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December 1983 (USA) See more »
Before "Final Destination" There Was ... "Sole Survivor" See more »
A lone survivor of a plane crash is haunted by a feeling unworthy of survival. Dead people start coming after her to collect her. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Anita Skinner ... Denise Watson
Kurt Johnson ... Brian Richardson
Robin Davidson ... Kristy Cutler

Caren L. Larkey ... Karla Davis (as Caren Larkey)
Andrew Boyer ... Blake
Daniel Bryan Cartwell ... Lt. Patterson (as Daniel Cartwell)
Wendy Dake ... Roxie
Stephen V. Isbell ... Cabbie (as Steve Isbell)
William Snare ... Artie
Peggy McClure ... Crash Victim
Roberta Kay ... Crash Victim
Kathleen Blyth ... Crash Victim
Steve Krause ... Crash Victim
Dominic Manano ... Crash Victim
Randy Stripling ... Crash Victim (as Randolph Stripling)
Richard Bosworth ... Crash Victim
Laurie Wendorf ... Blake's Wife
Rudy Challenger ... Air Traffic Controller
Brian Ann Zoccola ... Hospital Receptionist
Linda Rose ... Nurse #1
Cynthia Weislogel ... Nurse #2
Jennifer Sullivan ... Girl on Landing Dock (as Jennifer Sullivan)
Toni Lawrence ... TV Actress
Susan Malter ... Rita
Gino Gaudio ... Frank
Lloyd Stevens ... Old Man in Park
Al Valletta ... Dave
Eldon Randall ... Highway Inspector
Thomas Peterson ... TV Director
Leslie Corin ... Baby Barker
Barbara Renee ... Mrs. Barker
John Zigler ... Man in Parking Structure
Rick Kleber ... Santa Claus

Clay Wilcox ... Randy

Brinke Stevens ... Jennifer
Gerald Griffin ... Police Officer
Sid Marsh ... Police Officer
Joseph Gaudio ... Police Officer
Don Worden ... Police Officer
Sandra Goldgraben ... Police Officer

Marc Handler ... Undercover Cop
Jaxson Fish ... Dead Boy
Alan Levy ... Civil Service Desk
Darian Hayes ... Salvation Army Lady

Leon ... Gang Leader (as Leon Robinson)
Anthony Alvarez ... Gang Member
Jim Landes ... Gang Member
Kip Waldo ... Gang Member

Directed by
Thom Eberhardt 
Writing credits
Thom Eberhardt (written by)

Produced by
Don Barkemeyer .... producer
Caren L. Larkey .... producer
Robert D. Larkey .... producer
Sal Romeo .... executive producer
Dru White .... associate producer
Original Music by
David F. Anthony 
Cinematography by
Russell Carpenter  (as Russ Carpenter)
Film Editing by
Thom Eberhardt 
Makeup Department
Robin Beauchesne .... assistant makeup artist
Alice Campbell .... makeup artist
Christine Lamlano .... hair stylist (as Christine Lamano)
Production Management
James Mathers .... production manager (as Jim Mathers)
Sound Department
Kurt Bennet .... sound editor
John Livovi .... sound utility (as John Livavi)
Mike McKay .... sound editor
Tom Rolapp .... boom operator
Michael Sabo .... sound mixer (as Mike Sabo)
Phil Spinelli .... sound recordist
Paula Marie Moody .... stunts (as Paula-Marie Moody)
Byron Quisenberry .... stunts (as Brian Quisenberry)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joey Alvarado .... best boy
Don Devine .... first assistant camera
Rick Faigh .... gaffer (as Rik Faigh)
Don Giroux .... electrician
Brady Hicks .... grip
Bosco Kline .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurie Silver .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
David Charles .... assistant editor
Michael Dempsey .... apprentice editor
Steven Wolfe .... associate editor
Other crew
Gary L. Beck .... technical advisor: aviation
Jill Gurr .... script supervisor
William S. Judkins .... set apprentice (as William Judkins)
Jean Kyler .... production secretary
Rita Ornelas .... production secretary
Marta Sarmiento .... technical advisor (as Marta Sarmiento M.D.)
Barbara Scott .... set apprentice
Willie Vande Kerkhoff .... production assistant

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85 min
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Thom Eberhardt's directional debut.See more »
Karla Davis:You cannot stop it, and anyone who stands in its way, or finds out, or even remotely suspects it, they will be delt with.See more »
Movie Connections:
References To Have and Have Not (1944)See more »
Hello, GoodbyeSee more »


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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
eerie and atmospheric, 7 October 2005
Author: Jonny_Numb from Hellfudge, Pennsylvania

As with other movies that deal with the blurry line between life and death, "Sole Survivor" often lacks cohesion in plot and logic. But the weight of its atmospheric shocks and well-paced suspense is effective–it's a movie that places its concentration on waking-nightmare horror rather than gore. A woman is the lone survivor of an airplane crash, predicted by a washed-up TV actress with psychic tendencies; complications arise when the recently-dead start popping up in the woman's everyday life. Eerie chiller with strong atmosphere and a moody pace draws favorable comparisons to "Carnival of Souls" and "Dead & Buried." Recommended for adventurous viewers with a taste for the offbeat.

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