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Avalanche (1978)

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The vacationers at a winter wonderland struggle to survive after an avalanche of snow crashes into their ski resort. Their holiday then turns into a game of survival.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Shelby
Caroline Brace
Nick Thorne
Florence Shelby
Rick Moses ...
Henry McDade
Barry Primus ...
Mark Elliott
Cathey Paine ...
Tina Elliott
Phil Prentiss
Antony Carbone ...
Leo the Coach
Peggy Browne ...
Annette River
Pat Egan ...
Joby Baker ...
TV Director
X Brands ...
Marty Brenner
Cindy Luedke ...
Susan Maxwell


The vacationers at a winter wonderland struggle to survive after an avalanche of snow crashes into their ski resort. Their holiday then turns into a game of survival.

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Six million tons of icy terror! See more »


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Release Date:

29 September 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Avalancha  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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During filming, Styrofoam was used by the special effects crew to augment the 'snow effects' of the avalanche. As this was shot in the winter, it wasn't until the spring thaw that the town of Durango discovered that the Styrofoam was everywhere in town. By then the company was long gone. See more »


Caroline Brace: You're like the weather, you just happen.
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Not great movie but I earned a bit letting them kill me off.
16 June 2008 | by (United States (formerly from Durango, Colorado) – See all my reviews

I am a bit embarrassed to admit I was in this movie. A bit, but, hey I had fun filming & was paid pretty well. Actually I was several scenes. I was a student at Fort Lewis majoring in Theater. Our troupe was invited to audition to be paid extras. It was spring break & I was earning money for my upcoming wedding. Not bad pay for a college student.

The snow and cold was real. It snowed the whole time we did any outdoor scenes. A fun mess when you add shredded plastic, Styrofoam boulders, and huge wind fans.

I lived in the area for quite a while & I too find this movie funny. I love the scene when Rock Hudson walks over to a window and states when he saw that mountain he knew he had to live there. That mountain is nowhere near Durango. As for the avalanche, well lets just say it is very hard for an avalanche to travel up mountain. But this one did to start at Tammeron and end up wiping out Purgatory mountain (now known as Durango mountain). Very funny stuff if you are from the area.

In the original credits Fort Lewis College Theater Department was listed but I see we are not here. As I was the only member to stick around during th break to work on the movie I must say I am disappointed but not surprised.

One of the premieres were held in Durango. I was not as pleased with the final product as I was when we filmed. We never saw the whole script so the movie was very different from what we were told. But all in all a good time and a not as bad as it could have been film. Wish I could say I went on to better movies but I went on to be a full time mommy and wife.

If you ever lived in the area it is a fun watch. You will see bloopers in things others will never notice.

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