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Catastrophe (1977)

A film depicting the world's alltime largest catastrophes.

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The film covers several different notable disasters, including: Hurricane Camille (1969), the explosion of the Hindenburg (1937), the eruption of Mt. Etna in Sicily (1971), the Dust Bowl (1934), the 57th Indianapolis 500 (1973), the Xenia, OH Tornado/Super Outbreak (1974), the sinking of the Andrea Doria (1956) and the Joelma Building fire in São Paulo, Brazil (1974).

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February 1978 (USA)  »

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Narration in the segment dealing with the 1971 eruption of Mt. Etna mentions a 17th Century Sicilian law that forbids anyone from stemming or diverting lava flows from their natural course. See more »

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In the introduction to the segment of the Xenia Tornado, William Conrad recites the poem 'Who Has Seen the Wind?' by Robert Louis Stevenson. The poem was, in fact, written by Christina Rossetti. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Gaos (1988) See more »

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Dust Bowl Disaster
Written and Performed by Woody Guthrie
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Campy musical Underscore, BUT.....
25 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

Why is it that in the 70's they even underscored DOCU-Drama's with that campy musical underscore???? UGH!

Having said that, this film contains what I consider to be the BEST coverage of several disasters, namely, the Hindenburg. I have watched entire programs on cable devoted to just that ill-fated zeppelin that did not contain the amount of footage and detail here! I think as we move farther from an event, we tend to soundbyte everything; try to crunch it down to three sentances. Call it revisionist history if you want, it just stinks. This movie was great because it was 'closer' to the events that it chose to cover. I liked it a lot.


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