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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:

$18,479,435 (USA) (7 February 1997)

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$67,155,742 (USA) (6 June 1997)
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Dante's Peak gets its name from "Dante's Inferno" which describes a trip into Hell. See more »

Goofs

The helicopter crashes into the ground nose-down and continues moving for several feet after impact, which should indicate that the cabin is being crushed; we also see parts flying off the rotor. But a moment later, it rises again in a manner completely unlike the way the wreckage might bounce, more the way it would if was still under power; and we see that the cabin is still intact. See more »

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[last lines]
Graham Wando: [getting harnessed on board a helicopter] Did you really mean what you said about taking us fishing?
Harry Dalton: [cheerfully] Sure did.
Lauren Wando: [happy] That's great!
[Harry and Rachel clasp hands]
Helicopter Pilot: Are you ready to go?
Harry Dalton: Let's go!
[the side door slides shut, the Helicopter takes off and flies over the ruins of Dante's Peak]
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Blue Moon Revisited
Written by Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Margo Timmins, Michael Timmins
Performed by Cowboy Junkies
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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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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