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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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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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The male lead was originally offered to Ed Harris and Bill Pullman. See more »


During the movie the transit employee sinks into lava after saving the life of the unconscious train operator. Simply put, basaltic lava (~3g/cm^3) is more dense than humans (~1g/cm^3). So if a person where to fall onto lava they would not be able to sink into it, instead they would rest on top and get very badly burned by the 900+ degrees Celsius lava. See more »


Dr. Jaye Calder: We have put the kids in the mall. The Hard Rock I think.
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[to Norman]
Dr. Jaye Calder: Norman, hold this.
[hands Norman a pack of interferon]
Norman Calder: [hands a person the interferon] Here take this.
[to Jaye]
Norman Calder: These people are strangers Jaye! Are you gonna die for them? Jaye, answer me!
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References Earthquake (1974) See more »


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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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