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The Man From Earth 2007

An impromptu goodbye party for a professor turns into an interrogation when he reveals he's actually an immortal who has walked the planet for 14,000 years. When professor John Oldman (David Lee Smith) suddenly resigns his post and announces he's moving away, his colleagues turn up for a farewell party.

Starring:
David Lee Smith, Tony Todd
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Science Fiction
Director Richard Schenkman
Starring David Lee Smith, Tony Todd
Supporting actors John Billingsley, Ellen Crawford, Annika Peterson, William Katt, Alexis Thorpe, Richard Riehle, Steven Littles, Chase Sprague, Robbie Bryan
Studio Starz Digital Media
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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The Man From Earth is classic Sci-Fi made into a film. It's all about the idea of a man who never dies, living 14,000 years and finally telling his friends who he is before he moves on to his next fake life. During the film many aspects of being ancient are explored; memories, relationships, religion, meeting great people, being somewhere else when big events happen.

The whole thing takes place in a one room cabin and it's just a bunch of people talking - but is the main character just making it all up or telling the truth, at least as he sees it?

Not only does Christianity feature large in this film, but the concept of watching your children die of old age in front of you makes for compelling viewing. All the mysteries that man is drawn too are examined.

It's a simple storyline, with believable acting, and it hangs together brilliantly, with the film dealing with all the objections that people would make to the idea of one man living forever.

This is a film for all adults, a cold night with a real fire, a mug of hot chocolate and you've got 90 minutes of enjoyment to look forward to.
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Jerome Bixby was a scriptwriter of some of the strongest episodes of the original Star Trek and Twilight Zone television series and this film is very much in the same vein. John Oldman is a senior lecturer at a California university who is moving on and refuses to tell his colleagues where. At his goodbye party, he makes the astounding confession that he is in fact a late Cro-Magnon man, born with the ability to continually regenerate, and who has witnessed the whole of human history in his 14,000 year lifetime. His revelations over one long evening shake his colleague's beliefs and perceptions to the core.

This film is certainly unusual, and bears all the hallmarks of a labour of love. The budget is obviously minuscule, but the cast to their spirited best with a very unusual script and a very limited locale. The performances are generally sound, with some less than impressive, it has to be said.

The central concept has been explored not only by Bixby in his Star Trek script Requiem for Methuselah, but in stories like Clifford Simak's 1980 Hugo award winning short story `The Grotto of the Dancing Deer'. The fact that Oldman was, in fact, a very significant historical and religious personage pushes the plot further than it really needs to go. The point it makes about this `religious personage' is an entirely valid one, but I'm not sure it needed to be made here, and it is the central weakness of the film.

A quirky watch, probably best rented rather than bought, a touching tribute to a talented scriptwriter of the golden age of TV SF, and a pleasant example of a SF film trying to drive itself forward with ideas rather than special effects.
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When this film started I thought I'd bought a TV movie by mistake. The action started straight away without any dramatic opening music or fancy graphics, the picture looked rather grainy and colourless, and the sound quality of the dialogue was poor - some people sounded close-miked, others more distant, and the acoustics changed almost sentence by sentence, as though it had been recorded in several different places at different times.

After a while, however, these issues became less noticeable as I began to get drawn in by the script. The fact that I kept watching even though almost the entire action (or inaction) took place in one room is a testament to the ingenuity of the writing. There was a wide range of discussion centring around the nature of proof, of interpretation and alteration of historical facts, of religion(s), and of the rise and fall of civilisations. It's refreshing to watch a film which is entirely devoid of the stock Hollywood sound effects, car chases and fist fights, but this was also a Science Fiction film devoid of any Special Effects whatsoever - very brave! The only other slight niggle was the main character's slightly over-saintly demeanour, though that was presumably to fit in with part of the plot which I shall not reveal but you may have read in other reviews.

Overall though, well worth a look.

PS I do think the cover picture on the DVD is rather misleading, as there is no image like that in the film itself, and it does imply that it's more of a Star Trek type Special Effects film.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 21 Aug. 2008
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Low-budget independent production The Man From Earth is the kind of sci-fi film that's a throwback to 60s television shows like The Twilight Zone and hardcore science fiction novels rather than the more commonplace blockbuster sci-fi films. There are no big action setpieces, no big special effects, no outlandish creatures or distant universes. Instead it's all about ideas - in particular following one idea through to all its logical conclusions and permutations. In this case the big idea is what would a man who had lived through hundreds of centuries really be like? Would he be all knowing or would he be just as fallible in his own way as the mortals who briefly surround him?

In this case the man is John Oldman, a university professor whose plans to quietly sneak away from his cabin is interrupted by friends from work who just happen to form an ideal focus group representing all the scientific, academic and theological disciplines - anthropologist, archaeologist, biologist, Christian literalist and psychologist. Which is particularly handy, allowing them question from every angle his claim to have been born a caveman when they finally wean his secret out of him. For the most part the film throws up enough interesting ideas about the nature of mental, physical and spiritual evolution to overlook the fact that the film is almost entirely a handful of people sitting in a room trying to work out whether their friend is either a caveman, a liar or a nut. Yet the film is still problematic in places.
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