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The screenplay for this movie was conceived by Jerome Bixby in the early 1960s, and it was completed on his death bed in April 1998, making it his final piece of work. "The Man From Earth" (as it is now called) was turned into an independent motion picture produced by his son Emerson Bixby, directed by Richard Schenkman, and starring David Lee Smith as John Oldman, a departing university professor who claims to be a Cro-Magnon (or Magdalenian) caveman who has somehow survived for more than 14,000 years. For the first time in his life, he decides to tell his colleagues the truth about himself. What follows is a challenging and profound examination of his claims, a fascinating look at human history, and a novel examination of the origins of religious belief. Sometimes intense, and at others quite tender, this film is an intellectual masterpiece.
Drexel Jerome Lewis Bixby was an American short story writer, editor and scriptwriter, best known for his work in science fiction, though he also wrote many other kinds of stories under a variety of pseudonyms. He is most famous for the 1953 story "It's a Good Life" which was the basis for a 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone, and which was included in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983). He also wrote four episodes for the original Star Trek television series: "Mirror, Mirror", "Day of the Dove", "Requiem for Methuselah", and "By Any Other Name". With Otto Klement, he co-wrote the story upon which the classic sci-fi movie Fantastic Voyage (1966) and the novel by Isaac Asimov were based.
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