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"The Quiet Earth" is actually based on the experience of an American tourist in New Zealand in the 1970s. New Zealanders always take the weekends off and sleep late. The tourist arrived in the center of Auckland on a Sunday morning and found it completely deserted. He later said he felt like the last man on Earth.
First science-fiction film ever made and produced by the country of New Zealand.
Debut film of actor Pete Smith who played Api. Smith was a former juvenile delinquent. The Quiet Earth (1985) was not only his first acting job, it was his big break and he has been an actor ever since.
The book "The Quiet Earth" is a time loop novel where the action begins and ends at 6:12. In the movie, Zac Hobson grows frustrated at the lack of a response to his radio message and throws a clock at the radio. When it breaks, it displays a time of 6:12.
The scene where Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) is aimlessly wandering the empty streets of the city blowing on a saxophone was an in-joke to those who knew him, as he had once stolen one when he was young, but later felt guilty and returned it.
When lying on the hood of the car, Producer Sam Pillsbury lined up all his credit cards beside him as a macabre joke. The meaning was that he was killing his personal credit by charging all the film's expenses.
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At the university where Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) stops to run tests, there's a bumper sticker on the desk under the equipment which reads "I've seen E.T. [E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)]".
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This Kiwi sci-fi film was nominated for eight New Zealand Film and TV Awards and ended up winning in all eight categories.
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Each time Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) meets a new person, it is at gunpoint.
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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.
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First New Zealand film where all the sound in the movie was performed post-sync in post-production.
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"The Effect" referred to in the film is defined as being a distortion of the space-time fabric.
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According to the book, New Zealand Film 1912-1996 (1997), the movie was "made under pressure because of the incipient lifting of tax concessions and with the added burden of 92 locations".
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The air crash was filmed at an abandoned fertilizer factory.
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The time that all clocks stopped due to 'The Effect' was 6.12 am in the morning. This is a reference 6.12 in the Bible's 'Book of Revelations'. The 'Wikipedia' website states this section can be read as: "There occurs a great earthquake where the sun becomes black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon like blood". The 'Bible Gateway' website in the New International Versions reads it as: "I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red". The 'Early Christian Awakenings' website reads is it as: "And I saw when he opened the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the whole moon became as blood".
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Famous people that appeared as cut-outs in the garden included Charles Chaplin, Elvis Presley, Alfred Hitchcock, Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas K. Gandhi), Richard Nixon, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Queen Elizabeth II, and Pope John Paul II.
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A line spoken by Joanne, "Wonderful human beings" is sampled in the song 'Human' by Resistance D
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Producer Sam Pillsbury's sister was responsible for trucks and other vehicles and setting them up for the crashes that Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) sees.
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The white Toyota Hilux pickup truck that Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) drove was one of two brand-new 4wd trucks that Toyota of New Zealand gave to the production.
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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.
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The make and model of the vehicle that Joanne (Alison Routledge) steals when she goes after Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) and Api (Pete Smith) is a Holden Torana LJ (1972-73).
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When Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) checks in at work he hits a few buttons and the monitor starts buzzing and repeatedly displays the words, "Response....Negative." He is signaling all other stations in the worldwide grid to see if they are manned. The negative response tells him that everyone is gone in those countries, too.
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The name of the top-secret global energy grid experiment was "Project Flashlight" or "Operation Flashlight".
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The title that Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) gave himself was the "President of this Quiet Earth".
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Cameo 

Sam Pillsbury: At the auto accident scene, the man lying on the hood of the sedan is the producer.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The movie opens with the rise of the sun above the sea, and ends with the rise of a ringed planet (presumably Saturn) above the sea.
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Each of the survivors had a near-death experience due to a different cause. Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) was a suicide, Api (Pete Smith) was a murder victim, and Joann a victim of accidental electrocution.
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