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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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(as Geoffrey Murphy)

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Norman Fletcher ...
Perrin
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Terra Tranquila  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,825, 20 October 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,123,135
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Noted similarities between this film and the "Twilight Zone" episode "Where is Everybody?" - Both protagonists awake around 6:12 AM to find themselves alone in a small town. There is evidence that people disappeared suddenly without warning. The protagonists both break a clock. The underlying cause of the incidents turns out to be scientific experiments. The occurrences are hallucinations (this is explored more deeply in the novel "The Quiet Earth"). 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 »

Quotes

[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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Featured in Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill (1995) See more »

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Prelude No. 2
Performed by Kenny Burrell
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Still walks through my my memory after all these years
20 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

I'm another person who saw this movie in a small art theater on Balboa Island, CA, in 1985. "Quiet Earth" was so haunting that, while channel surfing 15 years later, I saw just a flash of the image of Zac awakening and recognized the film instantly. I settled in to watch the film again--even knowing the ending--and its impact was still incredible.

Maybe it's not for serious sci-fi fans but definitely for people who like movies with apocalyptic themes, such as "A Boy and His Dog".


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