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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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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:

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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When Paul, Greg, Terry, Stan and Nancy arrive in Dante's Peak (at around 20mins), Stan comments that the residents of the town must feel cozy by the mountain and Nancy remarks "Yeah! Just like Pompeii." A nod to the historic volcanic disaster of the roman city of Pompeii, near Naples in the Italian region of Campania in the territory of commune of Pompei, on August 24, AD 79. When the entire Roman city was wiped out, when the nearby volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted and 16,000 people were killed. See more »


The red van that Paul is driving onto the bridge when they are evacuating the town has no vent windows, yet when Paul is stuck on the bridge, and it begins to overturn, the same van that he was driving can be seen to have vent windows. See more »


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Just what we needed. Great movie.
24 June 2002 | by (Chicagooooooo) – See all my reviews

I love the way this film builds up tension by slowly developing the characters and inducing drama between them. All of this makes a film much better than VOLCANO. The list of fine actors/ actresses include Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Charles Hallahan, Grant Heslov, Elizabeth Hoffman, Tzi Ma, Christopher Murray and more. This film shows how people might actually act and think in a volcano situation. The art direction was great as they showed the sky and ash beautifully. The scenery of the town is very nice and the whole town seems very quiet and peaceful. I would have wanted to live there.

This is the best volcano movie ever. No volcano movie will ever surpass this one. The cinematography is great also. Roger Donaldson did a great job of direction and the score by James Newton Howard is beautiful. All of these elements create a film that is unforgettable. DANTE'S PEAK gets 5/5.

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