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The Quiet Earth (1985)

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After a top-secret experiment misfires, a scientist may be the only man left alive in the world.

Director: Geoff Murphy

Release Date: 1985-09-08
Status: Released
Run time: 91 min / 1:31
Budget: $1,000,000
Production Companies : Cinepro, Mr. Yellowbeard Productions Limited & Company
Production Country: New Zealand
Release Date: 1985-09-08
Status: Released
Run time: 91 min / 1:31
Budget: $1,000,000

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Bruno Lawrence
as Zac Hobson
Alison Routledge
as Joanne
Anzac Wallace
as Api's Mate
Pete Smith
as Api
Tom Hyde
as Scientist


Directing Geoff Murphy Director
Writing Craig Harrison Novel
Writing Bill Baer Author
Writing Bruno Lawrence Author
Production Sam Pillsbury Producer
Sound John Charles Original Music Composer
Camera James Bartle Director of Photography
Editing Michael Horton Editor
Writing Sam Pillsbury Author
Production Don Reynolds Producer

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  • The 1985 sci fi film from New Zealand, The Quiet Earth, is one of the best of the 'Last Man/Woman On Earth' apocalyptic films. That said, since that is a sub-subgenre of film (subgenre being Apocalyptic films in the genre sci fi), it's merely a good film overall, for it progressively gets weaker as it goes on, as do all films in that vein.

  • Audience Reviews for The Quiet Earth. A remake of 1959's The World The Flesh And The Devil, but set in New Zealand. The opening is good (one man facing the possibility of being the last man on ...

  • Old review for DVD: "The Quiet Earth" came out of nowhere in 1985 to stun audiences with the story of a military project gone wrong and and a man condemned to a ghost world. Zack Hobson (the late Bruno Lawrence in a stunning performance)wakes up on July 2nd at 6:12 in the morning to a world radically changed.

  • The Quiet Earth isn't necessarily a top-tier effort even within the small sub-genre of post-apocalyptic drama, but the film's terrific atmosphere and efficient underdog mentality go a long way in my book.

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  • The Quiet Earth is a great and unique film, which looks and sounds excellent in Film Movement’s new 2016 2K digitally restored print in full stereo 5.1 surround sound. However, because the film ...

  • The Quiet Earth is a 1985 New Zealand science fiction post-apocalyptic film directed by Geoff Murphy and starring Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge and Peter Smith as three survivors of a cataclysmic disaster.

  • For more about The Quiet Earth and the The Quiet Earth Blu-ray release, see the The Quiet Earth Blu-ray Review published by Michael Reuben on December 6, 2016 where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

  • The Quiet Earth Review. Font Size -16 + ... The Quiet Earth is at its best in its opening half hour, where Lawrence is alone on screen. Murphy and his crew conjure up a compellingly strange atmosphere. Kettles are left to boil, bathwater pours through a ceiling, a plane has fallen from the sky. Lawrence ably conveys a sense of liberation, of a ...