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St. Helens (1981)

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Dramatization of the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. The movie begins with the volcano's awakening on March 20 and ends with its eruption on May 18, 1980.

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David Huffman ...
David Jackson
Cassie Yates ...
Linda Steele
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Clyde Whittaker
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Otis Kaylor
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Sheriff Wayne Temple
Bill McKinney ...
Kilpatrick
Redmond Gleeson ...
Hendricks
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Mr. Ellison
Brendan Burns ...
David Crockett
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Lloyd Wagner
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Col. Arnholt (as Dan Chambers)
Biff Manard ...
Dr. Romarantin
Joseph Benti ...
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Clark Christiansen ...
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Dramatization of the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. The movie begins with the volcano's awakening on March 20 and ends with its eruption on May 18, 1980. Written by Neal Harkner <neal@pooh.pageplus.com>

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September 1981 (USA)  »

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St. Helens, Killer Volcano  »

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Trivia

Central Oregon's Mt. Bachelor was used for the pre-eruption scene of Mt. St. Helens. Mt. Bachelor and Mt. St. Helens, both volcanoes, are on the same mountain range known as the Cascades. See more »

Goofs

When the helicopter is losing control, there is a close up shot of the altimeter rapidly unwinding. You can see a hand winding the adjustment knob in the corner of the screen. See more »

Quotes

David Jackson: [talking into a CB radio right after St. Helens erupts] Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!
[the blast consumes him]
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Crazy Credits

When the cast list rolls during the end credits, then this can be seen: "Stunt Baby Beau Davis" See more »

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We'll Let Life Go On
Written and Performed by Corky Corson and "Buckboard"
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The best kind of history: involvement with the people who lived through it.
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With its low-key acting, and real, believable characters, this film was a superb re-enactment of what became a nightmare for those closest to it. At first, no one is able to believe what is predicted to be coming. Gradually, the reality becomes inescapable. Art Carney, as Harry S. Truman, is completely believable, and understandable, as a man set in his ways and content with his life, unwilling to run away and perhaps unable to comprehend the totality of the disaster that is looming. How very human! We would all like terrible realities to go away, but often they are worse even than the forecasts. In light of 9/11, the poignancy of the human relationships in this film is even greater. We are so vulnerable in the face of many of the events of life, and the most important things we have to cling to are each other, and our relationships to the people we love, and to life itself. A haunting, under-rated film.


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