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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.

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Angela Punch McGregor ...
Beth (as Angela Punch-McGregor)
Peter Sumner ...
Tewson
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Adrian Wright ...
Goodwin
Tyler Coppin ...
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Dr. Martindale
Jon Nicholls ...
Jackson
Roger Cardwell ...
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Jenufa Scott-Roberts ...
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John Edmund ...
Goswell
Denzil Howson ...
Rogan
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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.

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


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9 July 1981 (Australia)  »

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Aterrorizante Confronto Final  »

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AUD 1,300,000 (estimated)
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On learning of the project, James Herbert, author of the source novel, sent a note to David Hemmings offering his assistance. He never received a reply, and in 1988 dismissed this and the later Deadly Eyes (1982) as "terrible ... absolute rubbish." See more »

Goofs

During the takeoff roll, the first officer calls "Vee-one", then "Vee-two", then "rotate". V2 is the climb-out speed with an engine failure, and is never less than the rotate speed, so would not be achieved until the aircraft is airborne. See more »

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Nice idea lost in the edit
18 January 2009 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Part of an ill-fated two-picture deal (alongside Harlequin) that Robert Powell signed in the wake of Jesus of Nazareth's success, Australian horror movie The Survivor is a fairly good idea undone by clumsy writing and rushed execution, although the film looks like it's either been heavily edited or they ran out of money and couldn't film everything in the script. Ideas are left hanging, motives unexplained and characters disappear after fleeting introductions (third-billed Angela Punch McGregor gets a single line in one brief scene). Powell's pilot is the sole survivor of a crash on take-off and as he falls under suspicion during the crash investigation, those exploiting the tragedy (most notably an unscrupulous photographer) start to die at the hands of the dead victims and Jenny Agutter's psychic tries to enlist his help in giving their spirits peace before the body count rises. All of which sounds much more interesting than the execution, as David Hemmings' direction veers more to the competent than the inspired, though a replay of the spectacular crash scene near the end is highly effective.


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