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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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An Event... See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Despite Ava Gardner being one year younger than Charlton Heston, many felt that she looked too old to play his wife. Also, it was felt that an actor twenty years or more older than Gardner should have played her father. Lorne Greene was only seven years older, and many felt looked like her husband, rather than her father. See more »

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During the chase scene, the branch of a tree suddenly changes position before the county police's car passes the crossroads to join the other two. See more »

Quotes

Denise: I'm not a nympho. Mind you, I'm not Mary Poppins either but I'm far from being, what's the male equivalent of a nympho?
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Connections

Referenced in Columbo: Forgotten Lady (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

C'est si bon
(uncredited)
Music by Henri Betti
Played by a guitarist
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even Sensurround didn't make this a good movie
22 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

I saw Earthquake on the big screen, complete with the giant "Sensurround" sub-woofer installation. Everyone went, to see the spectacle and feel Sensurround, but the only good thing about the movie was that it sold lots of tickets. Walking in, we wondered how cool Sensurround would be. Half way through, we wondered when something interesting would happen. Walking out, we wondered if it was bad enough to kill the disaster genre entirely.

The Sensurround didn't feel like an earthquake (as anyone who has experienced a real one would know), it felt like a giant sub-woofer. Worse, it could rumble at only one tone and loudness -- it was either on or off. Even though I was a kid, I wondered why the Sensurround speakers couldn't make us feel the difference between the little "warning" earthquake, the Big One, and the aftershocks. The only difference between the quakes was how long they lasted. What does it say about the movie when kids in the audience are thinking about the deficiencies of the movie's big gimmick, rather than caring about what was happening in the movie?

On the small screen, without even the gimmick attraction of the flawed Sensurround, I can't imagine this movie being entertaining, except as an object of audience mockery. Unless you're in the mood to laugh at bad movie-making, see The Poseidon Adventure instead.


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