DVD - 2006
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A major earthquake levels Los Angeles and upsets the lives of everyone living there, including a rugged construction engineer, his spoiled wife, his mistress, his father-in-law, a suspended policeman, a grocery store manager, and a daredevil motorcyclist.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2006]
ISBN: 9781417011995
Branch Call Number: DVD Adventure / Earth 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (2 hr., 3 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container


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VaughanPLDavidB May 05, 2018

My father took me to see this movie when I was a kid, with the full "Sensurround" effect. It freaked me out so badly that I didn't stay to the end. Watching it now I see how ridiculously melodramatic the whole thing was. At times the production quality was no better than that of a '70's TV movie. I'm guessing that most of the production costs were spent on casting because it sure doesn't look like it was spent on special effects.

Well - If nothing else, this 1974, mega-blockbuster, disaster film was certainly well-worth a few good laughs (unintentional laughs, that is).

Featuring a hilarious barrage of cheesy, old-school special effects (and plenty of cornball character interaction), Earthquake's decidedly over-melodramatic story even had the Hare Krishnas getting into the overall spirit of this particular catastrophe story.

With the escalating excitement of Earthquake's tale reaching 9.9 on the Richter Scale, it was definitely all-American heroism that prevailed throughout this picture's 129-minute running time (with, of course, a little rocky romance, thrown in for good measure).

Showcasing a star-studded cast, headlined by Charlton Heston & Ava Gardner, 1974's Earthquake turned out to be the 4th highest grossing film of the year. And, with that, it easily earned back it $7 million production costs, 8-fold, in no time flat.

Unfortunately, Earthquake didn't even come close to living up to its disastrous potential. In the long run, it got itself so bogged down dealing with too many irksome personal dramas that repeatedly punctuated its story-line.

ConnieTimmons Sep 12, 2012


Apr 20, 2011

If you wonder about what an earthquake in CA looks like then it is a good movie for you. On top of that, you will find out an after-quake tremble in your feeling at the end of the movie.
It looks like a real one, not a movie. This is why I rate this movie 4 stars.

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