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 overview, first billed only:
David Huffman ...
David Jackson
Linda Steele
Clyde Whittaker
Otis Kaylor
Sheriff Wayne Temple
Redmond Gleeson ...
Mr. Ellison
Brendan Burns ...
David Crockett
Lloyd Wagner
Col. Arnholt (as Dan Chambers)
Biff Manard ...
Dr. Romarantin
Joseph Benti ...
Clark Christiansen ...


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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Did You Know?


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 »


In a fight scene between Otis Kaylor and one of the 3 loggers, Otis Kaylor gets pushed onto the floor and does a somersault. Whilst doing this somersault, his hat falls off. Otis Kaylor quickly then gets up and his opponent swings a wooden stick at his face. At this point Otis Kaylor's hat reappearing on his head. See more »


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 »


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Nothing Went Too Good in California
Written and Performed by Corky Corson and "Buckboard"
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21 November 2003 | by (Hendersonville, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

Dramatic re-creation of the events leading up to the eruption of Mt. St. Helens and the unsuccessful efforts to evacuate the area even with so many warning signs. Special effects combined with actual footage give added reality.

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