I saw this movie in the 90s. Guessing from the production I would say it had a reasonable budget and was made in late 80s to mid 90s.

  • Language: American/ English
  • Colour: Yes
  • Live action: Yes
  • Genre: Action/ Rescue/ Disaster
  • Location: Inner city

I unfortunately don't remember a great deal, but I will try to give as much detail as possible. The film is based around a single building collapsing into the ground. I would say the building itself was considerably large/ multi-storey.

The difference of the collapse is the building falls into the ground but manages to stay well intact. Almost like a sink hole swallowed the building but stayed pretty much in one piece.

A lone hero is sent in to rescue as many people as possible battling obstacles and an unstable environment. I remember a scene with an elevator shaft and a body/ bodies being found. I believe the hero has to go fairly deep into the building to find survivors. I'm also pretty sure the majority of the story is set at night.

I think he gets a few people out but there is still one person left and has to go back for them. Maybe a young female I'm not 100% sure.

Hopefully some of it sounds familiar.

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    Daylight (1996) comes to mind but that was in a subway tunnel. Some of the scenes you describe seem familar though.
    – Dannie
    Nov 28, 2016 at 17:39
  • Daylight is a classic :) Unfortunately not the film I'm looking for. Thanks for the comment though!
    – tohood87
    Nov 28, 2016 at 18:54
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    Most of it fits Trouble Shooters: Trapped Beneath the Earth from 1993 (which is about rescuing people from a sinking building at night and features scenes in an elevator shaft), but it seems to be a team of rescuers, not a lone hero. See if the trailer rings any bells.
    – Walt
    Nov 28, 2016 at 19:16
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    @Walt - thats the one :D a few bits of the trailer look very familiar. The custom rescue team was where I got mixed up but was probably about 6 when I watched it. Maybe one of the guys goes it alone at one point. Anyway great stuff & many thanks! If you add it as an answer I will accept it
    – tohood87
    Nov 28, 2016 at 19:44

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It's Trouble Shooters: Trapped Beneath the Earth from 1993 with Kris Kristofferson. From TCM:

A father-and-son team of rescue specialists work against the clock looking for survivors in a submerged building after an earthquake devastates a city.

The film takes place at night. Here's the trailer, which features them rescuing a girl and some scenes in an elevator shaft:

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