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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)  »

Also Known As:

Terra Tranquila  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,595,097 (USA)
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Trivia

"The Effect" referred to in the film is defined as being a distortion of the space-time fabric. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Zac cries "aaa!" in the cathedral, you can see a white car passing in the distance. 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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References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) 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 (California) – 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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