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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 Los Angeles, threatening to destroy the city.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gator Harris
Laurie Lathem ...
Bert Kramer ...
Bo Eason ...
Terry Jasper (as James G. MacDonald)
Roger Lapher


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 USA:

$14,581,740, 27 April 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the fire at Rancho La Brea, just before the rise of the volcano, can be seen briefly in a wall "George C. Page Museum". It's one of the most important museums of Los Angeles. See more »


When Dr. Barnes exits the tunnel at MacArthur park and slips off her air tank, her metallic coat slips off her shoulder. It is in place in the next shot, only to be back off her shoulder once more in the next shot. See more »


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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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »


Colas, Colas
Traditional composition arranged by Carlos Periguez
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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Another superfluous disaster movie
25 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

There's been a movie made about almost every other type of natural disaster, so why not volcano's? Actually, why not make two movies? This big budget trash went up against that other big budget trash, Dante's Peak, back in 1997; and even though this one obviously had more to work with; it still managed to come off even shorter than Pierce Brosnan's dreary vehicle. Featuring all manner of "great" special effects and autopilot performances from all concerned; Volcano subscribes to the classic 'disaster movie' profile, and shows this further by ensuring that the plot makes about as much sense as blowing up your house to keep it from being robbed. Tommy Lee Jones struts his stuff as some bloke who works for the government, and Anne Heche gets down and dirty as someone who knows about volcanoes. When a volcano erupts in Los Angeles (where'd that come from?), it's up to these two (and a load of firemen etc) to stop the lava in its tracks before Tommy Lee Jones' daughter is killed! Oh...and the rest of LA. The story is set up in the usual way; someone notices something, blah blah, he's ignored, blah blah, disaster happens, blah blah, the day is saved. Blah. Blah.

This film is completely pointless, and is obviously only there for entertainment value. Still, even as entertainment, this falls flat on it's face. Obviously, in a film like this; you've got to expect some over the top sequences and silly goings on (such as a sequence that sees a train worker save one of his friends...), but the film continually throws stupid ideas into the plot, and before long it just gets so silly that it's impossible to care about it. Quite how Tommy Lee Jones has managed to maintain a semi-respectable reputation after all these years is astounding. To me, his name has become synonymous with 'stupid load of rubbish'. He might have the ability to portray a rugged action character, but he's unbelievably corny and doesn't make a good lead. Anne Heche stars opposite him and just does what you'd expect the 'female with brains' to do. Don Cheadle, who met with high acclaim after his performance in the massively overrated Hotel Rwanda, gives a very mundane performance, but I'd still rather watch him than either of the two leads. On the whole, if you're going into this expecting some brainless fun; you'll be pleased to know that it is brainless, but unfortunately it's about as much fun as an actual volcanic eruption. Definitely NOT recommended.

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