Earthquake is a 1974 American ensemble disaster drama film directed and produced by Mark Robson and starring Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner. The plot concerns the struggle for survival after a catastrophic earthquake destroys most of the city of Los Angeles, California.


Athletic former college football star Stewart Graff (Charlton Heston), in a dysfunctional marriage to Remy (Ava Gardner), is arguing with her after she fakes another suicide attempt when a mild earthquake jolts the Los Angeles metro area. Angered by his wife's manipulations, Graff leaves for work, stopping to visit Denise Marshall (Genevieve Bujold), a part-time actress and widow of a co-worker who he assigned to the project that accidentally killed him. Feeling obligated to help her and her ten-year-old son, Corry, Graff brings the boy an autographed football from his college days, and briefly helps Denise rehearse her lines before a film shoot she has later that morning.