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Dante's Peak (1997) Poster

(1997)

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All crater scenes were shot at Mount St. Helens.
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The "volcanic ash" was really fine newspaper shavings.
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Cast and crew of this movie found themselves in a distribution race with 20th Century Fox, which was producing Volcano (1997) at the time. Due to a sped-up production schedule, this movie reached theaters almost three months earlier than Volcano, and had better box-office success.
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Most of the film's exteriors were shot in Wallace, Idaho. Dante's Peak and surrounding scenery were then digitally added.
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A great many special effects in the movie were practical special effects, using real-world models, or full-size properties and vehicles.
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(at around 35 mins) The shirt Greg wears on the first day of observing Dante's Peak is a graph showing the eruptions of the Cascade volcanoes in the past 4000 years.
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The dogs that played Roughy were wolf hybrids (part wolf and part Airedale Terrier).
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(at around 55 mins) In the town meeting scene, in the high school gymnasium, a team name "The Miners" is seen on the walls in several locations. The Miners is the name of the sports teams at the high school in Wallace, Idaho, where most of the movie was filmed.
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(at around 16 mins) Dr. Harry Dalton measures the pH (acidity) of the water as 3.48. This makes it medium strong acid, somewhere between a carbonated drink (pH approximately 5) and battery acid (pH approximately 2).
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One of Charles Hallahan's final acting roles before his death on November 25, 1997.
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(at around 17 mins) According to director Roger Donaldson on the DVD commentary, the camera Pierce Brosnan uses when he first investigates the volcano surroundings is Brosnan's own.
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Roger Donaldson was attracted to the project, having once been a geology student.
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The somewhat volcano-shaped building, which appears as the "Cascade Volcano Observatory", is the real-life post office in Malibu, California.
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Dante's Peak got its name from "Dante's Inferno" which describes a trip into Hell.
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The only time Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton worked together. They became friends after they finished work on the film.
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Roger Donaldson had considered a career in geology and has a working knowledge of volcanoes.
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Michael Douglas was originally set to play the lead.
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The most part of the inner shots in halls and rooms are filmed in Dutch Angle. It's a technique where the camera is rotated between 25 and 45 grades respect the horizon in a side or another for giving a sensation of uncomfortably or restlessness.
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Roger Donaldson had not met Pierce Brosnan before making this movie. He had seen Brosnan play James Bond in GoldenEye (1995), and the two got to know each other before filming on this movie commenced.
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(at around 21 mins) When Paul, Greg, Terry, Stan, and Nancy arrive at Dante's Peak, Stan comments that the residents of the town must feel cozy by the mountain, and Nancy remarks "Yeah! Just like Pompeii." Mount Vesuvius, near modern-day Naples, erupted on August 24, 79 A.D., wiping out Pompeii and Herculaneum and killing 16,000 people.
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(at around 33 mins) Harry tells Rachel that New Zealand has a volcano with an attitude. Roger Donaldson is from New Zealand.
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Wallace, Idaho, where the movie was filmed, does not reside near a volcano.
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The second collaboration between Roger Donaldson and cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When the volcanic lava begins to destroy the mountain cabin, everyone runs to get onto a small boat. The first time the scene was filmed, the boat sank. Jamie Renée Smith could not swim, and Pierce Brosnan held her until a crew member pulled her from the water.
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(at around 1h 28 mins) Pierce Brosnan said in a press interview shortly after the film's release that he practiced shouting the line "It's a pyroclastic cloud!" in front of a mirror for six days prior to shooting the scene. Brosnan stated "it is the movie's key emotional scene, and I needed to get that enunciation just right. That's acting."
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(at around 1h 20 mins) The dam that the Lahar mudflow spills over took four months to build.
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Both Dante's Peak and Daylight (1996) were written by Leslie Bohem. In both movies, the audience is lead to believe the dog has died after it disappears, but in both films the dog reappears later and ultimately survives the events.
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The close-ups of the pyroclastic cloud erupting were shot in a car park with giant gas pumps under a volcano set, pumping masses of dark grey cloud five or six times per second.
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(at around 57 mins) The parked school bus that is crushed by the falling church steeple says "Hurd County School District" on the side, a nod to producer Gale Anne Hurd.
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WILHELM SCREAM: (at around 1h 22 mins) When the bridge tips over and Paul Dreyfus falls into the lahar mud flow.
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The main volcanic eruption doesn't occur until 53 minutes into the movie.
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(at around 52 mins) Pierce Brosnan mentioned when he smelled sulfur dioxide that he smelled the same thing when he was in the Philippines when Mount Pinatubo erupted. The volcano erupted June 15, 1991.
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The ITV2 UK edited television version, shown September 2015, removes some graphic material, including a graphic shot of the Hot Springs charred corpses, and at least one edit during the town evacuation sequence, of a human engulfed in flames, amongst others.
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Paul's demise is his comeuppance for not listening to Harry about the volcano and ignoring his advisement to put Dante's Peak on alert which Paul apologizes and admits he was wrong.
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