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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Cast

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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
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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 ...
Newscaster
Clark Christiansen ...
Reeder
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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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The Movie... The Largest Explosion Ever! See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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September 1981 (USA)  »

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St. Helens, Killer Volcano  »

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Trivia

The location for the surface of Mt. St. Helens was a local garbage dump in Bend, Oregon. See more »

Goofs

The first "newscast" in the movie mentions the Iran Hostage Crisis as being one of the major news-makers of the day. It however erroneously states several figures. The movie states that there were 53 hostages, yet only that many were held to the end. In that newscast, the anchor also says, "Today marked the 129th day of captivity for the 53 American Hostages..." On March 20, 1980, when activity began, that would have actually put the real duration for the hostage crisis at 106 days. See more »

Quotes

Otis Kaylor: Listen, if you don't back off, I'll kick your butt so far between your shoulder blades, you're gonna have to stand on your head to go to the john.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Alpha to Omega: Exposing 'The Osterman Weekend' (2004) See more »

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The Climb Is Worth the Fall
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.
29 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

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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