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The Quiet Earth (1985)

A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world. In a desperate attempt to search for others, he finds only two who have their own agenda.

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A man wakes up to find himself literally alone in the world, and goes about trying to find other survivors, as well as to find out what happened. He suspects that a government research project he was involved in had something to do with the disappearance of everyone. Eventually he finds several other people, and once they begin to trust each other they try to figure out why they were left on earth. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The End of the World is Just the Beginning See more »

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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18 October 1985 (USA)  »

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Terra Tranquila  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,595,097 (USA)
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Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) calls the energy grid, "Project Flashlight". Ironically enough, there was an American defense project called "Operation Flashlight" around the same time as the film. The operation, however, involved low-yield atomic blasts, small enough to destroy a single room, but nothing else. See more »

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The crew was very careful during takes to not to film any activity in the background of scenes that would spoil the illusion of there being nothing living left on Earth. So much so that the assistant director would constantly stare at the background where ever the lens was pointing during takes to ensure nothing was inadvertently caught. However as mentioned a car can be seen in the far distance in the scene just before Zac goes into the church and again at about 1hr 3m 03sec when Api and Joanne are jogging down a foggy hill.....a white car can clearly be seen driving past in the top right of the frame. See more »

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[first lines]
Zac Hobson: [trying to pay for gasoline] Hello... Hello... Hello?
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits the scene cuts to a close up of Zac Hobson staring in stunned disbelief at what he's beholding. Then he realizes he's still holding his mini-tape recorder in his left hand, and after a moment of contemplation lets it drop to his side, as if there are no words to describe the sight. See more »

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Referenced in Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997) See more »

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Prelude No. 2
Performed by Kenny Burrell
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film with apocalyptic atmosphere
6 April 2001 | by (Bonn, Germany) – See all my reviews

I love films with an apocalyptic theme. And this is definitely one of the better ones. Even though the basic story has been around quite a few times, e.g. "Omega Man, The (1971)", it is always interesting to see what has happened before and how it ends. Here, the emphasis is put on human relations, not so much on action. The scientific explanation for the "effect" is also somewhat implausible, but due to that rather authentic scientist Hobson I believed it anyways. And fortunately, the authors chose a non Hollywood-style ending for the movie!


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