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 »

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Harry Truman, contrary to his depiction in the movie, never owned a dog. In fact, at the time of the eruption he owned 16 cats and raccoons all of whom lived indoors with Truman. See more »

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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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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 Alpha to Omega: Exposing 'The Osterman Weekend' (2004) 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 cataclysmic eruption of Mount Saint Helens.
13 September 2010 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

"St.Helens" centers around the events leading up to the eruption of Mount Saint Helens in Washington with the story beginning on the day volcanic activity started on March 20,1980 and ending on the day of the cataclysmic May 18,1980 eruption.David Huffman plays David Jackson,a vulcanologist who is sent by US Geological Survey to investigate the activity.His character is based on David Johnson,a real life vulcanologist who died during the eruption.Art Carney plays Mount St. Helens Lodge owner Harry Randall Truman.He refuses to leave his place of living during the volcanic activity.Jackson falls in love with a single mother named Linda Steele.On 18th May the volcano explodes..."St.Helens" is very loosely based on facts.It's an entertaining disaster drama with lovely score by Italian band Goblin.The entire movie was shot on location in Bend,Oregon and at Mount Bachelor in Central Oregon's Cascades,but there are some real-life images of Mount Saint Helens taken during an eruption.8 out of 10.


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