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The Quiet Earth (1985)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  18 October 1985 (USA)
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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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18 October 1985 (USA)  »

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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 »

Goofs

Signs of people that have disappeared are everywhere in the beginning of the movie. But it seems that they took their clothes with them, but left cars and other things that surrounded them. The exception are babies, who left even their blankets and supposedly left naked. 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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Prelude No. 2
Performed by Kenny Burrell
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Intriguing
14 December 1999 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Although it has some flaws such as cheap special effects and a less-than-perfect premise, it is a captivating and frightening story about being alone. The power play between the two men in the 2nd half is outstanding.

Many people are turned off by the very ambiguous ending. Personally, I loved the ending. It is the ambiguity of it that is so refreshing.


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