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St. Helens (1981)

Dramatization of the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. The movie begins with the volcano's awakening on March 20 and ends with its eruption on May 18, 1980.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Art Carney ... Harry Truman
David Huffman ... David Jackson
Cassie Yates ... Linda Steele
Albert Salmi ... Clyde Whittaker
Ron O'Neal ... Otis Kaylor
Tim Thomerson ... Sheriff Wayne Temple
Bill McKinney ... Kilpatrick
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Joseph Benti Joseph Benti ... Newscaster
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Dramatization of the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. The movie begins with the volcano's awakening on March 20 and ends with its eruption on May 18, 1980. Written by Neal Harkner <neal@pooh.pageplus.com>

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Release Date:

September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

St. Helens, Killer Volcano See more »

Filming Locations:

Bend, Oregon, USA See more »

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Davis-Panzer Productions See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Jackson is based on real-life scientist David Johnston. He died in the same way and uttering the same final words into his radio before the blast of Mt. St. Helens hit him, "Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!" See more »


There was no highway anywhere near Mount St. Helens numbered "607" as mentioned during a brief scene at the Mount St. Helens Lodge. There was, however, a major access road that led to Spirit Lake, called State Route 504. See more »


Harry Truman: HEY! Don't piss in my lake!
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The cataclysmic eruption of Mount Saint Helens.
13 September 2010 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

"St.Helens" centers around the events leading up to the eruption of Mount Saint Helens in Washington with the story beginning on the day volcanic activity started on March 20,1980 and ending on the day of the cataclysmic May 18,1980 eruption.David Huffman plays David Jackson,a vulcanologist who is sent by US Geological Survey to investigate the activity.His character is based on David Johnson,a real life vulcanologist who died during the eruption.Art Carney plays Mount St. Helens Lodge owner Harry Randall Truman.He refuses to leave his place of living during the volcanic activity.Jackson falls in love with a single mother named Linda Steele.On 18th May the volcano explodes..."St.Helens" is very loosely based on facts.It's an entertaining disaster drama with lovely score by Italian band Goblin.The entire movie was shot on location in Bend,Oregon and at Mount Bachelor in Central Oregon's Cascades,but there are some real-life images of Mount Saint Helens taken during an eruption.8 out of 10.

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