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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The location for the surface of Mt. St. Helens was a local garbage dump in Bend, Oregon. See more »
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 »
[reading from his wife's recipe]
"Baste duck every twenty minutes in cherry sauce." Cherry sauce. Dammit, Edie, how can I baste the duck in cherry sauce when I'm all out of sauce? I guess I'm gonna have to make a load of sauce. If I had any cherries, I could make a load of sauce.
[to his dog]
What're YOU looking at? The least you could do is set the table!
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When the cast list rolls during the end credits, then this can be seen: "Stunt Baby Beau Davis" See more »
The best kind of history: involvement with the people who lived through it.
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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