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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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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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There are 1,500 active volcanoes that we know about...and one that we don't. See more »


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

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Vulkan  »

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Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$49,323,468

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$122,823,468
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Trivia

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 »

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The lava occasionally disappears within some shots. 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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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: John Goodman/Jewel (1997) See more »

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Where the Day Takes You
Written by Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman and Maxine Lapiduss
Performed by Wendy & Lisa
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Television
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Boring.
28 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

I'm a reasonable man. When the title "Volcano" shows up on my TV screen, I know the score: this is a disaster movie.

The formula dictates it contain archetypal characters, corny dialogue, a hefty dose of "Hollywood science", unbelievable behaviour, loose plots and half-arsed social commentary and if the director wasn't the kind to blindly follow formulae, he wouldn't be making a disaster movie in the first place.

So, it should come as no surprise that Volcano includes all that in copious amounts. That's not what damns the movie.

When you enter a disaster movie, you do so under the premise that all those groan-inducing ingredients will be drowned under an, if not entertaining, at least distracting buffet of jaw-dropping devastation. You willingly surrender plot, characters and realism on the altar of eye-candy; such is your tacit contract with the director.

Mick Jackson doesn't uphold his end of the bargain: at first, we're served a silly but promising premise: the lava is sentient, throwing smouldering homing boulders at people and stores it just cannot tolerate. But after a burning (sorry) humiliation suffered at the hands of the scientist (she warns others of the homing properties of the boulders), the lava just gives up, it just flows at a snail's pace through the streets of LA, half-heartedly trying to catch the heroes before being relatively easily contained.

Let this serve as a warning to anyone looking to make a volcano movie: when your lava loses the will to live, your audience loses interest.


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