The stories of various people as 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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Taglines:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

(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

Sensurround was only used three more times, on the films Midway (1976), Rollercoaster (1977) and Battlestar Galactica (1978). See more »

Goofs

After the stairway has fallen away in the skyscraper sequence, an office worker manages to hold on to a girder before falling to his death. As he falls through a giant pane of glass, the airbag is clearly visible under it and actually shoots out of the top of the frame. See more »

Quotes

Stewart Graff: Sweet Christ...
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Connections

Referenced in Volcano (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

C'est si bon
Music by Henri Betti
French lyrics by André Hornez
English lyrics by Jerry Seelen
Played by a guitarist
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User Reviews

Aw, comeon, it's not [that] bad!
15 March 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie on the big-screen when it was released and I actually found the Sensurround (R) to be annoying, but the film isn't as bad as critics made it out to be. I agree, the casting could have been better (the Ava Gardner/Loorne Green argument is a good one), but this is a special effects movie, and the special effects were pretty good by 1974 standards. Besides, how can a movie about the destruction of LA be so bad?


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