Earthquake

Earthquake

Director: Mark Robson

Cast: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy

     
 

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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 (Charlton Heston) to rescue his estranged… See more details below

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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 (Charlton Heston) to rescue his estranged spoiled-rich-girl wife (Ava Gardner), while helping out with the ongoing rescue efforts taking place around him and also trying to determine what has happened to his mistress Denise (Geneviève Bujold). The rumbling sound effect designed for this film (Sensurround) won a "Best Sound" Oscar for the film in 1975.

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Universal Pictures' big-ticket entry in the early 1970's disaster film cycle has all the carnage one might expect from this sort of film but not much else. The script has the usual fistful of soap opera-styled plot threads necessary for this kind of film but none of them are distinctive enough to truly involve the viewer. Mark Robson's direction gives the film a professional veneer but his pacing of the material is weak, especially in the second half of the film, and the film's flat, t.v.-style cinematography and studio backlot sets give it the look of a hastily-assembled t.v. movie. The lackluster storytelling isn't helped by the film's star-happy approach to casting: for example, Ava Gardner plays Lorne Greene's daughter despite the fact they are only a few years apart in age. On the positive side, the film's earthquake sequence is handled in an impressive, fx-heavy style and the post-destruction of images of L.A. are often quite stunning thanks to excellent visual effects by Albert Whitlock. Schlock fans will also be delighted by some scene-stealing supporting performances, including an amusingly macho turn from George Kennedy as a tough-guy cop and Marjoe Gortner's over-the-top work as a repressed grocery clerk who gives in to his military-man fantasies when the earthquake hits. All in all, Earthquake doesn't really succeed as a drama or an adventure but it might amuse viewers looking for a big-budget trash fix.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/09/2006
UPC:
0025193046925
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
17,787

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlton Heston Graff
Ava Gardner Remy Graff
George Kennedy Patrolman Slade
Lorne Greene Royce
Geneviève Bujold Denise
Richard Roundtree Miles
Alexander Brown Pool Player
Bob Cunningham Dr. Frank Ames
Gabriel Dell Miles's Manager
John Dennis Brawny Foreman
Gene Dynarski Dam Caretaker
John Elerick Carl Reeds
H.B. Haggerty Pool Player
Tim Herbert Man
Scott Hylands Assistant Dam Caretaker
Walter Matthau Drunk
Donald Moffat Dr. Harvey Johnson
Dave Morick Technician
George Murdock Colonel
Kip Niven Assistant Seismologist
Inez Pedroza Laura
Alan Vint Ralph
Jesse Vint Buck
John S. Ragin Chief Inspector
Michael Richardson Sandy
Robert Gravage Farmer Mr. Griggs
Marjoe Gortner Jody
Barry Sullivan Dr. Stockle
Lloyd Nolan Dr. Vance
Victoria Principal Rosa
Monica Lewis Royce's Secretary
Pedro Armendariz Slade's Partner
Lloyd Gough Cameron
John Randolph Mayor
Tiger Williams Corry Marshall

Technical Credits
Mark Robson Director,Producer
Alexander Golitzen Production Designer
Preston Ames Production Designer
Frank Brendel Special Effects
George Fox Screenwriter
Jennings Lang Executive Producer
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
Frank R. McKelvey Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Jack McMasters Special Effects
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sound/Sound Designer
Burton Miller Costumes/Costume Designer
Ronald Pierce Sound/Sound Designer
Mario Puzo Screenwriter
Glen Robinson Special Effects
Fred R. Simpson Asst. Director
Dorothy Spencer Editor
Jesse Wayne Stunts
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects
John Williams [composer] Score Composer

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