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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 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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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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When Wahl is in Schiff's Sail Loft we see the red digital clock in the background count down to 3:56. The camera then zooms in on the clock which has reset to 4:16. See more »

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Ultra-cheesy movie disaster
22 June 2012 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

While I was idly flicking through TV channels one afternoon I stumbled upon TIDAL WAVE: NO ESCAPE, a 1997 TV movie starring Corbin Bernsen, I decided to give it a whirl. My interest in the film was mainly generated by my suspicion that the title was a misnomer and I was soon proved correct: it's not spoiling things too much to say that the lead characters DO escape from tidal waves in this film, multiple times too.

As cheesy B-movie go, this one isn't too bad and at least there's plenty of incident to keep you watching. Bernsen (THE DENTIST), playing probably the world's most unlikely Nobel Prize winner, has to figure out the science (it's dodgy) behind some inexplicable tsunami disasters and yet still has time to romance a pretty colleague.

What follows is a mix between low-budget disaster antics and wronged man thriller; the latter is developed because of the lack of budget to focus too much on the disaster side of things, so the writers throw in a human villain and have Bernsen going on the run for much of the time. Saying there, there are some pretty silly CGI-enhanced moments, like when Bernsen attempts to out-drive an incoming tsunami and decides to take a road running parallel to the shore rather than inland.

This is hardly art, but it is a damn sight better than KILLER FLOOD: THE DAY THE DAM BROKE, I have to say. And no, that isn't a down-on-his-luck George Miller of MAD MAX fame directing, just a namesake.


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Language:

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Release Date:

5 May 1997 (USA) See more »

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