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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 »

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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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Trivia

Following the final scene, a list of US cities threatened by earthquakes is shown. "According to the US Geological Survey, at least 39 states other than California are expected to experience major earthquakes in the future" Some of the cities that will be hardest hit include: Anchorage 9.2 Boston 6.5 Charleston 8.0 Memphis 8.0 New York City 6.5 Portland 9.0 Reno 7.0 St Louis 8.0 Salt Lake City 7.0 Seattle 9.0 "No city is currently as prepared as the city of Los Angeles." 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

Scenes cut from the the VHS version available include:
  • Joanna Kearns sister and husband. The husband is a cop involved in a shoot out with a hit man. Joanna kearns gets caught by this on her way home to see her daughter.
  • Joanna Kearns mother and Father. The father is a doctor at the hospital and the mother gets stuck in an elevator with her daughter, whom the 2 of them dont get along. The mother dies when the elevator breaks free and plunges down.
  • A completly different family was also was a major story line. A mother, father and son who is graduating high school. He is killed in the earthquake.
  • Several other scenes were omitted that were not involving these characters.
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Edited into Category 7: The End of the World (2005) See more »

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Chilling disaster epic
22 June 2000 | by jhaggardjrSee all my reviews

"The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake" is a chilling, well-made disaster film that was made-for-TV and aired on NBC back in the fall of 1990 as a two-part movie. Joanna Kerns (star of TV's "Growing Pains") stars as a seismologist who worries that the earthquake of the title is going to strike Los Angeles. But before she can make her prediction, she crosses paths with her family members, co-workers, and city officials. The movie is long at times (this review is based on the entire four hour movie that ran when it premiered on NBC, not the shortened home video version) but it kept me interested and entertained through its entire four hours. The second time the movie aired on NBC they cut an hour of footage and shortened it to a three hour film. That version was pretty good too. But then I saw the home video version with half the movie gone. This is the version to forget about. Stick with either the three hour version or the full-length four hour version if you can find it on TV.

The three and four hour versions: *** (out of four)

The home video version: ** (out of four)


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