The Quiet Earth (1985)

New Zealand,
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
Dolby Stereo, English

A New Zealand science fiction film directed by Geoffrey Murphy.

Plot Summary

Zac Hobson wakes one day to find that everyone else on Earth has vanished. He sets out to find other survivors of what he suspects is a catastrophic accident at a government research project he was working on. He encounters Joanne, a young woman, and Api, a Maori tribesman and they realise that they only survived because all three were on the brink of death when the accident happened – Zac had attempted suicide, Joanne's hair dryer had exploded in her hands and Api was losing a fight with another man. But their joy at finding other survivors soon sours when Zac and Api begin fighting over Joanne…


Director: Geoffrey Murphy
© Mr Yellowbeard Productions Limited and Company
Cinepro and Pillsbury Films present
Producers: Sam Pillsbury, Don Reynolds
Script: Bill Baer, Bruno Lawrence, Sam Pillsbury
Novel: Craig Harrison
Director of Photography: James Bartle
Editor: Michael Horton
Music: John Charles
Sound Recordists: Mike Westgate, Hammond Peek
Costume Designer: Mike Kane
Make Up/Hair: Jill Mills
Special Effects Supervisor: Ken Durey
Production Designer: Josephine Ford

Bruno Lawrence (Zac Hobson)
Alison Routledge (Joanne)
Peter Smith (Api)
Anzac Wallace (Api's mate)
Norman Fletcher (Perrin)
Tom Hyde (scientist)

Alternative Titles

Csendes Föld – Hungarian title
Le Dernier survivant – French title
Huomisen tuska – Finnish title
A Néptelen Föld – Hungarian title
Quiet Earth – Das letzte Experiment – West German title
La terra silenziosa – Italian title
Terra Tranquila – Brazilian, Portuguese title
Tiha Zemlja – Serbian title
Den Tysta Jorden – Swedish title
El único superviviente – Spanish title

The Last Man (2000)



  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.404 – credits