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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Patrick Foley
... Shawn Daley
... Ross Daley
Olivia Hamnett ... Bettina Daley
Alwyn Kurts ... Christian Neilson
Pat Evison ... Meg Neilson
... Bobby Burns
... Parnell
... Red
Allan Penney ... Harlan
Willie Fennell ... R.C
Walter Pym ... Uncle
Cul Cullen ... Dawson
Dawn Gregg ... Dalton (as Dawn Schroder)
Maggie Blinco ... Jessica
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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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Stephen W. Sharmat, this picture's executive producer, once said in 1980 of film production in Australia: "[In 1979] I discovered what a good place Australia was for movies . . . It's as good as Los Angeles, but it's far, far away, and hasn't the facilities of Hollywood. The answer to that is money - by which you can bring in filmmakers from America and Britain to produce pictures which will cross other countries' borders". See more »

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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 »

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[first lines]
Australian Customs Agent: Next please. Now what's the purpose of your visit?
Patrick Foley: Uh - passing through.
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Blind Faith
Words and Music by Michael Lloyd
Sung by Gene Nelson
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Great outdoor film
1 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

In the tradition of great outdoor films like "Jeremiah Johnson" and "The Edge", this is an emotional film about human survival and love. Great performances by both actors, wonderful cinematography, and a really tight script make this improbably story believable. This can be a hard movie to find, but go to any good video store (not Blockbuster) and they should have it. It seems like nobody knows about this movie, but it is really one to catch on a Saturday afternoon.


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