Dante's Peak (1997) Poster



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The "volcanic ash" was really fine newspaper shavings.
All crater scenes were shot at Mt St Helens.
The dogs that played Roughy were wolf hybrids (part wolf and part Airedale Terrier).
A great many special effects in the movie were practical special effects, using real-world models or full-size properties and vehicles.
Most of the film's exteriors were shot in Wallace, Idaho, and Dante's Peak and surrounding scenery were then digitally added.
The shirt Gregg wore on the first day of observing Dante's Peak was a graph showing the eruptions of the Cascade volcanoes in the past 4,000 years.
According to director Roger Donaldson on the DVD commentary the camera Pierce Brosnan uses when he first investigates the volcano surroundings is Brosnan's own.
Cast and crew of this movie found themselves in a distribution race with Twentieth Century Fox, who were producing the similarly themed potential blockbuster Volcano (1997) at the time. Due to a sped-up production schedule, Dante's Peak reached the cinemas almost 3 months earlier than Volcano, and had by far the best box office success.
The plot is partially inspired by the eruption of Mount St. Helens, that Harry Dalton (Pierce Brosnan) mentions at a point of the movie. In May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens located in Lewis County, Washington, exploded with a force of 24 megatons of thermal energy (7 of being a direct result of the eruption), in an blast equivalent to 1,600 times the size of Hiroshima's atomic bomb. Between other damages it killed 57 people, 1,500 elk, 5,000 deer, 40,000 young salmon and approximately 12 million Chinook and Coho salmon fingerlings. The cloud produced during the eruption get 40 miles (64 kilometers) wide and 15 miles (24 kilometers) high, and the pyroclastic flows thrown by the volcano destroyed an area 23 miles (37 kilometers) across and 19 miles (31 kilometers) long.
The parked school bus that is crushed by the falling church steeple has "Hurd County School District" on the side - a nod to the film's producer, Gale Anne Hurd.
One of Charles Hallahan's final acting roles before his death on November 25, 1997.
Doctor Dalton measures the pH (acidity) of the water as 3.48. This makes it medium strong acid, somewhere between a carbonated drink (pH approximately 5) and battery acid (pH approximately 2).
Roger Donaldson was attracted to the project, having once been a geology student.
The somewhat volcano-shaped building which appears as the "Cascade Volcano Observatory" is actually the post office in Malibu, California.
Dante's Peak gets its name from "Dante's Inferno" which describes a trip into Hell.
Michael Douglas was originally set to play the lead.
Pierce Brosnan said in a press interview shortly after the film's release that he practiced shouting the line "It's a pyroclastic cloud!" in front of a mirror for six days prior to shooting the scene. Brosnan stated "it is the movie's key emotional scene, and I needed to get that enunciation just right. That's acting."
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The only time Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton worked together. They became friends after they finished work on the film.
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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.
Roger Donaldson had not met Pierce Brosnan before the making of Dante's Peak. He had seen Brosnan play James Bond in GoldenEye (1995), and the two got to know each other before filming of Dante's Peak commenced.
Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.
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.
Pierce Brosnan was known for playing James Bond in the James Bond films, which he played from 1995 - 2002 and Linda Hamilton was known for playing Sarah Connor in the Terminator films, which she played from 1984 - 1991. Daniel Craig succeeded Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in the 2006 reboot "Casino Royale" and played the role until 2015 and Emilia Clarke succeeded Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in the 2015 reboot "Terminator Genisys", which was her only time in the role.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When the volcanic lava begins to destroy the mountain cabin, everyone runs to get onto a small boat. When filming this the first time, the boat sank. Jamie Renee Smith (Lauren) could not swim and Pierce Brosnan held her until a crew member pulled her from the water.
The close-ups of the pyro-clastic cloud erupting were done in a car park with giant gas pumps under a volcano set, which pumped masses of dark-grey cloud 5 or 6 times per second.
The dam the Lahar mudflow spills over took four months to build.
WILHELM SCREAM: When Paul Dreyfus (Charles Hallahan) falls into the Lahar (mud flow) when the bridge tips over.
The ITV2 (UK) edited TV version (shown september 2015) removes some graphic material, including a graphic shot of the Hot Springs charred corpses, and at least one edit during the town evacuation sequence, of a human engulfed in flames, amongst others.
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In the narrative behind Ruth foolishly jumping into the acid lake and getting both her legs burnt. Ruth got off the boat, so she could save the lives of Harry, Rachel, Graham and Lauren by dragging the boat to the wooden dock at the other side of the lake.
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