Up 8,691 this week

The Survivor (1981)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.3/10 from 581 users  
Reviews: 17 user | 42 critic

A plane crashes just after takeoff and the only survivor, the pilot walks out of the wreckage. He doesn't remember the explosion or the crash, but 300 passengers & crew are dead. As the investigation goes on people are wanting answers.



(screenplay), (novel)
0Check in

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 140 titles
created 17 Oct 2011
a list of 26 titles
created 14 Dec 2012
a list of 38 titles
created 03 Mar 2013
a list of 28 titles
created 18 Mar 2014
a list of 23 titles
created 24 May 2014

Related Items

Search for "The Survivor" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Survivor (1981)

The Survivor (1981) on IMDb 5.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Survivor.
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Harlequin (1980)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A modern-day politician is faced with an incomprehensible in this mystical-fantasy. Senator Rast is a very powerful man. But his is nothing compared to the extraordinary power of the ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Wincer
Stars: Robert Powell, David Hemmings, Carmen Duncan
Thirst (1979)
Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The descendant of Elizabeth Bathory is abducted by a cult of self-proclaimed supermen who achieve this state of superiority by drinking from the "blood cows" (read: people) kept at the "dairy farm", and they try to get her to join them.

Director: Rod Hardy
Stars: Chantal Contouri, Shirley Cameron, Max Phipps
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A scientist is experimenting with teenagers and turning them into murderers.

Director: Michael Laughlin
Stars: Michael Murphy, Louise Fletcher, Dan Shor
Next of Kin (1982)
Horror | Thriller | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In a rest home for elderly people, a daughter reads her mother's diary. Soon events that are mentioned in the mother's diary begin to happen to the daughter.

Director: Tony Williams
Stars: Jacki Kerin, John Jarratt, Alex Scott
Road Games (1981)
Adventure | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A truck driver plays a cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious serial killer who uses a young female hitchhiker as bait to lure victims on a desolate Australian highway.

Director: Richard Franklin
Stars: Stacy Keach, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marion Edward
Death Wish 3 (1985)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Architect/vigilante Paul Kersey arrives back in New York City and is forcibly recruited by a crooked police detective to fight street crime caused by a large gang terrorizing the neighborhoods.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Charles Bronson, Deborah Raffin, Ed Lauter
Squirm (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

At the beginning of the film, we learn from one of the characters that earthworms can be called to the surface with electricity, but somehow it turns them into vicious flesh-eaters. Sure ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Lieberman
Stars: Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy, R.A. Dow
Patrick (2013)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

At a private clinic, a young nurse soon discovers that one of the comatose patients is quite sinister.

Director: Mark Hartley
Stars: Charles Dance, Rachel Griffiths, Sharni Vinson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
Director: Gottfried Kolditz
Stars: Piotr Pawlowski, Evgeniy Zharikov, Gojko Mitic
Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The small town of Paris, Australia deliberately causes car accidents, then sells/salvages all valuables from the wrecks as a means of economy.

Director: Peter Weir
Stars: Terry Camilleri, John Meillon, Kevin Miles
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A team consisting of a physicist, his wife, a young female psychic and the only survivor of the previous visit are sent to the notorious Hell House to prove/disprove survival after death. ... See full summary »

Director: John Hough
Stars: Roddy McDowall, Gayle Hunnicutt, Pamela Franklin
Delusion (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A nurse goes to a house to care for a crippled old man. Then people in the house start being murdered.

Director: Alan Beattie
Stars: Patricia Pearcy, David Hayward, John Dukakis


Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Punch McGregor ...
Beth (as Angela Punch-McGregor)
Peter Sumner ...
Lorna Lesley ...
Ralph Cotterill ...
Adrian Wright ...
Tyler Coppin ...
Kirk Alexander ...
Dr. Martindale
Jon Nicholls ...
Roger Cardwell ...
Flight Engineer
Jenufa Scott-Roberts ...
John Edmund ...
Denzil Howson ...


Keller is an experienced pilot whose plane crashes in a field near a town. He ends up being the sole survivor, but he's unable to remember what happened that caused the plane to crash. He also can't explain how come he's the only one who survived without even a scratch while everyone else on board died. A local female psychic, Hobbs, who's been having visions ever since the night of the crash, and Keller's own sense of survivor's guilt convince Keller that he needs to get to the bottom of things. Meanwhile, some of the children killed in the crash begin appearing to some of the locals and an eerie series of strange deaths occurs. Keller and Hobbs approach the local priest, who seem to be the only one in town who believes in Keller's innocence and Hobbs disturbing visions.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Tortured With Guilt...Why Did He Survive An Impossible Crash? See more »


See all certifications »




Release Date:

9 July 1981 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Aterrorizante Confronto Final  »

Box Office


AUD 1,300,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (original release)

Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


First ever filmed adaptation of a novel by James Herbert. See more »


The pilot is seen switching off the "No Smoking" and "Fasten Seat Belt" signs almost immediately the plane is airborne, yet just a few seconds later it can be seen that the wheels have not been retracted. The signs would have been kept lit until the plane was well into the air, which would be some time after the wheels had been retracted. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

argento down under
15 July 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Director David hemming worked with dario argento on deep red one of dario's masterpiece's. you can see his influence all over this movie. all though this is no argento classic if your like his work you really should check this out. it contains the creepy mood, the scatological narrative and very good use of sound that is unsettlingly.

even though it.s over long and a bit of a let down in the end, i enjoyed the journey much like a argento films, it not the end but getting there that counts.

you would not no this was an Aussie movie but i suppose it does not matter for the story is universal. dean seale was cinematographer on this and he did a master job creating a mood for this ghost story.

as a piece of Aussie history in cinema when we made a wide variety of genre movies unlike today. plus i had forgot how lovely jenny agutter was i think its time to watch an American werewolf in London again.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Similar to the movie 'Passengers' from 2008 m-fuad
Discuss The Survivor (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: