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On Hostile Ground (2000)

A geologist tries to prevent a huge sinkhole from devouring New Orleans during Mardi Gras.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Andrews
Allison Beauchamp
Cindy Evers
George Regan
Mayor John Lafitte
Ron Gabriel ...
Ardon Bess ...
Roger McKeen ...
Jimmy Gutro, PW Supervisor
Police Chief
Geoffrey Bowes ...
Frank, Chief Engineer
Voodoo Lady
Women in BMW (as Kirsten Bishopric)


At the outskirts of New Orleans a sewage tunnel caves in; city officials are less concerned about the worker who was killed then about possible repercussions on the impending Mardi Gras in the French Quarter, which is the tourist hight point of the year in Louisiana, so the priority is to prevent a panic. Still Allison Beauchamp, under whose responsibility public works fall in city hall, calls on her intimate friend, geologist Matt Andrews, who is extremely cautious since an accident only he blames himself for, to investigate. Shortly after another cave in, he finds and reports -even arranging radar material was opposed by the Mardi Gras lobby- that such sink holes are caused by the lingering on of a fire in underground tunnels trough peat layers, so there's no way of telling where and when more sink-holes will collapse, but it may happen all over the city, and two million tourists joining in the reveling increase the risk, so everyone is in danger. However city press secretary George... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

11 June 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sinkhole  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,367, 8 April 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,595, 15 April 2001
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Mardi Gras in New Orleans shot in Toronto in December! See more »


The rescue team that was used in this movie was hired locally. Among the rescuers you can clearly see their actual uniforms displaying the rescue teams patches "OVERT" which stands for "Ontario Volunteer Emergency Response Team". See more »

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Written by idiots, for idiots
21 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

RE: the acting: John Corbett is totally wasted. RE: the writing: SOMEONE was totally wasted when they wrote this, dude!

A) New Orleans sits well out into the Gulf of Mexico. There are no caverns under it; there is only sand and water. "on Hostile Mud" maybe; or "In Hostile Muck." But "ground?" I don't think so.

B) Liquid polyurethane fumes are toxic. Poor John would have stopped running and took a little nap long before he got out of the cave.

C) What's to stop the foam from continuing to expand after it surfaces? I envision the sequel as "The blob that ate New Orleans."

Why, oh why New Orleans? I would have gone with Orlando. They have sinkholes; the Magic Kingdom has parades; Brittany Daniel could wear a skin-tight white jumpsuit and look good ANYWHERE.

Reccommendation: Be totally wasted when you watch this.

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