Earthquake movie

Theatrical release poster

Earthquake is a 1974 disaster film with an ensemble cast including Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Genevieve Bujold, Lorne Greene and Richard Roundtree. The film was directed by Mark Robson.


Los Angeles is rocked by a 9 point plus scale earthquake.

Why It Rocks

  1. Interesting storyline.
  2. Well done practical effects.
  3. The filmmakers made a model of the city.
  4. Good performances.
  5. The opening score by John Williams is suspenesful and adrenaline pumping music. The rest of the music was good too.
  6. Good ending.
  7. When the film was released theatrically, it was released in Sensurround and the audience could actually simulate what it would be like in a real earthquake.


Earthquake currently holds a 35% on Rotten Tomatoes, however there's no critic consensus. Variety Staff at Variety described the film as "an excellent dramatic exploitation extravaganza, combining brilliant special effects with a multi-character plot line which is surprisingly above average for this type of film."


In the 1980s, Universal Studios Hollywood installed an attraction loosely based on the film. Universal Studios Orlando would have one as well.

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