I saw this movie at the Strand when it first came out-we didnt have the 'Sensurround' in the ancient movie house in Paw Paw.
This movie has ok F/X-the shakey cam thing was kinda lame-but ok for the time -but dam-it's stupid.
Lotsa good actors wasted over emoting...the only selling point is seeing famous people in an earthquake.Its an overblown Movie of the Week.
Walter Matthau as a drunk in hippie clothes is inane.Ava Gardner as the daughter of Lorne Greene? And all the TV style drama is predictable.
I did like Marjoe Gortner as the perv National Guardsman,though.
This was the 70's-AIRPORT (197o) set off a slew of disaster films-the POSEIDON ADVENTURE (1971),the TOWERING INFERNO (1974),all the f**king AIRPLANE sequels-which prompted the great AIRPLANE! (1980)-all with all star casts getting killed. Of course crap like this still sells-look at INTO THE STORM (2014)-same cheezy stuff-no all star cast-GAWD-now thats an AWFUL movie!
Of course I seen most of them at the Strand in the 70's.Hey-I seen lotsa s**t at the Strand-where else could you catch a double bill of RACE WITH THE DEVIL and PSYCHIC KILLER?
Written by Mario Puzo? Was he asleep when he wrote this?