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Dante's Peak (1997)

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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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 USA:

$18,479,435, 9 February 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,127,760

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$178,127,760
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This movie draws several interesting parallels to Titanic (1997): Those in authority did not heed warnings, which resulted in preventable deaths. Average people were kept ignorant of the fact they were at great peril, while some insiders knew what was going to happen. Wealthy individuals used their money to try and buy their way to safety (helicopter evacuation versus life boats). In both movies, people gave up their places in a boat and died, to save the lives of others. While the main disaster unfolds, the focus is on smaller subplots of survival by individuals in even worse predicaments. Technology is shown to be prone to failure, resulting in death or injury. The jeopardy of the main characters is made worse by the purposeful actions of others. The main characters survive beyond all hope in a manner different than the other survivors. Linda Hamilton was married to Titanic (1997) Writer and Director James Cameron at the time, and starred in his previous hit movies: The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). See more »

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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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Paul Dreyfus: [during the meeting] Ladies and Gentlemen, I can assure you that there is no immediate danger, I believe that this is not the time to put this town on alert. this type of thing happened with mammoth mountain in 1980. The good thing is, that the mountain didn't go up, but the damage was already done, tourists stopped going to the mountain, real estate values plummeted, and the town nearly went bankrupt. My team and I are going to stay as long as we can, and we are going to monitor every little ...
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special effects that hold up today
10 May 2012 | by 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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