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123 min | USA:160 min (TV version) | Canada:121 min (Ontario) | UK:116 min (DVD version)
Action | Drama | Thriller
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Mark Robson
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1974-11-15
Filming Locations: 1329 Carroll Avenue, Central Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
Budget: $7,000,000
Gross: $79,700,000 (USA) Rentals $35,850,000 (USA)
Charlton Heston
Ava Gardner
George Kennedy
Lorne Greene
Geneviève Bujold
Denise (as Genevieve Bujold)
Richard Roundtree
Marjoe Gortner
Barry Sullivan
Lloyd Nolan
Dr. Vance
Victoria Principal
Walter Matthau
Drunk (as Walter Matuschanskayasky)
Monica Lewis
Gabriel Dell
Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
Chavez (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Lloyd Gough
John Randolph
Kip Niven
Walter Russell
Scott Hylands
Asst. Caretaker
Donald Moffat
Dr. Harvey Johnson
Jesse Vint
Alan Vint
Lionel Johnston
John Elerick
Carl Leeds
John S. Ragin
Chief Inspector
George Murdock
Don Mantooth
Sid (as Donald Mantooth)
Michael Richardson
Alex Brown
Pool Player (as Alex A. Brown)
Bob Cunningham
Dr. Frank Ames
John Dennis
Brawny Foreman
Bob Gravage
Farmer Mr. Griggs
H.B. Haggerty
Pool Player (as H. B. Haggerty)
Tim Herbert
Las Vegas Man
Dave Morick
Ines Pedroza
Laura (as Inez Pedroza)
Josh Albee
Boy with Radio (uncredited)
Joan Blair
Pawnbroker's Wife (TV version) (uncredited)
Hal Bokar
Dam Workman #1 (uncredited)
Vivian Brown
Woman #1 (uncredited)
Ian Bruce
Officer Scott - Wilson Plaza (uncredited)
William H. Burton Jr.
Stranger (uncredited)
Ric Carrott
National Guardsman (uncredited)
David S. Cass Sr.
Sherriff Merle - Slade's Nemesis (uncredited)
Lonny Chapman
L.A.P.D. Captain (uncredited)
Sam Chew Jr.
Tony - Kathie's Husband (uncredited)
Shannon Christie
Dr. Vance's Nurse (uncredited)
Patty Elder
Blonde Secretary in Royce Building (uncredited)
Kenny Endoso
Bar Cook (uncredited)
Bobby Ferro
Sports Car Thief (uncredited)
Bruce M. Fischer
Man #1 (uncredited)
James W. Gavin
Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Ernest Harada
Seismologist (uncredited)
Jerry Hardin
Man #2 (uncredited)
Diana Herbert
Woman #2 (uncredited)
Bert Kramer
Policeman (uncredited)
Karl Lukas
Man #3 (uncredited)
Jimmy Nickerson
Seismology Graduate Student (uncredited)
Stuart Nisbet
Loudspeaker Voice (voice) (uncredited)
Frances Osborne
Housewife (uncredited)
Grant Owens
Police Officer (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni
Pool Player (uncredited)
Tony Regan
Man in Movie Theatre (uncredited)
George Sawaya
Deputy Sherriff (uncredited)
Fred Scheiwiller
Jay the Bartender (uncredited)
Dean Smith
Pool Player (uncredited)
John Tuell
Prop Tractor Driver (uncredited)
Kitty Vallacher
Grocery Store Clerk (uncredited)
Keith Walker
Radio Voice (voice) (uncredited)
Sandy Ward
Studio Guard (uncredited)
Dick Warlock
Diver at Hollywood Reservoir (uncredited)
William Whitaker
Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Don Wilbanks
Dam Workman with Blowtorch (uncredited)
Forrest Wood
Man #4 (uncredited)
Clint Young
Dam Workman #2 (uncredited)
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Lee Grant, Jessica Walter and Elizabeth Allen were all considered for the role taken by Ava Gardner.
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The part of Miles Quade was originally written for an Italian-American. Both Joe Namath and Richard Dreyfuss were considered before the character was re-imagined and the part went to Richard Roundtree.
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The movie that Rosa is watching in the theater is High Plains Drifter (1973).
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The airliner tells the control tower it is "VFR on top" meaning it is flying in clear weather above the clouds. A moment later a shot is show of the airliner in clear skies; no clouds above or below.
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During the quake, Bill Cameron looks out the window of the skyscraper he is in to see two men fall out out of a neighboring window. As they fall, they both disappear behind the matte separating the building facade and the minuature of downtown Hollywood.
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During the earthquake sequence about the Stewart and Remy Graff sheltered under the jeep, the sign 5020 that is upon the lobby of the Royce building falls down but reappears on the top again in the next shot.
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Drunk: What do you have to do to get a drink around here?
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Rosa: [to Lew] My brother told me you were a strange kind of cop.
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Remy Royce-Graff: [shouting] God damn it!
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Why is there animated blood in the elevator crash sequence?
In the theatrical cut of the film (not the "television version," where this shot is excised), "cartoon-like" animated blood is "sprayed" on the camera lens when the elevator hits the bottom of the shaft. The effect is poorly executed, and ruins an otherwise nerve-wracking scene.There are two main theories as to why the animated blood sequence was created, but first the facts must be addressed: After reviewing call sheets and production reports from director Mark Robson's personal archives, the fan web site "" has uncovered the fact that the elevator sequence was shot three times, on three separate days (March 26, March 27 and April 4, 1974). Whether this indicates that certain shots of the elevator sequence were simply spread out over three shooting days, or whether it was the result of the sequence being problematic (and thus, shot and reshot again) is unclear. What is telling, is the production report lists several stunt artist's injuries from the final day of shooting the elevator crash on April 4, 1974 (including Gary Epper and Stephanie Epper). The end result of the "animated blood" sequence in the final film is telling, since one of the theories hinges on the fact that shooting the sequence was problematic.The elevator set itself was a three wall set built out of polystyrene plastic, which was suspended three feet off the stage floor (Universal Stage 27). The rig was held in place by water driven pumps, which were designed to drive the suspended set down at a faster rate than the 13 stunt artists inside would fall (thus, providing a "free fall" effect). As the set hit the stage floor, the polystyrene walls would collapse on the stunt artists. Also visible in the sequence are several areas of the set and of the stunt artists clothes, which have forming blotches of blood that last a few frames, revealing the fact that the stunt artists and / or the set itself was rigged with bladders of "stage blood" which would deploy on impact. This is visible for three or four frames prior to the infamous "animated blood" shot.Which brings us to the two theories:THEORY ONE: Based on the problematic nature of the shooting, and the probablility that director Mark Robson never got what he wanted from the shot, he opted to "fix it in post production." Since the crash was shot three times over two weeks, the break in shooting between the second and third attempts suggest this was time for the special effects department to continue working to get the effect right. After three attempts, the plug was pulled on the scene (and possibly due to the injuries sustained by the stunt artists on the final day), and an optical effect was added in post. This theory is further supported by the fact that the optical effect of the animated blood was superimposed over a still frame of the elevator crash, with the stunt artists splayed about on the elevator set, and not a moving shot (the moving shot may not have worked).THEORY TWO: This theory holds that Robson finally got the effect he was after from the sequence on the third try. Crashing elevator, falling stunt artists, and splattering blood, which would have been a very effective (and gory) sequence. However; the MPAA rated "Earthquake" some time around October, 1974 (for a November 15, 1974 release date), and the violence and gore of the scene may have been a red flag for the MPAA to slap an "R" rating on the film (remember, this was 1974). An "R" rating on "Earthquake" would have doomed the picture, cutting out the huge teenage market, so the scene may have had to be cut. With little time to reshoot the scene (and likely, no money), Robson opted to cut the scene and add the animated blood optical effect in post production, rather than cut the scene earlier or some other option.Regardless of the motivation for Robson and Universal opting for the animated blood option, the scene made it into the final print of the film.
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