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The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (1990)

The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (original title)
After a series of small tremors in Los Angeles, Dr. Clare Winslow, a local seismologist, pinpoints the exact location and time of when the long awaited earthquake--"The Big One"--will ... See full summary »

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Larry Elikann

Writers:

William Bast (story), Paul Huson (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Kerns ... Dr. Clare Winslow
Dan Lauria ... Steve Winslow
Bonnie Bartlett ... Anita Parker
Lindsay Frost ... Laurie Parker
Alan Autry ... Matt
Joe Spano ... Chad Spaulding
Holly Fields ... Heather Winslow
Brock Peters ... David Motubu
Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott ... Dr. Owen Parker
Robert Ginty ... Wendell Cates
Clarence Gilyard Jr. ... Roy Bryant
Silvana Gallardo Silvana Gallardo ... Sonia
Michael T. Weiss ... Larry, the Mayor's City Official Aide
Charles Siebert ... Mayor Frank Baldwin
Richard Herd ... Ray Goodrich
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Storyline

After a series of small tremors in Los Angeles, Dr. Clare Winslow, a local seismologist, pinpoints the exact location and time of when the long awaited earthquake--"The Big One"--will strike southern California. With this information, she must battle city officials to release this information to the general public. Also, she hopes that her family is out of harms way when the quake strikes. Subplots show how other families and people cope with the the tremors that strike before the impending "Big One." Written by John R. Price <jprice@olemiss.edu>

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Taglines:

There is no safe harbor, there is no escape... L.A.'s worst fear has just become a reality. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Los Angeles Earthquake See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video) | (original) | (3 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Clare Winslow's house is the same one used for I Dream of Jeannie (1965). See more »

Goofs

South African Trade Minister David Motubu, a black man, could not have held any political office in South Africa during the apartheid era, which did not end until four years after the movie was made. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Clare Winslow: Do you think I like predicting the end of the world for hundreds, maybe thousands, of people?
Steve Winslow: Yes, I do.
Dr. Clare Winslow: No!
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Alternate Versions

When the NBC-TV network premiered this film over two nights in November 1990, NBC News added earthquake safety tips and news information at the end of each night of the miniseries. The information was provided because of the potential for deadly quakes at other fault lines in the USA and in particular reference to the New Madrid Earthquake Zone in the central USA which was predicted to quake on December 3, 1990. See more »

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Edited into Category 6: Day of Destruction (2004) See more »

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EaRtHqUaKe
13 February 2008 | by kairinglerSee all my reviews

First off let me say that this one has more ups than downs, and it's better than you're average disaster movie,, first the ups,, the fact that big money plays a part in this film,, you have real estate moguls,, the mayor,, all wanting to hush up the story of "The Big One" for political interests, except for the governor. i liked the ending,, that's always a plus. great acting for the most part,, ed begley jr.. dan lauria, jo anna kerns,, all great actors, and actresses, some of the downs are it takes to long to get going,, to much character development,, and why the heck was there this lame assassination plot,, that had absolutely nothing to do with the story,, and after the big one hits,, the assassination continues,, that took balls, but i kinda liked that,, the plot was very good i thought, the peoples reaction to the big one, and how the media perceives things and "can" twist things is very real,, this movie took some raw facts and shown us that, most disaster movies don't really do that,, you had a great ensemble cast that deserves kudos,,


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