6.5/10
28,872
238 user 133 critic

The Omega Man (1971)

Trailer
3:36 | Trailer
Biological war has decimated life on Earth. Los Angeles is a windswept ghost town where Robert Neville tools his convertible through sunlit streets foraging for supplies.

Director:

Boris Sagal

Writers:

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

Videos

Photos

Edit

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 (scenes deleted)
Brian Tochi ... Tommy
DeVeren Bookwalter ... Family Member (as De Veren Bookwalter)
John Dierkes ... Family Member
Monika Henreid ... Family Member
Linda Redfearn ... Family Member
Forrest Wood Forrest Wood ... Family Member
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The World Is Dead. One Survivor. Then The Others. Crawling In Darkness. The Strangest Sect Of All. *Hunting The Last Man On Earth.* See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Brian Tochi's feature film debut. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene of the movie, an establishing aerial shot depicts Neville ostensibly driving through his neglected, derelict city. But in contrast to the street-level-shot footage shown seconds later of trash-strewn streets and abandoned buildings, the aerial shot shows perfectly-maintained rooftop gardens, HVAC units, clean streets, etc. See more »

Quotes

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

Crazy Credits

There is a 2-minute cold open with no logos or credits. The Warner Bros. logo comes on at the two-minute mark, followed by the opening credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in 28 Days Later... (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Coming Into Los Angeles
(uncredited)
Written by Arlo Guthrie
See more »

User Reviews

 
Flawed Wonderland
1 January 2005 | by BryanLCookSee all my reviews

A film that can't help but aim too high, "The Omega Man" suffers from the very thing that makes it great. Set in a post-apocalyptic future (for the audience of 1971) the film attempts to show a world populated by a single solitary man. Well, a man and a cult of malcontented zombie/mutant/vampire beings. Robert Neville (Heston) is the lone survivor of a germ war that turned the population of the world into freaks. Based on the amazingly brilliant book "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson, the film shares most of the qualities of the book, yet excludes the portions that make "Legend" fantastic.

The idea of being the last man is intriguing. I used to fantasize about being Neville as a child (probably not the healthiest thing for a kid). Neville has paradise, but with the highest price possible. He can have anything he wants, but no one to share it with. And come night time, he must hide in his fortress away from the angry mob of mutants.

The apocalyptic world that makes the first half so captivating is destroyed by the second half's plot device. I won't go into details for those who haven't seen it. However, I will say the film starts to slide downhill from the mid-way point. But the lesser parts can be enjoyed as early 70's camp.

Even with its faults, "The Omega Man" is a great Sci-fi movie. It also gives Heston a chance to play his quintessential role of a man at the end of civilization. The film's weaknesses don't ruin the experience entirely. It is a film that myself and my friends talk about to this day despite the fact that most of my friends only saw it once or twice (when forced by me).

Related note: I Am Legend was also made into the film "The Last Man on Earth" starring Vincent Price. "Omega Man" is discussed in the first scene of indie-film classic "Slacker."


124 of 147 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 238 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

HBOMAX | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Am Legend See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$8,720,000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed