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The Man from Earth (2007)

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An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine.

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Richard Schenkman

Writer:

Jerome Bixby
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Cast

Cast overview:
David Lee Smith ... John Oldman
Tony Todd ... Dan
John Billingsley ... Harry
Ellen Crawford ... Edith
Annika Peterson ... Sandy
William Katt ... Art
Alexis Thorpe ... Linda Murphy
Richard Riehle ... Dr. Will Gruber
Steven Littles ... Moving Man #1
Chase Sprague Chase Sprague ... Moving Man #2
Robbie Bryan ... Officer
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An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine.

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From one of the acclaimed writers of Star Trek and The Twilight Zone comes a story that transcends both time and space...

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Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jerome Bixby's The Man from Earth See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Falling Sky Entertainment See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The last work from screenwriter Jerome Bixby before his death. See more »

Goofs

At about 15 min in, one of the scientists talks about Britain becoming separated from France when the glaciers melted. The biologist says with surprise, "That happened? Anyone with a doctorate in biology would know that." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dan: Hey buddy, you don't waste time, do you?
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References America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back (1988) See more »

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7th Symphony: 2nd Movement
by Ludwig van Beethoven
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The epitome of good science fiction
9 November 2007 | by scifiguy-8See all my reviews

Jerome Bixby's "The Man from Earth" stands proudly among the best science fiction films ever made. However, unlike "2001", "CE3K" and "Blade Runner," this little movie relies not on outstanding set design and mind-blowing visual effects, but rather on ideas; the very foundation of science fiction.

I've been a fan of Mr. Bixby's ever since "Star Trek", and I must say this equals if not surpasses "Mirror, "Mirror". I agree that some of the acting was stilted, and the music partially drowned out dialogue in one scene, but my family and I were mesmerized throughout. As to my personal beliefs regarding God and faith; "Man from Earth" in no way offended me, but rather challenged me. Challenged me with historical facts (several of which I've since checked online, and thus far, all of which appear 100% accurate.) This is a chess game of a film, forcing the viewer not only to listen and to think, but to understand.

I highly recommend "Man from Earth" to any and all who love intelligent science fiction. A friend downloaded the film, illegally no doubt. I've watched it three times thus far, and I'll be the first in line to buy the DVD (legally =) this coming Tuesday.


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