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Volcano (1997)

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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 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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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The lava was primarily made of methylcellulose, the thickening agent used in fast-food milkshakes. See more »

Goofs

The quake started at 5:14am. At 5:17, we see Roark headed east in the car on Wilshire Blvd. The family dog Max is not with them. It is revealed at the end of the movie that Roark left the dog with Emmett to keep him safe. But there's no way that Roark could've dropped off the dog at the office in that short amount of time. He was see in the doorway with Kelly when the quake started. The times between the events happening and the volcano happening at those points are confused. See more »

Quotes

Chief Sindelar: Tell him he's not in Kansas anymore.
Emmet: You're not in Kansas anymore Mike.
Roark: St. Louis, I'm not in St. Louis.
Emmet: [into phone] St. Louis, he's not in St. Louis.
Chief Sindelar: I don't give a shit where's he's not! He has a desk now that's where...
Emmet: [to Mike] He doesn't give a shit. You have a desk, that's where you work.
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Where the Day Takes You
Written by Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman and Maxine Lapiduss
Performed by Wendy & Lisa
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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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