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The Earthling (1980)

PG | | Adventure, Drama | 24 July 1980 (USA)
Diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer, Patrick Foley has returned to his native Australia to die in the peace and quiet of the wilderness. His simple plan is complicated, however, when he meets a young boy who has just lost his parents.

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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Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

Publicity for this film in 1980 stated that this movie was the most expensive film ever made in Australia. Reportedly, this picture had a budget of $5 million (Australian). 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

Fast Women and Slow Dancin
Words and Music by Michael Lloyd, Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
Sung by Gene Nelson
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An very good movie for William Holden, one of his last.
10 March 2005 | by fortionat1See all my reviews

This was on ShowTime or HBO a number of times in the early 80s when I saw it and whenever it was on I would stop down to watch it. Little Ricky Schroder is excellent at a young age and counters William Holden's maturity for an interesting balance of young and old. I'm not sure why the rating shows a 5.6 since over 60% of the votes for this film were over a 7 and the majority voted a 10. It is definitely worth a watch if you're a Holden fan like I am. While the premise seems unrealistic at first as we go through the movie we find there is much more to this than expected. I liked this movie for the outdoor scenery and the beautiful backwoods areas of Australia. If you get a chance to see this film, please do.


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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Earthling See more »

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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