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The Quiet Earth

Film (Trailer and Excerpts) – 1985

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In director Geoff Murphy's cult sci fi feature, a global energy project has malfunctioned and scientist Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) awakes to find himself the only living being left on earth. At first he lives out his fantasies, helping himself to cars and clothes, before the implications of being 'man alone' sink in. As this awareness sends him to the brink of madness — see the excerpt above — he discovers two other survivors. One of them is a woman. The Los Angeles Daily News called the movie “quite simply the best science-fiction film of the 80s”. Read more about it here.

Few performances equal Bruno's in The Quiet Earth. I can only think of Spencer Tracey in The Old Man and the Sea to match his solo role. Tracey held the audience for twenty minutes; Bruno kept the audience on the edge of their seats for twice that time....
– Kiwi film legend John O'Shea

Produced by

Cinepro/Pillsbury Films

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from the NZ Film Commission

Music

Music performed by the NZ Symphony Orchestra

Musical producer Dave Fraser

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