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Old April 17 2010, 03:05 AM   #1
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So I saw "The Quiet Earth"

I watched this movie after reading about it on Listverse. It's a New Zealand film from 1985 with a really good actor in the lead role.

I have to say, it's one of the most imaginative movies I've ever seen. The ending is absolutely mindblowing. Obviously, it's meant to be left up to the viewer to interpret it however he/she wants.

This movie is just begging to be remade (properly, of course)

Has anyone else seen this movie?
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Old April 17 2010, 03:29 AM   #2
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Re: So I saw "The Quiet Earth"

I've seen it. I thought the ending was creepy as all get out. I did wonder what happened to everyone else, as well.
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Old April 17 2010, 04:42 AM   #3
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Re: So I saw "The Quiet Earth"

It's always produced a pretty polarized reaction when brought up here, some love it and some are bored to tears by it.

I'm firmly in the "love it" camp, I have it on DVD.

About the end and who's left:

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Old April 17 2010, 05:13 AM   #4
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It really is a brilliant ending. You'd never be able to get away with that today, sadly.
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Old April 17 2010, 05:15 AM   #5
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Re: So I saw "The Quiet Earth"

They never said exactly what happened to everyone else. From our POV, they disappeared, but they had to go somewhere. Perhaps a duplicate Earth was created somehow, and the characters from the film were deposited on it? Thus from most people's perspective, nothing happened.
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Old April 17 2010, 05:26 AM   #6
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I didn't like this movie, no one in my family did, when we watched it we had all gone "...wtf?" It was just a lame movie, and the love triangle thing is cliched, last man and woman on earth, but one isn't interested in the other, then they come across another man or women and suddenly two people can barely keep their hands off each other. Lame.
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Old April 17 2010, 11:13 AM   #7
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Great movie. Saw it over Christmas as one of the dvds we accumulated to get us through the dross that is seasonal tv. I have massively vague memories of watching it back in the 80s, but it wasn't at all familiar to me. I thought it was novel and enjoyed it. I wouldn't want it remade. For me part of the charm is that it is what it is and is made in New Zeland. No offence to Americans here, but I get tired of most films and tv being American. It's nice to see something from somewhere else. (I imagine if it was remade it would most likely be a US studio that did it.) I don't think it needs remaking in any case.
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Old April 17 2010, 11:29 AM   #8
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Re: So I saw "The Quiet Earth"

I think Klaus is dead on the money about the ending and overall it's a pretty solid movie. I don't see any need for it to be remade simply because it is after all just another 'last man on earth', story, however well told, and I don't think there's anything about this particular version that needs revisiting.
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Old April 17 2010, 12:02 PM   #9
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I must re-read the book which I seem to remember is significantly different in parts.
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Old April 17 2010, 12:07 PM   #10
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I watched this movie after reading about it on Listverse. It's a New Zealand film from 1985 with a really good actor in the lead role.

Has anyone else seen this movie?
No, great isn't it? ...so how about a description of what's it about so us who haven't watched it can decide whether it's something they would want to watch?
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Old April 18 2010, 04:59 AM   #11
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Re: So I saw "The Quiet Earth"

It's a last-man-on-earth story to begin with, but morphs into more than that as it goes along... it's a character movie, not an action one.
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