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
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Another major point of comparison is the 1959 film 'The World, the Flesh, and the Devil'-- which also features a similar trio of survivors in a post-apocalyptic United States, only with the races switched. The first survivor is a black man, the second a white woman, and the third a white man. Race plays a much more explicit role in that film, whereas 'The Quiet Earth' makes statements on race more subtly. See more »
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 »
[trying to pay for gasoline]
Hello... Hello... Hello?
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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 »
This movie has little action, instead focussing on the realities of being put in a situation where you are the last person on Earth. It deals with the mental problems that might arise and one man's descent into, and ascent out of, madness.
The science behind the disappearance of the whole human population is best ignored as complete nonsense, but otherwise the movie is solid enough fare.
Likewise the non-Hollywood ending appealed to me, even if I haven't the faintest idea what happened, or why.
And if you find yourself sneering at what the hero gets up to on screen ask yourself this - What would you do if you were the last person on Earth?
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