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Earthquake (1974)

PG  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  15 November 1974 (USA)
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Various stories of various people as an earthquake of un-imagineable magnitude hits Los Angeles.

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Denise (as Genevieve Bujold)
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Miles
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Jody
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Rosa
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Drunk (as Walter Matuschanskayasky)
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Barbara
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Sal
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Chavez (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Lloyd Gough ...
Cameron
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Storyline

Construction Engineer Stuart Graff is estranged from his jealously possessive wife, Remy, and has an affair with Denise Marshall, the widow of a co-worker. Meanwhile, Remy tries to persuade her father, Sam Royce, who is Stuart's employer, to use his influence to stop Stuart from seeing Denise. Rogue policeman Lew Slade is suspended from the L.A.P.D. for having punched an obtuse officer from another jurisdiction. Embittered, Slade contemplates quitting the police force. Jody, a perverted grocery store manager, lusts after Rosa Amici, sister of Sal, the assistant to Miles Quade, an aspiring daredevil motor cyclist. The lives of all these people are devastated when a major earthquake rips through Los Angeles and reduces the city to ruins. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

15 November 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terremoto  »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$79,700,000 (USA)
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(35 mm magnetic prints)| (70 mm and 35 mm magnetic prints)| (35 mm optical prints)| (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The "Hollywood Dam" featured in the film is actually known as the "Mulholland Dam", named after famed engineer William Mulholland. The nearly-identical St. Francis Dam, near present-day Valencia, California, actually collapsed due to a geological fault on 12 March 1928. This disaster killed over 450 people and ranks second highest in terms of loss of life (behind the 1906 San Francisco earthquake) in the history of California. See more »

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When the airliner is on its way to Los Angeles, the pilot tells the passengers that they are flying over the Grand Canyon, and that he will turn the plane to the right to allow them a better view. In the view from the cockpit, the plane is turning to the left. See more »

Quotes

Chief Inspector, L.A. Dept. of Water & Power: Find anything?
Diver at Hollywood Reservoir: [surfaces] All OK as far as I can tell! I'll check again!
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Chief Inspector, L.A. Dept. of Water & Power: I guess we won't find anything until after the shaft is pumped out, but everything looks fine.
Max, Assistant Dam Caretaker: Right. People drown in elevators every damn day of the week!
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Not really that bad
23 March 2001 | by (Hawaii) – See all my reviews

Earthquake almost realistically shows us the devastating effects of such "an event" on a large modern day city. Since movie studios didn't have the resources in 1974 to add expensive computerized effects, miniatures, camera trickery and a few large-scale destructions were used to simulate the quake. However even by today's standards, most (but not all) effects work pretty well. Many of the buildings we see crumbling to the ground are actual locals in Los Angeles and anyone who ever lived is this area (myself included) would still find watching this film chilling to say the least. The sets are very impressive - they made one helluva mess of Universal Studios making this film. The acting is so-so and the ending is disappointing and leaves us with a lot of unanswered questions: what ever happened to Miles and Rosa's brother anyway? And the scenes with Jody the weirdo are just plain uncomfortable. But as far as pure "end of the world" disaster entertainment goes, this film has it all.


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