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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Neville
... Matthias
... Lisa
... Dutch
... Richie
... Zachary
Jill Giraldi ... Little Girl
Anna Aries ... Woman in Cemetery Crypt
... Tommy
... Family Member (as De Veren Bookwalter)
... Family Member
Monika Henreid ... Family Member
... Family Member
Forrest Wood ... Family Member
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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 »


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1 August 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Am Legend  »

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$8,720,000
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Trivia

Rosalind Cash was uneasy before her love scene with Charlton Heston, saying "It feels strange to screw Moses." See more »

Goofs

Neville pulls out a huge spear from his chest at the end of the movie. A military doctor would know not to pull out an impalement injury without immediate medical attention on hand. As a Medical Doctor, he'd know he was dying due to the depth the spear penetrated his body. Not like there was a hospital to get taken to and be saved. So why choose to die slowly? 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

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Recess: Omega Kids (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from A Summer Place
Music by Max Steiner
Performed by The Ron Grainer Orchestra
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31 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

One of these days soon we will see another remake of Richard Matheson's seminal Horror novella. If we do, I hope the marquee will read: "I Am Legend." This should be done for no other reason than to make it easier for Sci-Fi nerds to argue and champion their personal favorite. But I have this feeling the producers will take the easy way out.

Boris Sagal, the veteran television director, who died under the most grisly of circumstances--he walked into a helicopter blade--helms a brilliant adaptation of the book. Sure, they changed the vampires into psychotic albinos. And they also injected a heavy dose of the Seventies counter-culture. But the essential themes resist the tampering by the new screenwriters and remain solid story chestnuts. No one handles a weapon with such verve as Mr. Heston. He fires at random and generally hits something. Always a good approach in this type of movie. I enjoy his conversations with Caesar's bust in his "Honky paradise". The sculptures and paintings on the walls are actual reproductions of the immortals they represent. Also, check out the art work on the back of "Dutch's" jacket. It packs a wallop. Ron Grainer's score is legendary and has a elegiac feel punctuated by strange sounds from obscure instruments. The action scenes rival the best. Catch Heston's despair and loneliness when he jogs by a large office building along side a reflecting pool. Every scene is chock full of memorable lines and quirky bits of business. The bodies of the dead pop up randomly with a wild note on the soundtrack. There is a brief nude scene that for once fits into the plot. A standing ovation is in order for anyone left alive.


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