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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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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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Also Known As:

Vulkan  »

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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

Most of the fire trucks used in the movie were made by the Crown Corporation, a fire apparatus maker now closed down. The Crown fire trucks in the movie can be easily recognized by the double-vertical headlights. See more »

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When the trains operator gets into the cab, the train's leading car number is 518, but we see him after the quake in car number 526. See more »

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Roark: All right Kelly, get your jacket and lets go. I have to go to the office for a while.
Kelly Roark: But, you said that if I visited, you would take the week off.
Roark: I am taking the week off.
Kelly Roark: I'll just wait here.
Roark: I can't leave you here after an earthquake.
Kelly Roark: Dad, I'm 13 years old, I know what to do.
Roark: Okay, what do you do?
Kelly Roark: Get into a doorframe, stick your head between your knees and kiss your ass goodbye.
Roark: [looks at Kelly weird] All right, that's it
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: John Goodman/Jewel (1997) See more »

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Buck Your Head
Written by Dillinger and Juvenile
Performed by Juster
Courtesy of TVT Records
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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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