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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)  »

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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 ash was made mostly of ground newspaper. See more »

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In an early dialogue between Roark and Dr. Barnes, Roark asks her, "What's magma?". It's difficult to imagine anybody in Roark's position being unfamiliar with the word. See more »

Quotes

Bud McVie: Yo man, my street's on fire you gotta get some trucks down there.
L.A. Fire Chief: What Street?
Bud McVie: What Street? You know the one with the smoke coming out of it, Stanley right over there.
L.A. Fire Chief: We'll get to you as soon as we get this under control.
Bud McVie: But, there won't be any houses left by then man.
L.A. Fire Chief: Look, I'm sorry. We'll get to you as soon...
Bud McVie: [grabbing the fire chief's arm] Yo! I'm talking about people's houses, and you're over here saving museums.
L.A. Fire Chief: You wanna get this guy off me.
Terry Jasper: Hey.
Bud McVie: Oh great. Mark Fuhrman.
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I Love L.A.
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
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By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Fun Albeit By The Numbers Disaster B-Movie
8 January 2007 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

Head of Los Angeles Emergency Operations Mike Roark (Tommy Lee Jones) and plucky seismologist Dr. Amy Barnes (Anne Heche) find themselves dealing with a crisis of monumental proportions when Los Angeles is suddenly threatened by an erupting volcano!

While I have serious doubts with regards to the legitimacy of a lot of what's presented on screen, that's also true of most disaster films and make no mistake, that is what this is... a 1990s attempt at updating the classic 1970s style disaster B-movie. It has the usual disaster movie focus of looking at the crisis from the point of view of several key, barely fleshed out aside from our leads, characters. It is a little slow getting started but once the lava flows, I have to admit I just sat back, grabbed some popcorn and had fun watching this one. Where this movie best succeeds is in its portrayal of human courage in the face of impending doom and disaster, my favorite scenes being the hurried rescue aboard the stranded subway train, Roark running in front of a falling building in an effort to save his only daughter and Dr. Calder trying valiantly to save lives in the middle of a busy street. Where it falters is in its attempt to say something about race relations, those scenes proving absolutely groan inducing. Plus it offers very little truly new and surprising, very little we haven't seen in movies of this type before, but at the end of the night, I have to admit it held my interest as a fun, popcorn movie.


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