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
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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 ...
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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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One Day, The Pristine Mountain Became Lethal ... 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

There was no highway anywhere near Mount St. Helens numbered "607" as mentioned during a brief scene at the Mount St. Helens Lodge. There was, however, a major access road that led to Spirit Lake, called State Route 504. See more »

Quotes

Soldier: Colonel, there's someone coming up to see you, they just let him through the barrier.
Dr. Romarantin: Doctor Lucious Romarantin. Founder and pastor of the Holy Churches of Dark Arts, Raleigh, North Carolina. I understand the great god Vulcan has chosen to make his appearance in this half of the world, am I correct, gentlemen?
Col. Arnholt: [Colonel looks to David Jackson, both are in stunned silence]
Dr. Romarantin: Gentlemen, there's a volcano in the area, Mount St. Helens I believe?
David Jackson: ...Yes, that's right.
Dr. Romarantin: Well, I believe, I've found a way ...
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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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Referenced in Confessions of a Hollywood Stuntman (2014) See more »

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Turn Around and Find Me Gone
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 terribly 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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