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The Quiet Earth (1985)

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A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world. In a desperate attempt to search for others, he finds only two who have their own agenda.

Director:

Geoff Murphy (as Geoffrey Murphy)

Writers:

Craig Harrison (novel), Bill Baer | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bruno Lawrence ... Zac Hobson
Alison Routledge ... Joanne
Pete Smith ... Api (as Peter Smith)
Anzac Wallace ... Api's Mate
Norman Fletcher Norman Fletcher ... Perrin
Tom Hyde Tom Hyde ... Scientist
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Storyline

A man wakes up to find himself literally alone in the world, and goes about trying to find other survivors, as well as to find out what happened. He suspects that a government research project he was involved in had something to do with the disappearance of everyone. Eventually he finds several other people, and once they begin to trust each other they try to figure out why they were left on earth. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The End of the World is Just the Beginning See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terra Tranquila See more »

Filming Locations:

Clevedon, Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,825, 20 October 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,123,135
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title that Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) gave himself was the "President of this Quiet Earth". See more »

Goofs

When Zac is driving the big earth moving machine (at around 33 mins), just as he stops, if you look through the window of the truck in the upper left of the screen you can see a car passing in the distance. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Zac Hobson: [trying to pay for gasoline] Hello... Hello... Hello?
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits the scene cuts to a close up of Zac Hobson staring in stunned disbelief at what he's beholding. Then he realizes he's still holding his mini-tape recorder in his left hand, and after a moment of contemplation lets it drop to his side, as if there are no words to describe the sight. See more »

Connections

References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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Prelude No. 2
Performed by Kenny Burrell
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18 December 1998 | by Magnet-2See all my reviews

I should begin by stating that I LOVE this film, which may explain, if not justify the following comments.

This is an excellent exploration of the human mind in a fantastic situation, but more simply just a damn good science fiction thriller.

I would agree that the first half is the better part, but to those who criticise the second half as being cliched and unstructured I would argue that a new impetus is needed by the time Zac has lived out his various fantasies and flirted with insanity.

Where many appear to feel the film is confused and leaves many matters unresolved, that very ambiguity and bewilderment was what I enjoyed most. For most of the film you DON'T know where the characters have found themselves, whether they are actually alive or dead, or what reality they're living in.

In accordance with this fascination I found the ending superb, accompanied as it was by that haunting theme music. Maybe it came as a result of the writer not knowing how to end the thing but it was never going to be a film where everything fell into place by a few cunningly worded lines at the conclusion! Therefore I liked the fact things were left unexplained, unsatisfying though it may be.

In short, I would definitely recommend this film, which seems to be dusted off and screened late at night on a regular basis by BBC 2 (English terrestrial channel). I know it won't appeal to everyone, but there will be those surrealists who do love it, if only as a fun and bizarre Sci-fi.


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