MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,118 this week

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

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  11 November 1990 (USA)
6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 403 users  
Reviews: 12 user

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story), 5 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 25 Dec 2011
 
a list of 222 titles
created 06 Jul 2012
 
a list of 49 titles
created 20 Jan 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 10 Dec 2013
 
a list of 666 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (TV Movie 1990)

The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (TV Movie 1990) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Earthquake (1974)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Various stories of various people as an earthquake of un-imagineable magnitude hits Los Angeles.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy
Earthquake in New York (TV Movie 1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A cop is after a nasty serial killer. Cop's wife and kids are somewhere in the city too. Then a disastrous earthquake hits the city.

Director: Terry Ingram
Stars: Greg Evigan, Melissa Sue Anderson, Cynthia Gibb
Supervolcano (TV Movie 2005)
Drama | Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A volcano in Yellowstone Park suddenly erupts.

Director: Tony Mitchell
Stars: Michael Riley, Gary Lewis, Shaun Johnston
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

Illegal experimentation accidentally rips open a previously unknown hidden magma reserve directly under Manhattan!

Director: Robert Lee
Stars: Costas Mandylor, Michael Ironside, Alexandra Paul
10.5 (TV Movie 2004)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

An earthquake reaching a 10.5 magnitude on the Richter scale, strikes the west coast of the U.S. and Canada. A large portion of land falls into the ocean, and the situation is worsened by aftershocks and tsunami.

Director: John Lafia
Stars: Kim Delaney, Fred Ward, Ivan Sergei
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Three tornadoes converge to wreak havoc on Chicago, disrupting the power grid and creating the worst super-storm in history: a category 6 twister.

Director: Dick Lowry
Stars: Thomas Gibson, Nancy McKeon, Chandra West
10.5: Apocalypse (TV Movie 2006)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A massive earthquake creates a chain of events that threaten two of the largest nuclear reactors.

Director: John Lafia
Stars: Kim Delaney, Dean Cain, David Cubitt
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A documentary on the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa in the Sunda Strait of Indonesia, bringing tsunamis, rains of pumice and ash, and a deadly flow of hot steam, sulfuric acid, and ash. More than 36,000 died; survivors had bad burns.

Director: Sam Miller
Stars: Rupert Penry-Jones, Olivia Williams, Kevin McMonagle
Asteroid (TV Movie 1997)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

With the discovery of an incoming asteroid, the government of America formulate a plan to destroy it. When the plan fails, all the world can do is wait. The main impact zone is revealed to ... See full summary »

Director: Bradford May
Stars: Michael Biehn, Annabella Sciorra, Zachary Charles
Ice Twisters (TV Movie 2009)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Charlie Price, a former scientist turned science fiction author, starts living one of his novels when the Federal Science Foundation's weather experiments escape control and turn disastrous.

Director: Steven R. Monroe
Stars: Mark Moses, Camille Sullivan, Kaj-Erik Eriksen
Meteor Apocalypse (Video 2010)
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  

A gigantic meteor enters Earth's orbit and begins to disintegrate, showering the entire planet with debris.

Director: Micho Rutare
Stars: Joe Lando, Claudia Christian, Cooper Harris
Earthquake (TV Movie 2004)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Director: Gil Junger
Stars: Earthquake, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Rhyon Nicole Brown
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 November 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Great Los Angeles Earthquake  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Todd Harris: Last lines 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.
See more »

Connections

Edited into Epicenter (2000) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Chilling disaster epic
22 June 2000 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

"The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake" is a chilling, well-made disaster film that was made-for-TV and aired on NBC back in the fall of 1990 as a two-part movie. Joanna Kerns (star of TV's "Growing Pains") stars as a seismologist who worries that the earthquake of the title is going to strike Los Angeles. But before she can make her prediction, she crosses paths with her family members, co-workers, and city officials. The movie is long at times (this review is based on the entire four hour movie that ran when it premiered on NBC, not the shortened home video version) but it kept me interested and entertained through its entire four hours. The second time the movie aired on NBC they cut an hour of footage and shortened it to a three hour film. That version was pretty good too. But then I saw the home video version with half the movie gone. This is the version to forget about. Stick with either the three hour version or the full-length four hour version if you can find it on TV.

The three and four hour versions: *** (out of four)

The home video version: ** (out of four)


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Length of new DVD earth1-2
DVD! miasara4ever
Scenes Used in Category 6 and Category 7 tknipp
Earthquakes in General phild45
I Liked The Theme To The Movie mrslinarcos
Original Mini-Series on VHS? ButterflyAlias

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?