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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.

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(as Geoffrey Murphy)

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Complete credited cast:
... Zac Hobson
... Joanne
... Api (as Peter Smith)
... Api's Mate
Norman Fletcher ... Perrin
Tom Hyde ... Scientist
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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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Zac Hobson was the last man on Earth See more »

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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R | See all certifications »

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18 October 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terra Tranquila  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,825, 20 October 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,123,135
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the book, New Zealand Film 1912-1996 (1997), the movie was "made under pressure because of the incipient lifting of tax concessions and with the added burden of 92 locations". See more »

Goofs

In the "Inauguration" scene, the cutout of Hitler is seen alternately standing beside a loudspeaker and then a cutout of Nixon, and back to the speaker. 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 »

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Referenced in 28 Days Later... (2002) See more »

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Prelude No. 2
Performed by Kenny Burrell
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film with apocalyptic atmosphere
6 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

I love films with an apocalyptic theme. And this is definitely one of the better ones. Even though the basic story has been around quite a few times, e.g. "Omega Man, The (1971)", it is always interesting to see what has happened before and how it ends. Here, the emphasis is put on human relations, not so much on action. The scientific explanation for the "effect" is also somewhat implausible, but due to that rather authentic scientist Hobson I believed it anyways. And fortunately, the authors chose a non Hollywood-style ending for the movie!


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