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Tidal Wave: No Escape (1997)

When brutal tidal waves suddenly destroy many coastal communities in a short period of time, John Wahl, a nobel prize winner, is brought out of his lazy retirement and back into service as ... See full summary »

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George Miller

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Tedi Sarafian (story), Tedi Sarafian (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Corbin Bernsen ... John Wahl
Julianne Phillips ... Jessica Weaver
Gregg Henry ... Edgar Purcell
Larry Brandenburg ... Frank Brisick
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ... Marlan Clark (as Lawrence Hilton Jacobs)
Harve Presnell ... Stanley Schiff
Aki Aleong ... Dr. Agamo
Gene Wolande ... Jules Benard
Lance Wilson-White ... Chick (as Lance Wilson White)
Cheryl Francis Harrington ... Nurse
David Fabrizio ... Radio Officer
Stephen Bridgewater ... Workman (as Stephen Wesley Bridgewater)
Teddy Lane Jr. ... Paramedic
Andrew Walker ... Lab Technician
Clint Lilley ... Sniper
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Storyline

When brutal tidal waves suddenly destroy many coastal communities in a short period of time, John Wahl, a nobel prize winner, is brought out of his lazy retirement and back into service as a consultant. He teams up with a Navy officer to find out the cause of the disaster. But when a ransom of one billion dollars is demanded, Wahl is the government's number one suspect. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Can't swim? Better learn.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Foniko tsunami See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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In the climactic ending, a second tsunami is created to "cancel out" the first tsunami. In fact, the two tsunamis will pass through each other and continue on. At the point where the two waves meet, for an instant the height will be the total of the two waves. See more »

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Version of Killer Wave (2007) See more »

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The Special Effects Were The Best And Worst Parts Of This Movie.
2 February 2005 | by BigHardcoreRedSee all my reviews

Tidal Wave: No Escape begins with two tidal waves or tsunamis which seemingly coincidentally strike one after the other. One in Japan and one in the U.S. It is later learned that they were most likely man made and it soon becomes apparent when the man behind the waves demands 1 billion dollars. The only question to those in the movie, who are constantly pointing their fingers at the wrong guy, is who is really causing the tidal waves and how? We, the viewers, are let in on the perpetrator pretty early, so very little guess work is involved for us. This is more of a sit back and enjoy the special effects without using your brain type of movie.

Speaking of the special effects, how can they be so good and so bad at the same time? The tidal waves themselves were awesome. Having never even seen a picture of a real tidal wave before it crashes, this looked pretty realistic to me. So how they managed to create a giant wave that wreaks havoc through a few cities and why they need an obvious blue screen on other shots make the movie so horribly sub-par.

Corbin Bernsen, Julianne Phillips and Gregg Henry star here, but that really does not matter. The movie and these roles were so one dimensional, that nearly anyone could have played them. Gregg Henry should have steered clear entirely because he is a better actor than required here, as he displayed in Payback. This is definitely one for the special effects only. 6/10


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