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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Police Lieutenant Ed Fox
Norman Calder
Laurie Lathem ...
Bert Kramer ...
L.A. Fire Chief
Bo Eason ...
Terry Jasper (as James G. MacDonald)


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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Plot Keywords:

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


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

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:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The lava travels too fast. In realty it would only travel at 1 foot a minute. See more »


The sunrise is actually a sunset. One can see the sun dropping. The sun actual would rise over mountains east of Los Angeles. See more »


[after an earthquake-induced fender bender]
Bud McVie: [seeing the cops coming] Oh, we cool now! It's the LAPD!
Scared Driver: [hiding in the church] Hey, Officer! How about giving us a ride back to civilization, please?
Bud McVie: Hey, you gonna come out or what! This is *our* hood!
Terry Jasper: Hey, you want to calm down and tell me what this is about?
Bud McVie: You wanna get outta my face!
Terry Jasper: HEY! If I'm in your face you're gonna KNOW IT! All right, BRO!
Bud McVie: Huh, Right!
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Referenced in Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) See more »


Colas, Colas
Traditional composition arranged by Carlos Periguez
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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A good 'just sit down and watch' film
25 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm not going to pretend that this movie is realistic. It isn't. But if you want to just sit down and watch a film with action, drama and entertaining characters, then this is the film for you.

Most disaster films are unrealistic, have no science behind them and if you think about them too much just get worse and worse. This movie is no exception. However, it is still a brilliant film if you want to sit down and not think too hard, or if you want to put a movie on without having to give it your full concentration. Personally, I think this film is great. There are better films out there, including better disaster films, but there are so many films that are ten times worse yet get better reviews. That's probably because they have better actors or are more realistic - but the job of a movie is to entertain, and this film does that brilliantly.

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