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The Survivor (1981)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery | 10 July 1981 (Australia)
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A plane crashes just after takeoff and the only survivor, the pilot, walks out of the wreckage. He doesn't remember the crash, but 300 passengers and crew are dead. As the investigation goes on people are wanting answers.

Director:

David Hemmings

Writers:

David Ambrose (screenplay), James Herbert (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Powell ... Keller
Jenny Agutter ... Hobbs
Joseph Cotten ... Priest
Angela Punch McGregor Angela Punch McGregor ... Beth (as Angela Punch-McGregor)
Peter Sumner ... Tewson
Lorna Lesley Lorna Lesley ... Susan
Ralph Cotterill ... Slater
Adrian Wright ... Goodwin
Tyler Coppin Tyler Coppin ... Boy
Kirk Alexander Kirk Alexander ... Dr. Martindale
Jon Nicholls Jon Nicholls ... Jackson
Roger Cardwell ... Flight Engineer
Jenufa Scott-Roberts Jenufa Scott-Roberts ... Stewardess
John Edmund John Edmund ... Goswell
Denzil Howson Denzil Howson ... Rogan
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Keller is an experienced pilot whose plane crashes in a field near a town. He ends up being the sole survivor, but he's unable to remember what happened that caused the plane to crash. He also can't explain how come he's the only one who survived without even a scratch while everyone else on board died. A local female psychic, Hobbs, who's been having visions ever since the night of the crash, and Keller's own sense of survivor's guilt convince Keller that he needs to get to the bottom of things. Meanwhile, some of the children killed in the crash begin appearing to some of the locals and an eerie series of strange deaths occurs. Keller and Hobbs approach the local priest, who seem to be the only one in town who believes in Keller's innocence and Hobbs disturbing visions.

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A journey into the supernatural See more »


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Trivia

The film's key creative team's previous picture, 'Harlequin (1980), opened wide in Australian cinemas on the 28th of March 1980, which was just three days before the commencement of principal photography on 'The Survivor' (1980) started on 31st March 1980. See more »

Goofs

The pilot is seen switching off the "No Smoking" and "Fasten Seat Belt" signs almost immediately the plane is airborne, yet just a few seconds later it can be seen that the wheels have not been retracted. The signs would have been kept lit until the plane was well into the air, which would be some time after the wheels had been retracted. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK video versions and the Prism DVD release featured the shorter 82 minute print. The 2009 Britfilms DVD featured the longer 92 minute version which includes additional footage of wounded passengers in the plane before the explosion and a scene where a looter meets a girl ghost on a lake. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Survivor: The Legacy of James Herbert (2017) See more »

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The Survivor - Main Title
Composer: Brian May
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A curio
30 January 2004 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The screenplay was certainly absorbing,but David Hemmings did not do a good job with it.It arguably has the seeds which spawn such later works as "fearless" (1994) and "unbreakable" ,but directing cannot pull it off properly,despite of its cast including Robert Powell whose strange looks were tailor-made for the part,Jenny Agutter who seems to be waiting for something to happen concerning her character,and Joseph Cotten whose end of career cannot compare favorably with Hitchcock and Welles works :here he is totally wasted .Interesting because of its connection with the later developments of the fantastic.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1981 (Australia) See more »

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Budget:

AUD1,300,000 (estimated)
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| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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