02/10/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin
An academic reveals he is a mutant immortal at his retirement party. The film the Man From Earth is getting a November 2007 DVD release date and made its theatrical premiere at the Hemet Theatre in California.
The Man from Earth is based on the last screenplay written by Jerome Bixby, the writer of the Fantastic Voyage film as well as working on episodes of the original Star Trek and The Twilight Zone television series. The film's connection to the Star Trek franchise is reflected in the cast. In addition to Billingsley, who played Dr. Phlox for the entire run of Star Trek: Enterprise, the film also stars Todd, who starred in three of the last four Star Trek series, as well as a Star Trek video game; Smith, who played Zahir in Star Trek Voyager; and Riehle, who was featured in three different Star Trek series.
An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes an intense interrogation after the scholar reveals to his colleagues he is an immortal who has walked the earth for 14,000 years. Friendships are strained and faith is tested when Oldman reveals his secret. His friends, not realizing the gift that has been bestowed upon them, subject their colleague to a harsh psychoanalysis, questioning his ethics as he tests their beliefs.
What would you think if you found out that someone you knew had been around since the dawn of man? What questions would you ask and what mysteries could they unmask? Join seven skeptical scholars on a journey as they uncover the history of man through one of their close friends, who reveals he was born fourteen millennia prior.
The cast includes Richard Riehle (Office Space, Hatchet, Grounded For Life), Tony Todd (Candyman, Hatchet, Chuck), William Katt (The Greatest American Hero, Carrie), John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise, Out of Time), David Lee Smith (CSI: Miami, Fight Club, Zodiac), Alexis Thorpe (American Wedding), Ellen Crawford (ER), and Annika Peterson (Icon, Dinner Rush). Mark Pellington (The Mothman Prophecies, Arlington Road) and Jerome Bixby's son Emerson Bixby (Welcome to Hollywood, Dead End) serve as executive producers.
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