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The Omega Man (1971) Movie Information

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The Omega Man (1971)
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Overall Rank:

5383

Avg. Rating:

2.57/4

# of Ratings:

65

Genres:

Drama, Sci-Fi

Rating:

PG

Language:

English

Theater Date:

08/01/1971

Director:

Boris Sagal

Actors:

Charlton Heston
Anthony Zerbe
Rosalind Cash
Paul Koslo
Eric Laneuville
Lincoln Kilpatrick

 

 

 

 

Plot Outline:

After biological warfare decimated the world, Dr. Robert Neville is the last person alive in Los Angeles thanks to an experimental vaccine he injected himself with. But he is not alone. An albino, light-sensitive violent group calling themselves The Family want to destroy all science and technology, including Neville. -- Chris Kavan

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Snoogans 11/14/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2.5/4 

I liked it slightly more than the recent 'I Am Legend'. Though, I didn't find the weird vampire creatures here all that interesting either.

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Movie Guru 09/02/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
1.5/4 

This film is the 2nd Hollywood adaptation of Richard Matheson's novel I Am Legend (the 1st being The Last Man on Earth with Vincent Price and the more recent I am Legend with Will Smith). This film has a brilliant performance by Charlton Heston this film is a far cry from the adaptations that came both before this one and after this one that came after it The plot seems too similar to Beneath the Planet of the Apes in the fact that you have a bunch Mutants that have survived a nuclear holocaust and have become Religious fanatics who are out to kill Charlton Heston just because he does not look like one of them.

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Chris Kavan 09/08/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2.5/4 

The story this is based on is classic, but I can see why they remade this as it was ripe for retelling. The only real problem is that this has a definite 70s feel - the clothes, the terrible score, the jive talk - it's all very dated. If you can look past that, though, it does a credible job.

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gideon43 05/28/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

To date, there have been three adaptations of Richard Matheson's excellent novel "I am Legend"; Vincent Price starred in "The Last Man on Earth" in 1964 and Will Smith did a credible job in "I am Legend" (2007). For me though the best version undoubtedly remains The Omega Man. Cheesy it may be, dated, unquestionably but scene for scene, this is one of the best Sci Fi movies ever. Nobody could have played this role any better then Charlton Heston as an archetypal all action survivalist. A gripping, stirring and thought provoking script hammers home the apocalyptic vision and the action rarely misses a beat. A classic film born of the 70s with a role tailor made for Heston and remember, "There's never a cop around when you need one".

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