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The Omega Man

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It may not live up to its classic source material, but The Omega Man transcends its limitations often enough to offer some mildly entertaining post-apocalyptic thrills.

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Led by a former TV newscaster (Anthony Zerbe), light-sensitive mutants stalk the last normal man (Charlton Heston) on Earth.

Cast & Crew

Charlton Heston
Robert Neville
Jill Giraldi
Little Girl
Anna Aries
Woman in Cemetery Crypt
John Dierkes
Family Member
Richard Matheson
Writer (Novel)
Ron Grainer
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Russell Metty
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William H. Ziegler
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William L. Kuehl
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Critic Reviews for The Omega Man

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (12)

  • Not bad, but far from a classic.

    December 10, 2007 | Full Review…
    Chicago Reader
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  • An extremely literate science-fiction drama.

    September 19, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Averagely competent exercise in comic strip sci-fi.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • Peppered with some sharp, even amusing dialogue, the story temporarily shelves the heavy allegory and slips into good, slam-bang suspense. But it doesn't last.

    May 9, 2005 | Full Review…
  • The ghouls are a little too ridiculous to quite fulfill their function in the movie. They make all the wrong decisions, are incompetent and ill-coordinated.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Filmmaker Boris Sagal, working from a script by John William and Joyce H. Corrington, delivers an erratically-paced yet generally entertaining sci-fi endeavor that benefits from Heston's commanding, ingratiating performance...

    February 11, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Nov 17, 2012
    It's obvious that "The Omega Man isn't a great film. Charlton Heston overacts most of the time; Boris Sagal's direction is dated as all hell; the one-liners are cheesy in an annoying sort of way; and the villains look and act like complete idiots. On top of that, it shares little with the novel it was based upon other than a lead character with the same name and a similar premise. But as average as it is, there's a slight charm to it. It's that kind of mindless action flick that you know is gonna be bad even before watching it, but when the end credits start to roll, you can't help but admit that your expectations were slightly exceeded. It has a watchable and adventurous quality to it that most other films don't have, and it's also noticeable how much of an influence it's had on other films in the science-fiction genre. Sure, "The Omega Man" isn't what I'd call excellent cinema, but it's an easy watch.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2012
    Charlton Heston is...The Omega Man. In this adaptation of a Richard Matheson novel the world population has been wiped out by chemical warfare, leaving behind a new race of mutants that seek to eradicate the last remnant of humanity; former military scientist Robert Neville. The script is written quite well, and puts a new and interesting spin on the material. And, Heston gives a strong performance that elevates the film. The '70s aesthetic can be a bit distracting at times, but it also gives the film a camp and a retro feel that's kind of fun. The Omega Man is a classic science-fiction film that's full of action but also explores the social issues of its time.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 12, 2012
    Something about 70's films, where it just doesn't seem like they take anything seriously.... including the writing. This starts out as a great film, and actually is not only a great "zombiepocalypse" movie, but also the ghouls are scary because of their cult mentality. This fight between the remnants of humanity and the maniacal medieval ghouls keeps up through the end of the movie, and then it just rapidly decays, not unlike the movies quick acting plague. When Lisa suddenly turns ghoul and loses her tough girl attitude only to become a useless pawn in the game between Mathias and Neville, the movie gets stupid. When Neville lasts for hours after getting a spear thrust into his chest so that he can hand the serum off to the future, the movie gets stupid. When they're playing upbeat music as Neville dies in a bloody fountain, the movie gets stupid. The real question is, how can the director not see this? Because he was making a cheesy 70's movie. Too bad.
    Mace R Super Reviewer

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