Facts and Figures

Run time: 123 mins

In Theaters: Friday 15th November 1974

Box Office Worldwide: $79.7M

Budget: $7M

Distributed by: MCA Universal Home Video

Production compaines: Universal Pictures, The Filmakers Group

Reviews 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 25%
Fresh: 4 Rotten: 12

IMDB: 5.8 / 10

Cast & Crew



Starring: as Stewart Graff, as Remy Royce-Graff, as Sgt. Lew Slade, as Sam Royce, as Denise Marshall, as Miles Quade, Marjoe Gortner as Jody, as Dr. Willis Stockle, as Dr. James Vance, as Rosa Amici, as Drunk, Monica Lewis as Barbara

Earthquake Review

The land-based counterpart to The Poseidon Adventure provides the same decay of civilization, the same mix of jaw-dropping special effects (remember, no CGI in these days) and cheese, and the same George Kennedy. With names like Heston, Roundtree, Bujold, and Greene (Lorne), the film has plenty of star power to manage its obvious plot: The Big One strikes L.A., and a handful of stories play out in the aftermath. Some are inspired (a group of office workers attempt to escape a crumbling high-rise) and some are absurd (Roundtree is a stunt motorcycle driver whose wooden track falls apart). The stories roughly interlock, but the impressive effects steal the show, not to be outdone by some amazing howlers, like the crudely animated blood that "splatters" on the screen when an elevator falls to its doom. Priceless. (The movie had four Oscar nominations, won one, and got a special achievement award for visual effects. On DVD, the sound is awesome.)



Charlton Heston Pictures

Charlton Heston and Titanic

* HESTON DEAD AT 83Oscar-winning actor CHARLTON HESTON has died. He was 83. Heston passed away on Saturday (05Apr08) night at his home in Beverly Hills, California, after suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Born John Charles Carter in Evanston, Illinois on 4 October 1924, he was the son of mill operator Russell Whitford Carter and his wife Lilla Charlton. He would later change his Christian name to Charlton and take on his new step-dad Chester Heston's surname. Heston studied acting at school and went on to win a drama scholarship to the local Northwestern University, before enrolling in the U.S. Air Force in 1944. That same year, he married fellow Northwestern student Lydia Marie Clarke. After three years in the force and rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant, Heston returned home, where he continued to pursue his passion for acting with a stint in theatre. Heston landed his big-screen break in 1952's The Greatest Show on Earth, and in 1956 appeared as Moses in The Ten Commandments. His role in the religious epic won him much critical acclaim, and he went on to star in movie classics El Cid, Planet of the Apes and Ben-Hur, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1960. Ben-Hur was awarded a total of 11 Oscars, including Best Picture - a feat only equalled by 1997's Titanic and 2003's The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Heston was also well-known for his work behind the scenes, serving as the president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1965-1971, and as chairman of the American Film Institute. Away from Hollywood, Heston became a prolific Civil Rights activist in the 1950s and 60s, and later went on to become the president of the National Rifle Association in the 1990s. In 1993, Heston was awarded the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the U.S. He is survived by his wife Lydia, their son Fraser Clarke Heston and their adopted daughter, Holly Ann Heston. (MT/WNWCCB&WNWA&WNWC)Los Angeles, California - 05.04.08Planet of the Apes (1968)Directed by Franklin J. SchaffnerShown from left: Charlton Heston (as George Taylor), Maurice Evans (as Dr. Zaius)