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. Large cast is headed by Charlton Heston, who comes off better than usual because he is not Superman, instead just one of the gang.
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. Large cast is headed by Charlton Heston, who comes off better than usual because he is not Superman, instead just one of the gang.
Ava Gardner, ravishingly beautiful, plays Heston’s jealous wife, who also is the daughter of Lorne Greene, Heston’s architect boss. Gardner’s fits of pique concern Genevieve Bujold.
The film spends its first 53 minutes establishing most of the key plot situations, but regularly teases with some foreshocks the big quake. When that occurs, the first big special effects sequence provides an excellent, unstinting panorama of destruction.
1974: Best Sound, Special Visual Effects.
Nominations: Best Cinematography, Art Direction, Editing
Universal. Director Mark Robson; Producer Mark Robson; Screenplay George Fox, Mario Puzo; Camera Philip Lathrop; Editor Dorothy Spencer; Music John Williams; Art Director Alexander Golitzen, E. Preston Ames
(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1974. Running time: 122 MIN.
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