The Survivor

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An airliner crashes, killing everyone on board except the pilot (Powell), who walks out of the carnage in a daze. Eye witness Agutter makes contact and tries to help him find out what happened. It turns out there's a lot more going on than the aircrash investigators are ever likely to discover, because Ambrose's script is based on a supernatural novel by English schlockmeister James Herbert. Hemmings handles the set-pieces well enough, wisely filming the crash scene at night and using darkness as his ally. We build up a complete picture from brief, panicky impressions. He also delivers on the shocks front - notably when a dead little girl's hand takes hold of Powell's in a soft-focus cemetery scene. Brian May's creepy soundtrack cranks up the tension, but despite the (non-specific) Australian setting, the atmosphere remains chilly. May, Powell, producer Ginnane and Hemmings (as actor rather than director) worked around the same time on Harlequin, another internationally package that didn't gel quite so effectively.

Release details

Duration: 93 mins

Cast and crew

Director: David Hemmings
Screenwriter: David Ambrose
Cast: Robert Powell
Jenny Agutter
Angela Punch-McGregor
Peter Sumner
Joseph Cotten

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Frank G

I have been absolutely haunted by this film sinc I firts saw it in 1981. I finally found the Brian May soundtrack for The Survivor in a store in Paris. Powell is magnificent, the film is a bit rough along the edges but it begs to be viewed more than once. If you liked "Jacob's Ladder" you will thouroughly enjoy this one!

Frank G

I have been absolutely haunted by this film sinc I firts saw it in 1981. I finally found the Brian May soundtrack for The Survivor in a store in Paris. Powell is magnificent, the film is a bit rough along the edges but it begs to be viewed more than once. If you liked "Jacob's Ladder" you will thouroughly enjoy this one!