2007   USA The Man from Earth
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Director:Richard Schenkman
Writer:Jerome Bixby
IMDb Rating:8.0 (44,090 votes)
Awards:2 wins & 1 nomination
Duration:90 min
Richard Schenkman  ...  (Director)
Jerome Bixby  ...  (Writer)
John Billingsley  ...  Harry
Ellen Crawford  ...  Edith
William Katt  ...  Art
Richard Riehle  ...  Dr. Will Gruber
Tony Todd  ...  Dan
Annika Peterson  ...  Sandy
David Lee Smith  ...  John Oldman
Alexis Thorpe  ...  Linda Murphy
Steven Littles  ...  Moving Man #1
Chase Sprague  ...  Moving Man #2
Robbie Bryan  ...  Officer
Afshin Shahidi  ...  Cinematographer
Summary: Based on renowned sci-fi author Jerome Bixby's final 1998 manuscript, Man From Earth is the long-awaited film adaptation in which Professor John Oldman (David Lee Smith) attempts to convince his fellow faculty members that he is 14,000 years old. Shot almost entirely inside Oldman's cabin as he's about to leave his friends and career, the film's dialogue consists of philosophical chatting about the possibility and ramifications of his alleged birth during the Upper Paleolithic era. As his faculty peers are all anthropology, biology, religion, and philosophy scholars, the conversation levels remain high throughout. Oldman's friend Harry (John Billingsley) is well versed in multiple religions as well as in science, while Gruber (Richard Riehle) is invited to the house mid-story to evaluate Oldman's psychological state. Edith (Ellen Crawford) is the Christian voice, considering the religious repercussions of Oldman's assertion. All the while, Oldman's love interest, Sandy (Annika Peterson), remains quietly contemplative and most capable of believing that he doesn't visually age and has seen epochs and historical eras come and go. Humorous scenes, such as when his friends discover a Van Gogh painting wedged into the back of his pick-up truck, keep the story flowing, though eventually heavy-handed conceptualism does make the film sluggish. Similar to some great episodes of The Twilight Zone, Man From Earth does pose enough grand questions about life and death that urge viewers to wonder if such a man could plausibly exist, and if so, what his fate would be. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this story is its fusion of spirituality and science by providing viewers a scenario in which proof is impossible, in a world where high value is placed on concrete evidence. -Trinie Dalton

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