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Various stories of various people as an earthquake of un-imagineable 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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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 »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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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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Lorne Greene was only 7 years, 10 months and 12 days older than Ava Gardner, who played his daughter. See more »

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The man on the plane that is soon to arrive at LAX is seen putting the hi-liter down on the arm rest. The next shot has him X-ing next to a paragraph in a magazine article with the yellow hi-liter. The shot changes back again and the hi-liter is back on the arm rest between him and his wife. See more »

Quotes

Stewart Graff: I think there are still people alive down there and I want to get them out.
Brawny Foreman: Well, nobody else is... and you can't do it alone.
Stewart Graff: Yeah, well I won't be alone.
[points to Lew]
Stewart Graff: He's coming with me.
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even Sensurround didn't make this a good movie
22 June 2000 | by (near Seattle, WA, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw Earthquake on the big screen, complete with the giant "Sensurround" sub-woofer installation. Everyone went, to see the spectacle and feel Sensurround, but the only good thing about the movie was that it sold lots of tickets. Walking in, we wondered how cool Sensurround would be. Half way through, we wondered when something interesting would happen. Walking out, we wondered if it was bad enough to kill the disaster genre entirely.

The Sensurround didn't feel like an earthquake (as anyone who has experienced a real one would know), it felt like a giant sub-woofer. Worse, it could rumble at only one tone and loudness -- it was either on or off. Even though I was a kid, I wondered why the Sensurround speakers couldn't make us feel the difference between the little "warning" earthquake, the Big One, and the aftershocks. The only difference between the quakes was how long they lasted. What does it say about the movie when kids in the audience are thinking about the deficiencies of the movie's big gimmick, rather than caring about what was happening in the movie?

On the small screen, without even the gimmick attraction of the flawed Sensurround, I can't imagine this movie being entertaining, except as an object of audience mockery. Unless you're in the mood to laugh at bad movie-making, see The Poseidon Adventure instead.


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