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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.

David Lee Smith, Tony Todd
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
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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This is a movie that no doubt divides audiences. Some my view it as slow and uneventful, others as too low-budget. If you're after a fast-paced, action-packed film full of special effects then this isn't it. Instead, it's a drama - it's about a group of colleagues sharing an evening drink before one of them departs for the last time, as he's moving away. And it concerns the story that's told by this man, as his friends quiz him as to why he's moving. For this film, the tale that's told is all-important. And it's certainly a rather unique tale!

John Oldman (David Lee Smith) is leaving his job as a college professor, and moving away. A number of friends from work gather at his home, just as he's packing-up his belongings. Given that everyone gets on so well with John, they don't really want him to leave - and they ask him why he's going. After deliberating as to whether to 'open up' and tell his colleagues why, John explains the reason. He's immortal - and is many thousands of years old. As he doesn't age, it's impossible for him to stay too long in any one place - as people become suspicious. And so, after a decade of living at his present location, it's time to move on.

As you might imagine, his colleagues don't believe what he's saying. And the fact that they're educated, intelligent people means that they're able to question John - in an effort to find flaws in his story. Yet, as the evening of conversation unfolds, it becomes apparent that John's story cannot be so easily dismissed. This only serves to heighten tensions - and several people become concerned about John's state of mind. Seeing that they're obviously concerned, John says he's made the whole thing up - just to have some fun.
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An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman, becomes an enigmatic cross-examination, and leads into an interrogation of sorts, after the retiring academic divulges to his colleagues that he has a lengthier life story to tell, and that his past is stranger than they can possibly imagine. This is a movie, which is a conversation that challenges mainstream beliefs. It is strongly appealing as dramas go that I have seen recently. The ensuing dialog makes the production work; as the sum of the ensemble performances creates a compelling, believably characters, each with their own shortcomings, personal ideology, and interests.

The movie is, in essence, is a conversation amongst college professors. Therefore, if you are looking for CGI effects, aliens from another world, or shoot-outs, you will not find it here. If you enjoy thought provoking trials and intelligent treatise; with speculative fictional stance, then this is a film that is worth seeing.

A film that is not to everyone's tastes.
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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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