Written byDon Ingalls
Directed byEarl Bellamy
StarringRobert Culp
Martin Milner
Barbara Hershey
Music byRichard LaSalle
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerIrwin Allen
ProducerAl Gail
Production locationsBrownsville, Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Harrisburg, Oregon
Fall Creek Lake, Oregon
CinematographyLamar Boren
EditorBill Brame
Running time100 minutes
Production companiesIrwin Allen Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original networkNBC
Original release
  • November 24, 1976 (1976-11-24)

Flood! is a 1976 American made-for-television adventure film directed by Earl Bellamy.[2]

Plot summary

A large freshwater lake above the small town of Brownsville, Oregon is a popular tourist attraction and fishing destination, which provides the town with much of its economic activity. After a season of heavy rains, the lake is nearly overflowing. The mayor of the town (Richard Basehart) refuses to open the flood gates to relieve pressure on the dam, for fear of impacting the sportsfishing industry, and the town's economy from the tourist trade.

When the dam starts sprouting small leaks due to the pressure, town board member, Paul Burke (Martin Milner) enlists the help of Sam Adams (Cameron Mitchell) to determine the safety of the dam. When the dam starts showing signs of imminent collapse, and the floodgates are jammed and unable to be opened to lower the level of the lake, Burke enlists friend (and helicopter pilot) Steve Brannigan (Robert Culp) to free the stuck gates using a helicopter before the dam bursts, and floods the town below.



Irwin Allen had huge success with two disaster films. In 1975 he announced he would make three TV movies for ABC, The Forgotten World, Flood and Time Traveller.[3] The film ended up on NBC[4]

In August 1976, Robert Culp and Martin Milner signed to star.[5] Filming started that month at Fern Ridge Reservoir west of Eugene, Oregon.[6] Filming continued in Brownsville, Oregon and at the Fall Creek Lake dam, the featured dam in the film. The Brownsville Christian Church was used as the hospital, while the Brownsville Fire Station/City Hall was used as City Hall, but only for exterior shots, as was Main Street. The nearby Crawfordsville Covered Bridge was used also. Brownsville is also the same town that was used to film many scenes for Stand By Me in 1985.[7]


The Los Angeles Times said it "fails to offer much excitement".[8]


  1. ^ Movies Made for Television, 1964-2004: 1964-1979. Scarecrow Press. 2005. p. 75. ISBN 9780810851740.
  2. ^ FLOOD Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 44, Iss. 516, (Jan 1, 1977): 68.
  3. ^ Metropolitan Daly, Maggie. Chicago Tribune 7 May 1975: a12.
  4. ^ 'My Baby' Has Its Moments Los Angeles Times 19 Nov 1976: d36.
  5. ^ INSIDE TV: A Double Date for Diana Ross Los Angeles Times 20 Aug 1976: g26.
  6. ^ People: Name-calling as a pastime for the party Jarvis, Jeff. Chicago Tribune 24 Aug 1976: 1.
  7. ^ FLOOD! film credits.
  8. ^ 'Flood!' a Small Scale Disaster Thomas, Kevin. Los Angeles Times 24 Nov 1976: e16.