Christi Courtland ... Kathy Morgan
Antonio Corevi Antonio Corevi ... Governor (as Tony Corevi)
Ettore Ribotta Ettore Ribotta ... TV Reporter (as Hector Ribotta)
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Storyline

When a plague devastated life on Earth, the population died or became a sort of zombie living in the dark. Dr. Robert Morgan is the unique healthy survivor on the planet, having a routine life for his own survival: he kills the night creatures along the day and maintains the safety of his house, to be protected along the night. He misses his beloved wife and daughter, consumed by the outbreak, and he fights against his loneliness to maintain mentally sane. When Dr. Morgan finds the contaminated Ruth Collins, he uses his blood to heal her and he becomes the last hope on Earth to help the other contaminated survivors. But the order of this new society is scary. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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By night they leave their graves, crawling, shambling, through empty streets, whimpering, pleading, begging for his blood! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Damned Walk at Midnight See more »

Filming Locations:

Lazio, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The strange, tall, UFO or mushroomed shaped building in the background behind Dr. Robert Morgan is the "Ristorante IL Fungo" in Rome, built in 1957. It was restored in 2013-14. See more »

Goofs

When Morgan returns home at night and is fighting the vampires he opens his unlocked front door and enters. The marauding vampires should have been able to enter the home, before his arrival, with the door unlocked. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Robert Morgan: Another day to live through. Better get started.
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Alternate Versions

The 2008 DVD release by Ripley's Home Video in Italy restores not only the mother-with-crying-baby shots from the end scene of the film (as in the US MGM release), but also two lengthy sequences earlier in the film. The first is a flashback scene where Virginia consoles a tearful Morgan after the funeral of their daughter Kathy, while the second is a conversation between Morgan and Ruth after her she has changed into some of Virginia's clothes. Both scenes reinforce Morgan's utter devotion to his deceased wife and help to clarify his descent from a lively and vibrant family man to the grim loner, himself only one step away from the living dead. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Dick Cavett Show: Episode dated 15 November 1980 (1980) See more »

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"I am the last...man."
1 May 2002 | by Backlash007See all my reviews

The Last Man on Earth is a great film to watch alone. Horror veteran Vincent Price plays Dr. Robert Morgan, a desperate and lonely man who's left alone in an apocalyptic world; A world ruled by zombie-like vampires as a result of a widespread plague. These vampire zombies are highly reminiscent of George Romero's walking dead in Night of the Living Dead. Price does a remarkable job interacting with practically nothing. He's alone throughout the majority of the film. His performance largely carries this low budgeter. When you watch the movie alone, you really feel where his character is coming from and a sense of hopelessness is established. The Last Man on Earth is really a thought-provoking, creepy classic. I recommend it be watched with Charlton Heston's The Omega Man to see another take on the same story (both were based on Richard Matheson's "I Am Legend").


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