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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 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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:August 1, 1971

Cast

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

Crew

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