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 <email@example.com>
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 »
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 »
Who the hell are you?
Lloyd Wagner, Chief of Operations of the USGS.
Where you from, fellow?
Well, let me tell you something, Mr. Lloyd Wagner. In Skamania County, we've got three chiefs. And I'm two of 'em. Now get the hell out of my way, I want to go home.
It's for your own good. I mean, we can't be responsible!
Don't shit me, buddy. I've got a turd in every pocket.
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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 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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