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.
Roald E. Peterson III <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The World Is Dead. One Survivor. Then The Others. Crawling In Darkness. The Strangest Sect Of All. *Hunting The Last Man On Earth.*
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Neville's primary weapon during the film is a Smith & Wesson M76 sub machine gun, sometimes fitted with a flashlight. During the first night attack by the Family, Neville uses a Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) with an infrared scope. The Smith & Wesson M76 9- millimeter sub machine gun was an upgraded, American version of the Swedish K M45 sub machine gun, a favorite of some Special Forces (Green Berets) soldiers in Vietnam. Sweden stopped exporting the Swedish K to the United States due to that county's disapproval of America's involvement in Vietnam, so Smith & Wesson manufactured an improved version of the gun, designating it the M76. See more
In a city supposedly laid waste, Neville has to resort to running a generator any time he requires electricity. He does so to power his apartment; he does so to power up the projector inside the cinema when he goes to watch the film. But this city with no surviving infrastructure (in the opening scenes, as he's driving around in the red convertible), all the traffic lights are powered up. See more
[the last man on Earth wrecks his car
There's never a cop around when you need one.
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
The flashback sequence which takes place at the hospital on the DVD version is missing several seconds which are present on the VHS version. See more
Referenced in Escape from L.A.
Coming Into Los Angeles
Written by Arlo Guthrie See more