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Mario Puzo (written by)
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Release Date:
15 November 1974 (USA) See more »
An Event... See more »
Various stories of various people as an earthquake of un-imagineable magnitude hits Los Angeles. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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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 in 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)
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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)
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)
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 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 | 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)

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Victoria Principal's role was originally created for Susan Sarandon or Kay Lenz.See more »
Continuity: The airliner tells the control tower it is "VFR on top" meaning it is flying in clear weather above the clouds. A moment later a shot is show of the airliner in clear skies; no clouds above or below.See more »
Remy Royce-Graff:If it wasn't 7:30 in the morning, I'd have a drink.
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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Why is there animated blood in the elevator crash sequence?
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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Airplane! - the PREQUEL..., 27 August 2002
Author: Michael ( from Bridgend, South Wales

Ludicrous disaster epic about the razing of LA, with Chuck a top brass engineer who's marriage to bibulously bloated bosses' daughter Gardner drives him to make expressively "angry" love to starlet Bujold, until Earth's Final Fury steps in to sort out his conjugal priorities. Chuck's got his shades though, so he's ready for anything. Elsewhere, put-upon cop Kennedy is having a bad day because he's mown down Zsa Zsa Gabor's hedge, and a pre-Dallas Principal has the unfortunate crosses to bear of a 2-storey afro (the only structure undisturbed by the quake) and the unwanted attentions of crackpot SAS commander Gortner.

Par for the genre's course, death-defying rescues amidst the sawdust and tinsel is very much the order of the day, but here connected by much bizarrely incongruous throwaway padding involving everyone castwise from Kennedy downwards. There are faint intimations that this could be self-reflexive parody, but given that facetious rock bottom is hit with an unintelligible Walter Matthau's "cameo" as an inebriated barfly (who's decision to go incommunicado under his real Panavision-necessitating surname must surely have come about after seeing the finished product), I very much doubt it.

Save for Kennedy's derisory aside "Earthquakes bring out the worst in people", the film has absolutely nothing to say about the psychology of societal collapse; or why, post 9/11, we continue to enjoy watching tall things falling down with people still in them. But any movie in which a pantomime Gardner's first line is "Goddammit!" can't be a total lost cause. And after her and Chuck's opening domestic tussle, which would come pretty close to John Waters, had he yet gained mainstream acceptance and managed to persuade Liz Taylor to star for him - "Of course i'll induce vomiting, I know the rules by now!" - the film finally delivers 2 hours of not-so-solid (like it's "40-storey monstrosities") entertainment value. Even if after all is said and done with the laugh-a-minute dialogue, the Incredible Upside Down Cows, the cartoon blood in the liftshaft, Gardner playing Lorne Greene's DAUGHTER which meant he would have had her at 7 years old etc etc etc, the movie ends up nothing but its own 'Airplane!'.

Sole aesthetic virtue is its naturalistic sound editing (which understandably won that year's Oscar) and subterranean bass pitch which, combined with the short-lived cinematic 'wonder' of Sensurround - ie earthquake-simulating theaters - meant that certain moviegoers got to join in the vicarious fun of mass panic and devastation.

If like me, you like this film for precisely the wrong reasons, you will want to seek out its Japanese rival 'Jishin Retto' (1980) for no doubt 'hours' of endlessly fascinating film-studyish comparison...

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