The Quiet Earth

October 18th, 1985


The Quiet Earth

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The Quiet Earth

A mans awakens to find himself alone in the world.

Release Year: 1985

Rating: 7.0/10 (9,015 voted)

Director: Geoff Murphy

Stars: Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge, Pete Smith

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.

Writers: Craig Harrison, Bill Baer

Bruno Lawrence - Zac Hobson
Alison Routledge - Joanne
Pete Smith - Api (as Peter Smith)
Anzac Wallace - Api's Mate
Norman Fletcher - Perrin
Tom Hyde - Scientist

Release Date: 18 October 1985

Filming Locations: New Zealand

Box Office Details

Budget: $1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $9,825 (USA) (20 October 1985) (1 Screen)

Gross: $2,123,135 (USA)

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Did You Know?

The Quiet Earth is actually based the one 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.

[Aiming a shotgun at a crucifix]
Zac Hobson: If you don't come out I'll shoot the kid!

User Review

Good Science Fiction


If you're looking for a science fiction flick that has nothing to do with little green aliens or intergalactic civil war, check out this film. A terrific story about a man waking up to find out that everybody in the world is gone. Vanished! He is the only one on Earth. A great part of the film deals with the struggle of having to be alone. Very original, very interesting, and very entertaining. Check it out.


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