|EARTHQUAKE (director: Mark Robson; screenwriters: George Fox/ Mario Puzo; cinematographer: Philip H. Lathrop; editor: Dorothy Spencer; music: John Williams; cast: Charlton Heston (Stewart Graff), George Kennedy (Lou Slade), Genevieve Bujold (Denise Marshall), Richard Roundtree (Miles Quade), Victoria Principal (Rose), Marjoe Gortner (Jody), Lorne Greene (Sam Royce), Ava Gardner (Remy Graff), Barry Sullivan (Dr Willis Stockle), Lloyd Nolan (Dr Vance), Walter Matthau (Drunk), John Randolph (Mayor Lewis), Monica Lewis (Barbara), Victoria Principal (Rosa Amici); Runtime: 142; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Mark Robson; MCA Universal Home Video; 1974)|
|"One of those big-budget
splashy special effects disaster movies."
by Dennis Schwartz
of those big-budget splashy special effects disaster
movies, filled with gimmicks, cardboard B film stock
characters and awful hokum stories. It's directed on
auto pilot by Mark Robson ("Edge of
Doom"/"The Prize"/"The Harder They Fall"), who wishes
to get on screen what a major earthquake would look
like if it hit LA. Writers George Fox and Mario Puzo
throw into the mix lame soap opera stories about
surviving the catastrophe. Because of the lush
production and the public's fascination for watching
train wrecks, it has value as diverting entertainment
for the masses. The result is a big box office hit.
it was released in theaters, it was shown in
"Sensurround." That's a new type of sound system
which made theaters appear to shake during the quake
sequences. Thankfully watching it on DVD at home was
not part of the viewing experience.
film's highlights include the stunt-doubles and stars
such as Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Lorne
Greene, Richard Roundtree, George Kennedy, Genevieve
Bujold, Victoria Principal, Walter Matthau, Marjoe
Gortner bearing the brunt of the earthquake
while either falling out of broken windows or getting
swept down cold water tunnels. There's plenty of shots
of crumbling skyscrapers, bursting dams and landslides
to keep you occupied during its over 2 hour length.
fittingly received a "Special Achievement
Award for Visual Effects."
REVIEWED ON 4/1/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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