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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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Storyline

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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volcano | earthquake | lava | rescue | fire | See All (99) »

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

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Also Known As:

Vulkan  »

Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The lava was primarily made of methylcellulose, the thickening agent used in fast-food milkshakes. See more »

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In the movie, magma rises through the San Andreas fault and hits Los Angeles. The San Andreas fault is a transform boundary, which means the plates move past each other, instead of opening and producing magma. Furthermore, the San Andreas Fault passes through Palmdale, over 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles. See more »

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Amy: Right over the Red Line
[metro tunnel]
Roark: That steam could come anywhere... maybe the earthquake broke a water main
Amy: How did it get heated?
Roark: I don't know
Amy: You gotta lower me down there
Roark: I'm not letting you down there
Amy: Why... It's too dangerous?
Roark: Yes
Amy: I thought it was a water main?
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Good, but the Underdog Wins!
22 March 2007 | by (.: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.) – See all my reviews

I have to say this is a big blockbustery KABOOM popcorny effects extravaganza, with a solid story, and good performances. This (released in April of 1997) was 20th Century/Fox's answer to Universal's Dante's Peak (released in February of 1997), a superior movie in all ways except one...It doesn't have Tommy Lee Jones.

I have to say that Jones makes Volcano. Without him, this work would be nothing than an overblown, over-written piece of popcorn trash. As it is, this is a delightful "Mother Nature Gone Awry" flick, with totally kick butt effects.

I found it riveting, but liked Dante's Peak more.

It rates a 7.4/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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