The Survivor (1981 film)

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The Survivor
Survivor Film Movie Poster.jpg
Directed by David Hemmings
Produced by William Fayman
Written by David Ambrose
James Herbert
Starring Robert Powell
Jenny Agutter
Music by Brian May
Distributed by Greater Union Organization Umbrella Entertainment (AUS)
Warner Bros. Pictures (US/International)
Release dates
  • 9 July 1981 (1981-07-09) (Australia)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget A$1,200,000[1]
Box office US$700,000 (international) (est.)[1]

The Survivor is a 1981 Australian Horror Thriller film starring Robert Powell and Jenny Agutter, based on a novel of the same name by James Herbert. It saw the final film appearance of actor Joseph Cotten.


$350,000 of the budget was invested by the South Australian Film Corporation, with a similar amount coming from English investors. The rest came from Greater Union, a TV sale and private investment.[1]

Prior to filming David Hemmings and Antony I Ginnane discussed whether to make the film gory or more cerebral in the vein of The Innocents (1961). They chose the latter, a decision Ginnane later said was a mistake.[1]

Ginnane asked Brian Trenchard-Smith to cut a ten-minute trailer to promote the film to potential buyers before it had been finished. This meant he had to shoot some shots of Jenny Agutter. He later cut the trailer for the actual film when it was released.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p299-300
  2. ^ Brian Trenchard Smith on The Survivor at Trailers From Hell

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