Awful disaster movie that combined the worst elements of soap opera with special effects (bad matte paintings and the ridiculous "Sensurround")--featuring an "all-star" cast that should have stayed home and waited for a real earthquake. Heston stars as a building executive who is married to boss Greene's bitchy daughter Gardner. His mistress is Bujold, whose husband was killed in a building accident on a construction site where Heston had assigned him. After too much of this drivel, the earthquake hits, killing most of the cast. The highly touted "Sensurround" was nothing more than a low-frequency sound process that made the theater seem to rumble during the earthquake footage. Its most dramatic effect was to drown out the soundtracks in adjoining theaters in shopping mall complexes, oddly enough it earned the film an Academy Award for Best Sound. The picture was also nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Film Editing.