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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.

Director:

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 ... Rachel
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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L.A. Erupts in 1997 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

Gross USA:

$49,323,468

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$122,823,468
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where the subway workers discover the lava at the train, Stan tells another worker "Give me a push.", that line was not in the script. John Carroll Lynch legitimately asked for help getting into the subway car and the line was left in the final cut. See more »

Goofs

During the movie the transit employee sinks into lava after saving the life of the unconscious train operator. Simply put, basaltic lava (~3g/cm^3) is more dense than humans (~1g/cm^3). So if a person where to fall onto lava they would not be able to sink into it, instead they would rest on top and get very badly burned by the 900+ degrees Celsius lava. See more »

Quotes

Woman: Mike, you have a call on your private line...
Roark: Oh, that'll be my little girl wanting a tattoo.
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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 »

Connections

Spoofed in South Park: Volcano (1997) See more »

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Colas, Colas
Traditional composition arranged by Carlos Periguez
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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A no-brainer but with no pretense!
6 April 2002 | by uds3See all my reviews

Adequate little piece of idiocy as downtown LA plays host to a volcano! Thats right folks, Mount Versuvius does Grauman's Chinese! Ostensibly the simplest of FX needed - simply a modicum of re-colored mud and hey, we got lava!...pretty much a standard color-option within Microsoft Word! They do it well enough though, I gotta admit it LOOKS hot!

Once you put aside the stupidity of it all, its quite a fun movie, one of the better time fillers. Certainly an improvement on the wannabe cerebral companion piece DANTE'S PEAK! Tommy Lee cuts a suitably hands-on emergency resource controller and Kelly Roarke does her career resume no harm as his daughter under siege from lava-bombs at a critical stage of proceedings. Undoubtedly the best scene is that in the wrecked subway as the red hot lava flows beneath the train...you can feel the heat!

Anne Heche is well, the insufferable Anne Heche. How anyone can derive pleasure from watching this actress is beyond me. She is colder than Antarctica and emotes on a par with Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter). I mean to say, anyone with Van Sant's PSYCHO to her credit has to be a re-think!

As an action-fest VOLCANO is as good as anything, like the lava, just let it flow!


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