Review: ‘The Omega Man’

The Omega Man is an extremely literate science-fiction drama starring Charlton Heston as the only survivor of a worldwide bacteriological war, circa 1975. Thrust of the well-written story [adapted from Richard Matheson's novel] is Heston's running battle with deranged survivors headed by Anthony Zerbe.

The Omega Man is an extremely literate science-fiction drama starring Charlton Heston as the only survivor of a worldwide bacteriological war, circa 1975. Thrust of the well-written story [adapted from Richard Matheson’s novel] is Heston’s running battle with deranged survivors headed by Anthony Zerbe.

The deserted streets of LA through which Heston drives by day while Zerbe’s eye-sensitive mutations hide until nightfall, provide low-key but powerful emphasis on what can and does happen when the machinery of civilized society grinds to a halt.

An Oriental missile war has caused a worldwide plague. Zerbe, formerly a TV newscaster, has become the leader of the mutations, whose extreme reaction to the science which caused the disaster has led to wanton destruction of cultural and scientific objects. Rosalind Cash provides romantic interest for Heston as a member of another band of rural survivors not yet under Zerbe’s control.

The Omega Man

Production

Warner. Director Boris Sagal; Producer Walter Seltzer; Screenplay John William Corrington, Joyce H. Corrington; Camera Russell Metty; Editor William Ziegler; Music Ron Grainer; Art Director Arthur Loel, Walter M. Simonds

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1971. Running time: 98 MIN.

With

Charlton Heston Anthony Zerbe Rosalind Cash Paul Koslo Lincoln Kilpatrick Eric Laneuville
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