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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One Day, The Pristine Mountain Became Lethal ... See more »


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Release Date:

September 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

St. Helens, Killer Volcano  »

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Did You Know?


David Jackson is based on real life scientist David Johnston. He died in the exact same way and uttering the same final words into his radio before the blast of Mt. St. Helens hit him, "Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!" See more »


When Harry Truman plays the piano, he is clearly faking the movements (his hands don't come close to matching the music). See more »


Harry Truman: [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]
Harry Truman: What're YOU looking at? The least you could do is set the table!
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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 »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


We'll Let Life Go On
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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