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The Earthling Details


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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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


Elliot Schick
Lanny Cotler
Donald M. McAlpine
Dick de Benedictis
Composer (Music Score)
David Shire
Nicholas Beauman
Bob Hilditch
Production Designer
Bernard Hides
Production Designer
Judith Dorsman
Costume Designer
Steve Andrews
First Assistant Director
Mark Egerton
First Assistant Director
Michael Lloyd
Music Producer