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Dante's Peak (1997)

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A vulcanologist arrives at a countryside town recently named the second most desirable place to live in America and discovers that the long dormant volcano, Dante's Peak, may wake up at any moment.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Reddy ...
Bill Bolender ...
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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Plot Keywords:

volcano | mayor | lava | ash | escape | See All (141) »


The pressure is building... See more »

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:

Danteov vrh  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Pierce Brosnan plays a character with the last name Dalton in this film. Two years earlier he took over the role of James Bond, replacing Timothy Dalton. See more »


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special effects that hold up today
10 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is a formula for disaster movies and books. An insightful scientist sees The Bad Thing is going to happen, various foils keep him from warning people (often with sillier motivation than in this film), we get to know a bunch of average Joe characters who survive or do not survive the disaster. Earthquake movies, movies about made-up natural disasters that cannot happen, asteroid movies, even some nuclear holocaust films (like The Day After, unique in how many survive). It's a hackneyed formula, but it also works, and nothing else really does work as well for disaster plots. It was followed here.

The special effects were terrific in the day, and they still hold up very very well in 2012.

For a Hollywood film, the science was pretty good. I actually cringed back at the shots of Hawaii type basalt floes (just...no), and the ashfall cleared up nicely whenever they wanted a wide shot, which anyone in Yakima could tell you it really doesn't do, and the boat and drive-over-lava scenes were silly, and if you paddle a boat (through acid or not) with one hand, it's not going to go straight, and our heroes didn't need to cover their mouths in ashfall (meaning, IRL, the ash would turn to concrete in their lungs and they'd suffocate). However, all that having been complained about, much else was very accurate: what gets tested for by volcanologists, what monitoring stations of the day looked like, what some of the warning signs of a coming eruption might be. Most Hollywood film reviews by me on science-based movies are nothing but a list of what they did wrong, with no "however" of accurate bits to follow that list, so kudos for doing it more than half right.

A pleasant diversion, very pretty to look at.

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