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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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Tony Barry ...
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Allan Penney ...
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Walter Pym ...
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Cul Cullen ...
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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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A História de uma Vida  »

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Stephen W. Sharmat, this picture's executive producer, once said in 1980 of film production in Australia: "[In 1979] I discovered what a good place Australia was for movies . . . It's as good as Los Angeles, but it's far, far away, and hasn't the facilities of Hollywood. The answer to that is money - by which you can bring in filmmakers from America and Britain to produce pictures which will cross other countries' borders". See more »

Goofs

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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Run to Me
Words and Music by Michael Lloyd and John D'Andrea
Sung by The Hues Corporation
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existentialist statement
21 January 2001 | by (Houston Texas) – See all my reviews

This is an "idea" film with a plot. It is deeply existentialist, and tries to drive home the point that we are alive and that this is beyond miraculous, that we must each make our way in this cold universe, ultimately dependent upon no one else. Through life is is hard, and we face death at the end, the struggle to survive is also deeply satisfying.

Holden's character Patrick Foley passes these concepts onto the boy played by Schroeder. The photography is magnificent; the acting is good. The script is incredible. A truly underrated movie.


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