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Avalanche (1978)

The vacationers at a winter wonderland struggle to survive after an avalanche of snow crashes into their ski resort. Their holiday then turns into a game of survival.

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Corey Allen

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Corey Allen, Frances Doel (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... David Shelby
Mia Farrow ... Caroline Brace
Robert Forster ... Nick Thorne
Jeanette Nolan ... Florence Shelby
Rick Moses Rick Moses ... Bruce Scott
Steve Franken ... Henry McDade
Barry Primus ... Mark Elliott
Cathey Paine Cathey Paine ... Tina Elliott
Jerry Douglas ... Phil Prentiss
Antony Carbone ... Leo the Coach
Peggy Browne Peggy Browne ... Annette River
Pat Egan Pat Egan ... Cathy Jordan
Joby Baker ... TV Director
X Brands ... Marty Brenner
Cindy Luedke Cindy Luedke ... Susan Maxwell
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Storyline

The vacationers at a winter wonderland struggle to survive after an avalanche of snow crashes into their ski resort. Their holiday then turns into a game of survival.

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A winter wonderland becomes a nightmare of destruction! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Avalancha See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was featured as episode four of the first season of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (2018), on Netflix. See more »

Quotes

Florence Shelby: And have you got a fella?
Caroline Brace: Two or three...!
Florence Shelby: Holy cow, are you going to turn into a swinger?
Caroline Brace: [laughs] Am I? Let's see... Could be.
[referring to Rock Hudson's character]
Caroline Brace: How is the great man?
Florence Shelby: Up to his ass in celebrities.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. All cuts were waived in 1986 when the film was granted a '15' certificate for home video. See more »

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Referenced in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »

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Difficult Season
Additional music arrangement by Mark Wilde
Performed by Paladin (Gary Nabors, Greg Weber, Curtis Johnson, Mark Wilde, Ray Loos)
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Not great movie but I earned a bit letting them kill me off.
16 June 2008 | by redrockminSee all my reviews

I am a bit embarrassed to admit I was in this movie. A bit, but, hey I had fun filming & was paid pretty well. Actually I was several scenes. I was a student at Fort Lewis majoring in Theater. Our troupe was invited to audition to be paid extras. It was spring break & I was earning money for my upcoming wedding. Not bad pay for a college student.

The snow and cold was real. It snowed the whole time we did any outdoor scenes. A fun mess when you add shredded plastic, Styrofoam boulders, and huge wind fans.

I lived in the area for quite a while & I too find this movie funny. I love the scene when Rock Hudson walks over to a window and states when he saw that mountain he knew he had to live there. That mountain is nowhere near Durango. As for the avalanche, well lets just say it is very hard for an avalanche to travel up mountain. But this one did to start at Tammeron and end up wiping out Purgatory mountain (now known as Durango mountain). Very funny stuff if you are from the area.

In the original credits Fort Lewis College Theater Department was listed but I see we are not here. As I was the only member to stick around during th break to work on the movie I must say I am disappointed but not surprised.

One of the premieres were held in Durango. I was not as pleased with the final product as I was when we filmed. We never saw the whole script so the movie was very different from what we were told. But all in all a good time and a not as bad as it could have been film. Wish I could say I went on to better movies but I went on to be a full time mommy and wife.

If you ever lived in the area it is a fun watch. You will see bloopers in things others will never notice.


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