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Earthquake (1974)

Various interconnected people struggle to survive when an earthquake of unimaginable magnitude hits Los Angeles, California.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Graff
... Remy
... Slade
... Royce
... Denise (as Genevieve Bujold)
... Miles
... Jody
... Stockle
... Dr. Vance
... Rosa
... Drunk (as Walter Matuschanskayasky)
... Barbara
... Sal
... Chavez (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
... Cameron
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Storyline

Construction Engineer Stuart Graff is estranged from his jealously possessive wife, Remy, and has an affair with Denise Marshall, the widow of a co-worker. Meanwhile, Remy tries to persuade her father, Sam Royce, who is Stuart's employer, to use his influence to stop Stuart from seeing Denise. Rogue policeman Lew Slade is suspended from the L.A.P.D. for having punched an obtuse officer from another jurisdiction. Embittered, Slade contemplates quitting the police force. Jody, a perverted grocery store manager, lusts after Rosa Amici, sister of Sal, the assistant to Miles Quade, an aspiring daredevil motor cyclist. The lives of all these people are devastated when a major earthquake rips through Los Angeles and reduces the city to ruins. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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When the big one finally hits L.A. See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Release Date:

15 November 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terremoto  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$79,700,000
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| (TV) | (Ontario) | (DVD)

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(35 mm magnetic prints)| (70 mm and 35 mm magnetic prints)| (35 mm optical prints)| (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie featured five actors who were in or would be in movies in the "Airport" franchise: Charlton Heston "Airport 1975," Lloyd Nolan "Airport," Monica Lewis "Airport '77" and "The Concord...Airport '79," Eugene Dynarski "Airport 1975," and George Kennedy who was in all four "Airport" franchise movies. See more »

Goofs

If you listen to the soundtrack closely all the screams and shouts during the earthquake scenes are the same looped over and over again. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Stockle: No one was sure the atom bomb would work, but they dropped it. It worked.
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Connections

Featured in Precious Images (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

C'est si bon
(uncredited)
Music by Henri Betti
Played by a guitarist
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User Reviews

Aw, comeon, it's not [that] bad!
15 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie on the big-screen when it was released and I actually found the Sensurround (R) to be annoying, but the film isn't as bad as critics made it out to be. I agree, the casting could have been better (the Ava Gardner/Loorne Green argument is a good one), but this is a special effects movie, and the special effects were pretty good by 1974 standards. Besides, how can a movie about the destruction of LA be so bad?


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