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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 <email@example.com>
Cast and crew of this movie found themselves in a distribution race with 20th Century Fox, who were producing the similarly themed potential blockbuster Volcano (1997) at the time. Due to a sped-up production schedule, this movie reached theaters almost three months earlier than Volcano (1997), and had better box-office success. See more »
The helicopter crashes into the ground nose-down and continues moving for several feet after impact, which should indicate that the cabin is being crushed; we also see parts flying off the rotor. But a moment later, it rises again in a manner completely unlike the way the wreckage might bounce, more the way it would if was still under power; and we see that the cabin is still intact. See more »
Yes, there are some cheesy, hollywoodish moments in this movie, but the actors bring enough charisma and presence to hold the story together. Pierce Brosnan makes a convincing scientist, whose passion and desire to protect the townspeople plays off nicely with Mayor Linda Hamilton's similar concerns.
But what I most want to say is that the volcano itself was both believable and accurate. So I want to commend the filmmakers for having enough integrity to make an entertaining film within the boundaries of scientific accuracy. And face it, you don't go to a movie like Dante's Peak to see insightful drama, or peer deep into the human psyche. The people and the volcano play off each other very nicely. It's not often you get a film with both chemistry and physics.
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