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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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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 <>

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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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Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »


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Harry Dalton: Her name was Marianne. We worked together. She loved volcanoes.
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Volcano Plays Its Part Very Well
3 January 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Yes, there are some cheesy, hollywoodish moments in this movie, but the actors bring enough charisma and presence to hold the story together. Pierce Brosnan makes a convincing scientist, whose passion and desire to protect the townspeople plays off nicely with Mayor Linda Hamilton's similar concerns.

But what I most want to say is that the volcano itself was both believable and accurate. So I want to commend the filmmakers for having enough integrity to make an entertaining film within the boundaries of scientific accuracy. And face it, you don't go to a movie like Dante's Peak to see insightful drama, or peer deep into the human psyche. The people and the volcano play off each other very nicely. It's not often you get a film with both chemistry and physics.

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