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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
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With the departure of Mario Puzo, development of the screenplay lapsed for a few months. The runaway success of 20th Century Fox's The Poseidon Adventure (1972) refueled Universal's desire to get the disaster movie back into production. See more »
During the earthquake, a truck full of cattle turns upside down; however, the cattle remain in the truck, glued in place on the miniature. See more »
"The Towering Inferno" may be considered to be the great disaster movie epic; "The Poseidon Adventure" may be the ultimate escape film; but in my book, "Earthquake" is the king of all disaster films!
While "Inferno" and "Poseidon" have the Irwin Allen stamp, "Earthquake" is the crown jewel of the 1970's disaster film genre. True, at times, the dialogue is inane, and the many characters can be a little taxing, but the suspense that builds up to the massive earthquake that levels Los Angeles makes for an entertaining film!
With an all-star cast from film and television at the helm, the true star (much like the fire in "The Towering Inferno," as Paul Newman put it), are the special effects. For those of us in Los Angeles who are familiar with the freeway overpasses, the malls, and downtown Hollywood depicted in the film, witnessing their destruction delivers an eerie punch that non-Angelenos can't truly appreciate (and, in fact, when the film is broadcast over local television stations after a quake of a significant magnitude in the Los Angeles area, the teaser commercials frequently read: "We all felt it... now let's see if Hollywood got it right...") They most certainly did in this spectacular film.
"Earthquake" truly is "An Event."
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