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Volcano (1997)

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

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25 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vulkan  »

Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$62,600,000 (Non-US) (31 October 1997)

Gross:

$47,474,112 (USA) (1 August 1997)
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The male lead was originally offered to Ed Harris and Bill Pullman. See more »

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When Amy comes up out of the tunnel after the earthquake, her hair is flopping all over her face, but when she notices the water in MacArthur Park boiling and turns to shine her flashlight on it, her hair is completely cleared from her face and tucked behind her ears. See more »

Quotes

Roark: [Roark ordered 200 "K-rails" (freeway dividers) to redirect the lava. Trucks arrive with only 82] Where's the rest of 'em?
Truck driver: What "rest of 'em?" This is it!
Lt. Fox: Hey, there only about eighty here!
Truck driver: Eighty-two; everything else is stuck on the 5 and the 10.
Lt. Fox: We're trying to keep the city in one piece, pinhead. Eighty rails ain't gonna do it!
Truck driver: So what are you blaming me for?
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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

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I Love L.A.
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Just where is the Volcano exactly?
4 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Well this is just a very average film stuffed full of the usual mainstream disaster genre clichés. Even myself as a staunch defender of the genre can not bring myself to rate it above average, because sadly it is something of a wasted opportunity. The film's cast is full of very reliable and solid performers, the budget was there to bring out some daring sequences, and of course the basic community in peril plot is always one of interest. So to get anything from this film you really do have to check the brain at the door and suspend all belief because the writers have rewritten the laws of gravity and the intensity of molten lava in full flow.

The film would compete with Dante's Peak in the same year for the title of best Volcano disaster film, it lost, but so did the fans of the genre. For even today we are still waiting for a Volcano based film to grip and excite us, because even with the advance of technology both 1997 Volcano movies teeter on the brink of boredom, even if they just about fail to actually tip into the abyss. 5/10


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