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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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Zac Hobson was the last man on Earth 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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The film was made and released about five years after its source novel of the same name by Craig Harrison had been first published in 1981. See more »

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In the "Inauguration" scene, the cutout of Hitler is seen alternately standing beside a loudspeaker and then a cutout of Nixon, and back to the speaker. 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 28 Days Later... (2002) See more »

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Prelude No. 2
Performed by Kenny Burrell
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Not for action fans
7 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie has little action, instead focussing on the realities of being put in a situation where you are the last person on Earth. It deals with the mental problems that might arise and one man's descent into, and ascent out of, madness.

The science behind the disappearance of the whole human population is best ignored as complete nonsense, but otherwise the movie is solid enough fare.

Likewise the non-Hollywood ending appealed to me, even if I haven't the faintest idea what happened, or why.

And if you find yourself sneering at what the hero gets up to on screen ask yourself this - What would you do if you were the last person on Earth?


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