High up in the mountains millionaire entrepreneur David Shelby (Rock Hudson) has built a massive ski resort, much to the chagrin of environmentalists, and has invited winter sports athletes from all over the world to compete at the opening of his winter wonderland. Also arriving for the big opening is Caroline Brace (Mia Farrow) David’s ex-wife who is in this movie because you can’t have a disaster film without an estranged couple of some sort. I think there may even be a law or something.
Between a Rock and a cold place.
• David being investigated for illegal campaign contributions that got him the land for his resort.
• World class skier Bruce Scott (Rick Moses) cheating on his emotional damaged girlfriend.
• Sports announcer Mark Elliot (Barry Primus) and his cheating spouse (Cathey Paine).
• Bruce Scott narrowly escaping a small avalanche to heighten the oncoming threat.
• David’s mother is here and spends most the time with David’s bookkeeper getting a tour.
• Nick Thorne stealing explosives to trigger a small avalanche…this achieves nothing.
• David sleeping with his secretary so we can get in some nudity.
Rock Hudson’s character is a cross between the idiot mayor from Jaws and his character from Giant as he both ignores the dangers, “We can’t close the beaches, it’s the Fourth of July!” and is a rich and arrogant bastard whose attitude towards women is a tad prehistoric. Now normally this would be enough to place the blame for the oncoming disaster squarely on his shoulders but not for this movie, oh no we also have David demanding that his assistant fly in important papers, despite the terrible weather conditions, which results in that poor dude’s plane crashing into the mountain and causing the giant avalanche. So not only is he a callous, sexist, arrogant jerk he’s also a murdering asshat.
Rock Hudson seen here looking for his motivation.
Tens of dollars were spent on these effects.
Rescue teams were also unable to uncover a plot.
Roger Corman also has a love of stock footage.
Trivia Note: The makers of Meteor borrowed some of the avalanche footage from this movie because apparently bad opticals and Styrofoam snow is at a premium in Hollywood.