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Earthquake (1974)

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Release Date: Nov 15, 1974 Wide

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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 (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

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

George Fox, Mario Puzo

Sep 22, 1998

MCA Universal Home Video

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Not the greatest Disaster movie of the period, but still a fairly entertaining one.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Silly plot, one-dimensional characters, but lots of stars (Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner) and some good, Oscar-winning special effects

March 31, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

...doesn't really hold up all that well today...

June 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

It's a disaster movie. You know what to expect.

July 14, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

a masterpiece of bad moviemaking.

December 21, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

Big budget trash--sometimes pretty funny

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Corny all-star earth-shaker.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for Earthquake

Decent disaster film, Earthquake continues the tradition of disaster films that became so popular during the early 70's, except now it's an earthquake that it's the disaster, and it is a film that is quite predictable in what the filmmakers try to do. The film has a good cast, but it never realizes anything truly entertaining, and quite frankly, of all the 70's era disaster films, Earthquake is among the weaker ones, With The Poseidon Adventure being the best of the genre. I really expected more out of the film, and though it was entertaining at times, the script's reliance on genre clichés really brought this one down a bit, and the performances were surprisingly average despite some very good talent attached to the project. This film might be enjoyed by fans of other disaster films of this period, but I've seen better overall and this one just doesn't end up being anything really good. Overall it's a decent affair that could have been much better. Earthquake doesn't break new ground in the genre; it does what every other disaster film has done, and it is fairly predictable. Don't go into this film expecting a truly entertaining film, this is no different than every other genre film, but the script suffers due to a lack of real tension, and the cast here just doesn't deliver anything that stands out among other genre films. I would recommend other films in the genre such as the one I stated earlier in this review. Earthquake could have been good fun, but it simply never really delivers anything truly entertaining, and overall the cast, despite having some good name here, are simply wasted on a lacking script. Earthquake isn't horrible, but it never is a good affair either. This is the type of film that you watch when you have nothing else to watch.
June 21, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Drama ensues when the big one hits L.A. in this 1974 disaster flick featuring a cornucopia of Hollywood talent of which it can be summed up with that Walter Matthau used his family name in the credits, not his screen name. Its actually not as bad as your sneer ... well, it wasn't as bad as mine was. Why are they living on a fault line anyway? I saw it on AMC.
May 5, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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A highly typical disaster film from the mid 70s. Like the others it has a cast of recognizable celebrities, who don't get to do much else than be normal people. It doesn't really stand out as a good movie by any means, but it isn't bad either. There is some genuine suspense in the middle of it, anyway.
November 5, 2011
ajv2688

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By-the-numbers disaster flick. One star just for having Victoria Principal with an afro.
April 24, 2008
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Tsubaki Sanjuro

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