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Earthquake (1974)

Various interconnected people struggle to survive when an earthquake of unimaginable magnitude hits Los Angeles, California.

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Mark Robson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Graff
Ava Gardner ... Remy
George Kennedy ... Slade
Lorne Greene ... Royce
Geneviève Bujold ... Denise (as Genevieve Bujold)
Richard Roundtree ... Miles
Marjoe Gortner ... Jody
Barry Sullivan ... Stockle
Lloyd Nolan ... Dr. Vance
Victoria Principal ... Rosa
Walter Matthau ... Drunk (as Walter Matuschanskayasky)
Monica Lewis ... Barbara
Gabriel Dell ... Sal
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Chavez (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Lloyd Gough ... Cameron
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Storyline

Construction Engineer Stuart Graff is estranged from his jealously possessive wife, Remy, and has an affair with Denise Marshall, the widow of a co-worker. Meanwhile, Remy tries to persuade her father, Sam Royce, who is Stuart's employer, to use his influence to stop Stuart from seeing Denise. Rogue policeman Lew Slade is suspended from the L.A.P.D. for having punched an obtuse officer from another jurisdiction. Embittered, Slade contemplates quitting the police force. Jody, a perverted grocery store manager, lusts after Rosa Amici, sister of Sal, the assistant to Miles Quade, an aspiring daredevil motor cyclist. The lives of all these people are devastated when a major earthquake rips through Los Angeles and reduces the city to ruins. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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An Event... See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terremoto See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$79,666,653

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,666,653
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)| Sensurround (70 mm and 35 mm magnetic prints)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Producers travelled to Europe to interest Audrey Hepburn for the role of Remy Royce-Graff. Audrey had been retired from films for nearly ten years at this point, and did not like the dialogue of the character, nor the physical requirements of the film role, and turned the producers down. The part of Remy Royce-Graff was filled at the last minute by Ava Gardner after filming had already started. See more »

Goofs

Most, if not all, passenger elevators have mechanical gravity brakes that are automatically activated in the event an elevator plunges uncontrollably. See more »

Quotes

Stewart Graff: I think there are still people alive down there and I want to get them out.
Brawny Foreman: Well, nobody else is... and you can't do it alone.
Stewart Graff: Yeah, well I won't be alone.
[points to Lew]
Stewart Graff: He's coming with me.
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Alternate Versions

For the initial network television showing broadcast on NBC in September 1976, additional footage was shot to lengthen the film in order to show it over two nights. The most extensive segment of new footage is a subplot of a newlywed couple (Debralee Scott and Sam Chew Jr.) on a flight to Los Angleles so the husband can interview for a job with Stuart Graff (Charlton Heston). The plane tries to land as the earthquake hits, but the pilots are able to regain control and fly away before the runway breaks up. Other significant segments are new scenes with Jody (Marjoe Gortner) and Rosa (Victoria Principal), which establish Jody's obsession with Rosa, as well as one short scene in a pawn shop with Buck (Jesse Vint) and Hank (Michael Richardson), who play Marjoe's roommates in the theatrical version. Contrary to popular belief, these additional scenes were *not* "leftover" footage from the original 1974 theatrical release. Rather, the footage was filmed almost two years later by NBC to expand the film. These additional scenes were shot without the original director Mark Robson, who opted out, (in fact, he loathed the additional scenes), but they were shot with Universal's approval. In addition, two deleted scenes originally shot for the theatrical release were re-inserted into the television version, including a narrative opening about the San Andreas Fault, as well as a scene of Rosa brushing off a guy (Reb Brown) trying to give her a ride on his motorcycle. Incidentally, the version frequently running on the American cable channel "American Movie Classics" is the television version, and not the original theatrical version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

C'est si bon
(uncredited)
Music by Henri Betti
Played by a guitarist
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Nice action drama without CGI overload.
15 June 2018 | by paulclaassenSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed the practical effects before CGI took over the film industry. This is the time when making disaster films was a huge challenge. This is decent film making at its best. The visual effects are incredible and is still good by today's standard. This must have been amazing at the time of release. Charlton Heston is a likable hero as usual. I enjoyed how the characters interacted with one another and how their characters developed during and after the disaster. The film did end rather abruptly, but it was an enjoyable action drama.


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