One of the more fast-paced catastrophe movies ever made with the best cast of Hollywood stars getting eaten by memorable fire effects. It became a hell-of-a-lot more believable after WTC in 2001 and some scenes give a gruesome sense of authenticity now and is not nearly as "fun" as they were in 1974. Producer Irwin Allen never managed to top himself again after this one.
Certainement un des meilleurs films-catastrophe du genre, avec une brochette de vedettes internationales pour un brasier de fin du monde. On se laisse emballer, enflammer sans réserve. En effet, on prend un réel plaisir à retrouver Steve Mac Queen alias O'Hallorhan, en chef des pompiers, Paul Newman alias Doug Roberts en architecte, et William Holden, alias James Duncan, en sénateur... www.cinefiches.com
Avec Tremblement de Terre de Mark Robson avec Charlton Heston et Ava Gardner, l'archétype du film catastrophe lancé en 1974. ======= With Mark Robson's "EARTHQUAKE" starring Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner, the archetype of the disaster movie launched in 1974.
[Spoilers] The prospect of seeing famous actors sautéed/crispy fried/pulverised/drowned is undermined by a distinct lack of characterisation and a too-serious moral message at the end. Instead the actors are merely plunged into a 70s hell of bad dinner party jazz and worse fashion disasters; Chamberlain notably pays the ultimate price for that horrendous chocolate brown tuxedo by reassuringly plunging to his death.
This is an all-time Blockbuster filled with A-List Hollywood stars of the 70s. They couldn't make a film like this nowadays as they wouldn't be able to afford to pay all the actors! Culminates in the amazing water scene that they could only do in one take apparently. A great flashback to the 70s but with a serious message about the huge limitations of skyscrapers. Spooky how Steve McQueen's warning came true too!