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Miracle on Interstate 880 (1993)

A man attempts to rescue people trapped on the I-880 bridge after the top half collapses during the 1989 San Francisco earthquake.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pastor Beruman
Buck Helm
Dr. Jim Betts
Lorrie Helm
Petra Beruman
Scott Hylands ...
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Mark Helm
Fireman Shafer
Greg Helm
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Julio Beruman
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A man attempts to rescue people trapped on the I-880 bridge after the top half collapses during the 1989 San Francisco earthquake.

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22 February 1993 (USA)  »

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Miracle on I-880  »

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Don S. Davis Blu Mankuma and Jerry Wasserman all appear in the 1989 film Look who's talking. See more » See more »


When Buck Helm calls his daughter Desiree before the earthquake you can see a calender on the wall to left of the screen next to Desiree, it's the month of October but the dates do not match October 1989. October 17th 1989 fell on a Tuesday but the calender on the wall October 17th fell on a Saturday. See more »

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Really good.
16 June 2004 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

Great TV-movie about the collapse of Interstate 880 during the '89 San Francisco quake. There is a wonderful cast of well-known character actors, including Ruben Blades, Scott Hylands and David Morse. The film combines archive footage with its own staged "collapse site", which looks a bit tacky at times, but certainly serves the purpose when we are between the layers, watching as medical teams try and pull survivors from the wreckage of their vehicles. There is a particularly closed-in atmosphere during these scenes, and together with the added effects of blasting horns and blinking turn signals, it seems all-too real at times.

Many of these made-for-TV disaster movies are notoriously poor and have quite a reputation, but I-880, as it is also known, breaks away from this mould to give us a compelling and touching real-life drama, with an especially emotional ending that is a bit of a kick in the face. Certainly worth a look if you can find it.

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