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Earthquake (1974)

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

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Cast

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Denise (as Genevieve Bujold)
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Drunk (as Walter Matuschanskayasky)
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Sal
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Chavez (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$79,700,000
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Technical Specs

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| (TV) | (Ontario) | (DVD)

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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

The producer, Jennings Lang, offered a cameo role to his friend Walter Matthau, which Matthau accepted without compensation, on the condition that he be billed under his "real name" (which it's not), "Walter Matuschanskyasky". Matthau's role was originally scripted as "a drunk sits at the end of the bar", which was expanded by writer George Fox, giving the character lines of dialogue (involving toasts to celebrities). When the film was completed, as agreed by Lang and Matthau, "The Drunk" was credited as "Walter Matuschanskayasky". This lead to a long-standing, but false, rumor that "Matuschanskayasky" was Matthau's real name. See more »

Goofs

When Denise Marshall returns to her destroyed house to look for her son, as she wanders through the rubble, the top of the living room set walls in the soundstage are visible. 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

Featured in The Immigrants (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

C'est si bon
(uncredited)
Music by Henri Betti
Played by a guitarist
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Aw, comeon, it's not [that] bad!
15 March 2001 | by 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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