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The Earthling (1980)

PG | | Adventure, Drama | 24 July 1980 (USA)
Patrick Foley has been on the move all his life. Tired of drifting, he wants to spend his last days in an isolated Australian valley where he grew up. On his difficult journey he meets ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Collinson

Writer:

Lanny Cotler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... Patrick Foley
Ricky Schroder ... Shawn Daley
Jack Thompson ... Ross Daley
Olivia Hamnett Olivia Hamnett ... Bettina Daley
Alwyn Kurts Alwyn Kurts ... Christian Neilson
Pat Evison Pat Evison ... Meg Neilson
Redmond Phillips ... Bobby Burns
Ray Barrett ... Parnell
Tony Barry ... Red
Allan Penney Allan Penney ... Harlan
Willie Fennell Willie Fennell ... R.C
Walter Pym Walter Pym ... Uncle
Cul Cullen Cul Cullen ... Dawson
Dawn Gregg Dawn Gregg ... Dalton (as Dawn Schroder)
Maggie Blinco ... Jessica
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Storyline

Patrick Foley has been on the move all his life. Tired of drifting, he wants to spend his last days in an isolated Australian valley where he grew up. On his difficult journey he meets Shawn, a little desperate city-boy whose parents were killed in an accident in this remote inhospitable territory. Being unable to accompany the boy back to the civilized world he reluctantly takes him with him on his trip to that valley and teaches him in a rugged way how to survive ... Written by Willy Vanhaelen <willy.vanhaelen@advalvas.be>

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Adventure | Drama

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Trivia

Though Americans took the two above-the-title lead roles in this movie which was completely filmed in Australia, quite a number of well-known Australian actors were actually seen in all the supporting roles in this picture. They included Alwyn Kurts, Ray Barrett, Tony Barry, Pat Evison, Jack Thompson, Walter Pym, Willie Fennell, and British born Aussie local Olivia Hamnett. See more »

Goofs

When the camper smashes into the bottom of the ravine, it impacts on its side and the chassis is cleaved in two. In the next (close up) shot, where the boy has descended the cliff to sit by the rear bumper, the vehicle is simply pancaked upside down with an intact chassis. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Australian Customs Agent: Next please. Now what's the purpose of your visit?
Patrick Foley: Uh - passing through.
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Alternate Versions

Originally released at 97 minutes, later re-edited and lengthened to 102 minutes. See more »

Connections

Featured in Vintage Video: The Earthling (1980) (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

He'll Never Fill My Shoes
Words and Music by Michael Lloyd, Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
Sung by Michael Lloyd
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An Amazing film!
24 December 2005 | by mittenkgSee all my reviews

This is a lost classic and a great family movie and I hope hope hope that it is released onto DVD soon. (Studios, are you listening?) I was 9 or 10 when I saw it and would love to share it with the young kids in my family today. The performances are beautiful (Ricky Schroeder is so underrated, even today)and William Holden does a heartbreaking, amazing job. If you thought Ricky was exceptional in The Champ, he tops that performance with The Earthling. It's kind of amazing Schroeder wasn't further typecast into a River Phoenix or early Leonardo DiCaprio kind of actor because he is so tapped into his emotions and his acting is so fresh and vital that he easily steals scenes from the amazing, adult actors he has been cast with. Looking at his childhood performances coupled with NYPD Blue and Lonesome Dove--he should be grouped with the young indie actors of current films. I don't like some of the movies Rick is doing today but even in those films he delivers such alive, powerful performances. I think he's just great.


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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New South Wales, Australia

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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