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The Omega Man Details


This second film adaptation of Richard Matheson's science-fiction novel I Am Legend (the first version being [[Feature~V28347~The Last Man on Earth~thelastmanonearth]] with Vincent Price) unfolds in a post-apocalyptic 1976. [[Performer~P94233~Charlton Heston~charltonheston]] 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 ([[Performer~P78535~Anthony Zerbe~anthonyzerbe]]), 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 ([[Performer~P11573~Rosalind Cash~rosalindcash]]). 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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:August 1, 1971


Charlton Heston
as Neville
Anthony Zerbe
as Matthias
Rosalind Cash
as Lisa
Paul Koslo
as Dutch
Lincoln Kilpatrick
as Zachary
Eric Laneuville
as Richie
Anna Aries
as Woman in Cemetery Crypt
DeVeren Bookwalter
Forrest Wood
as Family Member
John Dierkes
as Family Member
Brian Tochi
as Tommy
Monika Henreid
as Family Member


Boris Sagal
Walter Seltzer
Russell Metty
Ron Grainer
Composer (Music Score)
William H. Ziegler
Art Loel
Art Director
Bucky Rous
Costume Designer
Margo Baxley
Costume Designer
Richard Matheson
Short Story Author
Gordon Bau