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Earthquake (1974)

Various interconnected people struggle to survive when an earthquake of unimaginable magnitude hits Los Angeles.

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Cast

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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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When the big one finally hits L.A. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

George Kennedy and Lloyd Nolan were both in the movie Airport which is considered by many to be the grandfather of the disaster movie genre. Kennedy and Charlton Heston both starred in Airport's sequel Airport 1975 which was filmed roughly around the same time as Earthquake. See more »

Goofs

When Remy chases Stewart out of the elevator into the lobby, there isn't any separation of the lobby floor and the elevator floor. See more »

Quotes

Sal: Now, Rosa, would you listen to me. Daredevil motorcyclists always have to have beautiful, sexy broads hangin' around.
Miles: Rosa, I'm your best friend. What do you want us to look like? Phonies or what?
Sal: RIght.
Rosa: Sal, I'm your sister! What about Maureen? She's your girlfriend.
Miles: Come on, Rosa. Maureen is too flat-chested!
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Connections

Referenced in The Bob Newhart Show: My Business Is Shrinking (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

C'est si bon
(uncredited)
Music by Henri Betti
Played by a guitarist
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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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