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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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George Fox (written by) and
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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"Earthquake" of the human mind. See more (153 total) »


  (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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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)

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Victoria Principal's role was originally created for Susan Sarandon or Kay Lenz.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Sgt. Lew Slade:Earthquakes bring out the worst in some people.See more »
C'est si bonSee more »


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31 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
"Earthquake" of the human mind., 29 May 2005
Author: TruPretender from Sundance, Utah

"Sometimes, earthquakes bring out the worst in people."

Thus is a line spoken by Sgt. Lew Slade in the last reel of the film "Earthquake." The earthquake(s) in this film are not so much metaphysical, as they might appear to be, but rather in the mind of the average human being in society as we know it today. The human mind is a fragile, and intricate creation, and we as a society must do our best to bring the human living standards to punctilious means.

L.A.: A high place for society and people of all types, and a place for the danger! The story begins with a high profile roster, starting with Stuart Graff(Charlton Heston) who is a top-of-the-food-chain executive in engineering and constructing "monstrosities" in Los Angeles. He is in a desolate marriage to Remy Royce- Graff(Ava Gardner.) He is carrying a friendship-and nothing more-with beautiful actress Denise Marshall(Genevieve Bujold), who lives near Sgt. Lew Slade(George Kennedy) who is being hassled by work and former charges Miles Quade(Richard Roundtree) and Sal Amici(Gabriel Dell) and his sister, Rosa(Victoria Principal.) All people are living frivolous, and in some ways, inspiring lives, of daredevil antics and blithe lifestyles. Then, as the title so perceptively puts it, an earthquake hits L.A. causing reckless mayhem to the buildings and petrifying danger to city inhabitants. But the story doesn't stop there. There are many quakes, and plenty of danger to go around, and that is where the story takes flight. The focus of this film is not the quake itself, but how it affects the people of L.A.

The film, being extremely Hollywood driven(note: the all-star cast; menacing "sensurround" effect) might appear to be presented as a top of the league disaster film of the trend which was popular at the time, and special effects driven, and it might have been, but there are also many artistic qualities to be found here. One has to examine it first. The scariest thing about this film is that it is plausible, though not probable. The other disaster films at the time were all man made disasters(boats upside-downing; Fire spreading through out a sky- scraper) but "Earthquake" was the first disaster film to show a disaster that might actually happen, and present characters that people can relate to, in such a treacherous situation. These are real people, and most of them are affected in ways beyond psychological apprehension. But director Robson still manages to make it a fun and enjoyable film without making the situations seem too grim.

The characters could all be discussed in a psychology class, to be analyzed even, as each one has his/her own story to tell. However, one of the main characters, the "quake" itself gets credit too. As there are two jolts, the big quake, and then an unexpected aftershock to boot, there is more than enough rumble to go around. The "rumble" though, is lasting through out the characters minds, as each one goes a little crazy after the shake, be it irrational, or rational, as there are many different types of people in society. There is parallel destruction going on as well. As the city is torn apart, so are these people and the way they view life, as one character loses it and blows away some fellow roommates who have mistreated him, while others are healed, as a Sgt. who is a drunk and louse, who shapes up and becomes really responsible after the quake. These specifications may or may not be apprehensive to the average audience, and true, opinion is opinion, but "Earthquake" is a good film that demonstrates how we as a society have allowed for far too long the deterioration of our world and all that affects it. This world is not a toy, it needs to be taken care of, and when we as a society are mean to it(and each other for that matter) mother nature strikes back at us.

Be it a big Hollywood Blockbuster, or social commentary, which ever you choose, this film is a great, and overlooked gem in Hollywood history, and an interesting one to read up on(the special effects were outstanding and won a well deserved Oscar) and study in film classes. Great performances by all as well. Mario Puzo wrote the precursor to the "Superman" earthquake with this one, and Mark Robson has a guilty pleasure tone to his directing.

Great fun.

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