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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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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

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$62,600,000 (Non-US) (31 October 1997)

Gross:

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

The lava was primarily made of methylcellulose, the thickening agent used in fast-food milkshakes. See more »

Goofs

After the first quake, seismologists write down the time as 0914, indicating Pacific Standard/Daylight Time. In real life, seismologists use Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Depending on the time of year, it should have been recorded as 1714 or 1614. See more »

Quotes

Bud McVie: Yo man, my street's on fire you gotta get some trucks down there.
L.A. Fire Chief: What Street?
Bud McVie: What Street? You know the one with the smoke coming out of it, Stanley right over there.
L.A. Fire Chief: We'll get to you as soon as we get this under control.
Bud McVie: But, there won't be any houses left by then man.
L.A. Fire Chief: Look, I'm sorry. We'll get to you as soon...
Bud McVie: [grabbing the fire chief's arm] Yo! I'm talking about people's houses, and you're over here saving museums.
L.A. Fire Chief: You wanna get this guy off me.
Terry Jasper: Hey.
Bud McVie: Oh great. Mark Fuhrman.
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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I Love L.A.
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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