The Man From Earth 2007

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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. Pressing him for an explanation for his departure, he finally reveals to his astonished guests that he is in fact a 'man' from the Upper Paleolithic era who has survived to the present day. As his colleagues, a biologist, a Christian literalist, an anthropologist and a historian, attempt to shoot holes in his proposal, professor Oldman relates his remarkable story and the famous encounters he has had with the likes of Van Gogh, Buddha and Christ.

Starring:
Tony Todd, John Billingsley
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 27 minutes
Starring Tony Todd, John Billingsley, David Lee Smith
Director Richard Schenkman
Genres Science Fiction
Studio ANCHOR BAY
Rental release 7 July 2008
Main languages English

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. Ritchie on 26 Sept. 2010
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jimbo Jones on 15 Oct. 2013
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I bought this based on it's rating on here having bought a couple of classic sci-fi titles (Silent Running, Dark Star), so I thought I'd give it a shot. My first thoughts as it started were 'made for TV', it just had that quality about it, but what a great script! It all takes part for the most part in a log cabin where a bunch of friends gather to say farewell to a work colleague who decides to let them into a secret, he's 14,000 years old!

Is he delusional, or truly that old? Classic sci-fi fayre, all about ideas, no SFX here. If you fancy a Twilight Zone / Outer Limits tale with a bit more time to flesh itself out I'd recommend this. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

If you like your Sci-Fi all SFX guns, space ships & explosions, this is not for you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pete on 29 Nov. 2011
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This is a slow movie with with plenty of philosophical discussion thrown in, as it winds its way around a leaving party, for a character who decides to share his longevity of 30,000yrs with his friends. Obviously they think he is misguided and possibly insane, you can decide.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Withnail67 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 July 2008
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan Jones on 21 April 2014
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Is this a stage or radio play made into a film? I don't know, but this screenplay held my attention throughout. As an exploration of ideas I found the whole experience absorbing. My knowledge of SF is limited and had no preconceptions. Late in the evening, with a glass of single malt it was an extremely pleasant diversion. Would I watch it again? Most certainly. Would I recommend it? Now that depends. This is not a film for everyone. But enter the theatre, take a seat and open your mind ......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Customer on 30 July 2014
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This is a great film, poetic, simple, and powerful. It's the visual equivalent of a book, which means no CGI explosions rammed into your eyes. It inspires the imagination, it requires thought. Some people may think it is slow, but I think it is real, existential, art-house. The Man From Earth reminded me of "Wings of Desire" due to the feeling it evoked, but that is an abstract correlation which other people may not make. When I watched The Man From Earth I had no idea what to expect, there was no review or description, which perhaps made it more amazing than being forewarned.

Brilliant film, great acting and drama, no Hollywood trash.
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By bernie VINE VOICE on 1 April 2010
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Professor John Oldman (David Lee Smith) is packing, as it is time for him to move on. All his friends and co-scientists from the university come to see him off. They have an afternoon and a bottle to kill so John poses a question. Base of a few trinkets found in John is packing possessions. He hypothesizes what if he was actually a cave man that survived to this day. As his friends are grilling him, he feeds off their input to weave a tail that sucks us in as viewers.

The whole movie takes place in a small room of a simple house. However, it is anything but a simple tale.
A little added plus was having (Beethoven, 7th Symphony, 2nd Movement) in the background until someone tells John to turn it off.

This was the last work from Screenwriter Jerome Bixby.

I saw the Blu-ray DVD however it is a very poor transfer it is vary grainy and I am sure it was not for art's sake.
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After watching the Blu-Ray for a few times, I was curious to find out why the standard DVD costs almost twice as much.

I played them back to back in the same player and they are exactly the same on the main feature on a 46" screen. There is not even the hint of better resolution or sound.

The standard DVD comes with some coming attractions but lets you know that you can go directly to the main menu if you like

There is an audio setup Dolby Surround 5.1 or 2.0. Two different voice-over commentaries.

Star Trek: Jerome Bixby's Sci Fi Legacy
On the Set
The Story of the Story
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