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The Day the Earth Moved (1974)

A team taking aerial photographs of the desert deduces that an earthquake is about to strike a nearby town, but nobody in the town believes them.


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Cast overview:
Steve Barker
Kate Barker
Harley Copeland
Judge Tom Backsler
Helen Backsler
Tammy Harrington ...
Officer Pat Ferguson
Miss Virginia Porter
Ellen Blake ...
Evelyn Ferguson
Henry Butler (as E.J. Andre)
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A pair of aerial photographers discover that, due to a flaw in the film they are using, they can predict when and where an earthquake is about to hit. When they discover that a quake is about to strike a small desert community, the two photographers race against time to save the inhabitants before it is too late. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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They were warned the earthquake was coming. But they refused to listen until...







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18 September 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Als die Erde aufbrach  »

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1.33 : 1
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Steve Barker: I hope He appreciates your generosity.
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That's just about ALL it does. No ground-shaking excitement here.
19 November 2001 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Doubtless the producers of this unenthralling twaddle believed they were on to a good thing with ANY flick with a name starting "THE DAY THE EARTH........?" (whatever!) trading off the slipstream of the other two classics THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE and THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL

So with Jackie Cooper (TV flavor of the month during the 70's) and his wife Kate (Stella Stevens) and some amateur seismologists in tow, taking some aerial pics in the desert, they deduce the Big "E" is due. Just like DANTES PEAK, no-one of course wants to listen to their warnings.

When the quake comes, make sure you're out having a tea-break!

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