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Trouble Shooters: Trapped Beneath the Earth

This action-drama has a massive earthquake, a family rift and reunion, a death-defying rescue attempt and a flood -- all of which combine to make "Trouble" an entertaining adventure, a '90s telepic version of the '70s disaster movies.

This action-drama has a massive earthquake, a family rift and reunion, a death-defying rescue attempt and a flood — all of which combine to make “Trouble” an entertaining adventure, a ’90s telepic version of the ’70s disaster movies.

When an eight-story apartment building in Utah is swallowed whole, a quake rescue team led by Stan Mather (Kris Kristofferson) and his son Frank (Leigh J. McCloskey) is called out to head the search-and-rescue operation.

Other son Cody (David Newsom) has been rifting with his family for years and no longer works for the family firm. Instead, he has been involved in testing scanning equipment that is required to pull off this rescue.

Cody is torn between what to do, since he has vowed to his mother — now divorced from Stan — never to return to the dangerous underground rescue attempts, but Cody’s ex-girlfriend — who is now brother Frank’s girlfriend — pleads with him. The vidpic features good thesping and a terrific technical support crew. Sets and locations, under production designer James Allen, have the authentic feel of the site of a massive earthquake.

The underground scenes — shot at tight and awkward angles — lend great realism, with the feeling of claustrophobia achieved wonderfully by d.p. Eric Van Haren Norman.

Editors Ralph E. Winters and Eric S. Strand do a wonderful job in maintaining suspense all the way through.

Many of the subplots don’t even begin until about the halfway point, which keeps the thing moving. Credit writers Wesley Strick (story) and Michael Pavone and Dave Alan Johnson (script).

Trouble Shooters: Trapped Beneath the Earth

(Sun. (3), 9-11 p.m., NBC)

  • Production: Filmed in Southern California by Ginkgo Prods. in association with Walter Mirisch Prods. Executive producer, Walter Mirisch; producer, Ted Kurdyla; director,Bradford May; writers, Michael Pavone, Dave Alan Johnson; story, Wesley Strick.
  • Crew: Camera, Eric Van Haren Norman; editors, Ralph E. Winters, Eric S. Stand; production designer, James Allen; art director Cate Bangs; sound, John Orr; music, Perter Bernstein.
  • Cast: Cast: Kris Kristofferson, David Newsom, Leigh J. McCloskey, Frank McRea, Gary Graham, Caitlin Dulany, Leslie Ackerman, Shawn Levy, Mitch Pileggi, Barbara Rhodes, Cynthia Allison, Camille Belle, Mary Betten, Frank Birney, Sidney Brammer, Larry Carroll, Noel Conlon, Michael Ensign, Nicole Ellows, Robert Harvey, George J. Peters, Harmony Smith.
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