The Earthling (24-Jul-1980)|
Director: Peter Collinson
Writer: Lanny Cotler
Producers: Elliot Schick; John Strong
Keywords: Outdoor Adventure, Terminal Illness
||Peter Thornton on The Troubleshooters
||Sunday Too Far Away
|William Holden|| ... Patrick Foley|
|Rick Schroder|| ... Shawn Daley|
|Jack Thompson|| ... Ross Daley|
|Olivia Hamnett|| ... Bettina Daley|
|Alwyn Kurts|| ... Christian Neilson|
|Pat Evison|| ... Meg Neilson|
|Redmond Phillips|| ... Bobby Burns|
|Ray Barrett|| ... Parnell|
|Tony Barry|| ... Red|
|Allan Penney|| ... Harlan|
|Willie Fennell|| ... R. C|
|Walter Pym|| ... Uncle|
|Cul Cullen|| ... Dawson|
|Dawn Schroder|| ... Dalton|
|Maggie Blinco|| ... Jessica|
|Tui Bow|| ... Lyla|
|Danny Adcock|| ... Bus Driver|
Review by teddy (posted on 19-May-2005)
Extraordinarily touching film. I saw it for the first time years ago and remember being deeply moved by it. I just saw it again in TNT, and being much older couldn't avoid, again, finding myself on the verge of tears. The acting both by William Holden and Rick Schroder is superb. The way Fosey (Holden's character)begins a quick process of toughening the boy out of necessity,is perfecty carved, well paced, nothing short of brilliant. The bond that generates between both of them, one coming from a tough and hardened man who had lost hope of loving again, the other from a kid who had suffered the most terrible of loses,is something to watch. I'll never forget the scene in whick the boy tells him "I love you" twice, and he says, "I never told that to my father... Never be afraid of telling someone you love him". I highly recomend this film, and it should definitely be included within the classics.
Review by anonymous (posted on 9-Aug-2006)
This movie is a masterpiece.
Although modest about his skills as an actor, William Holden was an
actor of considerable skill. Beginning as a 'golden boy", in later
years he created a credible persona as a hard-bitten adventurer. As he
aged, a certain weariness and disappointment appeared in his
characters, and when he was in a role which suggested that he had been
an adventurer, this weariness suggested a man who had seen and done it
all, and found it wanting. And this is the role he plays in The
Earthling: an old adventurer who has come back to the land of his birth
to die. He has only a short time to live, and he is determined to
return to the place he was born, far back in the wilds. Just as he
embarks on this final journey, he encounters a recently orphaned child.
He hasn't time to take the boy back to civilization, so he takes the
boy with him, and along the way, he teaches the boy self-reliance.
Although his methods appear harsh, he is just, and in reality, kind.
This is a movie of great tenderness and beauty. In my own view, it is
One of Holden's finest performances.
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