Omega Man

The Omega Man

4.2 9
Director: Boris Sagal, Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash

Cast: Boris Sagal, Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash

     
 

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This second film adaptation of Richard Matheson's science-fiction novel I Am Legend (the first version being The Last Man on Earth with Vincent Price) unfolds in a post-apocalyptic 1976. Charlton Heston is Robert Neville, the sole recipient of a serum that enabled him to survive an onslaught of germ warfare between Russia and China - which seemingly

Overview

This second film adaptation of Richard Matheson's science-fiction novel I Am Legend (the first version being The Last Man on Earth with Vincent Price) unfolds in a post-apocalyptic 1976. Charlton Heston is Robert Neville, the sole recipient of a serum that enabled him to survive an onslaught of germ warfare between Russia and China - which seemingly rendered him the last (normal) human alive. Neville lives in a garish, antique-strewn L.A. penthouse. During the day, he roams through the vacant city. At night, he fends off a bloodthirsty horde of mutant scavengers garbed in Spanish inquisition robes and sunglasses, led by Matthias (Anthony Zerbe), a former television newscaster in his good ol' pre-mutant days. Matthias and his half-human vampires want to kill Neville. Neville's last man on earth status is shattered when he comes across a group of young people, presided over by the sexy and cynical Lisa (Rosalind Cash). Neville begins to form an interest in her, as the two try to keep Matthias and his minions at bay. The Omega Man was filmed in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday afternoons, an area that consists almost exclusively of office buildings, and therefore was suitably vacant at the the time of production. In 2007, Matheson's novel received yet another incarnation - this one with Will Smith in the Heston role.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Entertainingly cheesy, The Omega Man is another entry in Charlton Heston's toothy last-man-standing science fiction phase, à la Planet of the Apes (1968) and Soylent Green (1973). Adapted from Richard Matheson's I Am Legend with key 1970s differences, the dystopian story of one man's fight to save humanity features intentionally and unintentionally striking images of arch-conservative Heston tooling around an uninhabited Los Angeles in convertibles and mistily taking in a screening of Woodstock (1970) when not battling monkish Ray Ban-wearing zombies. While the near-complete elimination of the population via germ warfare serves as a still-timely warning regarding technology and its abuses, the Luddite albino mutants with their Charles Manson-esque murderous allegiance to "the Family" become a reverse lesson in technophobia. As the one survivor blessed with immune blood, Heston trades Biblical role models on his way to a fate and final image audacious in its hubris. Though this second screen version of Matheson's novel was hardly a blockbuster, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ridley Scott were set to shoot a third until it was deemed too expensive.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2007
UPC:
0085391163213
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
1,327

Special Features

Introduction by co-stars Eric Laneuville and Paul Koslo and screenwriter Joyce H. Corrington

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlton Heston Neville
Anthony Zerbe Matthias
Rosalind Cash Lisa
Paul Koslo Dutch
Lincoln Kilpatrick Zachary
Eric Laneuville Richie
DeVeren Bookwalter Actor
Brian Tochi Tommy
Anna Aries Woman in Cemetery Crypt
John Dierkes Family Member
Jill Giraldi Little Girl
Monika Henreid Family Member
Linda Redfearn Family Member
Forrest Wood Family Member

Technical Credits
Boris Sagal Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
Margo Baxley Costumes/Costume Designer
John William Corrington Screenwriter
Joyce Hooper Corrington Screenwriter
Ron Grainer Score Composer
William L. Kuehl Set Decoration/Design
Art Loel Art Director
Robert Martin Sound/Sound Designer
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Donald Roberts Asst. Director
Bucky Rous Costumes/Costume Designer
Walter Seltzer Producer
Walter M. Simonds Art Director
William H. Ziegler Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Omega Man
1. A.M. Los Angeles [3:13]
2. New Car Bargain [2:45]
3. Revisiting Woodstock [2:09]
4. Bells at Dusk? [1:43]
5. They Attack [1:07]
6. Flashback to Armageddon [2:11]
7. The Family Watches [3:56]
8. Judgment Is Here [4:36]
9. Cleansing Maneuvers [4:05]
10. Empty Hotel [5:19]
11. Mannequin in Motion [4:28]
12. Wine Cellar Surprise [2:04]
13. The Mark [5:10]
14. Saved From the Fire [3:53]
15. Wheels of Escape [2:38]
16. Hope on a Hillside [2:13]
17. Richie's Condition [5:10]
18. "Are You God?" [3:32]
19. Lisa's Story [2:52]
20. Power Out, Menace Afoot [5:18]
21. Only Boy and Girl [1:44]
22. Beginning to See the Light [6:02]
23. Scarier Than Mathias? [3:37]
24. Richie's Fate [5:02]
25. New Lisa, Silent Richie [1:56]
26. War in the Streets [1:41]
27. Destroying Neville's World [4:00]
28. Part of the Family [2:20]
29. A Long Way to Go [2:11]
30. Cast List [:45]

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Omega Man 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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This movie is enjoyable simply because it has a high cheese factor due to the fact the film has dated horribly. Some of the shots, such as the one depicting deserted LA city blocks, are still impressive. Goofs such as a moving car being visible in the distant background of said deserted blocks only add to the fun. A campy nostalgaic ride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Five out of five stars far better than I am legend. More action and better acting a clasic. I hope some day they make a part two to the omega man to hard to remake this movie.
Vamplives More than 1 year ago
Of all the I Am Legend movie remakes, this is probably the best one even though the ending sucked. The Will Smith's movie was terrible...it insulted Richard Matheson's classic work. But back to Omega Man, I liked the way L.A. looked deserted and run down. I even liked Charleton Heston. If they hadn't written in the hippie vamp cult headed by Anthony Zerbe, the movie would've been okay.
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One of the less than biblical roles performed by Charlton Heston, The Omega Man depicts an at the time after vision of the effects of biological warefare on America. With the current SARS alert in the US and abroad, this old film is even scarier. Worth watching, especially if you are an old Creature Feature fan.