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The Earthling (1980)

PG | | Adventure, Drama | 24 July 1980 (USA)
Patrick Foley has been on the move all his life. Tired of drifting, he wants to spend his last days in an isolated Australian valley where he grew up. On his difficult journey he meets ... See full summary »

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Ross Daley
Olivia Hamnett ...
Bettina Daley
Alwyn Kurts ...
Christian Neilson
Pat Evison ...
Meg Neilson
Redmond Phillips ...
Bobby Burns
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Parnell
Tony Barry ...
Red
Allan Penney ...
Harlan
Willie Fennell ...
R.C
Walter Pym ...
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Cul Cullen ...
Dawson
Dawn Schroder ...
Dalton
Maggie Blinco ...
Jessica
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Patrick Foley has been on the move all his life. Tired of drifting, he wants to spend his last days in an isolated Australian valley where he grew up. On his difficult journey he meets Shawn, a little desperate city-boy whose parents were killed in an accident in this remote inhospitable territory. Being unable to accompany the boy back to the civilized world he reluctantly takes him with him on his trip to that valley and teaches him in a rugged way how to survive ... Written by Willy Vanhaelen <willy.vanhaelen@advalvas.be>

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According to the book 'The Films of William Holden' by Lawrence J. Quirk, director Peter Collinson was allegedly very tough on then child actor Ricky Schroder during filming to the point that co-star William Holden intervened. The two formed a close relationship and Schroeder about twelves years later in life, in 1992, named his son Holden Schroder after him. See more »

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When the camper smashes into the bottom of the ravine, it impacts on its side and the chassis is cleaved in two. In the next (close up) shot, where the boy has descended the cliff to sit by the rear bumper, the vehicle is simply pancaked upside down with an intact chassis. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Australian Customs Agent: Next please. Now what's the purpose of your visit?
Patrick Foley: Uh - passing through.
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Halfway Home
By David Shire and Carol Connors
Sung by Maureen McGovern
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A Prophetic Ending for Holden
4 April 2000 | by (Whiteville, N.C. USA) – See all my reviews

While this wasn't William Holden's last film (S.O.B) was, it makes for a terrific and appropriate swan song. I first saw this movie in theaters as a college student and it really moved me. Schroder's performance is great but William Holden's show the skills of a consumate master. It's a film I now own and will share with my children someday when they can understand it. And the end title music is a keeper. It's a shame Maureen McGovern never put it on a CD.


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