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A vulcanologist arrives at a countryside 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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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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Rated PG-13 for disaster related peril and gore | See all certifications »

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7 February 1997 (USA)  »

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$116,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 1,021,700,000 (Italy) (11 April 1997)

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$67,155,742 (USA) (6 June 1997)
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Most of the film's exteriors were shot in Wallace, Idaho, and Dante's Peak and surrounding scenery were then digitally added. See more »

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During the credits, Pierce Brosnan's name is misspelled at the line, "Mr. Bronson's Driver" See more »

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[Dante's Peak explodes a massive dark grey cloud]
Graham Wando: [terrified] What is that?
Rachel: [scared] Mum?
Rachel: [looks at Harry] What is that?
Harry Dalton: *That* is a pyroclastic cloud.
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Good Effects Make It Fun To Watch
21 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This "disaster film" had some of the best special effects of its day (almost 10 years ago). I have to say "of its day" because technology has made CGI become dated quickly these days.

This film is all about a volcano, a la Mt. St. Helen's, erupting and killing people and destroying a small town below it. Some of the scenes were just jaw- dropping and, at least for the first-time viewer, a lot of suspense over whether the main characters of the story will survive it.

Of course, there are some credibility gaps in here, things that just could not happen such as little boy drive van up a mountain (when his feet wouldn't reach the foot pedals!) but you just go along for the ride and enjoy the tension and special effects even if the story gets a little hokey.

It might not be the most intelligent film, but it's very entertaining 109 minutes, and that's the name of the business. It's good escapist fare, and that's all. It's worth two looks.


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