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The Survivor


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  • Actors: Robert Powell, Jenny Agutter, Joseph Cotten, Angela Punch McGregor, Ralph Cotterill
  • Directors: David Hemmings
  • Producers: The Survivor
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 87.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L2GAEQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 318,544 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A mid-air jet disaster leaves the one survivor to avenge the deaths of the others. This supernatural thriller follows him on his search for the bomber that caused the disaster. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Australian Film Institute, ...The Survivor

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Bookmark on 31 July 2005
Format: DVD
I don't know anyone else who has any good words about this little seen straight-to-video creepie, but I'll take issue with the other Amazon reviewer (see above) by claiming that for me it's a far more interesting work than the novel which inspired it, and the only really interesting movie adaptation of James Herbert. I'm surprised that the British cinema hasn't done more to capitalise on Herbert's international success; he's Britain's most succesful horror writer, and it's over thirty years since he hit the big time with the pornographically violent "The Rats". He's had a couple of dozen huge bestsellers since, but the only British movie adaptation has been Lewis Gilbert's wretched "Haunted".
"The Survivor" is an Australian picture-the novel was set in home counties Britain- made by actor/director Hemmings, an artistic refugee from the Britain after the box office failure of "Running Scared" and "The Fourteen", his first films as director, and it re-unites him with Robert Powell, star of "Running Scared".
Hemmings was an interesting actor and a maverick, highly variable director. His place in movie history was secured when, as a hopeful,unknown young actor he took the lead as a disillusioned fashion photographer in Michaelangelo Antonioni's brilliant and influential 1967 arthouse hit "Blow Up". It is the film for which he will be remembered, and it's influence- both visual and thematic- is clearly detectable in "The Survivor", which has a story and screenplay which Antonioni wouldn't have touched with a bargepole.
The plotline is delightfully macabre; a bomb explodes on a passenger plane during take-off. The pilot is the only survivor, and he is haunted by the voices of the dead,leading him on to investigate and finally unmask the lunatic culprit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 May 2011
Format: DVD
Just after taking off, a Jetliner goes into a emergency landing, but the pilots can't control the situation and the plane crashes and presumably everybody is dead because of the state of the disaster. That's until out of the wreckage and flames, out comes walking the only survivor the pilot. When asked what happened, the pilot has temporary memory loss and because of that he's tortured by the guilt of being the only survivor. A woman who believes to be part of this accident joins the pilot on trying to figure out this baffling mystery, which somehow involves the restless spirits of the plane crash pushing the two to seek out the truth.

I remember when I came across the trailer for this flick on some rental video, and boy did it freak me out when I was kid, but that's going back and I just saw it for the first time now. And from what I saw, I got nothing but high praise for this Australian paranormal thriller. It isn't flawless, but there's something enthralling about the mystery of it all and it's a technically impressive production. 'The Survivor' which was adapted from James Herbert's novel was shot in Adelaide, Australia with some of the same crew of the previous film 'Harlequin' involved, but they managed to pull some international actors other then Robert Powell, but Jenny Agutter and Joseph Cotton too. And also some local faces Angela Punch-McGregor and Peter Summer who have small roles pop up.

David Hemming takes the pivotal role of director here and paints a very moody picture that has a vastly quiet stillness and baffling nature to all of it. The supernatural factor of the plot exploits the fear of this startling subject by having short pockets of intense shocks and taut suspense along way to its breathtaking climax.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 April 2012
Format: DVD
Part of an ill-fated two-picture deal (alongside Harlequin) that Robert Powell signed in the wake of Jesus of Nazareth's success, Australian horror movie The Survivor is a fairly good idea undone by clumsy writing and rushed execution, although the film looks like it's either been heavily edited or they ran out of money and couldn't film everything in the script. Ideas are left hanging, motives unexplained and characters disappear after fleeting introductions (third-billed Angela Punch McGregor gets a single line in one brief scene). Powell's pilot is the sole survivor of a crash on take-off and as he falls under suspicion during the crash investigation, those exploiting the tragedy (most notably an unscrupulous photographer) start to die at the hands of the dead victims and Jenny Agutter's psychic tries to enlist his help in giving their spirits peace before the body count rises. All of which sounds much more interesting than the execution, as David Hemmings' direction veers more to the competent than the inspired, though a replay of the spectacular crash scene is highly effective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By spiderman2009 on 27 Jun 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Pleasing to have another look at this 1980's movie with Robert Powell in the lead role. I had forgotten most of the plot and was not dissapointed. I wanted to know before buying the cost and possible delay in getting this one, shipped direct from the US. The cost was modest and took about 2 weeks to arrive.Good playback quality on this DVD, sound and picture. Will replay again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James on 25 Jun 2011
Format: DVD
I'm going to have to send this back. Probably the worst transfer to DVD I've ever seen... it would watch better if it had been recorded from the TV on an old VHS.
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