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Dante's Peak (1997)

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A vulcanologist arrives at a countryside town recently named the second most desirable place to live in America, and discovers that the long dormant volcano, Dante's Peak, may wake up at any moment.

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Roger Donaldson

Writer:

Leslie Bohem
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... Harry Dalton
Linda Hamilton ... Rachel Wando
Jamie Renée Smith ... Lauren Wando
Jeremy Foley ... Graham Wando
Elizabeth Hoffman ... Ruth
Charles Hallahan ... Paul Dreyfus
Grant Heslov ... Greg
Kirk Trutner ... Terry Furlong
Arabella Field ... Nancy
Tzi Ma ... Stan
Brian Reddy Brian Reddy ... Les Worrell
Lee Garlington ... Dr. Jane Fox
Bill Bolender Bill Bolender ... Sheriff Turner
Carole Androsky Carole Androsky ... Mary Kelly (as Carol Androsky)
Peter Jason ... Norman Gates
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Storyline

Volcanologist Harry Dalton and mayor Rachel Wando of Dante's Peak try to convince the city council and the other volcanologists that the volcano right above Dante's peak is indeed dangerous. People's safety is being set against economical interests. Written by Rune Dahl Fitjar <rfitjar@online.no>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disaster related peril and gore | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Danteov vrh See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$116,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,479,435, 9 February 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,127,760

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$178,127,760
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This movie draws several interesting parallels to Titanic (1997): Those in authority did not heed warnings, which resulted in preventable deaths. Average people were kept ignorant of the fact they were at great peril, while some insiders knew what was going to happen. Wealthy individuals used their money to try and buy their way to safety (helicopter evacuation versus life boats). In both movies, people gave up their places in a boat and died, to save the lives of others. While the main disaster unfolds, the focus is on smaller subplots of survival by individuals in even worse predicaments. Technology is shown to be prone to failure, resulting in death or injury. The jeopardy of the main characters is made worse by the purposeful actions of others. The main characters survive beyond all hope in a manner different than the other survivors. Linda Hamilton was married to Titanic (1997) Writer and Director James Cameron at the time, and starred in his previous hit movies: The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). See more »

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When Harry and Terry are measuring the concentration of sulfur dioxide in the caldera, the instrument probe is protruding out the open cabin door into the helicopter down wash. Sulfur dioxide is more than twice as dense as air; it may seem highly unlikely that this technique would provide any meaningful results, but the instrument that Harry and Terry are using is a Barrington Correlation Spectrometer (COSPEC), which measures SO2 concentration by comparing the difference in UV spectrum seen by the instrument to a known value. Therefore, the depicted use of the instrument is correct, and is in fact the same way volcanologists measured SO2 levels prior to the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991. See more »

Quotes

Harry Dalton: Ever been deep sea fishing?
[the Children nod no]
Harry Dalton: Neither have I. Listen, when we get out of here, we'll go to Florida, and we'll get us a boat, and gather all of the yummy bait that we can possibly get our hands on, then we'll catch us a big, old fat fish.
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Good Effects Make It Fun To Watch
21 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This "disaster film" had some of the best special effects of its day (almost 10 years ago). I have to say "of its day" because technology has made CGI become dated quickly these days.

This film is all about a volcano, a la Mt. St. Helen's, erupting and killing people and destroying a small town below it. Some of the scenes were just jaw- dropping and, at least for the first-time viewer, a lot of suspense over whether the main characters of the story will survive it.

Of course, there are some credibility gaps in here, things that just could not happen such as little boy drive van up a mountain (when his feet wouldn't reach the foot pedals!) but you just go along for the ride and enjoy the tension and special effects even if the story gets a little hokey.

It might not be the most intelligent film, but it's very entertaining 109 minutes, and that's the name of the business. It's good escapist fare, and that's all. It's worth two looks.


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