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

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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

In the years since the movie, the LA Metro has been working towards extending subway service to Beverly Hills, on the Purple Line, not the Red Line. One of the proposed stops is at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, where they dammed the lava flow along the Miracle Mile. See more »

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In the movie, magma rises through the San Andreas fault and hits Los Angeles. The San Andreas fault is a transform boundary, which means the plates move past each other, instead of opening and producing magma. Furthermore, the San Andreas Fault passes through Palmdale, over 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles. See more »

Quotes

Kelly Roark: Paper beats rock, but scissors beat paper.
Tommy: I'm not paper; I'm lava... what beats lava?
Kelly Roark: My dad... I hope!
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Buck Your Head
Written by Dillinger and Juvenile
Performed by Juster
Courtesy of TVT Records
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Spews out the usual disaster movie clichés.
6 October 2013 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

In the mid-90s, the disaster movie experienced a revival thanks to the advancement of CGI technology, which made creating scenes of destruction on a massive scale far easier and more convincing than ever before; 1997 was the year of the volcano, seeing both the release of Universal's Dante's Peak, and this rather unimaginatively titled effort from 20th Century Fox, which starred Tommy Lee Jones as Office of Emergency Management director Mike Roark, who must try and prevent downtown LA from being entirely engulfed by lava that erupts from the La Brea tar pits.

A slick, major studio, big-budget summer blockbuster, Volcano naturally benefits from a solid cast and state of the art special effects, but proves less thrilling than the premise suggests thanks to a lack of genuinely exciting or particularly innovative set-pieces: too much of the action centres around Jones's attempts to stem the flow of lava, which travels at walking pace thereby presenting little danger to anyone but the elderly and the infirm; meanwhile, director Mick Jackson ticks off the expected clichés from his disaster movie checklist—personal dramas, heroic sacrifices, a sexy scientist, even a cute dog in peril—before wrapping matters up rather too neatly with a finale that delivers far too low a death toll to be truly satisfying.


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