When the big one finally hits L.A.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 2 hours, 2 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 4, 2013
- Originally Released: 1974
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- DTS HD Master Audio - English, French
- DTS Surround 5.1 - English, French
- Subtitles - English, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Geneviève Bujold, Lorne Greene, Richard Roundtree, Victoria Principal & Marjoe Gortner|
|Performer:||Barry Sullivan, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Walter Matthau, Monica Lewis, Lloyd Nolan, Gabriel Dell, Tiger Williams & Don Wilbanks|
|Directed by||Mark Robson|
|Edited by||Dorothy Spencer|
|Screenwriting by||Mario Puzo & George Fox|
|Composition by||John Williams|
|Produced by||Mark Robson|
|Director of Photography:||Philip H. Lathrop|
|Executive Production by||Jennings Lang|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"I know you'll laugh, but
- I think we're going to have a really big quake."
Academy Awards 1974 - Best Sound
Academy Awards 1974 - Best Visual Effects
Academy Awards 1974 - Scientific or Technical Award
There wasn't a boy in the 1970s who didn't get all giddy over this pleasing and plot-light demolition derby...
For those who have a soft spot for calamity pictures, there's a sense of ritual cleansing afterward. And for some reason, it also made me hungry. Full Review
New York Times
Rating: 2/4 -- ...doesn't really hold up all that well today... Full Review
Reel Film Reviews
Awful disaster movie that combined the worst elements of soap opera with special effects (bad matte paintings and the ridiculous "Sensurround")--featuring an "all-star" cast that should have stayed home and waited for a real earthquake. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- Registers an eight on the entertainment Richter scale. Full Review
Rating: 3/4 -- Not the greatest Disaster movie of the period, but still a fairly entertaining one. Full Review
Three Movie Buffs
Mark Robson's Earthquake is an excellent dramatic exploitation extravaganza, combining brilliant special effects with a multi-character plot line which is surprisingly above average for this type film. Full Review
This essential 1970s disaster epic, with a script co-authored by Mario Puzo (THE GODFATHER), centers around a devastating earthquake in Los Angeles and the shocking aftermath it causes. The all-star cast is led by Charleton Heston as a construction engineer whose marital problems supply him with plentiful stress before the quake even hits. The film was presented theatrically with a sound process known as "Sensurround," which caused cinemas to physically vibrate during quake sequences.
The lives of several Angelenos are shaken up when the Big One hits Los Angeles. Heading the gigantic, star-studded cast is Charlton Heston as an adulterous engineer and Ava Gardner as his jealous wife. Other characters include an Evel Knievel-like daredevil, a psychotic grocery store manager, and a hot-tempered cop -- all of whom respond to the disaster in a variety of ways, ranging from heroic to deranged.
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- Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Cinematography. Academy Awards: Best Sound.
- Color by Technicolor.
- Originally released in Sensurround, a sound system which creates low-frequency vibrations that simulate the sensation of small tremors in the theater. Universal charged exhibitors $500 a week for use of the system. A warning for the faint-hearted flashed on the screen before the film began.
- Additional cast members: Scott Haylands (Assistant Dam Caretaker); Tiger Williams (Corry Marshall). Walter Matthau is credited under his real name, Walther Matuschanskavasky.
- Additional technical credit: Jack McMasters, special effects.
- Waldon O. Watson, Richard J. Stumpf, Robert J. Leonard and the Universal City Studios Sound Department received a Class II Technical Award for the development and engineering of the Sensurround System for motion picture presentation.
- The disaster movie was a unique phenomenon of the 1970s. "The Poseidon Adventure," about the sinking of a giant ocean liner, was the movie that launched (no pun intended) the mini-genre. Other entries, besides "Earthquake," include "The Towering Inferno" and the "Airport" movies. All disaster movies conformed to a similar plan: a vast array of characters (portrayed by movie stars and celebrities), usually trapped in one place together (airplane, skyscraper, ocean liner), confront a major calamity. Though these characters are plagued by a variety of personal problems, they are all linked by their common fight for survival.
- Copyright 1974 Universal Pictures.
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