The Earthling

The Earthling

DVD (Australian Import)

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Overview

The Earthling

Despite its title, The Earthling is not a science fiction opus. Instead, it's a low-key character study about a doomed man who finds a new lease on life by helping another lost soul. Suffering from terminal cancer, Patrick Foley (William Holden) returns to his native Australia. Intending to live out his last few months alone, Foley comes out of his shell long enough to teach impressionable young orphan Shawn Daley (Ricky Schroder) a few Bush Country survival skills. Ironically, director Peter Collinson was himself a cancer victim, who died shortly after the film's completion. The Earthling works best on a kiddie-matinee level, with Holden's performance and the gorgeous photography its chief assets.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/04/2016
UPC: 9344256013430
Original Release: 1980
Source: Imports
Sales rank: 5,938

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Holden Patrick Foley
Rick Schroder Shawn Daley
Jack Thompson Ross Daley
Olivia Hamnett Bettina Daley
Alwyn Kurts Christian Neilson
Redmond Phillips Bobby Burns
Willie Fennell R.C.
Ray Barrett Parnell
Pat Evison Meg Neilson
Jane Harders Molly Ann Hogan
Tony Barry Red
Allan Penney Harlan
Walter Pym Uncle
Dawn Schroder Dalton
Maggie Blinco Jessica
Tui Bow Lyla
Danny Adcock Bus Driver

Technical Credits
Peter Collinson Director
Steve Andrews Asst. Director
Nicholas Beauman Editor
Carol Connors Songwriter
David Copping Production Designer
Lanny Cotler Screenwriter
Dick de Benedictis Score Composer
Judith Dorsman Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Egerton Asst. Director
Bernard Hides Production Designer
Bob Hilditch Production Designer
Donald M. McAlpine Cinematographer
Frank Morriss Editor
Elliot Schick Producer
David Shire Songwriter
John Strong Producer
Christopher Williams Asst. Director

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The Earthling 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot remember what year I first saw this movie, but it will stay with me forever. I will now pass this along to my 7 grandchildren! Thank you William Holden and Peter Collinson!!! This is one of the best films I have ever seen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A touching story, though a bit emotionally sentimental. The compelling soundtrack by David Shire is particularly noteworthy, as is the magnificent theme song performed by Maureen McGovern.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story has stayed with me for years. I learned a lot about life. Even when bad things happen to us. Good things can come from it. The best move I care to remember.
Guest More than 1 year ago
sad and beautiful story of friendship