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Earthquake -- Charlton Heston leads an all-star cast in this epic thriller about ordinary citizens who come together when a catastrophic earthquake rips through Southern California.


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Various stories of various people as an earthquake of un-imagineable magnitude hits Los Angeles. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charlton Heston ... Graff

Ava Gardner ... Remy

George Kennedy ... Slade

Lorne Greene ... Royce

Geneviève Bujold ... Denise (as Genevieve Bujold)

Richard Roundtree ... Miles

Marjoe Gortner ... Jody

Barry Sullivan ... Stockle

Lloyd Nolan ... Dr. Vance

Victoria Principal ... Rosa

Walter Matthau ... Drunk (as Walter Matuschanskayasky)
Monica Lewis ... Barbara
Gabriel Dell ... Sal

Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Chavez (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Lloyd Gough ... Cameron

John Randolph ... Mayor
Kip Niven ... Walter Russell
Scott Hylands ... Asst. Caretaker
Tiger Williams ... Corry

Donald Moffat ... Dr. Harvey Johnson

Jesse Vint ... Buck
Alan Vint ... Ralph
Lionel Johnston ... Hank
John Elerick ... Carl Leeds
John S. Ragin ... Chief Inspector

George Murdock ... Colonel
Don Mantooth ... Sid (as Donald Mantooth)
Michael Richardson ... Sandy

Alex Brown ... Pool Player (as Alex A. Brown)
Bob Cunningham ... Dr. Frank Ames
John Dennis ... Brawny Foreman
Gene Dynarski ... Dam Caretaker
Bob Gravage ... Farmer Mr. Griggs

H.B. Haggerty ... Pool Player (as H. B. Haggerty)
Tim Herbert ... Las Vegas Man
Dave Morick ... Technician
Ines Pedroza ... Laura (as Inez Pedroza)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josh Albee ... Boy with Radio (uncredited)
Joan Blair ... Pawnbroker's Wife (TV version) (uncredited)
Hal Bokar ... Dam Workman #1 (uncredited)
Vivian Brown ... Woman #1 (uncredited)
Ian Bruce ... Officer Scott - Wilson Plaza (uncredited)
William H. Burton Jr. ... Stranger (uncredited)
Ric Carrott ... National Guardsman (uncredited)
David S. Cass Sr. ... Sherriff Merle - Slade's Nemesis (uncredited)
Lonny Chapman ... L.A.P.D. Captain (uncredited)
Sam Chew Jr. ... Tony - Kathie's Husband (uncredited)
Shannon Christie ... Dr. Vance's Nurse (uncredited)
Patty Elder ... Blonde Secretary in Royce Building (uncredited)
Kenny Endoso ... Bar Cook (uncredited)
Bobby Ferro ... Sports Car Thief (uncredited)
Bruce M. Fischer ... Man #1 (uncredited)
James W. Gavin ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Ernest Harada ... Seismologist (uncredited)

Jerry Hardin ... Man #2 (uncredited)

Diana Herbert ... Woman #2 (uncredited)
Bert Kramer ... Policeman (uncredited)
Karl Lukas ... Man #3 (uncredited)
Jimmy Nickerson ... Seismology Graduate Student (uncredited)

Stuart Nisbet ... Loudspeaker Voice (voice) (uncredited)
Frances Osborne ... Housewife (uncredited)
Grant Owens ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Charlie Picerni ... Pool Player (uncredited)
Tony Regan ... Man Fleeing Movie Theatre (uncredited)
George Sawaya ... Deputy Sherriff (uncredited)
Fred Scheiwiller ... Jay the Bartender (uncredited)

Debralee Scott ... Kathie (TV version) (uncredited)
Dean Smith ... Pool Player (uncredited)

John Tuell ... Prop Tractor Driver (uncredited)
Kitty Vallacher ... Grocery Store Clerk (uncredited)
Keith Walker ... Radio Voice (voice) (uncredited)
Sandy Ward ... Studio Guard (uncredited)
Dick Warlock ... Diver at Hollywood Reservoir (uncredited)
William Whitaker ... Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Don Wilbanks ... Dam Workman with Blowtorch (uncredited)
Forrest Wood ... Man #4 (uncredited)
Clint Young ... Dam Workman #2 (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Robson 
Writing credits
George Fox (written by) and
Mario Puzo (written by)

Produced by
Jennings Lang .... executive producer
Mark Robson .... producer
Bernard Donnenfeld .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
John Williams (music score)
Cinematography by
Philip H. Lathrop (director of photography) (as Philip Lathrop)
Film Editing by
Dorothy Spencer 
Casting by
William Batliner (uncredited)
Robert J. LaSanka (uncredited)
Production Design by
Alexander Golitzen 
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames 
Set Decoration by
Frank R. McKelvy (set decorations) (as Frank McKelvy)
Costume Design by
Burton Miller (costumes designed by)
Edith Head (uncredited for Ava Gardner)
Makeup Department
Connie Nichols .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Mark Reedall .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... unit production manager (as Wallace Worsley)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Murray Schwartz .... second assistant director
Fred R. Simpson .... first assistant director
Michele Futrell .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Fred Tuch .... assistant art director
Leo Anderson .... assistant prop man (uncredited)
Ed Keyes .... property master (uncredited)
Ray LaPorte .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Benjamin Resella .... scenic designer (uncredited)
Paul Seitz .... leadman (uncredited)
Ed Shanley .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
A. Leslie Thomas .... illustrator (uncredited)
A. Leslie Thomas .... sketch artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sr. .... sound
Ronald Pierce .... sound
Jack Danskin .... boom operator (uncredited)
William Morris .... cable man (uncredited)
Dennis C. Salcedo .... optical sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Frank Brendel .... special effects
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
Jack McMaster .... special effects (uncredited)
Mike Reedy .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Glen Robinson .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Roswell A. Hoffmann .... matte photography (as Ross Hoffman)
Glen Robinson .... miniatures
Clifford Stine .... special photography
Albert Whitlock .... special photographic effects
John Daheim .... stunt coordinator
Rick Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
Lorraine Baptist .... stunts (uncredited)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Lorraine Bendix .... stunts (uncredited)
May Boss .... stunts (uncredited)
Marilyn Bower .... stunts (uncredited)
Buff Brady .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Bralver .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Brookfield .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Brown .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Brubaker .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Polly Burson .... stunts (uncredited)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Hank Calia .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunt double: Charlton Heston (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Caruso .... stunts (uncredited)
David S. Cass Sr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Catching .... stunts (uncredited)
Dottie Catching .... stunts (uncredited)
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Eugene Collier .... stunts (uncredited)
Erik Cord .... stunts (uncredited)
Paula Crist .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Crockett .... stunts (uncredited)
Evelyne Cuffee .... stunts (uncredited)
Howard Curtis .... stunts (uncredited)
John Daheim .... stunts (uncredited)
Carol Daniels .... stunts (uncredited)
Jadie David .... stunts (uncredited)
Paula Dell .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Dial .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Dimitri .... stunts (uncredited)
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Downey .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Duran .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Ekins .... stunts (uncredited)
Patty Elder .... stunts (uncredited)
Kenny Endoso .... stunts (uncredited)
Andy Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Stephanie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Pamela Estrom .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert C. Ferro Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Lila Finn .... stunt woman (uncredited)
Ava Gardner .... stunts (uncredited)
Donna Garrett .... stunts (uncredited)
Ralph Garrett .... stunts (uncredited)
James W. Gavin .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Hice .... stunts (uncredited)
Freddie Hice .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (uncredited)
Vic Hunsberger .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Julie Ann Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Louise Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Kevin N. Johnston .... stunts (uncredited)
Peaches Jones .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Juaregui .... stunts (uncredited)
Debbie Kahana .... stunts (uncredited)
Kim Kahana .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Kingi .... stunts (uncredited)
William T. Lane .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
Julius LeFlore .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Lerner .... stunts (uncredited)
Alison Logsden .... stunts (uncredited)
Maurice Marks .... stunts (uncredited)
Paula Martin .... stunts (uncredited)
Denver Mattson .... stunts (uncredited)
Troy Melton .... stunts (uncredited)
Johnny Miller .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Minor .... stunts (uncredited)
Harry Monty .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Mulder .... stunts (uncredited)
Stevie Myers .... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy Nickerson .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Nuckles .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Regina Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
Regis Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
Barbara Perlman .... stunts (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (uncredited)
Don Pike .... stunts (uncredited)
Melvin Robert Porter .... stunts (uncredited)
Byron Quisenberry .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Ernest Robinson .... stunts (uncredited)
Ronald C. Ross .... stunts (uncredited)
Audrey Saunders .... stunts (uncredited)
Russell Saunders .... stunts (uncredited)
George Sawaya .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Scheiwiller .... stunts (uncredited)
Felix Silla .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Evelyn Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Marilyn Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Cyndi Swan .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Terhune .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Verbois .... stunts (uncredited)
Rock A. Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Walls .... stunts (uncredited)
Marvin Walters .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Washington .... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
James Winburn .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Yerkes .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Anderson .... electrician (uncredited)
Tony Askins .... camera operator (uncredited)
Howard Boyles .... grip best boy (uncredited)
Vance Gage .... crab dolly grip (uncredited)
Gary Graham .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bill Johnson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Wilbur Kinnett .... gaffer (uncredited)
Carl Manoogian .... key grip (uncredited)
Doug Mathias .... lighting technician: second unit (uncredited)
Lou Ramos .... best boy electric (uncredited)
Casting Department
Karl Brindle .... extras casting (uncredited)
Grady Rape .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tom Bronson .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
James Gilmore .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Sheila Mason .... wardrobe: ladies (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Eddie Broussard .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Dennis Budimir .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Vince De Rosa .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Chuck Findley .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Clare Fischer .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Shelly Manne .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Malcolm McNab .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Alby Thomas .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Emigdio Chavez .... craft service (uncredited)
James W. Gavin .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Tom Greene .... production associate (uncredited)
Gary Jules Jouvenat .... auditor (uncredited)
Rod Langham .... operations (uncredited)
Booker McClay .... publicist (uncredited)
Gene Palmer .... director: additional scenes (television version) (uncredited)
Esther Panel .... production secretary (uncredited)
Leo Pepin .... assistant to production manager (uncredited)
Victoria Gail Weisbart .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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123 min | USA:160 min (TV version) | Canada:121 min (Ontario) | UK:116 min (DVD version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) | Sensurround (70 mm and 35 mm magnetic prints) | Mono (35 mm optical prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (re-rating) | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 (1976) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (2003) | USA:PG (Certificate #24032) | West Germany:16 (f) (original rating)

Did You Know?

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 its 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 »
Continuity: When the airliner is on its way to Los Angeles, the pilot tells the passengers that they are flying over the Grand Canyon, and that he will turn the plane to the right to allow them a better view. In the view from the cockpit, the plane is turning to the left.See more »
Stewart Graff:I didn't know you were a clock watcher.
Remy Royce-Graff:What did you say?
Stewart Graff:[quietly] I said I didn't know you were a clock watcher.
Remy Royce-Graff:Don't you lower your voice to me!
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16 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
The Earth Moves, 17 March 2004
Author: clydestuff from United States

Sensurround! How I do miss it! How this movie misses it! It was the best thing it had going for it when it was released in special theaters with sound equipment designed to vibrate your fanny as it sat snugly in those theater seats. Unfortunately, without the vibrations, Earthquake just ain't as much fun.

As disaster films go, Earthquake is certainly not the worst, but is far from the best. Charlton Heston, fresh from having saved a 747 from certain disaster in Airport 1975, now does his best to save the city of Los Angeles. To be fair though, we knew he wasn't going to stop the earthquake, leaving that for Christopher Reeve in Superman some years later. But we just knew that as Construction Engineer, Stewart Graff he'd do his best to save a lot of L.A. citizens stuck in precarious situations. Why else would he be here? And just for fun, he even brought George Kennedy over from Airport 1975 with him although he's a cop named Lew Slade now instead of tinkering around with jetliners. What a treat!

It seems that Lew Slade was chasing a bad guy who had been drunk driving and run down a kid. Unfortunately the bad guy crashes his vehicle right on the property of Zsa Zsa Gabor, which is out of Slade's jurisdiction. When another officer who is in the proper jurisdiction berates Slade for messing up Miss Gabor's shrubbery, Slade let's the young officer know how much he cares about plant life by landing a right cross. This lands him a suspension, and supposedly helps us get to know his character a little better while we pat our foot waiting for the big rumble to start. Did you really think they were going to open a disaster film with the actual disaster? There's a code in the screenwriter's handbook that says that's not allowed. At least that's what I'm told.

Meanwhile somewhere else in L.A., Stuart Graff is married to Remy Royce-Graff(Ava Gardner) who was fathered by Sam Royce(Lorne Greene) when he was seven I think. Sam is also Stuart's Boss. Stuart is having an affair with Denise Marshall(Genevieve Bujold) who happens to be the widow of a former co-worker of Stuart. We are not told whether Stuart had anything to do with the death of Denise's husband so he could put the moves on her but they could have added that to the plot too. Generally in these types of films they throw everything in but the kitchen sink anyway so why not?

Then on the other side of town we have motorcycle daredevil Miles Quade(Richard Roundtree) along with partner Sal Amici(Gabriel Dell) getting ready to put on the show of his life. His sister is Rosa Amici(Victoria Principal, before Dallas)who has about the funkiest curly hairdo I think I've ever seen on film. Think Shirley Temple with coal black hair. Then there's supermarket manager, weekend warrior, Jody(Marjoe Gortner)who happens to be a fanatic about women with curly coal black naturally curly hair as you'll soon discover. Now all this might sound interesting on paper, and might make a good soap-opera. In this film it's all useless information since this is a film about an earthquake and after it hits we could care less about what happens up to that point. Think of it as the filler before the thriller.

Even without the oscillating seats, the earthquake itself is still fun to watch. We get skyscrapers crashing to the ground, buildings falling on people, shards of glass piercing the good citizen's skins, people scalded by stoves, houses explode, freeways cave in, Stuart, Remy, and Sam get trapped in a high rise, a bar comes crashing down around Lew, Miles big motorcycle stunt comes crashing down, Rosa loses her popcorn in a movie theater, Denise's son takes a dive on his bike, and good boy Jody gets to put his uniform on and show us just how psychotic and messed up he really is. This is cool stuff folks even for 1974 type special effects. Unfortunately, the Earthquake momentarily subsides and we are left to deal with some of the silly plotting the film started out with. Guess you can't have everything.

If you can overlook the usual silliness and terrible dialog which seems to go with the territory in disaster films, you might be entertained by some close calls and daring rescues after the earthquake. You'll certainly get a few laughs out of Marjoe Gortner's cracked-up soldier performance. George Kennedy is pretty darn good as the cop. Heston is better than he was in that Airport thingy, and though his romance with Bujold is an obvious mismatch, it doesn't come near to equaling the absurdity of his relationship with Karen Black on that 747. Ava Gardner plays the bitchy Remy as if she were competing for the Shrew Olympics. Lorne Greene looks as if he wishes he was back on the Ponderosa with Hoss, Adam and Little Joe. Richard Roundtree is fun as the daredevil, but we see little of him after the earthquake. Tiger Williams as Denise's son Corry spends most of the film unconscious and we are grateful for that. Usually the kids in disaster films are scripted to be overly cute and annoying. I think there's a rule in the screenwriter's disaster film handbook about that too.

If I have one suggestion to make it would be avoid the version of this film with the added TV footage at all costs. For those of you familiar with Welcome Back Kotter, if you see any footage of Rosalie 'Hotzie' Totzie(Debralee Scott)riding an airplane, change the channel, remove the tape, just do what you have to do. Why this goofy footage was ever added is beyond me.

In it's original form my grade for Mark Robson wiping out L.A.: C- Hotzie Totzie gets an F and it's back to the sweat hogs for her.

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