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* DrivesLikeCrazy: The incompetent ambulance/police/fire truck drivers. The scene as they pull out of town in response to the avalanche has to be seen to be believed. This winds up getting Florence killed when one of these drivers takes a curve ''waaay'' too hard and shoots off a bridge into a ravine.

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The incompetent ambulance/police/fire truck drivers. The scene as they pull out of town in response to the avalanche has to be seen to be believed. This winds up getting Florence killed when one of these drivers takes a curve ''waaay'' too hard and shoots off a bridge into a ravine.



* EpicFail: A surprising amount of the casualties of the avalanche are actually caused by the incompetence of the rescue workers. Florence in particular survives ''two'' near-death experiences in the avalanche, but dies due to the aforementioned idiot ambulance driver.

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A surprising amount of the casualties of the avalanche are actually caused by the incompetence of the rescue workers. Florence in particular survives ''two'' near-death experiences in the avalanche, but dies due to the aforementioned idiot ambulance driver.


-->'''Crow:''' She died as she lived: Completely lit up.



-->'''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S11E04Avalanche Crow]]''': Oh no! The movie's starting over!!


Not to be confused with the UsefulNotes/{{Atari}} arcade game [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avalanche_(video_game) of the same name]] that was released the same year.

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Not to be confused with the UsefulNotes/{{Atari}} Creator/{{Atari}} arcade game [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avalanche_(video_game) of the same name]] that was released the same year.

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Not to be confused with the UsefulNotes/{{Atari}} arcade game [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avalanche_(video_game) of the same name]] that was released the same year.


* KarmaHoudini: David quite surprisingly survives the film, even getting through what appears to be a textbook RedemptionEqualsDeath setup of risking his life to save his ex-wife. Yet, he's severely humbled by seeing all the destruction his ego has wrought, and they don't actually get back together. He also loses his beloved mother.

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* KarmaHoudini: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed.]] David quite surprisingly survives the film, even getting through what appears to be a textbook RedemptionEqualsDeath setup of risking his life to save his ex-wife. Yet, However, he's severely humbled by seeing all the destruction his ego has wrought, and they don't actually get back together. He also loses his beloved mother.

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* StuckOnASkiLift: Played for drama. Well, [[{{Narm}} it would have been]] if the rescue team hadn't been so [[EpicFail astoundingly incompetent]].


* DeathByAvalanche: The rescue workers cause more on-screen deaths than the avalanche does, including several caused by poor ambulance driving.

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* DeathByAvalanche: DeathByAmbulance: The rescue workers cause more on-screen deaths than the avalanche does, including several caused by poor ambulance driving.

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* DeathByAvalanche: The rescue workers cause more on-screen deaths than the avalanche does, including several caused by poor ambulance driving.


* {{Jerkass}}: David. He is a very stubborn and somewhat unscrupulous man who callously brushes off all warnings he gets about a potential avalanche until it's too late. Not to mention how domineering and possessive he is towards his ''ex''-wife; it's a minor mercy that the movie ''doesn't'' have them reunite after the disaster.

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* {{Jerkass}}: David. He is a very stubborn and somewhat unscrupulous man who callously brushes off all warnings he gets about a potential avalanche until it's too late. Not to mention how domineering and possessive he is towards his ''ex''-wife; it's a minor mercy that the movie ''doesn't'' have them reunite after the disaster.disaster (and even that is ambiguous).
* JerkassHasAPoint: David has professionals keeping track of the avalanche danger, gives Nick (an unqualified photographer) a fair hearing, and doesn't dismiss his concerns until he reveals he has no specific warning signs to point out other than an intuition of "a heaviness". Nick turns out to be right, but by all the evidence it's a [[RightForTheWrongReasons complete coincidence]].

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-->'''Crow:''' She died as she lived: Completely lit up.


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* EveryCarIsAPinto: The ambulance.


* BystanderEffect: A news crew pulls up to the resort after the damage, sees the destruction and injured people...and simply set up their cameras for some B-roll footage instead of helping out.

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* BystanderEffect: A news crew pulls up to the resort after the damage, sees the destruction and injured people... and simply set up their cameras for some B-roll footage instead of helping out.


''Avalanche'' is a 1978 DisasterMovie directed by Corey Allen, starring Rock Hudson and Mia Farrow.

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''Avalanche'' is a 1978 DisasterMovie directed by Corey Allen, starring Rock Hudson Creator/RockHudson and Mia Farrow.
Creator/MiaFarrow.



* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: Roughly 75% of the movie is spent introducing all these characters who will soon fall victim to the avalanche or in the ensuing mayhem that comes after it. Subverted as a number of the characters do survive the mess.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: David is warned that the land is precarious, but he insists on still developing there.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: Roughly 75% of the movie is spent introducing all these characters who will soon fall victim to the avalanche or in the ensuing mayhem that comes after it. Subverted as a number of the characters do survive the mess.



** The fire men fail to catch a slowly falling man right after he drops from a ski lift...they had already caught a child who'd fallen in the same place.
** But of course the most egregious example is the poor fellow in town, ''nowhere near the avalanche,'' that gets run over by an out of control ambulance that careens off the street and hits him.

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** The fire men fail to catch a slowly falling man right after he drops from a ski lift... after they had already caught a child who'd fallen in the same place.
** But of course the The most egregious unlucky example is the poor fellow in town, ''nowhere near the avalanche,'' that gets run over by an out of control ambulance that careens off the street and hits him.



* KarmaHoudini: David quite surprisingly survives the film, even getting through what appears to be a textbook RedemptionEqualsDeath setup of risking his life to save his ex-wife. On the plus side, he's severely humbled by seeing all the destruction his ego has wrought, and they don't actually get back together.

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* KarmaHoudini: David quite surprisingly survives the film, even getting through what appears to be a textbook RedemptionEqualsDeath setup of risking his life to save his ex-wife. On the plus side, Yet, he's severely humbled by seeing all the destruction his ego has wrought, and they don't actually get back together.together. He also loses his beloved mother.



* PrettyInMink: Florence owns a mink coat and hat, showing she's well off either by herself or from marriage.



* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Photographer Nick Thorne warns everyone that the slope conditions are dangerous and is ultimately proven correct--but his actual warning comes across as hunches and gobbledygook. He says "there's a heaviness" instead of pointing to any concrete data to support his point.

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* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Photographer Nick Thorne warns everyone that the slope conditions are dangerous and is ultimately proven correct--but his actual warning comes across as hunches and gobbledygook. He says "there's a heaviness" instead of pointing to any concrete data to support his point.point.
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* HairTriggerAvalanche: Set up all movie that it won't take much to set off an avalanche. In this case it's a plane crash.

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* DoomedHurtGuy: Florence. All that time and effort spent digging her out, then reviving her, and she gets killed when her ambulance careens off of a rickety bridge, falls into water and blows up.


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