7.0/10
1,266
32 user 7 critic

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
Reviews
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A businessman moves to Hong Kong to pursue a career as an artist and falls in love with a prostitute he hires as a model.

Director: Richard Quine
Stars: William Holden, Nancy Kwan, Sylvia Syms
S.O.B. (1981)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A movie producer who made a huge flop tries to salvage his career by revamping his film as an erotic production, where its family-friendly star takes her top off.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Julie Andrews, William Holden, Marisa Berenson
The 7th Dawn (1964)
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Political and personal intrigues surround a group of characters in Malaya, after the close of the Second World War.

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: William Holden, Susannah York, Capucine
Ashanti (1979)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Dr. Anansa Linderby (Beverly Johnson) is kidnapped in a medical mission in Africa by a slave trader. From this moment, her husband will do anything to recover her and to punish the bad guys, but that will be not an easy task.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Michael Caine, Peter Ustinov, Kabir Bedi
Wild Rovers (1971)
Certificate: GP Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Tired of cow-punching for a living, two Montana cowboys rob a bank and flee but their employer's sons chase after them.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: William Holden, Ryan O'Neal, Karl Malden
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

An active volcano threatens a south Pacific island resort and its guests as a power struggle ensues between the property's developer and a drilling foreman.

Director: James Goldstone
Stars: Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, William Holden
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Blacklisted in modern day WW2, a Swedish oil trader opts to assist British Allies, by means of infiltrating and surveying Nazi Germany.

Director: George Seaton
Stars: William Holden, Lilli Palmer, Hugh Griffith
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

During the Chinese Civil War of 1949, the Communists constantly harass the two priests of a remote Catholic mission outpost.

Directors: Leo McCarey, David W. Orton
Stars: William Holden, Clifton Webb, France Nuyen
Fedora (1978)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Down-on-his-luck Hollywood producer Barry 'Dutch' Detweiler attempts to lure Fedora, a famous but reclusive film actress, out of retirement.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: William Holden, Marthe Keller, Hildegard Knef
Something So Right (TV Movie 1982)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Joey lives with his mother. His father isn't around, he doesn't like school, he is bored and doesn't take orders from anyone. In other words he is a real little scamp. Being at one's wit's ... See full summary »

Director: Lou Antonio
Stars: Ricky Schroder, Patty Duke, James Farentino
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In the Pacific during WWII, a Roman Catholic widow falls for a tough lieutenant colonel.

Director: George Seaton
Stars: William Holden, Deborah Kerr, Thelma Ritter
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A US Army Colonel is tasked with forming an elite commando-style unit from crack Canadian troops and the dregs of the US Army.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: William Holden, Cliff Robertson, Vince Edwards
Edit

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 Maggie Blinco ... Jessica
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Solo contra el mundo See more »

Filming Locations:

New South Wales, Australia

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie was filmed during September and October of 1979. 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.
See more »

Alternate Versions

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

Soundtracks

Run to Me
Words and Music by Michael Lloyd and John D'Andrea
Sung by The Hues Corporation
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Becoming self-reliant in the Australian outback
30 June 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Australia's outback has never looked as beautiful and rugged as in this 1980 film directed by Peter Conlinson. This Australian-American co-production shows the country as perhaps we have never seen it before. We are given a luxury tour of some of what appears to be an extremely wild area that hasn't been spoiled by man yet.

The story centers around Patrick Foley, a man that is dying. He has returned to the land where his parents settled, perhaps to die there as well. Of course, we don't have a clue about this until almost the last sequence, although we get hints about what's wrong with Patrick throughout the film.

We also are introduced to the Daleys that are seen vacationing in Australia. We see them crossing paths with Foley, only briefly, at a country store. When a freaky accident takes the lives of Shawn's parents, he is left alone to find his way back to civilization. Little does Shawn know that Foley has observed the accident, but he wants to stay away from the young boy. After all, he has his own problems, why bother to take on another?

Shawn decides to follow Foley, who shows him how to do things he normally wouldn't have even dreamed of doing. In the process, the young boy becomes attached to the mysterious man. The long trek both take makes a man out of Shawn, as we realize he will be all right and will live to a productive life.

The surprise of the movie is William Holden, an actor at the end of his career. Mr. Holden gives an extraordinary effortless performance. Rick Shroder, then a young child actor makes a valuable contribution holding his own against the more experienced Mr. Holden.

"The Earthling" is a film that should be seen by young people, as they can learn how to face the reality that Shawn went through in his quest for survival a beautiful land that presented so many challenges to overcome.


19 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 32 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows to Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse all our free movies and TV series

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed