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The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (1990)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 11 November 1990
After a series of small tremors in Los Angeles, Dr. Clare Winslow, a local seismologist, pinpoints the exact location and time of when the long awaited earthquake--"The Big One"--will ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. Clare Winslow
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Steve Winslow
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Anita Parker
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Laurie Parker
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Matt
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Chad Spaulding
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Heather Winslow
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David Motubu
Stephen Elliott ...
Owen
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Warren Cates
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Roy Bryant
Silvana Gallardo ...
Sonia
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Larry, the Mayor's City Official Aide
Charles Siebert ...
Mayor Frank Baldwin
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Ray Goodrich
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Storyline

After a series of small tremors in Los Angeles, Dr. Clare Winslow, a local seismologist, pinpoints the exact location and time of when the long awaited earthquake--"The Big One"--will strike southern California. With this information, she must battle city officials to release this information to the general public. Also, she hopes that her family is out of harms way when the quake strikes. Subplots show how other families and people cope with the the tremors that strike before the impending "Big One." Written by John R. Price <jprice@olemiss.edu>

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There is no safe harbor, there is no escape... L.A.'s worst fear has just become a reality. See more »

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11 November 1990 (USA)  »

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(video) | (original) | (3 episodes)

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Following the final scene, a list of US cities threatened by earthquakes is shown. "According to the US Geological Survey, at least 39 states other than California are expected to experience major earthquakes in the future" Some of the cities that will be hardest hit include: Anchorage 9.2 Boston 6.5 Charleston 8.0 Memphis 8.0 New York City 6.5 Portland 9.0 Reno 7.0 St Louis 8.0 Salt Lake City 7.0 Seattle 9.0 "No city is currently as prepared as the city of Los Angeles." See more »

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The wording in Steve Winslow's answering machine message changes between scenes (when he leaves it from the airport and when other characters listen to it later). See more »

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[last lines]
Todd Harris: Kevin Conrad? Kevin Conrad? This is Tom Harris? Can you hear me? I'm sorry. It seems we have lost our connection with Los Angeles.
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Edited from Emergency! (1972) See more »

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A lot of talk and drama, but very little action...
19 December 2015 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

While this 1990 TV movie had a heap of familiar faces from both TV and movies alike from the 1980s and 1990s, then this movie wasn't particularly thrilling. And the title is somewhat of a lure.

The story is about Dr. Clare Winslow who pinpoints the location and time of a massive earthquake that will strike sunny Los Angeles.

Greanted, the TV movie is not depending on grand effects, but more on the drama and fear of an earthquake, as well as the impact such an event has on those living in an area at risk of earthquakes.

The cast list was quite nice, with a lot of familiar faces, at least to us who watched TV shows and movies during the 1980s and 1990s.

"The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake" was too slow paced for my liking and my interest was fast drifting away a couple of times throughout the 180 minutes that the TV movie ran for.

If you enjoy disaster movies, then I would suggest that you watch something else entirely. But then again, that is because I like for thrilling things to happen in a disaster movie. If you enjoy a human drama set in the face of an earthquake, perhaps this TV movie might appeal to you.


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