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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


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

...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

Audience Reviews for Earthquake

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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

Junk in the extreme but if you've never seen it and are a fan of bad cinema it's worth a go if only to see Victoria Principal in an afro!
December 17, 2007
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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