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Earthquake (1974)

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

Director:

Mark Robson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Graff
Ava Gardner ... Remy
George Kennedy ... Slade
Lorne Greene ... Royce
Geneviève Bujold ... Denise (as Genevieve Bujold)
Richard Roundtree ... Miles
Marjoe Gortner ... Jody
Barry Sullivan ... Stockle
Lloyd Nolan ... Dr. Vance
Victoria Principal ... Rosa
Walter Matthau ... Drunk (as Walter Matuschanskayasky)
Monica Lewis ... Barbara
Gabriel Dell ... Sal
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Chavez (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Lloyd Gough ... 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terremoto See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$79,700,000
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV) | (Ontario) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)| Sensurround (70 mm and 35 mm magnetic prints)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When the movie played at Graumann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood in 1974, it was shown in "Sensurround" with heavy bass speakers set on the floor around the theater. Very soon after the preview performances, a giant net had to be rigged above the patrons because of fear that the ornate ceiling decorations might break loose and fall on the audience below, due to the low bass rumble of earthquake sequences. During the film's initial preview performances at the theatre, the Sensurround vibrations actually caused an occasional, very small, and harmless piece of plaster or paint to crack and fall down onto the audience. Worried that continuous periods of strong sound waves throughout the film's exclusive run might loosen elements of the ceiling's ornamentation and light fixtures, the theatre management ordered the safety net to be slung below the entire auditorium ceiling, just below the ornamentation. This action was publicized in the local papers. Whether or not the ceiling's very visible "safety net" was an actual, workable safety measure, or whether it was merely a publicity gimmick, it did serve to heighten audience anticipation of the film's effects. See more »

Goofs

When Graff starts out of the garage, the tailgate is down; when he comes out onto the street, the tailgate is up. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Dr. James Vance: This used to be a helluva town, officer.
Sgt. Lew Slade: [on the edge of tears] Yeah...
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Alternate Versions

The doctor who comes to the Graff house in the deleted scene is Jim Vance, the doctor who later examines people (like Sam Royce) at the Wilson Plaza. It is revealed that he is a friend of the Graff's and Stewart learns that a baby that they were to have a year ago was aborted by Vance at the request of Remy (Stewart was told it was a miscarriage. The dialogue for this scene and many other deleted scenes are available (with pictures) at EarthquakeMovie.com. See more »

Connections

Edited into Conquest of the Earth (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

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

 
Classic pre-mega electronic special effects movie! Everything was by human talent!
29 March 2005 | by latigressaSee all my reviews

This movie shows that not having million dollar electronic special effects can still make a disaster movie a classic. All special effects were human made meaning no use of electronic gizmos short of the famous blue screen. As a lucky observer on set of Earthquake I can attest to the fantastic special effects this movie has. And the fantastic cast of Hollywod alumni adds tops off this classic piece of work. There is no better disaster then EARTHQUAKE. Add to the movie Sensurround (don't know if you get it on the VHS or DVD. If not turn up your bass on your speaker output....you'll see). Classic all the way. Heston, Kennedy, Eva Gardner, Lloyd Nolan, Victoria Principal (a virtual unknown at the time) Lorne Greene, Marjoe Gortner, TIGER WILLIAMS, Kip Niven and many more. You will enjoy it. Its a 10.0 on this Richter Scale.


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