Earthquake (1974)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 15, 1974
DVD Release Date: September 22, 1998
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The destruction of Los Angeles is always a welcome sight, but Earthquake offers little besides big actors slumming through crumbling sets.

Variety Staff

Mark Robson's Earthquake is an excellent dramatic exploitation extravaganza, combining brilliant special effects with a multi-character plot line which is surprisingly above average for this type film.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Registers an eight on the entertainment Richter scale.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

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

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David Parkinson
Time Out

The special effects are of a high order as Los Angeles is razed, so it is unfortunate that the same intelligent attention is not extended to either script or direction.

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TV Guide

Awful disaster movie that combined the worst elements of soap opera with special effects (bad matte paintings and the ridiculous "Sensurround")--featuring an "all-star" cast that should have stayed home and waited for a real earthquake.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Nora Sayre
New York Times

For those who have a soft spot for calamity pictures, there's a sense of ritual cleansing afterward. And for some reason, it also made me hungry.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of those big-budget splashy special effects disaster movies.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Decent disaster film, Earthquake continues the tradition of disaster films that became so popular during the early 70's, except now it's an… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
By-the-numbers disaster flick. One star just for having Victoria Principal with an afro.
Kevin M. Williams
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… More
jay nixon
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!
Aj V
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… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
It's a slow soap-opera buildup to the actual Earthquake. When it does occur, it's spectacular and haunting. The aftermath is creepy and depressing.

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