The Omega Man (1971)

35mm film, filmed in Panavision (anamorphic), Technicolor, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Boris Sagal. On screen, the title is stylised as The Ჲmega Man. It was the third adaptation of Richard Matheson's novel I Am Legend, already filmed as The (1964) and Soy leyenda (1967) and subsequently adapted as I Am Legend (2007).

Plot Summary

Robert Neville, a scientist once involved in the development of an experimental vaccine, seems to be the only human survivor of devastating biological war. Plague has left Los Angeles deserted except for bands of mutants, The self-styled ‘Family' who are obsessive in their desire to see Neville – a symbol of the science and technology they despise so much – dead. Then Neville meets another group of survivors and the race is on to develop a workable vaccine to save their lives.


Directed by: Boris Sagal
© MCMLXXI [1971] by Warner Bros., Inc. and Walter Seltzer Productions, Inc.
Warner Bros. presents a Walter Seltzer production
Distributed by: Warner Bros.
Produced by: Walter Seltzer
Screenplay by: John William Corrington, Joyce H. Corrington
Based on a Novel [I Am Legend] by: Richard Matheson
Director of Photography: Russell Metty
Film Editor: William Ziegler
Music by: Ron Grainer
Sound: Bob Martin
Costumers: Margo Baxley, Bucky Rous
Makeup Supervision: Gordon Bau
Supervising Hair Stylist: Jean Burt Reilly
Art Directors: Arthur Loel, Walter M. Simonds

Charlton Heston (Robert Neville)
Anthony Zerbe (Matthias)
Rosalind Cash (Lisa)
Paul Koslo (Dutch)
Lincoln Kilpatrick (Zachary)
Eric Laneuville (Richie)
Jill Giraldi (little girl)
Anna Aries (woman in cemetery crypt)
DeVeren Bookwalter, John Dierkes, Monika Henreid, Linda Redfearn, Forrest Wood (Family members)
Brian Tochi (Tommy)

Alternative Titles

1975: occhi bianchi sul pianeta Terra – Italian title
Der Omega-Mann – West German title
Survivant, Le – French title
El último hombre… vivo – Spanish title
O Último Homem na Terra – Portugese title
Viimeinen mies – Finnish title

Remake of
The Last Man on Earth (1964)
Soy leyenda (1967)

I Am Legend (2008)

See also
28 Days Later… (2002)
The Aftermath (1982)
I Am Omega (2007)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)


CinemaTV Today no.9962 8 January 1972 p.31 – note (For registration)
Entertainment Weekly no.722 (8 August 2003) p.58 – DVD review (by Mike Flaherty)

by Walt Lee p.346 – credits