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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 »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$49,323,468

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$122,823,468
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the fire trucks in the movie were made by the Crown Corporation, with distinctive double-vertical headlights. Crown Corporation went out of business in 1991. See more »

Goofs

When Mike beeps the horn for Kelly, his hand does not match with the horn. The horn actually sounds before he pushes it. See more »

Quotes

Roark: All right Kelly, get your jacket and lets go. I have to go to the office for a while.
Kelly Roark: But, you said that if I visited, you would take the week off.
Roark: I am taking the week off.
Kelly Roark: I'll just wait here.
Roark: I can't leave you here after an earthquake.
Kelly Roark: Dad, I'm 13 years old, I know what to do.
Roark: Okay, what do you do?
Kelly Roark: Get into a doorframe, stick your head between your knees and kiss your ass goodbye.
Roark: [looks at Kelly weird] All right, that's it
[picks up the phone]
[...]
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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

Referenced in Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Where the Day Takes You
Written by Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman and Maxine Lapiduss
Performed by Wendy & Lisa
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Television
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Boring.
28 January 2011 | by GrumpypheasantSee all my reviews

I'm a reasonable man. When the title "Volcano" shows up on my TV screen, I know the score: this is a disaster movie.

The formula dictates it contain archetypal characters, corny dialogue, a hefty dose of "Hollywood science", unbelievable behaviour, loose plots and half-arsed social commentary and if the director wasn't the kind to blindly follow formulae, he wouldn't be making a disaster movie in the first place.

So, it should come as no surprise that Volcano includes all that in copious amounts. That's not what damns the movie.

When you enter a disaster movie, you do so under the premise that all those groan-inducing ingredients will be drowned under an, if not entertaining, at least distracting buffet of jaw-dropping devastation. You willingly surrender plot, characters and realism on the altar of eye-candy; such is your tacit contract with the director.

Mick Jackson doesn't uphold his end of the bargain: at first, we're served a silly but promising premise: the lava is sentient, throwing smouldering homing boulders at people and stores it just cannot tolerate. But after a burning (sorry) humiliation suffered at the hands of the scientist (she warns others of the homing properties of the boulders), the lava just gives up, it just flows at a snail's pace through the streets of LA, half-heartedly trying to catch the heroes before being relatively easily contained.

Let this serve as a warning to anyone looking to make a volcano movie: when your lava loses the will to live, your audience loses interest.


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