The Quiet Earth (1985)




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In a tour-de-force sci-fi story with only three main characters, Kiwi director Geoffrey Murphy creates an interesting dynamic nuanced with shades of mysticism. When scientist Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) experiments with a radical new power source -- a band of energy that would circle the planet -- the project goes awry and apparently wipes out all living creatures (they vanish without a trace). At first Zac adjusts by indulging himself in some of his materialistic desires, but he soon starts a … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Craig Harrison, Bill Baer, Bruno Lawrence, Sam Pillsbury
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 13, 2006
Anchor Bay Entertainment



as Zac Hobson

as Api's Mate

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Critic Reviews for The Quiet Earth

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

For such a low-budget film, it is beautifully photographed and contains some inspired, yet deceptively simple visual effects.

Full Review… | July 10, 2007
DVD Review

a cult classic of the good variety

Full Review… | June 15, 2006

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 earth), but the essential dramatic qualifying dilemma (2 guys at the end of the world ... and only one woman - it's movie gold!) is inexplicably downplayed which very nearly guts the thing.
Still, some interesting moments, though it's better to see the original.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Surprisingly engaging and philosophical. One of science fiction's hidden gems.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

This is one of those post-apocalypse movies. It's kind of slow, but atmospheric and weird, in a good way. I really enjoyed it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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