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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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Geoff Murphy (as Geoffrey Murphy)

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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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On July 5th, everyone on Earth disappeared See more »

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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R | See all certifications »

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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

Gross USA:

$2,123,135

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,123,135
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"The Quiet Earth" is actually based on the experience of an American tourist in New Zealand in the 1970s. New Zealanders always take the weekends off and sleep late. The tourist arrived in the center of Auckland on a Sunday morning and found it completely deserted. He later said he felt like the last man on Earth. 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?
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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
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worth a watch, but patchy
28 September 2004 | by paddy-2See all my reviews

For some reason, I saw this film at the cinema when it first came out. I think I might have been attracted by the classic S.F. poster, with the ringed planet rising behind a city. Well - I remember being intrigued by the film, but a little disappointed, and on watching it again on DVD all these years later, I feel just the same way.

It's worth a watch, and in many ways it's a neat and original little film. It's much more effective in the first half, when the narrative is driven by the main character's discovery of the disaster that has occurred.

The reaction of the protagonist to his new found "freedom" is well handled, believable and treads just the right line between comedy and tragedy. But when the other characters start to appear, the rot sets in, and I felt the film lost its way.

Also - the basic film-making began to creak. Some really bad acting began to be noticeable, and the director seemed to be grabbing at Hollywood action clichés to bulk out his film (eg the narrow squeeze driving the lorry through the gap, the pointless and unresolved stand-off between the two guys over the girl etc).

In science fiction terms, the basic premise was neat and interesting, but not really explored at all. And the more that was revealed, the worse it got - disbelief was NOT suspended!

But - I still like the film, would recommend it, and might even watch it again myself in another 20 or so years!


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