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Aftershock: Earthquake in New York (1999)

Tom Skerritt , Sharon Lawrence , Mikael Salomon  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Skerritt, Sharon Lawrence, Charles S. Dutton, Lisa Nicole Carson, Jennifer Garner
  • Directors: Mikael Salomon
  • Writers: David Stevens, Chuck Scarborough, Loren Boothby, Paul Eric Myers
  • Producers: David Stevens, David V. Picker, Jonathan Starch
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OKQZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,573 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Aftershock: Earthquake in New York" on IMDb

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New York, the City That Never Sleeps, is trapped in a nightmare of horror and destruction when a massive earthquake rocks the unsuspecting city. Countless lives are lost, families are torn apart, and chaos runs rampant as the Mayor (Charles S. Dutton) and former Fire Chief (Tom Skerritt) race to enact a city-wide emergency plan. The two men also face personal devastation and uncertainty as their own family members lie buried in the toppled infrastructure. Sharon Lawrence, Lisa Nicole Carson and Cicely Tyson also star in this incredible story of undying courage in the face of unimaginable human tragedy.

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Apple can have the big shake January 9, 2003
If you are in any doubt as to how good this film is, then ask yourself the question "why are people discussing the scientific fact behind the storyline?" The special effects are more than convincing and you really do get the feeling that you could be watching an earthquake in progress. If anyone out there questions the possibility of earthquakes in Manhattan, then maybe you should refer to the following ...I live in the United Kingdom, where earthquakes can not happen, tornados never happen and the possibility of hurricanes is "laughable" as one 1987 forecaster said. In 1987, we had a hurricane, in 1998 we had tornadoes and this year, we suffered a minor earthquake. Never say never.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AFTERSHOCK - thoroughly enjoyed -- great surprise! August 26, 2001
I enjoyed the VHS version and was greatly surprised - and pleasantly so - when I discovered the DVD had a more complete version of the movie -- I really liked the interaction between Tom Skerritt and Charles Dutton's characters -- Action was nicely paced and the characters were great to follow in their individual story lines - a great blending of characters -- loved the ending -- really need to see it.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COMMENDABLE MOVIE February 18, 2004
It's ironic that in this 1999 film. the Twin Towers remain standing after the devastating earthquake that tumbles the powerful city to its feet. A t.v. movie originally aired on NVC, AFTERSHOCK is directed well by Mikail Solomon and has a fine cast. The script is typical vignettes of several people and how they deal with the quake, but it is well written and performed, and adds the requisite human touch to the film. The overall acting is very good: Tom Selleck as the disgruntled fire chief who is having an ongoing political battle with Mayor Charles S. Dutton; Jennifer Garner as a ballet wannabe who meets up with a Russian cabby; Sharon Lawrence is very good as a mother whose carelessness rendered her little boy an invalid; Lisa Nicole Carson as an up and coming lawyer who gets an alleged murderer off the hook only to doubt his innocence; Cicely Tyson as the feisty mayor's mother who turns a street kid into a young man; and many actors whose names I can't recall who did a fine job in the storyline.
The earthquake sequence is devastating and very convincing. The movie is one of those "feel good" movies, that works.
Not your average made for TV fare.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twin Towers Rock Before 9-11 February 21, 2002
As an avid sci-fi/action genre maven who likes special effects, I was very surprised that a low budget movie did so well in cinematography. A well written and acted script,and very good special effects lends some credibility to having a powerful earthquake in a relatively low risk zone. It was eerie seeing the Trade Center again (as so many movies do), suffer damage other than terrorist driven. The main complaint about the DVD is that it is not widescreen. Being a TV movie, one would not expect widescreen, but the jewelcase description says "formatted to fit your TV", thus it leads one to believe that a widescreen exists. Still, I enjoyed the film and actually believe the special effects to be better than in "Earthquake".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Realistic May 1, 2000
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I thought this movie was well done. The movie first goes into people's lives and draws you in with good acting and likeable characters. There is a lot of action once the earthquake hits and it's very believable. I watch a lot of natural disaster movies and I rank this one with the best of them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING October 24, 2005
This movie gives you the suspense that will keep you in your seat and focused while having that little twist of romance.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shaking up the big apple! July 6, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
For a television production I found it very well done with a good story and strong characters. The special effects were quite good. exceptional for a television mini series. Over all I found it very entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much what you'd expect August 30, 2008
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Okay, to be honest, the film's a bit of a snoozer. The acting is pretty much on par for these type of films, with the Russian taxi driver's accent particularly amusing. The special effects are mediocre and mostly limited to the first half. The second half is devoted to various uninteresting characters getting rescued or in the process of dying. Again, boring and nothing you haven't seen before or better, although the ridiculousness of Sharon Lawrence's character pseudo-rock climbing her way up a ruined school building to retrieve her son was unintentionally hilarious. This did not need to be a three-hour event, and when it's over your only emotion is relief that it wasn't any longer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
got for my collection
Published 1 month ago by clyde
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love my disaster movies and this one did not disappoint
Published 1 month ago by Deebabe57
5.0 out of 5 stars Aftershock
really enjoyed it
Published 1 month ago by KenB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I watch this movie a lot it keeps your attention and you on the edge of your seat. I would totally recommend this movie if you like action and disaster scenes.
Published 2 months ago by ssbackup
5.0 out of 5 stars AFTERSHOCK
Published 4 months ago by Frances Maddox
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Sci-fi Movie
Again New York gets hit with the "big one." Well done scenes of destruction with really good characters make this movie an interesting movie.
Published 6 months ago by Freck's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I enjoyed the movie so much. It was suspenseful and kept you sitting on the edge of your seat.
if you love disaster movies, get this one.
Published 12 months ago by Linda Sanford
5.0 out of 5 stars Aftershock
This movie has a nearly 3 hour runtime, but my family and I were inthralled by it the entire time. I would definitely recommend watching this movie.
Published 18 months ago by Tammy Mcbride
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
A major earthquake hits New York City! It makes a great movie, actually. I first saw this movie on television and a huge portion had been cut out, though I didn't know it at the... Read more
Published on June 5, 2012 by D. Mckinzie
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
This movie is a must for any disaster movie fan. It is full of action and heart wrenching suspense. I highly recommend this movie to all
Published on May 10, 2012 by Nicholas Vela
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