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->''"There's never a cop around when you need one."''
-->-- '''Robert Neville''', the last man on Earth.

The second, and perhaps the best-known, screen version of ''Literature/IAmLegend'', ''The Omega Man'' was released in 1971 and directed by Boris Sagal.

The film stars Creator/CharltonHeston as Robert Neville, a military scientist who saves himself at the last minute from the fallout of biological warfare between the Soviet Union and China. The end result is that he's now the last man on Earth, and so he spends his existence just trying to survive. This is complicated by a group of survivors, now mutated into albino mutants and led by the charismatic Matthias (Anthony Zerbe). "The Family," as they call themselves, have set out to eliminate all traces of civilization, Neville included.

Has nothing to do with ''[[VideoGame/MegaManStarForce MegaMan: Star Force]]'', we can assure you. Nor does it have anything to do with ''Comicbook/OmegaMen''.

!!This work features examples of:
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: At the climax, Lisa becomes a part of the Family.
* ApocalypseHow: This was a result of DepopulationBomb in the form of TheVirus.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: On the one hand the last survivors have been given the cure to the disease, in the form of Neville's blood and Mathias is dead. On the other hand, so is Neville.]]
* DiseaseBleach: Kicks in instantly and [[NoOntologicalInertia just as instantly reverses]] when someone is cured.
* {{Evil Albino}}s: The Family. The plague mutated into something that turned many of the survivors into albinos but it still kills in the long term.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[spoiler: Matthias refuses to believe Richie that Neville will cure them and accuses him of being a spy and kills him.]]
* {{Evil Gloating}} The albinos can't stand bright light. The head of the Family is preparing to kill the hero in a darkened stadium at night. Head bad guy to followers: "Darkness is triumphant!". Then the stadium lights come on.
* GhostCity: Los Angeles. The establishing shots of a lifeless L.A. were achieved by filming on Sunday mornings when there was almost no traffic. It works for the most part except for one shot where the viewers can see another car moving in the distance, and a random pedestrian.
* InNameOnly: Not even that really. But in [[Literature/IAmLegend the original book]] it's vampires, not mutants, Neville is an everyman, not a scientist-soldier and it's a lot more morally ambiguous.
* LastOfHisKind: Initially, Neville thinks he is.
* LuddWasRight: After the last scientist on Earth dies, the survivors leave the city to live [[TheSimpleLifeIsSimple lives of backbreaking agrarian toil in the countryside]].
* ObliviouslyEvil: The Family are convinced that Neville is the real evil one because his use of technology.
* ShutUpHannibal: Matthias and Neville's exchange
-->'''Matthias''': You are discarded. You are the refuse of the past.
-->'''Neville''': You are full of crap.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Whilst it was probably very impressive and advanced at the time; today that infrared scope on the top of Neville's BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) is absolutely ''huge.''
* WallSlump: In a fountain.