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The Earthling (1980)

PG | | Adventure, Drama | 24 July 1980 (USA)
Patrick Foley has been on the move all his life. Tired of drifting, he wants to spend his last days in an isolated Australian valley where he grew up. On his difficult journey he meets ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Collinson

Writer:

Lanny Cotler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... Patrick Foley
Ricky Schroder ... Shawn Daley
Jack Thompson ... Ross Daley
Olivia Hamnett Olivia Hamnett ... Bettina Daley
Alwyn Kurts Alwyn Kurts ... Christian Neilson
Pat Evison Pat Evison ... Meg Neilson
Redmond Phillips ... Bobby Burns
Ray Barrett ... Parnell
Tony Barry ... Red
Allan Penney Allan Penney ... Harlan
Willie Fennell Willie Fennell ... R.C
Walter Pym Walter Pym ... Uncle
Cul Cullen Cul Cullen ... Dawson
Dawn Gregg Dawn Gregg ... Dalton (as Dawn Schroder)
Maggie Blinco Maggie Blinco ... Jessica
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Storyline

Patrick Foley has been on the move all his life. Tired of drifting, he wants to spend his last days in an isolated Australian valley where he grew up. On his difficult journey he meets Shawn, a little desperate city-boy whose parents were killed in an accident in this remote inhospitable territory. Being unable to accompany the boy back to the civilized world he reluctantly takes him with him on his trip to that valley and teaches him in a rugged way how to survive ... Written by Willy Vanhaelen <willy.vanhaelen@advalvas.be>

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Adventure | Drama

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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Solo contra el mundo See more »

Filming Locations:

New South Wales, Australia

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A number of Australian actors who appeared in this movie, including Jack Thompson, had their voices dubbed for the film's American release in the USA. See more »

Goofs

When the camper smashes into the bottom of the ravine, it impacts on its side and the chassis is cleaved in two. In the next (close up) shot, where the boy has descended the cliff to sit by the rear bumper, the vehicle is simply pancaked upside down with an intact chassis. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Australian Customs Agent: Next please. Now what's the purpose of your visit?
Patrick Foley: Uh - passing through.
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Alternate Versions

Originally released at 97 minutes, later re-edited and lengthened to 102 minutes. See more »

Soundtracks

Fast Women and Slow Dancin
Words and Music by Michael Lloyd, Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
Sung by Gene Nelson
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The Gift Of Survival
11 June 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The story of the making of The Earthling might in itself prove to be as interesting a film as The Earthling itself. The film tries, but doesn't quite make it to the top rung of films that William Holden did. As it sadly turned out The Earthling was the next to last film that Holden completed before he died the following year.

Only in the movies could we have the strange tale about one of the two protagonists dying of cancer, directed by someone who was himself dying of the same. Peter Collinson was terminally ill and knew it when he was directing The Earthling. I'm sure his cast didn't know it though. His own plight might have been what attracted Collinson to the project.

According to the Citadel Film series book, The Films Of William Holden, Collinson was especially hard on young Rick Schroder during the making of The Earthling. So much so that Holden had to intervene and the two bonded.

Which may have helped the film because three quarters of it is only dealing with Holden and Schroder on screen. The two really play well together.

Holden has returned to Australia to die where he grew up in a very rugged part of the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. Heading in the same general direction are Jack Thompson and Olivia Hamnett with their child Rick Schroder on a camping holiday. But when their camper goes off a cliff killing the parents and Schroder is left alone in the wilderness, he's lucky to find Holden.

But Bill proves to be a stern taskmaster. He can't tell him that it would be worse to go back, that it's farther than his old homestead. He has to teach Schroder and hope he learns well, the tools needed for survival in the wild. The bulk of the film is concerned with just that.

Collinson died and some scenes were shot afterward, the ending you see is not what Collinson had in mind. But who knows what he did have in mind as the disease ruled him as surely as it ruled Holden's character. The viewers will have to judge for themselves.

Rick Schroder never forgot William Holden and when he married, he named his first child Holden Schroder in honor of the movie legend who was also battling some demons of his own, but took time to help and befriend a young child player.

I think if Rick Schroder reads this review he'd like me to honor William Holden as well. And so this review is dedicated to William Holden one of the cinema's brightest stars.


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