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Earthquake
Charlton Heston and Lorne Greene




Overview -
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.

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Overview

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.

Awards:
1974 - Academy Awards - Best Sound Winner
1974 - Academy Awards - Best Visual Effects Winner
1974 - Academy Awards - Scientific or Technical Award Winner

Main Cast & Crew

Mark Robson - Director
Charlton Heston
Ava Gardner
George Kennedy
Genevieve Bujold
Richard Roundtree
Lorne Greene
Barry Sullivan
Marjoe Gortner
Lloyd Nolan
Victoria Principal

 

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DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 129
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025193046925
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: May 2006

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Synopsis:
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.

Notes:
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.

Reviews:
"They really don't make 'em like this anymore." -- Rating: B - 09/09/1994 Entertainment Weekly, p.90


"There wasn't a boy in the 1970s who didn't get all giddy over this pleasing and plot-light demolition derby..." - 06/04/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.35

 

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