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Avalanche (1978)

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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David Shelby
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Caroline Brace
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Florence Shelby
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Henry McDade
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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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Six million tons of icy terror! See more »

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Action | Drama

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29 September 1978 (USA)  »

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Avalancha  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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One of New World Pictures' most expensive productions--and a box-office failure. See more »

Quotes

Caroline Brace: You're like the weather, you just happen.
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Edited into Meteor (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Right Down at the Bottom
Additional music arrangement by Betsy Clark
Performed by Paladin (Gary Nabors, Greg Weber, Curtis Johnson, Mark Wilde, Ray Loos)
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The Snow Is Snowing, The Wind Is Blowing, And They Won't Weather The Storm
12 May 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I was surprised to see that Avalanche was produced by Roger Corman of all people. I would think that even the skimpy budget that this film had by Irwin Allen standards was not something Roger Corman was used to dealing with.

Corman didn't spend it on big name guest stars for sure. His stars are Rock Hudson and Mia Farrow. Hudson is the Donald Trump like owner of a big state of the art ski lodge which is hosting that weekend some winter sporting events. He's been told like William Holden in The Towering Inferno that the lodge is in a bad place and the snow looks like it's about to come a tumbling down.

Tumble down it did during a storm when a plane crashes into the top of a mountain. The Avalanche starts and it buries the whole cast in that white stuff.

This is a disaster film made on the cheap, some winter sports footage mixed with real avalanche footage and some cheesy special effects by seventies standards to bind it together. The plot such as it is, is almost non-existent, the characters are never developed in the slightest, so you don't really care about them.

I guess the lesson to be learned from Avalanche is for Roger Corman not to try to be Irwin Allen.


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