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At exactly 6:12 am, government research scientist Zac Hobson (a powerhouse performance by Bruno Lawrence of Smash Palace and UTU) awakens to discover that he may be the last man on earth: homes, highways, and entire cities are deserted. Empty planes have fallen from the sky. Every living thing has disappeared. But for Hobson, the ultimate shock is still to come months later when he finds that he is not alone. With the addition of a beautiful young woman (Alison Routledge) and a Maori trucker (Pete Smith), the apocalypse suddenly becomes very personal.

What has happened to everyone else on the planet? Why has Zac himself survived? Will sexual tension lead to sudden violence? And what is the ultimate responsibility for a man of science when the end of the world may be just the beginning?


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202459406
UPC 013131414691
UPC 14 00013131414691
Format DVD
Release Date 11/3/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Lawrence,Bruno
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Alison Routledge - Actor
Anzac Wallace - Actor
Bruno Lawrence - Actor
Craig Harrison - Writer
Geoff Murphy - Director
James Bartle - Cinematographer
John Charles - Original Music By
Michael Horton - Editor
Pete Smith - Actor
Sam Pillsbury - Producer
Bill Baer, et. al. - Screenplay
Craig Harrison - Based On Novel By
Don Reynolds - Producer
Josephine Ford - Production Designer
Norman Fletcher - Actor
Rick Kofoed - Art Director
Review I do have a philosophical complaint about the film. One of the characters feels terrible remorse for having worked on a scientific project whose results could have been used for evil. I guess this is a natural outgrowth of a pacifist sentiment growing in New Zealand. My question to the filmmaker would be just how much human progress could have ever taken place without anyone working science that could have been used for evil.
Reviewer Mark R. Leeper
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Variety
Review One of New Zealand's top directors, Geoff Murphy has taken a man-alone theme and turned it imaginatively to strong and refreshing effect in The Quiet Earth...Plot centers on scientist Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) who wakes one morning to discover he is alone in the world. A global top-secret energy project he has been working on has malfunctioned and altered the fabric of the universe. While humanity appears to be wiped out, all its materialistic trappings remain. For a time, Zac lives out his fantasies...Then begins a search for other survivors. He finds two - a woman, Joanne (Alison Routledge), and a man, Api (Peter Smith). The emotions unleashed by this trio in their struggle for survival propels the story, which has an intriguing mystical dimension, to a shattering conclusion...The film is notable for high production values. Acting isn't far behind. Lawrence, a veteran of NZ films turns in a performance that is funny and moving, while Maori actor Smith makes a bold debut. But it is Alison Routledge who is the real find. Possessing a special, delicate, Madonna-like beauty, she invests Joanne with sparky intelligence and strength.
ReviewRating 9
Review Post-apocalypse movies aren't exactly scarce. Even down under has more than its fair share of these films: The Road Warrior being the prime example of the genre...The Quiet Earth takes a much softer and less explosive route to examining life beyond the pale. Here we have New Zealander Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence), who awakes one morning to find he's the only guy around. Literally. The rest of humanity -- and all animal life, it seems -- has simply vanished. Zac spends the following days in predictable stages of coping: Confusion, research, gluttony, insanity, and rebuilding -- until a fetching second survivor, Joanne (Alison Routledge), shows up at his place...Heavy stuff, and Murphy does amazing work with a deft script that, despite minimal dialogue and even fewer characters, keeps you engaged for its full running time and, incredibly, leaves you wanting more at the end. Murphy's later credits (Young Guns II, Under Siege 2) wouldn't indicate such an ability to produce powerful action/thriller/dramas on a tiny budget -- and my, what special effects! that score! -- but never you mind. The Quiet Earth is a cult classic of the good variety. There's not a moment of schlock or goofiness, and its topic (a metaphor for nuclear annihilation) is just as prescient today.
Reviewer Christopher Null
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Commentary, Trailers
Product Attributes
Actor Lawrence,Bruno
Label Video Treasures
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Felix Gonzalez, Jr., DVD Review ...beautifully photographed and contains some inspired, yet deceptively simple visual effects.
L.A. Weekly ...a startlingly beautiful ending.
Los Angeles Daily News Quite simply the best science-fiction film of the '80s.
Scott Weinberg, DVD Talk ...unfolds like a particularly cool episode of The Twilight Zone...
The Hollywood Reporter The sci-fi, chiller-thriller The Quiet Earth is a thoughtful, suspenseful film that is full of impact.
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