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Volcano (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  25 April 1997 (USA)
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A volcano erupts in downtown L.A., threatening to destroy the city.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Police Lieutenant Ed Fox
Norman Calder
Laurie Lathem ...
Bert Kramer ...
L.A. Fire Chief
Bo Eason ...
Terry Jasper (as James G. MacDonald)


Something unspeakably chilling is ultimately starting to heat up at The City of Los Angeles! Beneath the famed La Brea Tar Pits, a raging volcano has formed, raining a storm of deadly fire bombs and an endless tide of white-hot lava upon the stunned city! Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense depiction of urban disaster and related injuries | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vulkan  »

Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,581,740 (USA) (25 April 1997)


$47,474,112 (USA) (1 August 1997)

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[last lines]
Text on screen: C.I.G.S. Volcano Databank
Text on screen: Name: Mount Wilshire
Text on screen: Location: Los Angeles, California
Text on screen: Status: ACTIVE
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A good 'just sit down and watch' film
25 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm not going to pretend that this movie is realistic. It isn't. But if you want to just sit down and watch a film with action, drama and entertaining characters, then this is the film for you.

Most disaster films are unrealistic, have no science behind them and if you think about them too much just get worse and worse. This movie is no exception. However, it is still a brilliant film if you want to sit down and not think too hard, or if you want to put a movie on without having to give it your full concentration. Personally, I think this film is great. There are better films out there, including better disaster films, but there are so many films that are ten times worse yet get better reviews. That's probably because they have better actors or are more realistic - but the job of a movie is to entertain, and this film does that brilliantly.

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