Disaster Films












Disaster film bibliography

Science Fiction
Terrorism in the Movies
War films (for nuclear apocalypse films)

2012 (2009)
Directed by Roland Emmerich. Cast: John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover, Woody Harrelson. A geophysical team, who are investigating the effect radiation from other solar systems has on the Earth, learn that the core of the Earth is heating up and warn the President of the United States. While the leaders of the world race to build 'arks' to escape the impending doom, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes of unprecedented strength wreak havoc all over the world. Special features: Commentary with writer/director Roland Emmerich and co-writer Harald Kloser; alternate ending; deleted scenes; "Roland Emmerich: the master of the modern epic" featurette; music video "Time for miracles" by Adam Lambert. 158 min. DVD X2738
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Aftershock (Tangshan dadizhen) (China, 2010)
Directed by Xiaogang Feng. Cast: Xu Fan, Zhang Jingchu, Li Chen, Zhang Zifeng, Zhang Jiajun, Lu Yi, Zhang Guoqiang, Wang Ziwen, Yang Lixin, Lu Zhong, Yong Mei, Liu Lili, Chen Daoming, Chen Jin. Follows a family who became victims in the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. The father, Fang Daqiang, was crushed dead while trying to rescue his twin children, Fang Deng and Fang Da, who were trapped in the house. Unable to save both kids, the mother, Li Yuanni, is forced to sacrifice Fang Deng for her feeble younger brother Fang Da, a decision that proved agonizing for the entire family. Though left behind as dead, the little girl miraculously survives, unbeknownst to her family. 135 min. DVD X6855
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Airplane (1980)
Directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker. Cast: Leslie Nielsen, Robert Hays, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves. In this spoof of disaster movies, Ted Striker, an ex-Navy pilot, just got dumped by his long-time girlfriend Elaine Dickinson, who works as a stewardess. In his wish to get her back, he follows her aboard a plane, although he has had a deep aversion against anything winged since he lost several men in the war. During flight, he tries to make up with her again and again, but a crisis looms as the crew and many passengers get seriously ill due to a bad fish meal. Now, it is up to him to land the airplane safely, before the poisoning starts causing casualties. But Ted Striker's aversion to piloting is a serious psychosis, which needs to be cured--right now. 87 min. DVD 4976
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Airport (1970)
Directed by George Seaton. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Seberg, Jacqueline Bisset, George Kennedy, Helen Hayes, Van Heflin, Maureen Stapleton, Barry Nelson. The manager of an international airport must juggle personal crises with professional responsibilities as he attempts to keep his blizzard-torn facility open to rescue a bomb-damaged jetliner. 137 min. DVD 4630
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Lev, Peter "Disaster and Conspiracy: Airport, The Poseidon Adventure, Jaws, The Parallax View, Chinatown." In: American films of the 70s : conflicting visions / Peter Lev. Austin, TX : University of Texas Press, 2000. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1993.5.U6 L44 2000)

Airport 1975 (1974)
Directed by Jack Smight. Cast: Charlton Heston, Karen Black, Geoge Kennedy, Gloria Swanson, HElen Reddy, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Susan Clark, Sid Caesar, Linda Blair, Dand Andrews, Roy Thinnes, Nancy Olson. A private plane hits a 747 in midair. The chief stewardess must act as the blinded pilot's hands and eyes to take control of the plane and land it or die trying. 107 min. DVD 4630
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Airport 1977 (1977)
Directed by Jerry Jameson. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Lee Grant, Brenda Vaccaro, Joseph Cotten, Olivia de Haviland, Darren McGavin, Christopher Lee, George Kennedy, James Stewart. Passengers aboard a luxurious 747 must be rescued after the plane crashes into the ocean in the Bermuda Triangle and are trapped underwater. 114 min. DVD 4630
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Airport 1979: The Concorde (1979)
Directed by David Lowell Rich. Cast: David Warner, Mercedes McCambridge, Martha Raye, Avery Schreiber, Cicely Tyson. A jet-setting TV reporter puts everyone on board a Moscow-bound Concorde in jeopardy when she becomes the target of her former lover, a traitorous arms smuggler. 114 min. DVD 4630
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Armageddon (1998)
Directed by Michael Bay. Cast: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck, Will Patton, Peter Stormare, Keith David, Owen Wilson, William Fichtner, Eddie Griffin, Steve Buscemi. The U.S. government calls upon an oil-well driller and his colorful crew to save the world by flying to an asteroid that's on a collision course for earth and setting off a nuclear bomb to divert it. 151 min. DVD X2655
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Deutsch, James I. "Gender Representations: As the World Ends: Traditional Gender Roles in Apocalyptic Science-Fiction Films of the Late 1990s." Gender in Film & the Media, 2000, p39-45, 7p UC users only
Goldman, Stuart J. "The science of Hollywood." Sky and Telescope, June 1998, Vol. 95 Issue 6, p28-31, 4p UC users only
Persons, Mitch. "Armageddon: The Dirty Dozen Meets Nasa in a Bruce Willis Meteor Disaster Epic" Cinefantastique, Jul98, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p7-12, 4p UC users only
Richards, Andy. "Armageddon" Sight & Sound, September 1998, Vol. 8 Issue 9, p36-38, 3p UC users only

Black Sunday (1976)
Directed by John Frankenheimer. Cast: Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern, Marthe Keller, Fritz Weaver, Bekim Fehmiu. A Black September terrorist group attempts to blow up a Goodyear blimp hovering over the Super Bowl stadium with 80,000 people and the President of the United States in attendance. 143 min. DVD 5871
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Engle, Gary D. "John Frankenheimer. An Interview." Film Criticism; Fall77, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p2-14, 13p UC users only
Semmerling, Tim Jon. "Black Sunday: The Loss of Frontier Heroism (1976)." In: "Evil" Arabs in American popular film : orientalist fear Austin : University of Texas Press, 2006. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: MAIN: PN1995.9.A68 S46 2006)

The China Syndrome (1979)
Directed by James Bridges. Cast: Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Richard Herd, Peter Donat, Scott Brady. It started as just another assignment. Reporter Kimberly Wells and cameraman Richard Adams were covering the daily routine at an Los Angeles power plant when the unthinkable occurred: a nuclear accident that could have wiped out Southern California. And Richard caught it all on tape. When their TV station refuses to air the footage, Wells and Adams recruit plant supervisor Jack Godell to expose the terrifying truth: the facility is a ticking bomb. But with millions of dollars at stake, company officials cannot let the story break. When the trio attempts to broadcast live from the plant's control room, the utility company does everything in its power to silence Godell permanently, as the world watches. Special features: Two exclusive documentaries featuring new interviews with stars Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas ; deleted scenes ; filmographies ; previews. Associate producer, James Nelson ; executive producer, Bruce Gilbert. 122 min. DVD 8912
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Actor (Jack Lemmon); Best Actress (Jane Fonda)
Cannes Film Festival - Best Actor (Jack Lemmon)

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Directed by Roland Emmerich. Cast: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Dash Mihok, Jay O. Sanders, Sela Ward, Austin Nichols, Arjay Smith, Tamlyn Tomita. When global warming triggers the onset of a new Ice Age, tornadoes flatten Los Angeles, a tidal wave engulfs New York City and the entire Northern Hemisphere begins to freeze solid. Now, climatologist Jack Hall, his son Sam, and a small band of survivors must ride out the growing superstorm and stay alive in the face of an enemy more powerful and relentless than anything anyone has ever encountered: Mother Nature. 123 min. DVD 7478
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DC 9/11: Time of Crisis (TV, 2003)
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith. Cast: Timothy Bottoms, John Cunningham, David Fonteno, Gregory Itzin, Penny Johnson Jerald, Stephen Macht, Mary Gordon Murray, Lawrence Pressman, Scott Alan Smith, George Takei. A drama telling the story of the days directly after the 9/11 attacks. Focuses on the difficult decisions and tasks faced by President George Bush and his staff on September 11, 2001 and the days following the attacks. Based on in-depth interviews and extensive research, the film recounts the tragic events from the moment Bush hears the news of the attacks to significant briefings with advisors. Chronicles national security meetings, links with Osama bin Laden and the al Qaeda network. Illustrates the Administrations strategy for responding both to the terrorists and the American people. 129 min. DVD 6423
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Deep Impact (1998)
Directed by Mimi Leder. Cast: Morgan Freeman, Tea Leoni, Robert Duvall, Maximilian Schell, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave, James Cromwell. 'Deep Impact' is the story of the world's reaction to a death sentence. As a comet approaches the earth which might not be destroyed or diverted before it reaches earth, each individual struggles in the face of extinction to find what most matters to him or her. Special features: Commentary with director Mimi Leder and visual effects supervisor, Scott Farrar, preparing for the end, making an impact, creating the perfect traffic jam, parting thoughts, photo gallery, trailer. 120 min. DVD 7662
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Disaster Movie (2008)
Directed by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer. Cast: Matt Lanter, Vanessa Minnillo, Gary 'G Thang' Johnson, Nicole Parker, Crista Flanagan, Kimberly Kardashian, Ike Barinholtz, Carmen Electra. This parody of disaster films follows the comic misadventures of a group of ridiculously attractive twenty-somethings during one fateful night as they try to make their way to safety. All the while every known natural disaster and catastrophic event, including asteroids, tornadoes and earthquakes, all hit the city. As they strive to overcome the disasters in their path, they must solve a series of mysteries to end the rampant destruction. Special features: "Girl fight" ; "High school muscial" sing-along ; "I'm f**king Matt Damon" sing-along ; "Sitting down with a stand-up" ; Cast & crew audio commentary ; "G-Thang's tour" ; "Straight from the ladies" ; "Who's spoofing who" ; "This is how we do it" 88 min. DVD X841
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Earthquake (1974)
Directed by Mark Robson. Cast: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Lorne Greene, Genevieve Bujold, Richard Roundtree, Walter Matthau. When the most catastrophic earthquake of all time rips through Southern California, it levels Los Angeles and sends shock waves through the lives of all who live there. 123 min. DVD X947
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The High and the Mighty (1954)
Directed by William A. Wellman. Cast: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Laraine Day, Robert Stack, Jan Sterling. A commercial airliner develops engine trouble while flying over the Pacific Ocean. The pilot panics, so it is up to the washed-up co-pilot to get the plane down safely. Based on an Ernest K. Gann bestseller. 148 min. DVD X1032
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How It Feels to Be Run Over (UK, 1900)
Directed by Cecil Hepworth. As the camera looks down an open road, a horse and carriage approaches, and passes by to one side of the field of view. Soon afterwards, an automobile comes up the road, straight towards the camera. As it gets nearer, the occupants start to wave frantically, but can a collision be avoided? DVD 1098
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Cahill, James Leo. "How It Feels to Be Run Over: Early Film Accidents" Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media & Culture, Fall2008, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p289-316, 28p UC users only

The Hurricane (1937)
Directed by John Ford. Cast: Dorothy Lamour, Jon Hall, Raymond Massey, Mary Astor, C. Aubrey Smith. The simple, peaceful life on a South Pacific island is disrupted, not only by a vindictive governor but also by a violent typhoon. 103 min. 999:1243
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Cassano, Graham. ""The Last of the World's Afflicted Race of Humans Who Believe in Freedom" : Race, Colonial Whiteness and Imperialism in John Ford and Dudley Nichols's The Hurricane (1937)." Journal of American Studies, Feb2010, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p117-136, 20p
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Fitzsimmons, Lorna. "Contra colonialism: Turning the edge in Ford's The Hurricane." Literature/Film Quarterly. 2003. Vol. 31, Iss. 1; p. 57 UC users only

Jaws (1975)
Directed by Steven Spielberg. Cast: Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton. When a man-eating shark causes havoc off the Long Island coast the police chief, a young ichthyologist and a shark fisherman join together to hunt and destroy it. Based on the novel by Peter Benchley. Special features: Documentary "Spotlight on location : the making of Jaws" (60 min.) / written, directed & produced by Laurent Bouzereau ; Universal Studios Home Video ; deleted scenes; outtakes; Get out of the water! trivia game; shark world; production photographs; original theatrical trailers. 125 min. DVD 2326
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

The Last Days of Pompeii (Ultimi giorni di Pompeii) (Italy, 1913)
Directed by Mario Caserini. An influential Italian epic that paved the way for elaborate costume dramas about the final hours of residents of Pompeii before the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Among the last of the great tableaux films, most scenes are explained by a title, then dramatized within a single wide shot, a presentation style whose origins are more theatrical and literary than cinematic. 88 min. DVD 523
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Life of an American Fireman (1903)
Directed by Edwin S. Porter Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of firemen responding to a house fire. They leave the station with their horse drawn pumper, arrive on the scene, and effect the safe rescue of a woman from the burning house. But wait, she tells them of her child yet asleep in the burning bedroom. 6 min. DVD 3552; DVD 7983; DVD 2946; DVD X116
Melancholia (Denmark | Sweden | France | Germany, 2011)
Directed by Lars Von Trier. Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgård, Brady Corbet, Cameron Spurr, Charlotte Rampling, Jesper Christensen, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier, Kiefer Sutherland. Justine and Michael celebrate their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of Justine's sister Claire, and brother-in-law John. Despite Claire's best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco with family tensions mounting and relationships fraying. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth threatening the very existence of humankind. 135 min. DVD X7196
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Meteor (TV, 2009)
Directed by Ernie Barbarash. Cast: Billy Campbell, Christopher Lloyd, Ernie Hudson, Jason Alexander, Marla Sokoloff, Michael Rooker, Stacy Keach. Tracking an unparalleled series of meteor fireballs plummeting toward Earth, a renowned scientist, his assistant, and an on-target conspiracy theorist race against time to expose a government cover-up, reveal the truth, and prevent a massive meteor from destroying the planet. 188 min. DVD X2636
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A Night to Remember (UK, 1958)
Directed by Roy Baker. Cast: Kenneth More, Honor Blackman, Michael Goodliffe, Kenneth Griffith, David McCallum, Tucker McGuire, John Merivale, Frank Lawton, Laurence Naismith, George Rose. This meticulous re-creation of the sinking of the Titanic was adapted by Eric Ambler from the best-selling book by Walter Lord. The film covers the life and death of the huge vessel from its launching celebration to that fateful night of April 14, 1912, when the "unsinkable" ship struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Special features: Audio commentary by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall; the making of "A Night to Remember" (1993), a 60 minute documentary featuring William MacQuitty's rare behind-the-scenes footage; includes original theatrical trailer. 123 min. DVD 8185; also DVD X287
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Geduld, Harry. "Nearer My Wreck to Thee." Humanist; Jul/Aug87, Vol. 47 Issue 4, p45-45, 1p UC users only
Howells, Richard. "Atlantic Crossings: Nation, Class and Identity in Titanic (1953) and A Night to Remember (1958)." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, Oct99, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p421-438, 18p UC users only
Richards, Jeffrey. A night to remember: the definitive Titanic film / Jeffrey Richards. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris ; New York : In the United States of America and Canada distributed by Palgrave Macmillan, c2003. (Full text online (UCB users only); print Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.N5222 R53 2003)

Outbreak (Canada, 2008)
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Patrick Dempsey, Donald Sutherland, Kevin Spacey. A take-charge army virologist tryies to stave off global biological meltdown. A rare killer virus from the jungles of Zaire has taken hold in a California community. Its mortality rate is 100%. And some say the only way to stop its spread is to firebomb the town and everyone in it. 128 min. DVD X6607
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Albertini, Bill. "Contagion and the Necessary Accident." Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media & Culture, Fall2008, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p443-467, 25p UC users only
Kemp, Philip. "Outbreak" Sight & Sound, May 1995, Vol. 5, p51-52, 2p UC users only
Perkowitz, Sidney. "Genes and Germs Gone Bad." In: Hollywood science: movies, science, and the end of the world / Sidney Perkowitz. New York : Columbia University Press, 2010, c2007. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main; Moffitt PN1995.9.S26 P47 2007)

Panic In the Streets (1950)
Directed by Elia Kazan. Cast: Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes. Classic crime melodrama about a twisted killer who harbors bubonic plague -- a deadly disease that could wipe out an entire city. DVD 3848
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Poseidon (1972)
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Cast: Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas, Richard Dreyfuss, Jacinda Barrett, Emmy Rossum, Mike Vogel, Mia Maestro, Jimmy Bennett, Andre Braugher. On New Year's Eve, the luxury ocean liner, Poseidon, capsizes after being swamped by a rogue wave. The survivors are left to fight for survival as they attempt to escape the sinking ship. Based on the novel by Paul Gallico and the motion picture "The Poseidon adventure." Special features: "Poseidon: A ship on a soundstage: The complexities of making a modern adventure movie" ; theatrical trailer. 98 min. DVD X6061
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Garry III, John P. "Poseidon and The Poseidon Adventure." Bright Lights Film Journal, Nov2006 Issue 54, p26-26, 1p UC users only
King, Claire Sisco. "Rogue Waves, Remakes, and Resurrections: Allegorical Displacement and Screen Memory in "Poseidon"." Quarterly Journal of Speech, v94 n4 p430-454 Nov 2008. UC users only
Lev, Peter "Disaster and Conspiracy: Airport, The Poseidon Adventure, Jaws, The Parallax View, Chinatown." In: American films of the 70s : conflicting visions / Peter Lev. Austin, TX : University of Texas Press, 2000. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1993.5.U6 L44 2000)

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Directed by Ronald Neame. Cast: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, Jack Albertson, Pamela Sue Martin, Arthur O'Connell, Eric Shea, Leslie Nielsen. One of the most gripping disaster films of all time follows ten survivors as they struggle to reach safety after an ocean liner is capsized in mid sea by a tidal wave. Suspenseful terror, combined with the victims' intimate stories, results in compelling and heart-stopping drama. Based on the novel by Paul Gallico. 117 min. DVD 4367
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Garry III, John P. "Poseidon and The Poseidon Adventure." Bright Lights Film Journal, Nov2006 Issue 54, p26-26, 1p UC users only
Goldhurst, William "Regeneration Through Disaster." Post Script; Winter85, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p45-62, 18p
Lev, Peter "Disaster and Conspiracy: Airport, The Poseidon Adventure, Jaws, The Parallax View, Chinatown." In: American films of the 70s : conflicting visions / Peter Lev. Austin, TX : University of Texas Press, 2000. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1993.5.U6 L44 2000)

San Francisco (1936)
Directed by W.S. Van Dyke. Cast: Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy, Jack Holt, Jessie Ralph. Blackie Norton is proprietor of the Paradise Saloon on the infamous Barbary Coast of San Francisco. Into his den of high-flying low life walks Mary Blake looking to pursue a singing career. Norton hires her, but soon their professional relationship develops into something far warmer. Just when their emotions reach a fever pitch the whole of San Francisco comes down about their heads in the earthquake of 1906. 116 min. DVD 5729; vhs 999:2180
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Goldhurst, William. "Regeneration through Disaster: San Francisco." Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 45-62, Winter 1985.

Snakes on a Plane (2006)
Directed by David R. Ellis. Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Nathan Phillips, Rachel Blanchard, Flex Alexander, Kenan Thompson, Keith "Blackman" Dallas, Lin Shaye, Bruce James, Sunny Mabrey. Nelville Flynn is escorting a witness on a plane that is bound for Los Angeles. The problem is that an assassin is bent on killing the witness. The assassin releases a crate containing about 450 deadly snakes onto the same plane. Nelville finds out and he becomes bent on doing his job and getting the snakes back where they belong - on land. If the snakes won't cooperate with Nelville, he will just have to send the snakes on to snake heaven. Special features: Audio commentary Cast:director David Ellis, Samuel L. Jackson, and others; 10 deleted scenes; Easter eggs; "Snakes on a video" Cobra Starship featurette (includes music video); "Pure venom: making of 'Snakes on a plane'" featurette; "Snakes on a blog" featurette; "Meet the reptiles" featurette; "VFX" featurette; gag reel; music video; TV spot; theatrical trailer. 106 min. DVD 6833
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Perkins, Claire. "Bad Cinema Texts." Colloquy: Text Theory Critique, Dec2009, Issue 18, p11-15, 5p UC users only
Stevens, Kirsten. "Snakes on a Plane and the prefabricated cult film." Colloquy: Text Theory Critique, Dec2009, Issue 18, p119-131, 13p UC users only

Titanic (Germany, 1943)
Directed by Herbert Selpin. Cast: Sybille Schmitz, Hans Nielsen, Kirsten Heiberg, E.F. Fürbringer, Karl Schönböck, Charlotte Thiele, Otto Wernicke, Franz Schafheitlin, Sepp Rist. Building the Titanic has been a huge financial effort, and White Star Line president Bruce Ismay wants her maiden voyage to hit the headlines. It is at Ismay's urging that Capt. Edward J. Smith pushes for a record speed in their voyage to New York, and that eventually sows the seeds for later disaster. This Titanic features a number of rich, decadent British passengers and a handful of noble German peasants. Ends with the court tribunal acquitting Ismay of any wrong-doing for the sinking of the great ship.Special features: original 1912 newsreel; White Star Line promotional film, offering a tour of the Olympic, Titanic's sister ship; theatrical trailer; photo gallery; excerpts from the pressbook. 85 min. DVD 2932
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Malone, Paul. "Goebbels Runs Aground: The Nazi Titanic Film." In: The Titanic in myth and memory [electronic resource] : representations in visual and literary culture / edited by Tim Bergfelder and Sarah Street. London : I.B. Tauris, 2004. (Full text available online [UCB users only])
Peck, Robert E. "The Banning of Titanic: a study of British postwar film censorship in Germany." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television; Aug2000, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p427-444, 18p UC users only
Peck, Robert E. "Misinformation, Missing Information, and Conjecture: Titanic and the historiography of Third Reich cinema." Media History; Jun2000, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p59-73, 15p UC users only
Strobl, Gerwin. "'Zum Ruhme Englands': The 'Vorgeschichte' of the Nazi Film Titanic." German Life & Letters, Apr2007, Vol. 60 Issue 2, p196-211, 16p UC users only

Titanic (1953)
Directed by Jean Negulesco. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Clifton Webb, Robert Wagner, Richard Basehart, Audrey Dalton. Determined to remove her family from the superficial, high-society world in which her husband is engrossed, a woman flees to America along with her children on the R.M.S. Titanic. Learning of her plan her husband buys a steerage ticket in the hopes of reconciling with his family. But when fate steps in, the family faces an unimaginable challenge and the possibility of separation from each other forever. Special features: Commentary by film critic Richard Shickel; commentary by Robert Wagner, Audrey Dalton and cinematographer Michael Lonza; "Beyond Titanic" documentary; Movietone newsreels (1953); audio essay by Titanic historian Silvia Stoddard; still gallery. 98 min. DVD X1470
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Finlayson, Alan; Taylor, Richard. "Reading Titanic Politically: Class, Nation, and Gender in Jean Negulesco's Titanic (1953)." In: The Titanic in myth and memory [electronic resource] : representations in visual and literary culture / edited by Tim Bergfelder and Sarah Street. London : I.B. Tauris, 2004. (Full text available online [UCB users only])
Howells, Richard. "Atlantic Crossings: Nation, Class and Identity in Titanic (1953) and A Night to Remember (1958)." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, Oct99, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p421-438, 18p UC users only

Titanic (1997)
Directed by James Cameron. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, Bernard Hill, Jonathan Hyde, Victor Garber, David Warner, Danny Nucci, Suzy Amis, Bernard Fox, Bill Paxton. Two young lovers separated by social class are destined to find each other on the maiden voyage of the "unsinkable" R.M.S. Titanic. But when the doomed luxury liner collides with an iceberg in the frigid North Atlantic, their passionate love affair becomes a thrilling race for survival! 195 min. DVD 2172
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Drama; Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Special Citation, James Cameron

The Towering Inferno (1974)
Directed by Jack Sher. Cast: Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, Susan Blakely, Richard Chamberlain, Jennifer Jones, O.J. Simpson, Robert Vaughn, Robert Wagner. Elevators turn into crematoria, rooms explode into a living hell, and one by one, avenues of escape disappear. The celebrated opening of the world's tallest skyscraper turns into horrifying disaster as a holocaust leaps up and traps hundreds. A fireman and the building's architect lead the rescue efforts, but the protechnics remain the center of attraction. Based on the novels "The tower" by Richard Martin Stern and "The glass inferno" by Thomas N. Scortia and Frank M. Robinson. Special DVD features: Disc 1: All-new audio commentary by film historian F.X. Feeney; all-new scene-specific commentary by Mike Vezina, special effects director and Branko Racki, stunt coordinator -- Disc 2: "Inside the tower: we remember" featurette; "Innovating tower: the SPFX of an inferno" featurette; "The art of towering" featurette; "Irwin Allen: the great producer" featurette; "Directing the inferno" featurette; "Putting out fire" featurette; "Running on fire" featurette; "Still the world's tallest building" featurette; "The writer: Stirling Silliphant" featurette; over 30 extended/deleted scenes; AMC backstory: "The towering inferno"; storyboard-to-film comparisons; Nato presentation reel; 3 interactive articles from American Cinematographer; Original "Making-of" featurettes; 1977 Irwin Allen Interview; still photo galleries (Shot compositions, publicity, behind-the-scenes, conceptual sketches, costumes); original teaser; original trailer. 165 min. DVD X1068
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Goldhurst, William "Regeneration Through Disaster." Post Script; Winter85, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p45-62, 18p
Kaplan, F. "Riches from ruin." Jump Cut nr 6 (Mar-Apr 1975); p.3-4

United 93 (2006)
Directed by Paul Greengrass. Cast: Christian Clemenson, Trish Gates, Polly Adams, Cheyenne Jackson, Opal Alladin, Gary Commock, Nancy McDoniel, David Alan Basche, Richard Bekins, Susan Blommaert. Fact-based story about the 40 passengers and crew aboard San Francisco bound flight United 93, who sat down as strangers and found the courage to stand up as one. This hijacked flight was the fourth terrorist attack plane on September 11, 2001. As a result of a delay on takeoff, the passengers on the flight, are behind the carefully scheduled planned attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Once hijacked, the passengers and crew are able to discern that this is no mere hijacking. While the real events that caused the ultimate crash of the plane can never be known, the events depicted would appear to be as might be expected. The scariest part of the film is the unpreparedness of the FAA and the military in dealing with the situation. 111 min. DVD 6134
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - David Lean Award for Direction
London Critics Circle Film Awards - Director of the Year
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Picture
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Director

Volcano (1997)
Directed by Mick Jackson. Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, Gaby Hoffmann, Don Cheadle, Keith David. Something unspeakably chilling is heating up Los Angeles. Beneath the famed La Brea Tar Pits, a raging volcano has formed, raining a storm of deadly fire bombs and an endless tide of white-hot lava upon the stunned city.104 min. DVD X6799
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Belmont, Cynthia. "Ecofeminism and the Natural Disaster Heroine." Women's Studies, Jul/Aug2007, Vol. 36 Issue 5, p349-372, 24p UC users only
Taylor, William M. "Urban disasters: visualising the fall of cities and the forming of human values." Journal of Architecture; Nov2006, Vol. 11 Issue 5, p603-611, 9p UC users only

Warning Sign (1985)
Directed by Hal Barwood. Cast: Sam Waterston, Kathleen Quinlan, Yaphet Kotto, Jeffrey De Munn, Richard Dysart. Deep inside a genetic engineering complex in rural Utah, a mysterious toxin has accidentally been unleashed and a top-secret military containment team arrives to quarantine the facility. But for local sheriff Cal Morse, the disaster hits close to home: among the employees still locked inside is his security guard wife, Joanie. Now the contamination is spreading throughout the building, causing its victims to explode in psychotic rage. What sinister experiments have taken place in Lab P-4? Why is Joanie the only person immune to the infection? And even if Morse can break into the compound to rescue his wife, can they survive the onslaught of the insane? 99 min. DVD X6410
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When Worlds Collide (1951)
Directed by Rudolph Mate. An empending collision with a runaway star signals the destruction of Earth. Private industrialists finance the building of a space ship which will carry a limited number of people to another planet to begin a new civilization. As doomsday approaches, they race against time and the panic of those who will be left behind. 81 min. 999:519
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Torry, Robert. "Apocalypse Then: Benefits of the Bomb in Fifties Science Fiction Films." Cinema Journal, Fall91, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p7-21, 15pQuarterly. 17(64):182-191. 1981 Winter. UC users only

World Trade Center (2006)
Directed by Oliver Stone. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Michael Pe~na, Maggie Gyllenhall, Maria Bello, Stephen Dorff, Jay Hernandez, Michael Shannon, Donna Murphy, Frank Whaley. The true story of Port Authority policemen John McLoughlin and William J. Jimeno, who volunteered for rescue duty and became trapped in the rubble of the Towers on September 11, 2001. The men became two of the last survivors extracted from Ground Zero. It is a story of the true heroes and of that fateful time in United States history, when buildings would fall and heroes would rise, literally from the ashes to inspire the entire human race. 128 min. DVD DVD 7105
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