The Survivor (1981)

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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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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.

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Release Date:

9 July 1981 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Aterrorizante Confronto Final  »

Box Office


AUD 1,300,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie is notable for its movie poster where the image of a pilot (actor Robert Powell) has a hollow face whilst his face is positioned alongside his torso. See more »


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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Fascinating and creepy
29 November 2000 | by (Brisbane, AU) – See all my reviews

This little known movie should be seen by anyone who thinks Aussie films are all mindless travelogues with idiotic characters.

After a catastrophic plane crash, rescuers are surprised to see the pilot walking unhurt from the twisted, burning wreckage. The pilot (Robert Powell) can offer no explanation as to how he survived the explosion that killed every other person on the plane. The tension mounts when the investigation proves that the crash was so severe that the pilot could not have POSSIBLY survived no matter where he was on the plane, and yet there he is.

This is a well-crafted paranormal drama, with each new revelation concerning the crash leading you deeper into intrigue.

Also, it was made 19 years before Unbreakable, which has some very similar plot elements.

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