6.8/10
24,019
142 user 78 critic

The Quiet Earth (1985)

Trailer
2:48 | Trailer
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 »
Reviews
10 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

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
Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young man and his telepathic dog wander a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Director: L.Q. Jones
Stars: Don Johnson, Jason Robards, Susanne Benton
Utu (1983)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In 1870, a Maori warrior working with the British finds his village massacred, and vows revenge.

Director: Geoff Murphy
Stars: Anzac Wallace, Bruno Lawrence, Tim Elliott
Miracle Mile (1988)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young man hears a chance phone call telling him that a nuclear war has started and missiles will hit his city in 70 minutes.

Director: Steve De Jarnatt
Stars: Anthony Edwards, Mare Winningham, John Agar
Threads (TV Movie 1984)
Drama | Sci-Fi | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The effects of a nuclear holocaust on the working class city of Sheffield, England and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization.

Director: Mick Jackson
Stars: Karen Meagher, Reece Dinsdale, David Brierly
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.

Director: Douglas Trumbull
Stars: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Lone survivor, doctor Robert Neville, struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race while fighting The Family, a savage luddite death cult formed by the zombie-like infected to erase the past.

Director: Boris Sagal
Stars: Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash
Wild Man (1977)
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The story of two itinerant con men, the Wild Man and the Colonel, who operate on the West Coast gold mining towns of the New Zealand South Island during the latter part of the last century.

Director: Geoff Murphy
Stars: Bruno Lawrence, Ian Watkin, Tony Barry
Last Night I (1998)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A group of very different individuals with different ideas of how to face the end come together as the world is expected to end in six hours at the turn of the century.

Director: Don McKellar
Stars: Don McKellar, Sandra Oh, Roberta Maxwell
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls fighting against cannibal zombies and a sinister group of scientists.

Director: Thom Eberhardt
Stars: Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Robert Beltran
The Day After (TV Movie 1983)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas.

Director: Nicholas Meyer
Stars: Jason Robards, JoBeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg
Amateur (1994)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An amnesiac wakes up on an NYC alley. He meets Isabelle, an ex nun now erotic writer, at a diner and follows her home. She helps him find his identity. Then there's Sofia, the porn star.

Director: Hal Hartley
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Martin Donovan, Elina Löwensohn
A Quiet Earth (Video 2004)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The film follows the lives of four separate landmine and UXO victims in modern-day Vietnam and Iraq.

Director: Glenn Fraser
Stars: Heather Mills
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

A line spoken by Joanne, "Wonderful human beings" is sampled in the song 'Human' by Resistance D See more »

Goofs

The crew was very careful during takes to not to film any activity in the background of scenes that would spoil the illusion of there being nothing living left on Earth. So much so that the assistant director would constantly stare at the background where ever the lens was pointing during takes to ensure nothing was inadvertently caught. However as mentioned a car can be seen in the far distance in the scene just before Zac goes into the church and again at about 1hr 3m 03sec when Api and Joanne are jogging down a foggy hill.....a white car can clearly be seen driving past in the top right of the frame. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Zac Hobson: [trying to pay for gasoline] Hello... Hello... Hello?
See more »

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

Referenced in Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude No. 2
Performed by Kenny Burrell
See more »

User Reviews

Quite A Quiet Film
2 April 2008 | by newnoirSee all my reviews

This film is a lost gem.

Not many (or not nearly enough) have seen it and those who have mostly love it. Director Geoff Murphy's film career has gone right into the proverbial john since making this. Oh, he's still working, sure, but his later works (some of them) can't compare to this masterwork.

But if you like Last Man On Earth type movies this celluloid slice of sci-fi cherry pie is for you! It has one of those endings that will leave you dazzled and puzzled. It doesn't try and tie up all the loose ends and questions like a lot of films do. Its much like a Kubrick film in that respect.

Hopefully The Talented Mr. Murphy will make a film as good as this again someday. Here's hoping! And I loved the ass shot of the beautiful, milky skinned redhead (Alison Routledge) as well. Talk about cherry pie. Yum.

You will like the aforementioned shot too. If you swing that way.


31 of 47 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 142 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English | Maori

Release Date:

18 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Quiet Earth See more »

Filming Locations:

Clevedon, Auckland, New Zealand See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,825, 20 October 1985

Gross USA:

$2,123,135

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,123,135
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed