The Omega Man
The Omega Man is a 1971 American horror/science fiction film loosely based on Richard Matheson's 1954 best-selling novel I Am Legend. It focuses on the efforts of Colonel Robert Neville, a man continuing to live in a now-deserted Los Angeles after biological warfare has decimated the world's population, and his efforts to defend himself from a cult of mutants.
- Hi. Another day, another dollar.
- To a bust of Julius Caesar set up near a chessboard Your move, Imperator.
- [makes drink] Join me? Hmm? Miserable schmuck! [to his own image on the video screen]
- Isn't he? Isn't he a sullen b- [stops when he hears the "Family" outside]
- [to the "Family"] SHUT UP! Why the hell can't you leave me alone?
- [later, to the bust of Caesar] What day is it, anyway? Monday? Huh? The hell it is. It's Sunday. Sunday I always dress for dinner.
- [first lines, as the last man on earth wrecks his car] There's never a cop around when you need one.
- Enters a car dealership in search of a new car, talks to a decomposed corpse of a car salesman Cannot say I am too crazy about the paint job...Thanks a lot you cheating bastard.
- [talking to his own image on a TV screen] Hi, Big Brother, how's your ass?
- [hearing the "Family" loudly holding a book-burning revel] At it again, I see? What will it be tonight? Museum of Science? Some library? Poor miserable bastards.
- You know the old song? If you were the only girl in the world, and I was the only boy, well, okay, but until then, don't bother me? Well, I guess I'm the only boy....
- And Speedy Bob Neville- his great legs churning goes speeding across the finish line with a three minute and fifty second mile. Go ahead, let's see some son-of-a-bitch beat that.
- Unsure whether or not he saw a healthy human woman or if it just his imagination Is this how it starts? A trip to the laughing academy? No, you silly bastard, it starts with you asking yourself silly questions. Okay, let's get cleaned up.
- Take him to the little room... for questioning.
- Here is the instrument of cleansing, my brethren. And nothing quite cleanses like fire.
- Lisa: Is there anything you can do, DOCTOR, I mean, seeing as how you've lost over 200 million patients?
- Army officer: [during Neville's flashback to the military conflict] Abort firing! Abort firing! Interception will fragment bacilli carrying missile! Abort firing! Abort firing!
- Civil Defense announcer: We bring you this Class One bulletin. Martial law has been declared. Stay in your homes! Do not, I repeat, do not venture outdoors without permission. Anyone found on the streets without military orders will be shot. Radio announcment is being made as people are dying from the biological warfare and literally dropping dead in the streets, in vehicles and in place at work and home.
- Little Girl: Are you God?
- Lisa: Let's find out if he's even a doctor before we go promoting him, okay?
- Dutch: I was a med-school senior when they scratched the world. As a matter of fact, I was planning on applying to biowar labs for my post-doc, but, heh-heh, the next term never came.
- Robert Neville: Now I'm sorry you didn't make it.
- Lisa: Sorry the world didn't make it.
- [after Neville tosses her a submachine gun]
- Lisa: What's this for?
- Neville: Comfort.
- [describing Neville]
- Matthias: One creature, caught. Caught in a place he cannot stir from in the dark, alone, outnumbered hundreds to one, nothing to live for but his memories, nothing to live with but his gadgets, his cars, his guns, gimmicks... and yet the whole family can't bring him down from that, that...
- Zachary: Honky paradise, brother?
- Matthias: Forget the old ways, brother, all the old hatreds. Forget them, all your pains and remember...the Family is one.
- Lisa: All right you son-of-a-bitch, you just hold tight. Up against the wall, you mother!
- Neville: My name is Robert.
- Lisa: Your name is mud.
- Dutch: You could save the world.
- Lisa: Screw the world, save Ritchie.
- Matthias: Definition of a scientist - a man who understood nothing until there was nothing left to understand.
- Neville: So, there is a little light in the forest after all.
- Matthias: The bad dream is over, friend Neville. Now we can sleep in peace.
- Neville: [raspy] Lisa!
- Lisa: [weakly] Robert, you're evil. I-I-I'm part of the Family, Robert. I'm sorry.
- Lisa: [drowsy] The Family, Robert. Y - Uh... You don't understand. Oh... Robert...
About The Omega Man
- Last Man on Earth, thats it. And I saw that. I ran it. Its not really a good film. Vinnie was a wonderful actor and he did many horror films; that became his genre almost, but I dont think this one was successful. It really wasnt very well written, in my opinion. Then that was the only contact I had with the project until Walter Seltzer, with whom Ive done several films, ran across it. He said: Look, the Italian film is not a good one. Thats not Vinnie Prices fault. He [Seltzer] said: I think theres something in here. How difficult it was for him I dont know, but he obtained the rights to it. And then we cast it. And then we made the movie. It was an unusual movie and turned out to be an enormously successful one. I still get checks on it, which pleases me and pleases my accountants.
- No, because it seemed to us that we needed a new script. It is the same idea really. The remarkable thing about the movie is that its about the last man on Earth. And everybody, I think, has a kind of awareness of what it would be like to be the last man on Earth. Whether there are bad creatures around or not, thats another thing, but imagine if you woke up in the morning and there was your house, but there was nobody there, and you got in your car and drove around and everybodys gone. And your are, indeed, the last man on Earth. Its kind of a central idea in stories of this kind, I think. And we arrived at a good version of the script, which centered on that. For one thing, I was so proud of the fact in casting the girlnow, this has nothing to do with the scriptthat I choseobviously it was my choice Rosalind Cash. That was the first time a black actress had ever been given a leading role opposite a white leading man.
- Well, if I were the last man on Earth, really the last man on Earth, where everybodys dead but me, first I would go over to the art museum and bring back a Rembrandt or two, as Neville does; you dont notice it much in the film, but it counted for me. He can do what he wants. He doesnt have to change his clothes. He just goes into a store and picks up a new set of pants and a shirt. Whatever he wants. And theres plenty of gas, so he doesnt have to worry about gas prices. And we do that, too. I think that was part of what we were trying for, to present to an audience what it would be like to be the last man on Earth.
- Charlton Heston 
- The Last Man always carries an automatic weapon.
- The Last Man on Earth is Not Alone
- Pray for the last man alive. Because he's not alone.
- The World Is Dead. One Survivor. Then The Others. Crawling In Darkness. The Strangest Sect Of All. Hunting The Last Man On Earth.
- Charlton Heston - Neville
- Anthony Zerbe - Matthias
- Paul Koslo - Dutch
- Rosalind – Lisa
- Eric Laneuville - Richie