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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 ash of the film was bought from Regal Inc. from Crothersville, Indiana and consisted of as stated before, ground up newspaper. See more »

Goofs

When the firetrucks are en route to contain the Lava on Wilshire Avenue, Engine 23 is hit by a "Lava Meteor". When the crews get the concrete barriers into place, the same Engine 23 pulls up to the barriers. See more »

Quotes

Amy: Sometimes magma can find one of those fissures and rise up through it.
Roark: What's magma?
Rachel: Lava.
Roark: Lava? Right here in L.A?
Amy: It is one of the possibilities.
Roark: We have a history of that here in the downtown area?
Rachel: Paracutin... 1943, a Mexican farmer sees smoke coming out of the middle of his cornfield. A week later there's a volcano a thousand feet high. There's no history of anything until it happens. Then there is.
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Soundtracks

Colas, Colas
Traditional composition arranged by Carlos Periguez
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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Just where is the Volcano exactly?
4 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Well this is just a very average film stuffed full of the usual mainstream disaster genre clichés. Even myself as a staunch defender of the genre can not bring myself to rate it above average, because sadly it is something of a wasted opportunity. The film's cast is full of very reliable and solid performers, the budget was there to bring out some daring sequences, and of course the basic community in peril plot is always one of interest. So to get anything from this film you really do have to check the brain at the door and suspend all belief because the writers have rewritten the laws of gravity and the intensity of molten lava in full flow.

The film would compete with Dante's Peak in the same year for the title of best Volcano disaster film, it lost, but so did the fans of the genre. For even today we are still waiting for a Volcano based film to grip and excite us, because even with the advance of technology both 1997 Volcano movies teeter on the brink of boredom, even if they just about fail to actually tip into the abyss. 5/10


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