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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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  (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)

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)
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

Also Known As:
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)

Did You Know?

When the movie played at Graumann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood in 1974 it was shown in "Sensurround" with heavy bass speakers set on the floor around the theater. Very soon after the preview performances, a giant net had to be rigged above the patrons because of fear that the ornate ceiling decorations might break loose and fall on the audience below due to the low bass rumble of earthquake sequences. During the film's initial preview performances at the theatre, the Sensurround vibrations actually caused an occasional, very small and harmless piece of plaster or paint to crack and fall down onto the audience. Worried that continuous periods of strong sound waves throughout the film's exclusive run might loosen elements of the ceiling's ornamentation and light fixtures, the theatre management ordered the safety net to be slung below the entire auditorium ceiling, just below the ornamentation. This action was publicized in the local papers. Whether or not the ceiling's very visible "safety net" was an actual, workable safety measure or whether it was merely a publicity gimmick, it did serve to heighten audience anticipation of the film's effects.See more »
Revealing mistakes: After the stairway has fallen away in the skyscraper sequence, an office worker manages to hold on to a girder before falling to his death. As he falls through a giant pane of glass, the airbag is clearly visible under it and actually shoots out of the top of the frame.See more »
Rosa:[to Lew] My brother told me you were a strange kind of cop.See more »
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
This used to be one hell of a town, officer., 4 March 2008
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Earthquake is directed by Mark Robson and written by Mario Puzo and George Fox. It stars Charlton Heston, George Kennedy, Ava Gardner, Geneviève Bujold, Lorne Greene, Richard Roundtree & Marjoe Gortner.

A catastrophic earthquake hits Southern California and begins to level Los Angeles......

"It's not a negative to have heart in the disaster genre of film"

Take yourself to 1974, are you there? Good, now maybe you can appreciate this film a little more? Maybe? Earthquake does suffer from old age, it's a statement we see and hear a lot, but it's a fact that some film's stand the test of time whilst others do not. In this desensitised computer age, it is easy to forget that not all the tools available in film making today were available back when film's like this were being made. So as is my want, I firmly judge this as a 1974 offering, to which it delivers enough entertainment to fully satisfy my genre leanings and entertainment persuasions.

The main complaint of many is the long build up of the characters, cries of boring can be read across internet forums and critics blogs. I just don't see it that way, yes we want the quake and the mayhem destruction that will follow it; because really this is a disaster film after all, but is it so bad that the film has heart to go with the crash bang wallop? After the build up of characters, where relationships and character traits are formed, the disaster strikes; and it doesn't disappoint, utter destruction as effects and noise fill the eyes and ears, those with a good home cinema system finding it literally does rock the house. We are then treated to a series of sequences that hold and engage our attention, upsetting passages of human sadness, punctured by heroic surges as Heston and the fabulous Kennedy set about saving life, hell! saving the town even. Then it's the film's fitting finale, where there are no cop outs, the makers choosing to go out with a darker edge than its detractors give credit for.

Some can scoff at a blood splat effect, or rant about some of the acting on show, but Earthquake achieves two important things. One is that it entertains as a visual experience, the other is that it doesn't soft soap the devastating effects of an earthquake. As the camera pulls away from a ravaged L.A. the impact is sombre, reflection is needed and surely got. 7/10

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