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Earthquake (1974)

Cast: Jesse Wayne, Jesse Wayne, Charlton Heston, more...
Director: Mark Robson, Mark Robson
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Studio: Good Times Video
Genre: Action, Disaster Action
Running Time: 122 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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This title is currently out of print.

Los Angeles is the natural site for a film about earthquakes: they happen there frequently, and the landscape is familiar to moviegoers from thousands of films. A huge number of ongoing vignettes which include cameos from numerous celebrities and stars are tied together by the ongoing efforts of architect Graff (Charleton Heston) to rescue his estranged spoiled-rich-girl wife (Ava Gardner), while helping out with the ongoing rescue efforts taking place around him and while trying to determine what has happened to his mistress Denise (Genvieve Bujold). The rumbling sound effect designed for this film (Sensurround) won a "Best Sound" Oscar for the film in 1975. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Old Style Disaster by shizz April 28, 2008 - 2:20 AM PDT
Released somewhere in the middle of the era of the disaster movies, this is a classic - but that doesn't mean that it was the best. It has all the formulaic cliches - love story, drama, conflict and the token Black. The first part of the movie was boring, none of the characters were actually interesting - and the Heston,Gardner/Bujold love traingle plot just plodded it even more. But then the earthquake struck and things got a little more interesting. The special effects in those days were grand and a few look good [stilt houses collapsing - one with a man in the balcony], but are cheesy in today's standards [cardboard buildings collapsing that were hollow inside, the fake blood of escapees in a plunging elevator, an LA freeway with like four cars - in the afternoon - buckling, a cattle truck falling with the cattle not moving an inch - to name a few]. Let's just count just a few of the continuity erors, shall we: two of the same stunt women in the theatre collapsing scene were also in the elevator that plunged, the entire scene in front of the office building with the crashing truck was out of sequence - just watch the woman with the orange dress, you can see the airbag under the skylight the office worker plunged through, 'Mother' had glass embedded in her forehead BEFORE she looked up and the pane came crashing down on her and in one scene you can see the stunt people waiting for their cue to run when the street sign came down. Oh, yeah. And what the hell happened to Roundtree's character? Ironically, some of the scenes were used as stock footage for other productions: an earthquake sequence in the Hulk TV show, the dam bursting was used in V: The Final Battle, to name some. Overall, I did like it but won't recommend it as I would The Poseidon Adventure. Only if you're into old school disaster and period movies.

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