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Dante's Peak (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  7 February 1997 (USA)
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A vulcanologist arrives at a countryside town named Dante's Peak after a long dormant volcano, which has recently been named the second most desirable place to live in America, and discovers that Dante's Peak, may wake up at any moment.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Carole Androsky ...
Mary Kelly (as Carol Androsky)


Volcanologist Harry Dalton and mayor Rachel Wando of Dante's Peak try to convince the city council and the other volcanologists that the volcano right above Dante's peak is indeed dangerous. People's safety is being set against economical interests. Written by Rune Dahl Fitjar <rfitjar@online.no>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disaster related peril and gore | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$116,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,479,435 (USA) (7 February 1997)


$67,155,742 (USA) (6 June 1997)

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Roger Donaldson had not met Pierce Brosnan before the making of Dante's Peak. He had seen Brosnan play James Bond in GoldenEye (1995), and the two got to know each other before filming of Dante's Peak commenced. See more »


After Terry gets crushed by Spiderlegs, Harry starts heading down to help Terry. He rappels down about 20 or 30 feet. In the next scene, he is back at the top of the crater preparing to come down. See more »


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Great... really true to the facts
11 June 2004 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

OK... after seeing all the bad comments that people have written about this, i would like to stand up for it. I have always been interested in volcanoes and geology, and i have just finished watching the movie for the somewhat like tenth time and also the 'making of' section on the DVD. I would like to tell all those people that think that it was really tacky with a weak storyline that it was incredibly true to the facts, way more than any of the other disaster movies that were released over 1998 and 1997(eg. Volcano (which was shocking), deep impact (even worse) and Armageddon (i haven't seen so i won't comment)).

Yes, i will agree with you that some of the ideas were really outrageous (such as outrunning the pyroclastic flow into the mine), but come on guys, give the movie a break... its Hollywood for heaven's sake!

I'd give this movie and eight point five out of ten... anyone who wants to see a mostly scientifically accurate disaster movie, watch this.

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