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Catastrophe (1978)

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A film depicting the world's alltime largest catastrophes.

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February 1978 (USA)  »

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The End  »

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American shock-doc
24 September 2006 | by (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviews

This is loaded with disaster footage.

An unlike TV, this could go farther. But it was PG, so don't expect gore.

You need to have a strong constitution and an adult mind to view it however. This is NOT exploitation. Some of the scenes are hard to watch due to the sympathy factor.

Interviewing the survivors of hurricane Camille was a heart-render. The young lad talking about the search for his siblings and the old woman trying to keep a brave face while making it clear she lost everything were the standouts. And seeing people flee was tough to see as well.

But the Sao Paolo office fire from 1976 was the corker. Watching people trapped on the roof suddenly decide to throw caution to the wind and climb down all those stories made you want to cheer 'em on. I only wish I knew if any of them made it.

You cheer at the victories and cry at the losses.

The Indy 500 scenes showed how some miscommunication also cause disaster.

And earthquake footage is always scary. I live in Japan.

My wife told me her father saw this in a Tokyo theater back in '77. Tells you how far the shock-docs can run here.

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