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The Omega Man (1971)

Army doctor Robert Neville struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race.

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Boris Sagal

Writers:

John William Corrington (screenplay), Joyce Hooper Corrington (screenplay) (as Joyce H. Corrington) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charlton Heston ... Neville
Anthony Zerbe ... Matthias
Rosalind Cash ... Lisa
Paul Koslo ... Dutch
Eric Laneuville ... Richie
Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Zachary
Jill Giraldi Jill Giraldi ... Little Girl
Anna Aries Anna Aries ... Woman in Cemetery Crypt
Brian Tochi ... Tommy
DeVeren Bookwalter ... Family Member (as De Veren Bookwalter)
John Dierkes ... Family Member
Monika Henreid Monika Henreid ... Family Member
Linda Redfearn ... Family Member
Forrest Wood Forrest Wood ... Family Member
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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Am Legend See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$8,720,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

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 »

Goofs

When Neville is playing chess with Caesar early in the film and The Family are using what appears to be a mangonel-type catapult to sling 'fireballs' at Neville's apartment, one fireball makes it just inside and sets the curtains on fire. After Neville puts it out with the fire extinguisher and turns to put the fire extinguisher back and retrieve the rifle with the nightscope, you can see the ball, now covered with the white extinguisher powder, move and see it is suspended by a string/fishing line. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[the last man on earth wrecks his car]
Neville: There's never a cop around when you need one.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

In the common version of this film, the scene where Richie tells Neville that he should either kill the Family or cure them takes place inside Neville's apartment. In an alternate version, the scene takes place on the rooftop, where Neville has a large water tank and a .50 caliber machine gun. See more »

Connections

Referenced in En prácticas: Instituto RTVE (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

'Round Midnight
Written by Bernie Hanighan, Cootie Williams and Thelonious Monk
Performed by Thelonious Monk
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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 thejujSee 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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