Earthquake (1974)

PG   |    |  Action, Drama, Thriller


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


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15 March 2001 | jimbo700
Aw, comeon, it's not [that] bad!
I saw this movie on the big-screen when it was released and I actually found the Sensurround (R) to be annoying, but the film isn't as bad as critics made it out to be. I agree, the casting could have been better (the Ava Gardner/Loorne Green argument is a good one), but this is a special effects movie, and the special effects were pretty good by 1974 standards. Besides, how can a movie about the destruction of LA be so bad?

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Victoria Principal (Rosa Amici) and George Kennedy (Lou Slade) both later starred in Dallas (1978), though not at the same time: Principal played Pamela Barnes Ewing from 1978 to 1987 while Kennedy played Carter McKay from 1988 to 1991.


Quotes

Dr. Stockle: No one was sure the atom bomb would work, but they dropped it. It worked.


Goofs

The exterior of the parking garage falling apart with the aftershock, is a combination of miniature on the top and live action at the bottom. The debris falling off the miniature disappears behind the live action on the bottom.


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.


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C'est si bon
(uncredited)
Music by
Henri Betti
Played by a guitarist

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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