The Last Man on Earth (Italian: L'ultimo uomo della Terra) is a 1964 science-fiction horror film based on the 1954 Richard Matheson novel I Am Legend. The film was directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow, and stars Vincent Price. The script was written in part by Matheson, but he was dissatisfied with the result and chose to be credited as "Logan Swanson". William Leicester, Furio M. Monetti, and Ubaldo Ragona were the other writers.
It was filmed in Rome, Italy, with some location shots taken at Esposizione Universale Roma. It was released theatrically in the United States by American International Pictures and the UK in 1966. In the 1980s, the film fell into the public domain. MGM Home Video, the current owners of the AIP film catalog, released a digitally remastered widescreen print on DVD in September 2005.
Vincent Price as Dr. Robert Morgan (in others as Robert Neville)
Franca Bettoia as Ruth Collins
Emma Danieli as Virginia Morgan
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart as Ben Cortman
Umberto Raho as Dr. Mercer
Christi Courtland as Kathy Morgan
Antonio Corevi as the Governor
Ettore Ribotta as the TV Reporter
Rolando De Rossi
Carolyn De Fonseca dubbed for Ruth Collins' voice in the English release of the film. She was uncredited.
Giuseppe Mattei as the leader of the survivors, was also uncredited.
To more accurately show how grueling it was for his character to survive, Vincent Priceinsisted on lifting real people into the back of his car instead of dummies. This is why it seems he's taking extra care with the bodies. For the scene at the pit, however, he's handling dummies for obvious reasons.
Although this is much more faithful to the book than The Omega Man (1971) and I Am Legend (2007) which are based on the same novel, it changes the main character's name from Robert Neville to Robert Morgan, while the other two leave it unchanged.
The script was written in part by Richard Matheson, but he was dissatisfied with the result and was therefore credited as Logan Swanson.
There are several mistakes of continuity like when he threw bodies into the canyon. In the close up is a woman but in the long shot is a man and vice versa. The legs are for one side, and in the next shot is backwards.
Charlton Heston viewed this film before proceeding with his remake The Omega Man(1971). He described this version as "incredibly botched, totally unfrightening, ill-acted, sloppily written and photographed."