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The Survivor (1981)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery | 9 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

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 Ralph Cotterill ... Slater
Adrian Wright ... Goodwin
Tyler Coppin ... Boy
Kirk Alexander Kirk Alexander ... Dr. Martindale
Jon Nicholls Jon Nicholls ... Jackson
Roger Cardwell 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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Storyline

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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Based on the terrifying best-selling novel by James Herbert. See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1981 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Aterrorizante Confronto Final See more »

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Budget:

AUD 1,300,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Second of two Australian theatrical feature films that starred English actor Robert Powell). The first was Harlequin (1980). Both films involved supernatural themes. See more »

Goofs

During the takeoff roll, the first officer calls "Vee-one", then "Vee-two", then "rotate". V2 is the climb-out speed with an engine failure, and is never less than the rotate speed, so would not be achieved until the aircraft is airborne. 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 »

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Simple story made incomprehensible through inept handling
6 April 2016 | by jadavixSee all my reviews

"The Survivor" is a bizarre, incomprehensible attempt at a horror story that barely registers as that or anything at all.

The bits that one assumes are meant to be scary are merely confusing and come out of nowhere. The soundtrack pummels you with frantic music but this is merely irritating since you can't understand what, if anything, you are supposed to be scared by.

The plot is fairly simple, so why is it so confusing? It's about a pilot who survives a plane crash that kills everyone else on board. He is visited by some kind of clairvoyant or something, played by Jenny Agutter, who is about as mystical in this role as the CEO of Wendy's. Her role in the plot is obvious on paper (how else is the movie going to get the supernatural bent going?), but when handled this badly, becomes confusing and you may wonder what she is there for.

The ending, I admit, was clever. It's just everything that led up to it was so bad that it was completely wasted, like the rest of the movie.


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