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The Man from Earth (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | 13 November 2007 (USA)
An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine.

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An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine.

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From one of the acclaimed writers of Star Trek and The Twilight Zone comes a story that transcends both time and space...

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Jerome Bixby's The Man from Earth  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Tony Todd was the first person cast for this movie. See more »

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After Dan questions Dr. Oldman about keeping relics, Dr. Oldman walks out of the house carrying a box, and Sandy follows him also carrying a box. When the camera angle switches to an outside shot, they've changed positions: Sandy comes out first followed by Dr. Oldman. See more »

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[first lines]
Dan: Hey buddy, you don't waste time, do you?
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References Candid Camera (1953) See more »

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7th Symphony: 2nd Movement
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The epitome of good science fiction
9 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

Jerome Bixby's "The Man from Earth" stands proudly among the best science fiction films ever made. However, unlike "2001", "CE3K" and "Blade Runner," this little movie relies not on outstanding set design and mind-blowing visual effects, but rather on ideas; the very foundation of science fiction.

I've been a fan of Mr. Bixby's ever since "Star Trek", and I must say this equals if not surpasses "Mirror, "Mirror". I agree that some of the acting was stilted, and the music partially drowned out dialogue in one scene, but my family and I were mesmerized throughout. As to my personal beliefs regarding God and faith; "Man from Earth" in no way offended me, but rather challenged me. Challenged me with historical facts (several of which I've since checked online, and thus far, all of which appear 100% accurate.) This is a chess game of a film, forcing the viewer not only to listen and to think, but to understand.

I highly recommend "Man from Earth" to any and all who love intelligent science fiction. A friend downloaded the film, illegally no doubt. I've watched it three times thus far, and I'll be the first in line to buy the DVD (legally =) this coming Tuesday.


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