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Volcano (1997)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi | 25 April 1997 (USA)
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A volcano erupts in downtown Los Angeles, threatening to destroy the city.

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Mick Jackson

Writers:

Jerome Armstrong (story), Jerome Armstrong (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Mike Roark
Anne Heche ... Dr. Amy Barnes
Gaby Hoffmann ... Kelly Roark
Don Cheadle ... Emmit Reese
Jacqueline Kim ... Dr. Jaye Calder
Keith David ... Police Lieutenant Ed Fox
John Corbett ... Norman Calder
Michael Rispoli ... Gator Harris
John Carroll Lynch ... Stan Olber
Marcello Thedford ... Kevin
Laurie Lathem Laurie Lathem ... Rachel
Bert Kramer Bert Kramer ... L.A. Fire Chief
Bo Eason Bo Eason ... Bud McVie
James MacDonald ... Terry Jasper (as James G. MacDonald)
Dayton Callie ... Roger Lapher
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Storyline

Something unspeakably chilling is ultimately starting to heat up at The City of Los Angeles! Beneath the famed La Brea Tar Pits, a raging volcano has formed, raining a storm of deadly fire bombs and an endless tide of white-hot lava upon the stunned city! Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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There are 1,500 active volcanoes that we know about...and one that we don't. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense depiction of urban disaster and related injuries | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

25 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vulkan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,581,740, 27 April 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$49,323,468

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$122,823,468
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1.85 : 1
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At one point in the movie, a Metro driver is reading a book before driving. This book is "Writing Screenplays That Sell", by Michael Hauge, published in 1988. See more »

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When the trains operator gets into the cab, the train's leading car number is 518, but we see him after the quake in car number 526. See more »

Quotes

Roark: [looking at the bodies on the ground at Macarthur park] Steam did that?
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Alternate Versions

To attract more viewers the German theatrical version was cut to receive a "Not under 12" rating. The German video release contains the complete version and is rated "Not under 16". See more »

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An updated B-movie with little else that's innovative.
11 March 1999 | by emmSee all my reviews

Can you say "Box Office Disaster"? As in what you've just seen in VOLCANO? I knew you would! A movie that gives us the works in special effects and a huge cast of firemen and police officers, it feeds on our appetites for a nonstop panic of disaster. All that's missing here is the plot, turning this grade-A visual feast into another ordinary B-movie. We pay the price for expensive graphics, and very little to keep us on the edge of our seats. Unlike TITANIC, this one is on maximum horsepower without showing any important aspects to the story. We see tons of people roaming around, gigantic explosions, a large pack of flying helicopters, tall buildings collapsing, close calls from death by an inch, and all the more. How about ripping off THE BLOB or other vintage sci-fi schlockers, for crying out loud? I don't see how a slow stream of crawling lava can make a movie exciting, and not even the helping hands can help prevent this masterpiece of eye candy from being another average effort. Nice try, but it just doesn't work.


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