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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)

Writers:

Craig Harrison (novel), Bill Baer | 2 more credits »
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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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Zac Hobson was the last man on Earth See more »

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English | Maori

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

Noted similarities between this film and the "Twilight Zone" episode "Where is Everybody?" - Both protagonists awake around 6:12 AM to find themselves alone in a small town. There is evidence that people disappeared suddenly without warning. The protagonists both break a clock. The underlying cause of the incidents turns out to be scientific experiments. The occurrences are hallucinations (this is explored more deeply in the novel "The Quiet 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 »

Connections

References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) 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 andre-71See 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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